Course Schedule

All of the courses and materials are delivered online. The entire program is distance learning. Courses are eight weeks long.  Students can take 3 course per semester, 2 in the summer. If you have a special circumstance and would like to take more than 3 courses per semester, you must gain approval from either Prof. Kurzer or Dr. Ryckman.

If a student is enrolled over the maximum number of allowed courses without gaining prior permission on the first day of the semester, then they will be administratively dropped from the extra course(s) after 48 hours. An email will be sent to the student informing them that they will be administratively dropped, and will identify from which courses s/he will be dropped.

Courses open one week before the official course start date. All courses are delivered via D2L:

Click here to see our schedule archive

Current Schedule

Fall 2017 Session 1 - Start: Monday, August 28, 2017 - End: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Description Instructor Credits
PA 561A - Climate Change: Science, Policy, and Security - Fall 2017

Global climate change is widely considered the greatest threat confronting societies and governments today. Over the last decade a consensus has developed among natural and physical scientists over the likely causes of global climate change. Businesses, governments, and citizens have begun to respond by developing a variety of strategies, policies, and institutional arrangements designed to reduce human contributions to climate change and promote adaptation to the environmental impacts that are beginning to emerge.These policy responses are truly diverse in form and scale, from voluntary carbon markets and business certification programs, to command and control type regulations, to international treaties.

Professor Edella Schlager 3
POL 542A - Topics in European Security - Fall 2017

This course examines the various challenges the EU faces as it seeks to address the euro crisis and efforts to create a stronger international profile. We first examine the main institutions of the EU. Next, we will look at economic and monetary integration and EU's external relations with the U.S., China, and Latin America.

Professor Paulette Kurzer 3
POL 553A - Media and International Affairs - Fall 2017

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the mass media, and the role the mass media plays in American democracy. In this course, we will consider several key questions pertain- ting to the role of the media in democracy, such as: What effects do mass mediated messages have on voters? Do voters passively accept information found in the media, or do voters actively challenge this information?  How do journalists and political elites interact?

Professor Chris Weber 3
POL 555 - American Foreign Policy - Fall 2017

Analysis of the Cold War; Congressional-Executive clashes over foreign policy control; approaches to policy analysis.

Dr. Gary Guertner 3
POL 559A - Comparing US and EU Democracy Promotion Policy in the MENA region - Fall 2017

The course starts with a discussion of the key concepts of democracy promotion and continues by analyzing how these efforts have influenced the construction of democratic institutions and practices in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Ironically, both the U.S and EU engage in democracy promotion, without coordinating their respective measures, and their programs occasionally contradict each other.  The goal of the course is to critically reflect on why democracy promotion efforts differ between the EU and the US and what the implications are of the current programs in existence in the region.

Dr. Eva-Maria Maggi 3
POL 588A - The Politics of Energy Security in Eurasia - Fall 2017

Energy has long been a major factor in the formation of a country's military and commercial strategies, the exercise of national power, and in determining the shape of the international system. As both concerns about oil supply and pressures to reduce carbon emissions intensify, countries are struggling to put their energy policies in the broader context of their grand strategies.  This course will focus on Russia's energy politics, its impact on Europe and the repercussions for the US.

Dr. Mikhail Beznosov 3

Fall 2017 Session 2 - Start: Monday, October 23, 2017 - End: Sunday, December 17, 2017

Description Instructor Credits
POL 540A - Global Political Economy - Fall 2017
This course considers the ways in which the global economy has become intertwined with domestic politics, especially in developing and non-OECD states.  We will examine global economic forces, including trade, international finance, and migration through the lens of globalization.  In particular, this course explores the ways in which these global factors affect the domestic politics in much of the world, which can have profound public policy and security implications. 
Dr. Paul Bezerra 3
POL 544A - International Relations of Sub-Saharan Africa - Fall 2017

This course is intended to be a survey of the literature addressing international politics in sub-Saharan Africa.  Beginning with pre-colonial contexts and working through to present challenges facing African states and the international community more broadly, we will learn about a variety of topics concerning African politics.

Professor Jessica Maves Braithwaite 3
POL 546A - Politics of Islamism - Fall 2017

Political Islamism has been a focus of policy makers in the post- 9/11 era. However, before concrete strategies can be formulated to deal with this concern, the nature and dynamics of Islamist mobilization itself must be understood. To do that, this course will benefit from the knowledge generated through years of study in different parts of the world and in various disciplines in identifying: What is it? What causes it? What motivates an individual to join an Islamist group and possibly use violence? Under what conditions will these groups moderate, and when will they radicalize? Starting with extremist groups in the Middle East, we will examine the historical evolution and current dynamics of Islamist extremist groups in Central Asia, Caucasus, Southeast Asia, Africa and the West respectively.

Dr. Tolga Turker 3
POL 551 - Soviet and Post-Soviet Foreign Policy - Fall 2017

Surveys Russian power capabilities, foreign policy, and engagement of the world system. Attention to the Soviet period, but focus on the post-1991 era. Relations with the U.S., Germany, and China are highlighted, as are relations with former Soviet Union (FSU) countries.

Professor Pat Willerton 3
POL 556A - Issues in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar - Fall 2017

Countries such as the US, China, and Russia that once were separated by great distances are now connected by cyber at the speed of light.  This change requires us to rethink what we know about security, international relations, and war.  To complicate matters, the Internet has instantiated differently in different States due to bureaucratic, political, cultural, and economic factors and has shaped each State in different ways.  Understanding these cyber-differences is critical for understanding the role of networks in Security for each State and the role of “attribution”, “retaliation”, and “deterrence” in State-relations.

POL 564 - International Relations of East Asia - Fall 2017

This course will examine and analyze a host of current international relations issues in the East Asia region, with an emphasis on United States foreign policy.

Professor Paul Schuler 3
POL 580A - Mexican National Security - Fall 2017
Mexico and the United States have always shared a complex relationship. The current one is full of hope for expanding economic opportunity and plagued by fears driven by internal violence. Mexico is the third largest trading partner with the US with nearly 270 billion in trade in 2014; that amounts to a million dollars crossing the border every minute. Conversely, the fight against organized crime has claimed more than 60,000 lives since 2006 and there are nearly 25,000 people reported as disappeared. 2015 also marked a historic change in international engagement, with President Enrique Pena Nieto announcing a new peace keeping mission for the Mexican armed forces. Understanding the unique Mexican security situation and the Mexican perspective of security policy is critical for academics and policymakers that deal with this complex US-Mexican relationship. The course will include lecturers from the Mexican academic community and Mexican security forces.
Dr. Matias Bianchi 3
POL 695A - Professional Colloquium - Fall 2017

Capstone project, in which students develop a portfolio that overviews their academic work in the context of their professional goals. This should be taken as the final course of the MA degree. 

Dr. Kirssa Ryckman 3

Upcoming Schedule

Check this section later for a list of upcoming courses.