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International Affairs

We live in an increasingly interconnected global environment where people, goods, ideas and conflicts traverse borders with rising frequency. Leaders in the activist, policy and academic spheres must learn not only how to critically analyze these phenomena but also to envisage har-nessing their constructive potential. Northeastern University is delighted to announce the September 2015 launch of a new interdisciplinary graduate program dedicated to preparing tomorrow’s global citizens: the MA in International Affairs.

A holistic approach to enhancing our understanding of the world must span the limits of any one academic field and embrace cross-disciplinary analytical competencies. Spanning several Social Sciences and Humanities our courses are taught by cutting-edge scholars who research Democratization, Gender, Globalization, Ethnic Conflict and Cooperation, Human Rights and International Law, International Relations, Social Activism, Social Justice and many other topics. Through its core courses, its two tracks — Democratization, Globalization and Social Justice, and International Public Policy — global and regional electives, this graduate program allows students to pursue a variety of themes.

Degree Requirements

To earn the Master of Arts (MA) degree in International Affairs at Northeastern University you must successfully complete 36 credit hours of credit in the prescribed curriculum.

The curriculum consists of a required core course, a required methods course, a required public policy course, three courses in either one of the two tracks, one global issues elective, and one regional elective.

The IA Core

MA students must take three required core courses. All must take INTL 5200, Political Economy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Additionally, students must take at least one Social Science methods course and at least one Public Policy course. Those interested in the spatial development of social, cultural, and economic phenomena are encouraged to register for a fourth core course — PPUA 6215, Geographic Information Systems.

Beyond the Core

MA students must select one of two tracks — Development, Globalization & Social Justice (DGSJ) or International Public Policy (IPP). Students interested in the DGSJ track must register for SOCL 7221, Development, Globalization & Social Justice and take at take at least one additional track elective. Alternatively, those who are interested in the IPP track must register for POLS 7387, Global Governance and take at least one additional track elective. Additionally, all students must take at least one course within each of our two elective categories: Global Issues and Regional electives. Upon completing their requirements students are free to take their remaining electives in any category: core, track, global issues, or regional electives.

 

International Affairs: Democratization, Globalization & Social Justice Track
Course
Semester Hours
Core Courses (Required)
INTL 5200    Political Economy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives3 SH
SOCL 7221    Development, Globalization & Social Justice3 SH
Social Science and Methods (One Required)

ECON 5110 Microeconomic Theory*

ECON 5120 Macroeconomic Theory*

ECON 7251 International Finance*

POLS 7201 Research Methods

POLS 7202 Quantitative Techniques

SOCL 7210 Statistical Methods of Sociology

SOCL 7211 Research Methods

SOCL 7220 Qualitative Analysis
Semester hours vary depending on course.
Public Policy (One Required)

POLS 7203 Techniques of Policy Analysis

POLS 7304 Economic Analysis & Institutions

POLS 7305 Institutional Leadership

POLS 7308 Management of Nonprofit Organizations

POLS 7318 Techniques of Program Evaluation

POLS 7337 Non-Profit Financial Resource Development
3 SH
Geographic Information (recommended):

PPUA 6215    Geographic Information Systems
3 SH
Electives—Select one elective from each required field.
Global Issues Electives (One Required)

CRIM 7201 Global Criminology

CRIM 7336 Globalization of Crime & Justice

HIST 7237 Legal History Around the World

HIST 7239 Space and Place

HIST 7316 Global Environment

POLS 7326 International Development, Administration & Planning

POLS 7362 Nationalism

POLS 7366 Genocide

PHIL 5003 Ethics, Justice & Climate Change

PPUA 5260 Ecological Economics

PPUA 5265 Urban & Regional Policy in Developing Countries

PPUA 7238 Climate Change & Global Urbanization

RELS 5001 Comparative Religious Ethics

SOCL 7230 Political Economy of Global Capitalism
Semester hours vary depending on course.
Regional electives (One Required):

HIST 7227 Twentieth Century China

HIST 7238 Colonialism in Africa

HIST 7252 Middle East History

POLS 7368 Europe & the EU

POLS 7370 Europe & European Union

POLS 7375 Russian Foreign Policy

POLS 7375 Arab-Israeli Conflict

POLS 7376 Middle East Politics

POLS 7378 Government & Politics in South Asia

POLS 7379 Chinese Politics

POLS 7383 Government & Politics in Latin America

POLS 7384 Government & Politics in Africa

POLS 7385 Transatlantic Relations
Semester hours vary depending on course.
Democratization, Globalization & Social Justice Track Electives—(Two Required):

HIST 7323 Modern Imperialism

INTL XXXX Gender & Development

PHIL 5001 Global Justice

POLS 7325 Contemporary Issues in 3rd World Development

POLS 7351 Democratization

SOCL 7100 Queer Theory

SOCL 7221 Globalization & Resistance

SOCL 7222 Gender & Globalization

SOCL 7225 Gender & Social Movements

SOCL 7268 Globalization & Urban Development

SOCL 7271 Globalization: Social & Political Theoretical Debates
Semester hours vary depending on course.
International Affairs: Global Governance Track
Course
Semester Hours
Core Courses (Required)
INTL 5200    Political Economy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives3 SH
POLS 7387 Global Governance3 SH
Social Science and Methods (One Required)

ECON 5110 Microeconomic Theory*

ECON 5120 Macroeconomic Theory*

ECON 7251 International Finance*

POLS 7201 Research Methods

POLS 7202 Quantitative Techniques

SOCL 7210 Statistical Methods of Sociology

SOCL 7211 Research Methods

SOCL 7220 Qualitative Analysis
Semester hours vary depending on course.
Public Policy (One Required)

POLS 7203 Techniques of Policy Analysis

POLS 7304 Economic Analysis & Institutions

POLS 7305 Institutional Leadership

POLS 7308 Management of Nonprofit Organizations

POLS 7318 Techniques of Program Evaluation

POLS 7337 Non-Profit Financial Resource Development
3 SH
Geographic Information (recommended):

PPUA 6215    Geographic Information Systems
3 SH
Electives—Select one elective from each required field.
Global Issues Electives (One Required)

CRIM 7201 Global Criminology

CRIM 7336 Globalization of Crime & Justice

HIST 7237 Legal History Around the World

HIST 7239 Space and Place

HIST 7316 Global Environment

POLS 7326 International Development, Administration & Planning

POLS 7362 Nationalism

POLS 7366 Genocide

PHIL 5003 Ethics, Justice & Climate Change

PPUA 5260 Ecological Economics

PPUA 5265 Urban & Regional Policy in Developing Countries

PPUA 7238 Climate Change & Global Urbanization

RELS 5001 Comparative Religious Ethics

SOCL 7230 Political Economy of Global Capitalism
Semester hours vary depending on course.
Regional electives (One Required):

HIST 7227 Twentieth Century China

HIST 7238 Colonialism in Africa

HIST 7252 Middle East History

POLS 7368 Europe & the EU

POLS 7370 Europe & European Union

POLS 7375 Russian Foreign Policy

POLS 7375 Arab-Israeli Conflict

POLS 7376 Middle East Politics

POLS 7378 Government & Politics in South Asia

POLS 7379 Chinese Politics

POLS 7383 Government & Politics in Latin America

POLS 7384 Government & Politics in Africa

POLS 7385 Transatlantic Relations
Semester hours vary depending on course.
Democratization, Globalization & Social Justice Track Electives—(Two Required):

CRIM 7242 Terrorism & International Crime

POLS 7207 Seminar in International Relations

POLS 7282 Politics in Developing Nations

POLS 7327 Comparative Public Policy & Adm.

POLS 7333 Science, Technology & Public Policy

POLS 7351 Democratization

POLS 7356 Comparative Political Economy

POLS 7357 International Political Economy

POLS 7359 International Public Law

POLS 7369 International Security

POLS XXXX Hard Power, Soft Power & Smart Power
Semester hours vary depending on course.

After fulfilling these requirements students may take their remaining free electives from any course in any method, track, or elective category. Among free electives students may take a 6-credit thesis.

* Student should not enroll in these courses unless they have a strong background in Economics.

In total, the IAF degree requires 36 semester hours.

For additional information, contact:

Information accurate as of Spring 2015. Requirements and policies subject to change. For up-to-date information, contact Kathryn Higgins or view the official graduate catalogue for a full listing of graduate level courses.