International Studies

Program Chair

Daniel Weiner, Vice Provost for Global Affairs and Professor of Geography

UNESCO Chair for Human Rights Associate Professor

Amii Omara-Otunnu


Aschkenasy, Azimi, Berentsen, Berthelot, Boster, Boyer, Bravo-Ureta, Buckley, Célestin, Chazdon, Coşgel, Costigliola, Dalmolin, Davis, Dechant, Desai, Erickson, Fernandez, Gomes, L.Gordon, Guénoun, Handwerker, Healy, Land, Langlois, Linnekin, López, Masciandaro, McBrearty, Purkayastha, X. Reyes, Roe, Schensul, Sheckley, Silander, Silvestrini, Snyder, Stephens, Talvacchia, Weidauer, Weiner, Wilson, Von Hammerstein, Zirakzadeh

Associate Professor

Bouchard, Caner, Casamayor-Cisneros, Chinchilla, Coundouriotis, Dintenfass, Dyson, Gilligan, J. Gordon, Gouwens, Greeley, Hertel, Kane, Kingstone, Lefebvre, Libal, Loss, Martínez, Medina, Overmyer-Velázquez, Pappademos, Pardo, Phillips, Randolph, Schafer, Scruggs, Seda Ramirez, Sterling-Folker, Travis, Watson, Wogenstein

Assistant Professors

Agüero, Bayulgen, Gaztambide-Geigel, Gebelein, Herrera , Lansing, Mitoma, D. Reyes, Rojas, Salazar-Rey, Singer, Turcotte, Venator Santiago, Vernal

Study is offered leading to the degree of Master of Arts in the field of International Studies. Students may pursue a general program emphasis or pursue one of the following areas of concentration: European Studies or Latin American Studies. Offered also is a dual program which combines the master’s degree in International Studies with the Master of Business Administration degree.

The M.A. in International Studies

The master’s degree program is available in two plans: Plan A requires a minimum of 21 credits of course work plus a thesis; Plan B requires 30 credits of course work plus a comprehensive exam. Course work must be distributed over three academic disciplines. Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in appropriate languages adequate both for conversation and research. Scores from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination and three letters of recommendation are required for admission. As each program (European Studies, Latin American Studies, and the general program) has additional guidelines regarding required and elective courses, language proficiency, and comprehensive examinations, to fully understand program requirements students must contact area studies Centers or the Office of International Affairs.

Information concerning the general program and the European Studies concentration may be obtained from Dr. Elizabeth Mahan (Unit 1182). Information regarding the Latin American concentration may be obtained from Dr. Mark Overmyer-Velázquez, Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (Unit 1161).

M.A. in International Studies and M.B.A.

The dual M.A. and M.B.A. degree program consists of 72 credits of course work distributed between International Studies and Business Administration. The M.B.A. portion of the program consists of 42 credits in business, plus fifteen credits of electives. The M.A. portion of the program comprises 30 credits of course work, of which 15 credits count as electives in the M.B.A. portion.

The M.A. program is available in two plans: Plan A requires a minimum of 21 credits of course work, plus a nine credit thesis; Plan B requires 30 credits of course work, plus a comprehensive examination. M.A. students must also demonstrate language proficiency sufficient for conversation and to conduct research in an appropriate second language. Students in the M.A. program select either an area of concentration or an interdisciplinary field of study as the focus of their work.

When completing the application form, applicants to the joint M.A. in International Studies and M.B.A. must indicate clearly as Degree Sought that pursuit of the “Dual M.A. in International Studies and M.B.A. Program” is intended. Applicants are expected to provide three letters of recommendation and scores from both the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) and from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).

For information about the M.B.A. program, students should write to the Director of the M.B.A. Program, School of Business Administration (Unit 1041-041MBA).

Special Facilities

Concerning the study of Latin America, library resources are especially strong for the study of Mexico, the Southern Cone, and the Caribbean. The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center has a number of special collections that are particularly strong in relation to the area studies programs. The Latin American Survey Data Bank in the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research maintains and acquires historical and current national-level surveys from throughout the region.

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