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The Comparative and Regional Studies field encompasses courses that either address broad themes using a comparative lens or delve deeply into a specific country or region. The field is multidisciplinary with an emphasis on history and politics. Rather than operating at the level of the international system, the field focuses on the internal dynamics of states within particular regional and global contexts.

The required courses for the field are divided into three tiers: core, thematic, and regional. Students are required to take at least one course from tier 1 (core), at least one course from tier 2 (thematic), and the remaining courses from tier 3 (regional) for a total of 4 courses for the MALD and 5 courses for the MGA.

Field Advisor(s)

Katrina Burgess

Research Centers

Henry J. Leir Institute

The Russia and Eurasia Program

The Fare Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies

Field Requirements

MALD: 4 courses in field of study 

MGA: 5 courses in field of study 

Tracks in the regions of Europe, Latin America, Middle East, or Pacific Asia require 4 additional courses.

Total Credits Required

MALD: 12.00 credits 

MGA: 15.00 credits 

Core Courses (choose at least one)

DHP H205 The Historian’s Art and Current Affairs 

DHP P201 Comparative Politics 

Thematic Courses (choose at least one)

DHP D207 Religion and Conflict in International Relations: Policymaking Assumptions, Analysis and Design  

DHP D211 Politics of Statecraft

DHP D231 Gender and Human Security in Transitional States and Societies

DHP D238 Current Issues in Global Immigration Policy 

DHP D285 The Global Rise of Populism: Europe and Beyond 

DHP D286 From Authoritarian Regimes to Illiberal Democracies 

DHP H210 Coronavirus as Contemporary History: Pandemics, Power, and Policymaking 

DHP P213 Religion and Politics

DHP P219 Political Economy of Development  

DHP P221 Memory Politics: Trust, Justice, and Redress 

DHP P243 Internal Conflicts and War 

DHP P246M Civil Resistance: Global Implications of Nonviolent Struggles for Rights and Accountability 

DHP P247 Civil-Military Relations 

DHP P263 Civil Wars: Theory and Policy 

EIB B232 Work and Employment Relations in the 21st Century 

EIB B244M Financial Inclusion and the Informal Economy  

ILO L212 Nationalism, Self-Determination and Minority Rights 

Regional Courses (choose at least two)

DHP D224 Negotiation and Mediation in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 

DHP D263 The Arabs and their Neighbors 

DHP D265 The Globalization of Central Eurasia: Energy, Politics, and Culture 

DHP D271 International Relations of the U.S. and East Asia: 1945 to the Present 

DHP D280 U.S.-EU Relations in the 21st Century: A multidisciplinary Analysis of Transatlantic Affairs 

DHP D282 Contemporary Issues in U.S.-Russian Relations 

DHP D283 U.S.-European Relations Since the Fall of the Berlin Wall 

DHP D284 Europe in Changing World Order 

DHP H252 Russian Foreign Policy from Peter the Great to Putin 

DHP H261 War and Society in the Middle East in Historical Perspective  

DHP H271 Foreign Relations of Modern China, 1644 to the Present  

DHP P260 Islam and the West  

DHP P261 Democratization in the Middle East: Theory and Practice  

DHP P262 Contemporary South Asia  

DHP P266M The Islamic World 

DHP P268 Islam and Politics: Religion and Power in World Affairs 

DHP P272 International Relations and Contemporary History: Case Studies from China's Frontiers 

DHP P274 Politics of the Korean Peninsula: Foreign and Inter-Korean Relations 

DHP P275 North Korean State and Society 

DHP P280 Eurasia: Geopolitics, Religion, and Security  

DHP P287M Political Economy and Business of the European Union  

DHP P290 Migration and Transnationalism in Latin America 

DHP P293 Democracy and State Reform in Latin America  

DHP P298 Conflict in Africa 

Practicum Requirement (MGA only)

A practicum is required for MGA students. 

Track Requirements (optional)

In conjunction with completing the field requirements, students have the option to achieve depth in one of the following regional tracks: Europe, Latin America, Middle East, or Pacific Asia. There are three additional requirements for depth. First, students must take additional course in the field (for a total of 5 for the MALD and 6 for the MGA). Second, they must take at least 3 courses with 75% regional content. Third, they must pass a language exam (or otherwise demonstrate proficiency) in one of the regional languages.