Take a Class

Many potential students get to know our programs by enrolling to take a single course with us. This is a great way to “sample” the programs before applying. It lets you assess whether the content of the program meets your goals and interests, and if the structure of the program is manageable given your other commitments. 

These are 3-credit graduate level courses, and require that students have completed a bachelor's degree in order to enroll. If you take a course as a non-degree student, earn a grade of B or better, and are later admitted to one of our degree programs the credits earned will be counted towards your degree (maximum of 2 courses/6 credits allowed).  All course options can count towards:

Please visit the tuition and fee page of the Bursar’s Office website for up-to-date information regarding the cost to take a class. Note: New England regional rate is not applicable for non-degree students.



Study Abroad in Ecuador or Ireland this Summer (credits earned may count towards our master's degrees)

Spring Registration Closed.  Fall 2019 options will be posted late summer. Following is a sample of courses that may be offered. 

Conflict in Workgroups 

This course provides the participant with an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the dynamics

of work groups, with an emphasis on processes of conflict within them, and to develop skills to deal constructively with intra- and inter- group conflict. Class sessions will deal with conceptual issues in a combination of lecture and seminar-discussion format, drawing from various literatures on groups. Students will also participate in weekly meetings with a small workgroup, consisting of a sub-set of the class, which will offer an opportunity to study group processes in vivo with the aid of a facilitator.

Conflict Theory 

This course examines the theories and assumptions underpinning the practice of negotiation and mediation. It identifies the major schools of thought that influence models in practice and shape research agendas. It examines theories critically, with three aims-uncovering implicit assumptions of practice, testing those assumptions against empirical evidence or other theories, and gleaning insights to assist practitioners.

Advanced Negotiation and Mediation: Israeli / Palestinian Conflict 

The conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians has been called intractable and endless. Depending on how you measure, one can say it has been going on for up to 137 years. Why? Other serious religious, ethnic, nationalistic, territorial conflicts decline and end. Why does this one persist? But, historically all conflicts have ended. How might this one end? These are the questions this course will explore. The course will provide a picture, or several pictures, of how the conflict has unfolded, and will include deep dives into two occasions when major efforts were made to move toward peace.

Environmental Conflict & Peacemaking 

This course explores environmental issues and resources as sources of and contributors to conflict, and as avenues and opportunities for conflict resolution and peacemaking. Research and concepts from multiple disciplines, many world regions and many environmental and resource challenges are included.

International Political Economy 

The course engages students in a study of the relationship between economics and politics in global affairs, applying interdisciplinary scholarship to explore the problem of scarcity and the development and functioning of international markets. Topics may include the behavior of institutions such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization; non-governmental organizations such as multinational corporations, local business partnerships, and workers unions; and other political entities situated at the domestic, national, regional, and global levels. Pre Requisites: Prerequisite: Graduate Degree Student in International Relations