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. 

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

Registration is closed for fall 2020. Check back soon for spring 2021 options. 

The following are examples of the types of classes you may take as a non-degree student.  Contact conresglobal@umb.edu for more information.

International Development

This course examines the major concepts and theories necessary for a critical understanding of the social, political, and economic problems and possibilities facing countries in their quest for development. While exploring the domestic determinants of development, the course also considers the role of international institutions and the most powerful countries in shaping the policy options of developing countries, with particular attention to the process of globalization as a recent contributor to the problem of underdevelopment.

Global Governance 

''Global governance'' refers both to something empirical -- ''what (limited) world government we have'' -- and to an approach to the study of global problems, one that highlights the economic and cultural contexts of political globalization and foregrounds the questions of whether and how current processes can be made more effective. Students will become familiar with the variety of theoretical approaches to global governance and knowledgeable about its context, including the globalization of industrial capitalism in which global governance emerged, and about its empirics, what it is today. Students' final papers and in-class presentations will investigate the prospects for reform of global governance in an issue area of their choice.

Conflict Resolution 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.

Int'l Security & Conflict Mgt 

The post-Cold War international arena continues to reflect a state of insecurity as enduring conflicts such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remain unresolved and new wars in the Arab world, Africa, Asia, and Latin America threaten human security. Can international approaches to conflict management, resolution, and security provision bring peace to the world? In responding to this question, the course is an introduction to the study of war and peace, international and human security, and the theory and practice of contemporary conflict and conflict management around the world with special attention to Israel-Palestine, the UN Security Council, the African Union peace and security apparatus, and trends in transnational justice and international criminal law. Students participate in international conflict management final capstone group projects that help them connect the course content to the practical realities of international and comparative peacemaking and peacebuilding.