International Energy Policy


This concentration will prepare students to engage with the range of issues and techniques employed to study, understand and operate in the international energy policy field.


Energy, whether finite (e.g. oil) or replenishable (e.g. solar), drives the world economies. Energy concerns have also fueled wars, insurgencies, and international alliance formation and dissolution. International energy represents a fast growing and exciting area of employment opportunity. This track helps to provide an understanding of international energy policy by blending knowledge of international politics, international economics, regional dynamics, and a foundation in the science and technical operations of energy discovery, production and consumption.  


Students wishing to receive attestation certifying the depth of their specialization in this particular area will be required to successfully complete at least four of the courses listed below.

Please note that this list will be reviewed from time to time depending on the available course offerings at any given time. Students should check the availability of these courses with the SIA academic advisor and the individual course instructors. Students should also determine if there are pre-requisites for enrolling in a particular course.


  1. Science, Technology, and International Policy — INTAF 502
  2. Grand Strategies of Established and Rising Powers — INTAF 597*
  3. International Development and the Ethics of Development Assistance —INTAF 597 
  4. Energy, International Security, and the Global Economy — INTAF 810
  5. U.S. Policy in the Middle East — INTAF 814                                           
  6. Applied Energy Policy — EME 803
  7. Economic Analysis of Energy Markets — ENNEC 540
  8. Economics of Energy and Energy Security — ECON 427
  9. Energy and Modern Society — EM SC 420
  10. Energy Economics — EBF 484 (EBF and Math pre-requisites)
  11. Energy Geography — GEOG 497E
  12. ​Energy Law & Policy — ENVR 952 (3 credits; requires Law faculty approval)
  13. Energy Policy — GEOG 432
  14. Energy Markets, Policy and Regulation — EME 801
  15. Environmental Economics — ECON 428
  16. Environmental Law — RP & EL 960
  17. Foundations in Sustainability Systems — EME 504
  18. Human Dimensions of Global Warming — GEOG 438W
  19. Introduction to Electricity Markets — EBF 483
  20. Introduction to Petroleum and Natural Gas Extraction — P N G 411
  21. Natural Resources Conservation and Community Sustainability — SOILS 422
  22. Political Economy of Energy and Extractive Industries in Africa (Oil and Mining) — AFR 534
  23. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems — EME 802
  24. Renewable Energy and Nonmarket Enterprise — EME 805
  25. Risk Analysis in the Earth Sciences — GEOSC 450
  26. Risk Management in Energy Idustries — EBF 473 (EBF and STAT pre-requisites)
  27. Solar Resource Assessment and Economics — EME 810
  28. Strategic Corporate Finance for the Earth, Energy and Materials Industries — EBF 401
  29. Technologies for Sustainability Systems — EME 807
  30. Water Law & Policy — ENVR 967 (3 credits; requires Law faculty approval)
  31. Globalization, Extractive Industries, and Conflicts in Africa — PL SC 464
  32. International Rural Social Change (Global Health/Food Security/Environment) — RSOC 517

* Frequency and availability of Special Topics 597 courses will vary each semester.