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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. 

All classes are 3-credits unless otherwise noted.  These graduate level courses 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 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.

Summer study aboard programs are eligible for non-degree credits

Sping 2020 Non-Degree Options: 

Registration begins January 13, 2020, and classes start the week of January 27. Click here to sign up.  and we will send intructions about how to obtain a free ID number which is required to register. 

Conflict Theory (ConRes 623) with Eben Weitzman, Wednesday: 1:00 PM

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.

Cross-Cultural Conflict (ConRes 624) with Darren Kew, Tuesday: 5:30 PM

This course emphasizes the special characteristics of conflict based in religious, ethnic, national, or racial identity-conflicts that the field calls ''intractable.'' The primary focus of the course is on intervention techniques that have been used and that have been proposed for use in these settings.

Large Groups (ConRes 697) Staff, Thursday: 4:00 PM

Group conflicts are characterized by increased complexity, quicker rates of escalation to violence, and longer time frames than individual-level conflicts, creating a greater tendency for stagnation and intractability. In recent years, an increasing number of scholars and practitioners of conflict resolution have sought to develop methods to manage conflicts among large numbers of people. This course seeks to present some of the most popular such methods in the field and to hear from some of the professionals who utilize them.

Gender & Conflict (ConRes 603) Staff, Wednesday: 5:30 PM

By identifying how, when and why conflict is a gendered construct, students in this course can better understand the conflict from other than a mainstream perspective. They can also be more aware of their own gender-based biases concerning the conflict. Doing so enables students to deepen their knowledge about the conflict, to think about conflicts from multiple perspectives, and to consider dispute resolution approaches that recognize the special circumstances that women experience in conflict. Course-related requirements, including reading, writing, making presentations, working collaboratively with classmates, and participating in analytic, theory-generating discussion, are designed to strengthen students’ skills.

Advanced Studies in Int'l Relations: Environment (INTREL 671) Maria Ivanova, Wednesday: 3:00 PM 

This course offers a critical and detailed assessment of a specialized area of international affairs. It is intended for students who have already completed at least the first semester of core courses in the International Relations MA program (and preferably the first year of coursework). Structured as an intensive seminar, the course includes the study of the relevant literature, a review of pertinent theoretical debates, and participation in individual or team-based research projects.

Internatonal Political Economy (INTREL 614) Rita Edozie, Wednesday: 5:30 PM

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.

Global Health/Devlp concept Policy and practice (GGHS 716Courtenay Sprague, Thursday: 4:00 PM

The course examines the evolution, key concepts and practice of global health as an emergent field. It is concerned with engaging and exploring the dominant themes, key relationships, and central questions that radiate from the trans-disciplinary field of global health. The aim is for students to critically engage the global public health questions and concerns introduced in the course. Students will apply analytical thinking skills to understand a range of global public health and development problems and trends, implications, and responses.