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Curriculum & Courses

Curriculum & Courses

Connect theory, practice, and policy

 

The Master of Global Affairs offers a two-year curriculum that connects theory, practice, and policy through a combination of engaging coursework and immersive practical experiences. You will develop critical skills needed to build your career while pursuing your choice of concentration and elective courses within global affairs.


Core Courses: Build your foundation

 

Foundational courses present an integrative understanding of global affairs and provide you with a breadth of knowledge on different approaches and topics. You will learn to view issues from multiple perspectives and to work across disciplines alongside colleagues from across the world.

Within the foundational coursework, you will begin tailoring the curriculum to your professional aspirations and interests by selecting from a list of course offerings:

 

Integral Human Development — Clemens Sedmak

Economics of Growth and Development — Lakshmi Iyer

Global Policy Seminar — Sara Sievers, Francis Taylor, & invited guests

A Global Politics course of your choosing

A Research Methods course of your choosing

Keough Career Colloquium — Melinda Fountain

 


Concentration coursework: Develop your expertise

 

As a Master of Global Affairs student, you will choose an area of concentration. Within each concentration, classes are designed to take you deeper into a specific field, giving you the professional skills and knowledge to address issues about which you are the most passionate.

International Peace Studies

 

Foundations of Peace Studies — Ann Mische

Strategic Peacebuilding & Reflective Practice — Susan St. Ville

International Peace Studies Capstone — Rashied Omar

Sustainable Development

 

Foundations of Sustainable Development — Ray Offenheiser & Sandra Polanía Reyes

Environmental Policy — Lakshmi Iyer, Sara Sievers, & invited guests

*Quantitative Methods for Global Affairs (or Elective) — Thomas Mustillo

*Applied Microeconomics (or Elective) — Sisi Meng

Global Affairs + Specialization

 

Foundations of Global Affairs — Gary Goertz & Sara Sievers

*Quantitative Methods for Global Affairs (or Elective) — Thomas Mustillo

*Applied Microeconomics (or Elective) — Sisi Meng

Electives in your area of specialization

 

*Students who fulfill this course requirement prior to matriculation can pursue elective coursework


Electives: Customize your experience

 

Where do you want to make an impact? With direction from faculty advisers and concentration directors, you will choose elective courses that help you craft an academic experience tailored to your unique career goals. Select from a rich array of classes offered both at the Keough School and across the University of Notre Dame’s six other academic colleges and schools. Elective courses provide you the opportunity to specialize further, gaining the knowledge and skills that connect to your professional goals. Courses vary by semester but fall into general thematic and professional skills areas:

Thematic Areas

 

  • Environment & Climate Change

  • Peacebuilding & Conflict Resolution

  • Global Education

  • Global Religion

  • Migration & Refugees

  • Human Rights & International Law

  • Global Health

  • State, Society, and the International Order

  • Courses with a regional focus

Professional Skills Areas

 

  • Policy

  • Management & Leadership

  • Negotiation & Mediation

  • Methods for Research & Project Design

  • ICT4D (Information Communications Technology for Development)


Career Development: Gain practical experience

 

Take your classroom learning into the field and work alongside seasoned policymakers, global organizations, and renowned academic experts. All students participate in global fieldwork and on-the-job training as part of the Master of Global Affairs curriculum. Students in the Sustainable Development and Global Affairs concentrations participate in the Integration Lab (i-Lab) program, while students in the Peace Studies concentration complete an extended, custom-designed field immersion. All students participate in the Global Policy Seminar and specialized career development coursework that extends over the full two-year arch of the program.