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International and Public Affairs

The concentration in International and Public Affairs equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be engaged global citizens. This concentration offers three tracks: Development, Policy & Governance, and Security. All students take a common core of five classes, beginning with a choice of thematic gateway lecture courses (ideally taken during freshman or sophomore year), and then building through a required junior seminar and a required senior seminar (eligible students may choose to write an honor's thesis to satisfy the senior seminar requirement). All students choose one of three tracks of substantive specialization: Development, in which students explore issues of human development in local and global contexts, and across both the developing world and advanced industrial settings; Security, which allows students to explore issues of security in both local and global contexts; and Policy and Governance, in which students explore the design, implementation, and evaluation of public policies to resolve societal challenges, as well as the governing structures that yield those policies. The concentration is committed to engaging students in the classroom, enabling research opportunities with faculty and in the field, and supporting experiential learning opportunities. Advisors' office hours and an online appointment scheduler are available here

Development Track Concentration Requirements

Gateway course (choose 1) 1
Global Health, Humanitarianism, and Inequality
Politics of the Illicit Global Economy
Junior Seminar (choose 1)1
Economic Development in Latin America
Infrastructure!
Revolutions that Changed the World
Engaged Research Engaged Publics
Senior Seminar (choose 1 from either a Senior Thesis Seminar or a Senior Capstone Seminar)1
Thesis Seminars:
Senior Honors Seminar
Thesis Writing in Development Studies
Senior Honors Seminar
Capstone Seminars:
Bilateral and Multilateral Policy and Diplomacy
Diplomacy, Economics & Influence
Disaster, Displacement and Response: A Practitioner, People-Focused Lens on Urban Policy & Practice
Roots of Crisis in Central America
Methods courses: Choose 2 (one must be qualitative and one quantitative)2
Qualitative:
Methods in Development Research
Quantitative:
Introduction to Econometrics
Introductory Statistics for Social Research
Introductory Statistics for Education Research and Policy Analysis
Language Study Option: One of the two methods requirements, either the qualitative or quantitative course, can be substituted by four semesters of the study of a language other than English
IAPA 0200Foundations of Development1
5 Electives (for example):5
Development and the Global Economy
Development and the International Economy
International Trade
International Finance
African Experiences of Empire
Africa and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
Resisting Empire: Gandhi and the Making of Modern South Asia
Diplomacy, Economics & Influence
Money and Power in the International Political Economy
Globalization and Social Conflict
Development and Inequality
Anthropology of Homelessness
Race and Inequality in the United States
Inequality of Opportunity in the US
Cradle of Inequality: The Role of Families, Schools, and Neighborhoods
Prosperity: The Ethics and Economics of Wealth Creation
Legacies of Inequality: The U.S. and Beyond
Development and Health
African American Health Activism from Emancipation to AIDS
AIDS in Global Perspective
International Health: Anthropological Perspectives
Health, Hunger and the Household in Developing Countries
Medicine and Public Health in Africa
The Burden of Disease in Developing Countries
Comparative Health Care Systems
Pathology to Power: Disability, Health and Community
Intersectionality and Health Inequities
Development in National and Regional Contexts
Caribbean and Pacific Small States: On the Margins of Development
The Economics of Latin Americans
History of Brazil
The Making of the Modern Middle East
In the Shadow of Revolution: Mexico Since 1940
Politics, Economy and Society in India
The Rise of China
Development and the Environment
Ecological (De)colonization: North American Environmental History, Justice, and Sovereignty
Environmental Issues in Development Economics
Equity and the Environment: Movements, Scholarship, Solutions
Urban Agriculture: The Importance of Localized Food Systems
Engaged Climate Policy in the U.S.: Rhode Island and Washington, DC
Environmental Stewardship and Resilience in Urban Systems
From the Columbian Exchange to Climate Change: Modern Global Environmental History
Development, Race, and Gender
Afro Latin Americans and Blackness in the Americas
Global Black Radicalism
Afro-Brazilians and the Brazilian Polity
Indians, Colonists, and Africans in New England
Chinese Women, Gender and Feminism from Historical and Transnational Perspectives
Latina Feminisms
Gender, Slavery, and Freedom
Race, Class, and Ethnicity in the Modern World
Total Credits11

Security Track Concentration Requirements

Gateway course (choose 1) 1
Global Health, Humanitarianism, and Inequality
Politics of the Illicit Global Economy
Junior Seminar (choose 1)1
Infrastructure!
Economic Development in Latin America
Revolutions that Changed the World
Engaged Research Engaged Publics
Senior Seminar (choose 1 from either a Senior Thesis Seminar or a Senior Capstone Seminar)1
Thesis Seminars:
Senior Honors Seminar
Thesis Writing in Development Studies
Senior Thesis Preparation
Capstone Seminars:
Bilateral and Multilateral Policy and Diplomacy
Diplomacy, Economics & Influence
Roots of Crisis in Central America
Methods courses: Choose 2 (one must be qualitative and one quantitative)2
Qualitative:
Methods in Development Research
Quantitative:
Introduction to Econometrics
Introductory Statistics for Social Research
Introductory Statistics for Education Research and Policy Analysis
Language Study Option: One of the two methods requirements - either the qualitative or quantitative course, can be substituted by four semesters of the study of a language other than English
IAPA1200Foundations of Security1
Five Electives (for example:5
Geopolitics and Conflict
Cybersecurity and International Relations
A Global History of the Atomic Age
Japan's Pacific War: 1937-1945
Politics of Violence in 20C Europe
Consuming the Cold War in the Caribbean
Introduction to International Politics
War and Politics
Nuclear Weapons and International Politics
Geopolitics of Oil and Energy
Intrastate and Intrasocietal Conflict
Reading and Righting Histories of Violence
Spanish Civil War in Literature and the Visual Arts
American Literature and the Civil War
The American Civil War in Global Perspective: History, Law, and Popular Culture
Humanitarianism and Conflict in Africa
Israel-Palestine: Lands and Peoples I
Palestine versus the Palestinians
Human Security and Humanitarian Response: Increasing Effectiveness and Accountability
Ethnic Politics and Conflict
Security, Governance and Development in Africa
Islam, Violence and Media
Race, Class, and Ethnicity in the Modern World
Globalization and Social Conflict
Empire, Imperialism, and Conflict
African Experiences of Empire
An Empire and Republic: The Dutch Golden Age
The Rise of the Russian Empire
The Collapse of Socialism and the Rise of New Russia
Resisting Empire: Gandhi and the Making of Modern South Asia
Imperialism and Environmental Change
History of American Intervention
Domestic Security and Policing
Contesting the Carceral State
Locked Up: A Global History of Prison and Captivity
State Surveillance in History
Conflict, Displacement, and Refugees
War and Society
Refugees: A Twentieth-Century History
Migration and Borders in a Time of Climate Crisis
Conflict and Human Rights
The International Law and Politics of Human Rights
Just War Theory
War and Human Rights
Total Credits11

Policy and Governance Concentration Requirements

Gateway course (choose 1) 1
Global Health, Humanitarianism, and Inequality
Politics of the Illicit Global Economy
Junior Seminar (choose 1)1
Economic Development in Latin America
Infrastructure!
Revolutions that Changed the World
Engaged Research Engaged Publics
Senior Seminar (choose 1 from either a Senior Thesis Seminar or a Senior Capstone Seminar)1
Thesis Seminars:
Senior Honors Seminar
Thesis Writing in Development Studies
Senior Honors Seminar
Capstone Seminars:
Bilateral and Multilateral Policy and Diplomacy
Diplomacy, Economics & Influence
Roots of Crisis in Central America
Methods courses: choose 2 (one must be qualitative and one must be quantitative)2
Qualitative:
Methods in Development Research
Quantitative:
Introduction to Econometrics
Introductory Statistics for Social Research
Introductory Statistics for Education Research and Policy Analysis
Language Study Option: One of the two methods requirements - either the qualitative or quantitative course, can be substituted by four semesters of the study of a language other than English
IAPA 0110Introduction to Public Policy1
Five electives, for example: 5
Health Policy
Health Inequality in Historical Perspective
AIDS in Global Perspective
Comparative Health Care Systems
Intersectionality and Health Inequities
Health Policy Challenges
Sociology of Medicine
Public Policy and Gender
Gender, Race, and Medicine in the Americas
Women and Politics
Gender and Public Policy
Education and Policy
Economics of Education I
Controversies in American Education Policy: A Multidisciplinary Approach
Politics and Public Education
Policy Implementation in Education
Policy and Inequality
Race and Inequality in the United States
Inequality of Opportunity in the US
Legacies of Inequality: The U.S. and Beyond
Policy, Social Movements, and Social Action
The Organizing Tradition of the Southern Civil Rights Movement
Law and Transformative Social Change
Immigrant Social Movements: Bridging Theory and Practice
Investigating Modes of Social Change
Engaged Research Engaged Publics
Social Entrepreneurship
Public Policy and Social Welfare
Welfare Economics and Social Choice Theory
Welfare States and a History of Modern Life
The American Welfare State in Comparative Perspective
Urban Policy
Environmental Stewardship and Resilience in Urban Systems
Power and Prosperity in Urban America
Remaking the City
The Political Foundations of the City
Policy Evaluation and Measurement
Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation for Education
Program Evaluation
Economics for Public Policy
Total Credits11