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Master of Arts in International Relations

The MAIR program offers courses in multiple formats: live, online, and hybrid courses. While the variety of course formats provides flexibility to students, MAIR degree-seeking students will be required to complete at least two in-person courses. We strongly encourage students to complete this requirement early, particularly if they know they will be deployed or moving during the course of their degree.

The MAIR program is pleased to offer a wide spectrum of courses. However, not every course listed will be offered at every site. Students are encouraged to consult the PACS’s Schedule and Syllabi information for yearly course offerings.

The MAIR program provides a broad international relations education that draws on the expertise of a large group of professors. Students benefit most from the program by seeking out instruction from a variety of professors and exposure to diverse ideas and topics. To ensure this takes place, students may not complete and may not include on their Program of Study more than 3 courses taught by any single professor.

Course ID Course Name
IAS 5793 Graduate Studies in International Relations

Course ID

Course Name

COMM 5003

Quantitative Research Methods

COMM 5053

Qualitative Research Methods

ECON 5023

Statistics for Decision Making

ECON 5073

Contemporary Economic Methods and Analysis

GEOG 5113

Quantitative Methods

HR 5023

Research Methods

IAS 5443

Qualitative Research Methods

PSC 5913

Intro. to Analysis of Political and Administrative Data

**Courses listed as Required or Research Methods cannot be used as elective credits.

*Course titles with an asterisk are listed in multiple areas, but may only be counted once within a student’s degree plan.

Course ID

Course Name

CAS 5970

Biosecurity and Emerging Pathogens

GEOG 6220

Critical Geopolitics*

HIST 6400

American Experience in Vietnam*

HIST 6400

American Foreign Policy Between the Wars*

IAS 5013

 International Law
IAS 5023

Practice of Diplomacy*

IAS 5043

Global Security

IAS 5073

International Terrorism

IAS 5093

US Intelligence Community*

IAS 5123

African Peacekeeping*  

IAS 5213

Politics of the European Union*

IAS 5233

Western Hemispheric Security

IAS 5383

Political Economy of the Underworld: Organized Crime and Conflict*

IAS 5453

Politics and Policy of the Middle East*

IAS 5513

US Diplomatic History*

IAS 5533

Modern Statecraft

IAS 5940

Women & Terrorism* 

IAS 5940

International Activism*

IAS 5940

Global Climate Change Policy*

IAS 5940

International Systems and the United Nations

IAS 5940

Eastern European Politics*

IAS 5940

Terrorism in Africa*

IAS 5940

Gender and War* 

IAS 5940

Civil and Military Relations

IAS 5940

U.S.-Russia Relations

 

PSC 5123

The Making of American Foreign Policy

PSC 5513

International Relations Theory

PSC 5523

Morality in U.S. Foreign Policy

PSC 5550

Inter-American Politics*

PSC 5653

Democracies and Democratization

PSC 5683

Politics of Latin America*

SOC 5970

Overview of Environ. Issues from a Global and Strategic Perspective*

 

 

*Course titles with an asterisk are listed in multiple areas, but may only be counted once within a student’s degree plan.

Course ID

Course Name

CAS 5970

Chinese Culture and Communication*

COMM 5253

Cross-Cultural Communication

COMM 6323

International Communication

COMM 6970

War, Peace & the Media

HIST 6300

Culture and Identity in Latin America*

HIST 6600

Religion and Society*

HR 5100

International/Intercultural Awareness

HR 5110 

International Conflict Resolution

HR 5703

International HR

HR 5113

The Role of Gender in Warfare
IAS 5023

Practice of Diplomacy*

IAS 5093

US Intelligence Community*

IAS 5483

Minorities in the Middle East*

IAS 5363

Cultures of Latin America*

IAS 5373

Media and Conflict in Latin America*
IAS 5643

Global Perspectives on Gender

IAS 5940

International Activism*

IAS 5940

Global Immigration and Media
IAS 5940

 African Postcolonial Cinema

IAS 5940

Gender and War*

IAS 5940

 US Diplomatic History*

IAS 5940

Women and Terrorism*

RELS 5970

Comparative Religions

RELS 5970

Islamic Culture*

SOC 5970

Religion and Society

 

*Course titles with an asterisk are listed in multiple areas, but may only be counted once within a student’s degree plan.

Course ID

Course Name

ECON 5613

International Economics - Trade

ECON 5633

International Economics - Finance

ECON 5853

World Economic Development

ECON 5990

Chinese Economic Development*

ECON 5990

Comparative Economic Systems

ECON 5990

International Energy Markets

ECON 5990

Middle Eastern Economics*

GEOG 6220

Critical Geopolitics*

GEOG 6220 Indigenous Development in Latin America*

GEOG 6230

ENergy Systems and Sustainability

GEOG 6230

Geography and the World Economy

GEOG 6230

Globalization of Plant Foods and Fiber

GEOG 6240

Climate Change and Society

GEOG 6240

International Dimensions of Biodiversity Conservation

GEOG 6240

Large Scale Ecosystem Restoration

GEOG 6240

Natural Resource Management in a Globalizing World

GEOG 6240

Resource and Environmental Geography

GEOG 6240

Resource Conflict in the Developing World

IAS 5383

Political Economy of the Underworld: Organized Crime and Conflict*

IAS 5940

 Global Climate Change Policy*

SOC 5943

Inequality in the Global Perspective

SOC 5970

Overview of Environ. Issues from a Global and Strategic Perspective*

 

*Course titles with an asterisk are listed in multiple areas, but may only be counted once within a student’s degree plan.

Course ID

Course Name

CAS 5970

Chinese Culture and Communication*

CAS 5970

Contemporary China

ECON 5990

Chinese Economic Development*

ECON 5990

Middle Eastern Economics * 

HIST 5970

Building Modern Nations: Bismarck and Ben Gurion

HIST 6200

Roots of the Balkan Crisis

HIST 6200

Aspects of the British Empire

HIST 6200

The Great War

HIST 6200

Seminar in History: Russia's World War II

GEOG 6220

Indigenous Development in Latin America*

HIST 6300

Culture and Identity in Latin America*

HIST 6400

American Experience in Vietnam*

HIST 6400

American Foreign Policy Between the World Wars*

HIST 6600

Seminar in Middle Eastern History: Stateless People

HIST 6600

Religion and Society*

HIST 6600

Modern Middle East
IAS 5123

African Peacekeeping*

IAS 5213

Politics of the European Union*

IAS 5363

Cultures of Latin America*

IAS 5375

Media and Conflict in Latin America*

IAS 5453

Politics and Policy of the Middle East*

IAS 5483

Minorities in the Middle East*

 IAS 5513

 US Diplomatic History

IAS 5940

Afghanistan in Conflict

IAS 5940

Eastern European Politics*

IAS 5940

African Postcolonial Cinema

IAS 5940

Women and Gender in South Asia

IAS 5940

Terrorism in Africa*

PSC 5550

Inter-American Politics*

PSC 5683

Politics of Latin America*

RELS 5970

Islamic Culture*

Two IR-approved elective courses (6 hours) must be taken.

Elective courses represent the breadth and depth of the core and substantive areas. Depth of understanding is increased by taking electives in a single area while breadth of understanding is increased by taking electives across several degree areas.

IR-approved elective courses may be found within the Core Area of Politics, Government and Security (PGS) or the following Substantive Areas.

All MAIR courses are title-specific. Some courses have the same course number. Only the course titles listed on the MAIR website are accepted for the MAIR degree.