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IA Concentrations


Concentrations are intended to give Bush students more opportunities to fashion a specific program of study tailored to their needs and interests. Students are required to complete two concentrations for their degree. Each concentration consists of three courses, and the same course may not count as contributing to more than two concentrations. At least one of the concentrations must be in the student’s chosen track. The other concentration may be selected from the other track or from the concentrations in the MPSA program.

Concentrations are defined as clusters of courses dealing with a common theme or topic. Most courses in MIA concentrations are Bush School courses, but some include seminars offered by other departments at the University. For a list of concentrations, please click here (hyperlink to concentration page.

Students may elect to add a third concentration to their degree plan. These concentrations may be chosen from the pre-arranged list; or, with the faculty advisor and department head’s approval, students may design their own concentration from courses offered throughout the University or in combination with other Bush School courses.


National Security and Diplomacy Concentrations

American Homeland Security
Faculty coordinator: Professor Ronald Sievert

  • INTA 612 US Law and Homeland Security (Sievert)
  • INTA 657 Terrorism in Today’s World (Mac Namee)
  • PSAA 604 Emergency Management and Homeland Security (McIntyre)
  • PSAA 605 Homeland Security (McIntyre)
  • PSAA 640 Energy and Security Policy (Griffin)
  • PLAN 616 Analyzing Risk/Hazard (PLAN faculty) (can take the place of PSAA 647 Risk and Public Policy)
  • PLAN 649 Organizational and Community Response to Crisis and Disaster (PLAN faculty)

Intelligence as an Instrument of Statecraft
Faculty coordinator: Professor Jim Olson

  • INTA 650 National Security Law (Sievert)
  • INTA 652 Role of Intelligence (Olson)
  • INTA 653 Technical Collections (Mac Namee)
  • INTA 657 Terrorism in Today’s World (Mac Namee)
  • INTA 659 Transnational Security Issues (Huang and Nielsen)
  • INTA 669 Threat Assessment (Mac Namee)
  • INTA 689 Analytical Tradecraft (Weary)

US Defense Policy and Military Affairs
Faculty coordinator: Professor Jasen Castillo

  • INTA 617 Deterrence & Coercion (Castillo)
  • INTA 631 U.S. Military Policy (Castillo)
  • INTA 650 National Security Law (Sievert)
  • INTA 651 U.S. National Security Policy (Ross)
  • INTA 654 Military Strategy (Castillo)
  • INTA 661 NATO: From Military Alliance to Collective Security (Thornton)
  • INTA 669 Threat Assessment (Mac Namee)
  • INTA 689 Alliance Politics (Shifrinson)
  • INTA 689 National Security and Defense Planning (Ross)
  • HIST 645 Modern Military History (History faculty)
  • NUEN 650 Nuclear Non-proliferation (NUEN faculty Dr. Sunil Chirayath)

American Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
Faculty coordinator: Professor Larry Napper

  • INTA 601 Leadership in International Affairs (Schuessler)
  • INTA 603 American Diplomacy (Napper)
  • INTA 605 American Foreign Policy Since WW II (Layne, Shifrinson, Hermann, Cesario)
  • INTA 609 International Law (Sievert)
  • INTA 613 Diplomatic Negotiations (Napper)
  • INTA 627 Foundations of Strategy and Statecraft (Shifrinson)
  • INTA 667 International Crisis Management (Olson)
  • INTA 646 Foreign Policy Analysis (Hudson)
  • INTA 640 The Politics & Practice of Democracy Promotion (Snider)
  • INTA 647 State-Building and State Failure in the Developing World (Huang)
  • INTA 674 US Foreign Policy in the Persian Gulf (Tabaar)
  • INTA 689 Religion and Politics (Nielsen)
  • INTA 689 American Grand Strategy (Schuessler)
  • MGMT 639 Negotiations (MGMT faculty)

International Politics and Grand Strategy
Faculty coordinator: Professor Christopher Layne

  • INTA 606 International Politics in Theory and Practice (Hermann, Thornton, Ross)
  • INTA 609 International Law (Sievert)
  • INTA 615 Democratization as Foreign Policy (Thornton)
  • INTA 617 Deterrence and Coercion (Castillo)
  • INTA 620 International Security (Castillo)
  • INTA 623 Grand Strategy (Layne)
  • INTA 627 Foundations of Strategy and Statecraft (Shifrinson)
  • INTA 645 Women and Nations (Hudson)
  • INTA 646 Foreign Policy Analysis (Hudson)
  • INTA 648 Contemporary Civil Wars (Huang)
  • INTA 661 NATO: From Military Alliance to Collective Security (Thornton)
  • INTA 689 National Security and Defense Planning (Ross)
  • INTA 689 Alliance Politics (Shifrinson)
  • INTA 689 International Organizations (Hamie)
  • INTA 689 American Grand Strategy (Schuessler)
  • INTA 689 The Rise and Fall of Great Powers: Theory and Evidence (Shifrinson)
  • PSAA 640 Energy Policy and Security (Griffin)

Nuclear Security
Faculty coordinator: Professor Richard Mac Namee

  • INTA 617 Deterrence and Coercion – required core course (Castillo)
  • INTA 620 International Security (Castillo)
  • INTA 669 Nuclear Terrorism Threat Assessment and Analysis (Mac Namee)
  • NUEN 650 Nonproliferation and Arms Control (NUEN faculty Dr. Sunil Chirayath)
  • NUEN 651 Nuclear Fuel Cycles and Material Safeguards (NUEN faculty Dr. Sunil Chirayath)
  • NUEN 451 Nuclear Security System Design (NUEN faculty Dr. Craig Marianno)


International Development and Economic Policy

International Economic Development
Faculty coordinator: Professor Ren Mu

  • BUSH 635 Quantitative Methods II Policy Analysis (Sellars, PSAA faculty)
  • INTA 616 Economic Development in China (Mu)
  • INTA 630 International Economic Development (Williams)
  • INTA 632 Advanced Economic Development (Mu)
  • INTA 635 Great Famines (Natsios)
  • INTA 636 International Development in Theory and Practice (Natsios)
  • INTA 645 Women and Nations (Hudson)
  • INTA 637 Field Research Methods (Gottlieb)
  • INTA 638 Political Economy of Development in Africa (Gottlieb)
  • INTA 640 The Politics & Practice of Democracy Promotion (Snider)
  • INTA 671 The Political Economy of the Middle East (Snider)
  • INTA 642 Institutions and Development (Gottlieb)
  • INTA 689 Post Conflict Recovery and Development (Hamie)
  • INTA 689 Political and Accountability in Developing Countries (Lee)
  • INTA 689 Globalization, Workers and Development (Robertson)
  • INTA 689 Economic Restructuring in Latin America (Robertson)
  • INTA 689 The Economics and Politics of Migration (Sellars)
  • INTA 689 Comparative Asian Politics (Lee)
  • PSAA 610 Comparative Public Administration and Management (Hilderbrand)
  • PSAA 636 Grant and Contract Management (PSAA faculty)
  • PSAA 689 Government and Institutional Reform (Hilderbrand)
  • HLTH 607International Health (Health faculty)
  • PLAN 623 Development & Planning in Developing Countries (ARCH faculty)

International Economics and Trade
Faculty coordinator: Professor Raymond Robertson

  • BUSH 635 Quantitative Methods II Policy Analysis (Sellars, PSAA faculty)
  • INTA 625 International Trade Policy (Robertson)
  • INTA 630 International Economic Development (Williams)
  • INTA 663 International Transfer Pricing (Eden)
  • INTA 689 Globalization, Workers and Development (Robertson)
  • INTA 689 Economic Restructuring in Latin America (Robertson)
  • INTA 689 International Trade and Sustainability Across Supply Chains (Walker)
  • ACCT 647 Financial Statement Analysis (ACCT faculty)

Transfer Pricing
Faculty coordinator: Professor Lorraine Eden

  • INTA 663 International Transfer Pricing (Eden)
  • INTA 629 Multinational Enterprises (cross-listed as MGMT 667) (MGMT faculty)
  • INTA 625 International Trade Policy (INTA faculty)
  • BUSH 635 Quantitative Methods II Policy Analysis (Sellars, PSAA faculty)
  • ACCT 647 Financial Statement Analysis (ACCT faculty)
  • ACCT 646 International Accounting (ACCT faculty)
  • ECON 617 Economics of International Firms (ECON faculty)
  • FINC 641 Valuation (FINC faculty)
  • FINC 645 International Finance (cross-listed as IBUS 645) (FINC faculty)
  • MGMT 679 International Business Policy (MGMT faculty)
  • MGMT 680 Business and Corporate Strategy (MGMT faculty)

International Nongovernmental Organizations (INGO)
Faculty coordinators: Professor Mary Hilderbrand, Professor Mary Raymond Robertson

  • PSAA 603 NGO Management in International Settings – required core course
  • PSAA 630 Program Evaluation in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  • PSAA 632 Fiscal Management for Non-Profits
  • PSAA 633 Philanthropy and Fundraising in Non-profit Organizations
  • PSAA 636 Grant and Project Management
  • PSAA 643 Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector
  • PSAA 650 Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • PSAA 684 Nonprofit Management
  • PSAA 689 Nonprofit Governance
  • PSAA 689 Contract Management
  • PSAA 689 Institutional and Governance Reform
  • INTA 630 International Economic Development (Williams)
  • INTA 632 Advanced Economic Development (Mu)
  • INTA 634 Politics and Development Policies
  • INTA 636 International Development in Theory and Practice (Natsios)
  • INTA 689 International Organizations (Hamie)
  • INTA 689 Post Conflict Recovery and Development (Hamie)
  • INTA 689 Infectious Diseases in the Developing World: Risks, Challenges and Solutions (Crudo)
  • INTA 689 Political Accountability in Developing Countries (Lee)
  • ALEC 645 Initiating, Managing, and Monitoring Projects of International Agricultural Development
  • RPTS 604 Principles of Community and Community Development
  • RPTS 605 Community Organization

Note: Three courses are required for the concentration, including PSAA 603. MPIA students selecting this concentration should take at least two PSAA courses, including the required PSAA 603.
An internship with a non-US or an international NGO is highly recommended for students doing this concentration.


Concentrations for both IDEP AND NS&D

Conflict and Development Concentration
Faculty coordinator: Professor Reyko Huang
  • INTA 632 Advanced Economic Development (Mu)
  • INTA 635 Great Famines (Natsios)
  • INTA 636 International Development in Theory and Practice (Natsios)
  • INTA 637 Field Research Methods (Gottlieb)
  • INTA 638 Political Economy of Development in Africa (Gottlieb)
  • INTA 645 Women and Nations (Hudson)
  • INTA 647 State-Building and State Failure in the Developing World (Huang)
  • INTA 648 Contemporary Civil Wars (Huang)
  • INTA 640 The Politics & Practice of Democracy Promotion (Snider)
  • INTA 659 Transnational Security (Huang)
  • INTA 689 Institutions and Development (Gottlieb)
  • INTA 689 Post-Conflict Recovery and Development (Hamie)
  • INTA 689 The Economics and Politics of Migration (Sellars)
  • INTA 689 infectious Diseases in the Developing World: Risks, Challenges and Solutions (Blackburn)
  • INTA 689 Religion and Politics (Nielsen)
  • INTA 689 Women, International Development and Environmental Conflict (Ruyle)
  • PSAA 610 Comparative Public Administration and Management (Hilderbrand)
  • PSAA 640 Energy Policy and Security (Griffin)

Women, Peace, and Security Concentration
Faculty coordinator: Professor Valerie Hudson
  • INTA 645 Women and Nations – required core course (taught every Fall) (Hudson)
  • INTA 689 Special Topics in Women, Peace, and Security
  • INTA 659 Transnational Security (Huang)
  • INTA 670 Capstone for WPS Students (to be taught in Spring) (Hudson)
  • INTA 689 Globalization, Workers and Development (Robertson)
  • HLTH 634 Women’s Health (HLTH faculty)
  • COMM 634 Communication and Gender (COMM faculty)
  • SOCI 661 Sociology of Gender (SOCI faculty)
  • ENGL 680 Theories of Gender (ENGL faculty)


Regional Concentrations

NS&D and IDEP students both welcome to take one of these. One course must be a Bush School course and only one course may be undergraduate. See Janeen Wood for instructions on how to make the undergraduate course graduate credit.


China
Faculty coordinator: Professor William Norris

  • INTA 616 Economic Development in China (Mu)
  • INTA 621Chinese Foreign Policy (Norris)
  • INTA 672 East Asian Security (Norris)
  • INTA 673 Chinese Domestic Politics (Norris)
  • COMM 460 Gender, Media, and Modernity in East Asia (COMM faculty)
  • COMM 663 Media Studies/China (COMM faculty)
  • HIST 481 Twentieth Century China (HIST faculty)
  • HIST 689 Politics and Culture in Modern China (HIST faculty)
  • SOCI 463 Gender in Asia (SOCI faculty)
  • SOCI 689 Population and Society of Modern China (SOCI faculty)

Europe
Faculty coordinator: Professor Gabriela Marin Thornton

  • INTA 655 Nationalism, Immigration and Terrorism in the European Union (Thornton)
  • INTA 661 NATO: From Military Alliance to Collective Security (Thornton)
  • INTA 686 Russia and International Politics (Napper)
  • INTA 689 Imperialism, Decolonization and Hegemony: 1900-Present (Cesario)
  • HIST 402 History of Modern Germany from 1815 (HIST faculty)
  • HIST 403 History of Nazi Germany (HIST faculty)
  • HIST 405 History of the Holocaust (HIST faculty)
  • HIST 410 Russian History to 1801 (HIST faculty)

Middle East
Faculty coordinator: Professor Mohammad Tabaar

  • INTA 604 Contemporary Politics of the Middle East (Tabaar)
  • INTA 676 International Politics of the Middle East (Gause/Tabaar)
  • INTA 675 Religion and Politics in Iran (Tabaar)
  • INTA 674 US Foreign Policy in the Persian Gulf (Tabaar)
  • INTA 671 The Political Economy of the Middle East (Snider)
  • INTA 668 The Politics and History of the Arab Spring (Snider)
  • INTA 689 The Politics of Egypt (Snider)
  • INTA 664 The Middle East State System (Gause)


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