International Relations

International Relations Program

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International Relations Program
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Kenny Auditorium, Nitze Building
5:00 pm
Huge Course Selection, Unlimited Choice, Flexibility
 
General International Relations allows you to choose from among all of the courses offered in the five programs in the overall field of International Relations at SAIS.  You may take any course offered in Conflict Management; Energy, Resources and Environment; Global Theory and History; International Law and Organizations, or Strategic Studies.  General International Relations offers you the largest selection of courses in the school.
 
Second, in General International Relations you have the most flexible requirements.  The only requirement is to take at least one course in each of three International Relations programs for a total of six courses.  Likewise you have total flexibility in terms of the language you decide to use to meet your foreign language requirement.
 
This flexibility enables you to choose a set of courses that meet your own personal career goals and interests.  You can tailor your course selection to your own personal needs and preferences.
 
The only other requirement is to pass the International Relations Theory exam either by taking the International Relations Theory course, or by auditing the course, or by studying on your own.  The exam in International Relations Theory is offered twice annually, once in each semester.   There is no penalty for re-taking the exam.  By studying on your own you will free up a course to be used elsewhere as an elective toward the 16 course graduation requirement for an M.A. degree at SAIS.
 
Students may choose to concentrate in General International Relations or one of the following five programs:
 
Conflict Management: The Conflict Management Program focuses on mechanisms for handling international conflict and developing cooperation. The program presents various theoretical approaches to negotiation, examines policies and processes in managing crises and conflicts and explores the formation and use of international organizations and regimes. Courses offer an opportunity to pursue case studies and simulations.
 
Energy, Resources and Environment: The Energy, Resources and Environment (ERE) Program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum in international policymaking and analysis, integrating economics, political science, law and other academic disciplines and examining policy not only in the abstract, but also as created and implemented in particular institutional settings.
 
Global Theory and History: The Global Theory and History Program examines continuity and change in the formation and maturation of territorially focused relations, along with transnational forces and ideologies. The program includes the interplay of political economy, diplomatic and military strategies and cultural civilizations.
 
International Law and Organizations: The International Law and Organizations Program seeks to provide a working knowledge of the principles of international law, including in the use of military force, arms control, international human rights, the environment, investment and trade. The political and legal nature of international organizations is also addressed, including that of the United Nations, the European Union, the World Trade Organization and the many structures that respond to civil war conflicts and their aftermath. International law should be of interest to students specializing in security studies, international investing and regional studies, as well as those who wish to understand a distinctive mode of thought.
 
Strategic Studies: The Strategic Studies Program explores the relationship between politics and the many kinds of military power—from the use of terror by small, nonstate groups to the threatened use of nuclear weapons.

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General International Relations | M.A. Requirements

Entering Class 2013-2014
 

GENERAL INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (IR)

Students concentrating in General International Relations (IR) must take at least 6 IR courses. All General IR concentrators must take at least 1 course from a minimum of three separate IR areas. These areas include:
·         Conflict Management
·         Energy, Resources and Environment
·         Global Theory and History
·         International Law and Organizations
·         Strategic Studies
 
International Relations students studying at SAIS Europe must take at least three IR courses in Washington with the exception of dual-degree or advanced-standing students, who must take at least two IR courses in Washington.
 

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS

Students must complete 4 courses within this program.
·         Microeconomics
·         Macroeconomics (prerequisite or concurrent Microeconomics)
·         International Trade Theory (prerequisite Microeconomics)
·         International Monetary Theory (prerequisite Macroeconomics)
 
Eligible students who pass the waiver exams in these subjects or who pass Micro and/or Macro in Pre-Term must replace those courses with alternate economics courses. Many students choose to pursue an International Economics Specialization in one of four areas of economics and therefore use electives to meet these requirements. Students may also choose to specialize in Emerging Markets.
 

QUANTITATIVE REASONING

Students must complete one course from the list below.
·         Statistical Methods for Business & Economics 
·         Econometrics (prerequisite Statistical Methods for Business & Economics)
·         Applied Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
·         Macro Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
·         Risk Analysis and Modeling
·         Corporate Finance (prerequisite or concurrent Microeconomics)
·         Quantitative Methods in International Relations (prerequisite Statistical Methods for Business & Economics)
 
Students may not double-count a Quantitative Reasoning requirement as one of the four required International Economics courses and vice-versa. Eligible students who pass the statistics waiver exam or pass the statistics course in Pre-Term are still required to take an alternate Quantitative Reasoning course from the list above.
 

CORE COURSES/EXAMS

All SAIS students must pass 2 core exams and/or courses. General IR concentrators must pass Theories of International Relations as one of their core requirements prior to the start of their third semester. If the second core is not completed by the start of the final semester, a student must enroll in second core course.
·         American Foreign Policy Since World War II
·         Comparative National Systems
·         Evolution of the International Systems
·         Theories of International Relations
 

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

MA candidates must pass exams to demonstrate proficiency in a second language. This language must be offered at SAIS. Students whose native language is not English may use English as their proficiency language. All non-native English speakers are required to pass an English placement exam upon entering SAIS, even if not using English for proficiency.  

CAPSTONE

General International Relations concentrators must complete ONE of the following capstones:
 
1.     A twenty-page research paper whose focus and subject matter has been approved by the director
2.     A twenty-page written report that draws conclusions about international relations or international political economy based on an internship undertaken while at SAIS
3.     Successful completion of Contemporary Theory of International Relations (SA.600.702)
4.     MA Oral Exam (to compete for honors—if eligible)
 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS BY ACADEMIC YEAR

AY 2012-2013 Entering Class
AY 2011-2012 Entering Class
AY 2010-2011 Entering Class
AY 2009-2010 Entering Class

Curriculum

 

General International Relations | M.A. Requirements

Entering Class 2013-2014
 

GENERAL INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (IR)

Students concentrating in General International Relations (IR) must take at least 6 IR courses. All General IR concentrators must take at least 1 course from a minimum of three separate IR areas. These areas include:
·         Conflict Management
·         Energy, Resources and Environment
·         Global Theory and History
·         International Law and Organizations
·         Strategic Studies
 
International Relations students studying at SAIS Europe must take at least three IR courses in Washington with the exception of dual-degree or advanced-standing students, who must take at least two IR courses in Washington.
 

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS

Students must complete 4 courses within this program.
·         Microeconomics
·         Macroeconomics (prerequisite or concurrent Microeconomics)
·         International Trade Theory (prerequisite Microeconomics)
·         International Monetary Theory (prerequisite Macroeconomics)
 
Eligible students who pass the waiver exams in these subjects or who pass Micro and/or Macro in Pre-Term must replace those courses with alternate economics courses. Many students choose to pursue an International Economics Specialization in one of four areas of economics and therefore use electives to meet these requirements. Students may also choose to specialize in Emerging Markets.
 

QUANTITATIVE REASONING

Students must complete one course from the list below.
·         Statistical Methods for Business & Economics 
·         Econometrics (prerequisite Statistical Methods for Business & Economics)
·         Applied Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
·         Macro Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
·         Risk Analysis and Modeling
·         Corporate Finance (prerequisite or concurrent Microeconomics)
·         Quantitative Methods in International Relations (prerequisite Statistical Methods for Business & Economics)
 
Students may not double-count a Quantitative Reasoning requirement as one of the four required International Economics courses and vice-versa. Eligible students who pass the statistics waiver exam or pass the statistics course in Pre-Term are still required to take an alternate Quantitative Reasoning course from the list above.
 

CORE COURSES/EXAMS

All SAIS students must pass 2 core exams and/or courses. General IR concentrators must pass Theories of International Relations as one of their core requirements prior to the start of their third semester. If the second core is not completed by the start of the final semester, a student must enroll in second core course.
·         American Foreign Policy Since World War II
·         Comparative National Systems
·         Evolution of the International Systems
·         Theories of International Relations
 

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

MA candidates must pass exams to demonstrate proficiency in a second language. This language must be offered at SAIS. Students whose native language is not English may use English as their proficiency language. All non-native English speakers are required to pass an English placement exam upon entering SAIS, even if not using English for proficiency.  

CAPSTONE

General International Relations concentrators must complete ONE of the following capstones:
 
1.     A twenty-page research paper whose focus and subject matter has been approved by the director
2.     A twenty-page written report that draws conclusions about international relations or international political economy based on an internship undertaken while at SAIS
3.     Successful completion of Contemporary Theory of International Relations (SA.600.702)
4.     MA Oral Exam (to compete for honors—if eligible)
 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS BY ACADEMIC YEAR

AY 2012-2013 Entering Class
AY 2011-2012 Entering Class
AY 2010-2011 Entering Class
AY 2009-2010 Entering Class

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Charles F. Doran
Andrew W. Mellon Professor of International Relations, Director of the Global Theory and History Program, Director of the Center for Canadian Studies

cfdoran@jhu.edu
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Starr Lee
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starr.lee@jhu.edu
202.663.5714
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