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The Paul H. Nitze
School of Advanced International Studies
Courses of Study

Listed below is a summary of courses of study at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. Click on titles for more information. If you'd rather, you can also explore the school's web site at www.sais-jhu.edu.

European Studies (SAIS)

African Studies

The African Studies Program focuses on key political, economic and social questions in contemporary Africa. The program covers domestic and global aspects of African development, drawing on comparative approaches from the social sciences along with extensive contexual and historical knowledge of African countries. Students gain a strong foundation in both theory and applied knowledge.

American Foreign Policy

Through historical data and a better understanding of cultures, SAIS students and faculty strive to better understand American Foreign Policy.

Arabic Languages Program

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Asian Studies

Asian Studies is a broad field that provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the trends shaping Asia in the 21st century. Students in Asian Studies select a concentration in China, Japan, Korea, South Asia or Southeast Asia.

Canadian Studies

The Canadian Studies Program (CSP) examines Canada from the perspective of trade, financial and commercial relations as well as from the perspective of unique political and cultural institutions, comparing the nation with other middle-sized open economies and other industrial democracies.

China Studies

The China Studies Program offers a unique multidisciplinary and historically grounded curriculum on contemporary China

Conflict Management

The Conflict Management Program focuses on mechanisms for handling international conflict and developing cooperation. The program presents various theoretical approaches to negotiation, examines policies and processes in managing crises and conflicts and explores the formation and use of international organizations and regimes

Energy, Resources and Environment

The Energy, Resources and Environment (ERE) Program (formerly the International Policy Program) offers an interdisciplinary curriculum in international policy and an analysis of the energy, resources and environment sectors, integrating economics, political science, law and other academic disciplines.

Foreign Policy Institute

The Foreign Policy Institute, (FPI), an integral part of The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), was established in 1980 to unite the worlds of scholarship and public affairs in the search for realistic answers to international issues facing the United States and the world. Since that time, FPI has continued to fulfill its mission by sponsoring study groups and individuals from the fields of diplomacy, business, journalism, politics, academia, and government, who write, teach, and conduct programs for SAIS students and faculty as well as conduct outreach events for the greater academic and policy communities.

Global Theory & History

The Global Theory and History Program examines continuityand change in the formation and maturation of territorially focused relations, along with transnational forces and ideologies. The program includes the interplay of political economy, diplomatic and military strategies and cultural civilizations.

International Affairs

Students are not admitted directly to this two-year program but must submit a further application during the first year of study in Bologna.

International Economics

The International Economics Program provides students with a firm grasp of the theory and tools of economics and finance and the functioning of the international economic system. These skills are an important component of modern training in international affairs.

International Public Policy

Candidates for the Master of International Public Policy degree are mid-career professionals, generally with at least nine years of work experience after graduating from university, in a careers related to international affairs.

International Studies (SAIS)

A division of The Johns Hopkins University since 1950, SAIS is truly an international institution, with campuses in Washington, D.C., Bologna, Italy, and Nanjing, China, that draw students from throughout the world.

International Development

The SAIS International Development (IDEV) Program provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of developing countries, with the aim of preparing students for careers in development.

International Law

The International Law and Organizations Program seeks to provide a working knowledge of the general principles of international law, covering the capacities of multilateral organizations, and the particular regimes that govern international human rights, international arms control, the limits and use of military force, the law of the sea, regulation of the environment, international health problems, investment and trade.

International Relations

International Relations (IR) is a broad field that allows concentration in specific aspects for students wishing to specialize, and general training in the subject for students seeking to achieve a wider appreciation of international politics. It teaches students the critical use of concepts as a basis for understanding and analyzing international relations.

Latin American Studies (SAIS)

The Latin American Studies Program (LASP) offers a range of courses focusing on current political and economic trends in the region, comparative issues in the broader emerging markets context, as well as specialized areas of increasing relevance today such as urban policy and energy challenges.

Japan Studies

Japan is changing, both in security and economic affairs, after a generation of drift. The Japan Studies Program, with accomplished scholars, policy-experienced professionals and real-world work opportunities for students, is catching the wave. The Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies supports these efforts, conducts policy-relevant research and provides links to Asian Studies in general.

Korean Studies

SAIS has offered courses on Korea for many years as part of its Asia offerings. Now, in acknowledgment of the increasing political and economic significance of Korea, educational activities regarding Korea have been enlarged. In 2003, the Korea Initiative was launched as an interim program to enhance students’ understanding of the nation.

Language Studies

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Middle East Studies

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Policy Studies/Public Policy

Public policy is the discipline that unites schools of politics, economics and sociology. To master the study of public policy is to prepare oneself for both the worlds of thought and action. Graduates of public policy go on to lead and shape the world at local, state, national, and international levels. At Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies, public policy courses are designed to provide advanced understanding of economic, political, and ethical analysis skills policy professionals require to manage and lead effectively.

Russian and Eurasian Studies

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South Asia Studies

The South Asia Studies Program provides a foundation for understanding, through a historical perspective, the political, socioeconomic and international dynamics of this crucial region. An array of interdisciplinary courses addresses South Asia’s growing economic and strategic importance as well as its political history, its complex social structures and the challenges of development.

Southeast Asian Studies

Established in 1991, the Southeast Asia Studies Program has evolved into one of the leading regional studies programs in the United States. The program offers multidisciplinary courses, language instruction and practical experience through summer internships.

Strategic Studies

The Strategic Studies Program explores the relationship between politics and the many kinds of military power—from the use of terror by small, non-state groups to the threatened use of nuclear weapons. Building on core concepts taught in the course Strategy and Policy, the program allows students to pursue interests in diverse aspects of security while developing a variety of analytic and practical skills.

Western Hemisphere Studies

Western Hemisphere Studies (WHS) brings together the faculty and curriculum of the Canadian Studies Program (CSP) and the Latin American Studies Program (LASP) to offer students an integrated view and understanding of the dynamics of change in North and South America in the 21st century.

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