Students with a strong interest in a particular country or region may choose to pursue a Regional Concentration to expand area expertise and acquire the skills necessary to structure development programs, assess conflict drivers, and anticipate
developments in a specific country or region of the world.
These skills ensure programmatic success and preparedness for any eventuality. Students pursuing this option may count six hours of graduate language study towards the track and are encouraged to consider opportunities at world partner institutions.
Associate Professor Gladys McCormick’s groundbreaking research on the impacts of drug trafficking, violence and torture in Latin America / Mexico benefits students by providing a valuable historical framework for tackling pressing current-day policy issues of citizen
security and governance.
~ Gladys McCormick,
Associate Professor, History
Jay and Debe Moskowitz Endowed Chair in Mexico-U.S. Relations
Regionally focused work requires the ability to operate at the intergovernmental or international level, understand the importance of micro-and macro-economics, and a range of research methodologies.
As such, students are encouraged to consider the following classes for their core requirements:
PAI 702 Development in Africa
PAI 715 African Conflicts: Causes and Consequences*
PAI 700 Who Will Rule the 21st Century
PAI 715 Rising China and Challenges to the Global Order*
ANT 629 Transformation of Eastern Europe
PSC 600 European Integration
PAI 703 Current Issues in US-Latin American Relations
PAI 730 Contemporary U.S.-Mexico Relations
ANT 668 Middle East in Anthropological Perspective
PSC 682 Social Theory and the Middle East
PSC 684 International Relations of the Middle East
Regional knowledge strengthens students’ career marketability by aligning them with targeted opportunities and preparing them for positions similar to the following:
Public Relations Specialist and Program Coordinator, America and China Int’l Foundation Program Officer, Asia Program, The Henry Luce Foundation
Director, Office of the Pacific Basin, U.S. Department of Commerce Political and Public Diplomacy Officer, U.S. Mission to the African Union