International Public Policy


This concentration prepares students to understand, participate in, and thrive in the public policy process. Students will identify, study and practice the tools of effective policy making across an array of disciplinary perspectives (such as security, development, economic, energy, technological, political and environmental) and approaches, (such as, theoretical, analytical, and methodological).  The approach is hands on and applied and students will immerse themselves in a variety of critical public policy cases and examples.


As a result of globalization, the distinction between domestic and international affairs has effectively evaporated.  Students  engaging public policy issues need to understand their domestic and international components and crucially the dynamics that link them together.  In addition, most critical public policy problems are complex and intertwined.  As a result, a single-lens approach is unlikely to lead to effective policy making.  Rather, identifying crucial public policy problems and developing impactful answers requires an interdisciplinary perspective. Using an interdisciplinary approach that seeks to bridge international and domestic dynamics, the concentration in International Public Policy equips students to engage a variety of vital policy making processes and topics.  


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 (3 credits)
  2. Political Economy of Development and Growth — INTAF 504 (3 credits)
  3. Strategy, Conflict, Peace — INTAF 505 (3 credits)
  4. Domestic Influences on Foreign Policy — INTAF 508 (3 credits)
  5. Cross Cultural Conflict Resolution — INTAF 510 (3 credits)
  6. Climate and Security Policy — INTAF 597* (3 credits)
  7. Grand Strategies of Established and Rising Powers — INTAF 597* (3 credits)
  8. Weapons for Mass Destruction and International Security — INTAF 597* (3 credits)
  9. Dealing with Dictators — INTAF 597* (3 credits)
  10. Media, Globalization, and International Politics — INTAF 597* (3 credits)
  11. Diplomacy and Statecraft in a Changing World — INTAF 597* (3 credits)
  12. Energy, International Security, and the Global Economy — INTAF 810 (3 credits)
  13. U.S. Policy in the Middle East — INTAF 814 (3 credits)
  14. Dynamics of International Economic Order: Law, Politics, and Power — INTAF 815 (3 credits)

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