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GPIS Concentration:Strategic Leadership

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Participants gather for a group photo at the ODU Graduate Program in International Studies’ Annual Graduate Research Conference. College of Arts and Letters

  • Students selecting this field as their major or minor must take 721/821 New World Order as their required field course.
  • M.A. students must select TWO more courses within the field.
  • Ph.D. students must choose FOUR more courses within their first concentration and TWO courses within their second.


IS 701/801 Global Change and American Foreign

Seminar, 3 hours. 3 credits. This research seminar examines the transformation of the U.S. role in the world in the global context of the 20th Century and since September 2001.

IS 702/802 Collective Security Policy

Lecture, 3 hours; 3 credits. This seminar explores the origins of the idea of collective security, examines the attempts to organize international security collectively and assesses possibilities and opportunities for collective security arrangements after the Cold War.

IS 713/813 International Political Economy

Seminar, 3 hours; 3 credits. Analysis of the forces shaping national and transnational economic institutions and their policies on a range of contemporary issues, including North-South relations.

IS 720/820 Global Security

Seminar, 3 hours; 3 credits. The research seminar investigates the profound changes in international security brought about by the end of the Cold War with a specific focus on the role of nuclear weapons. The primary purpose of the seminar is to promote research into the global aspects of the nuclear issue and to enhance understanding of the relationship between nuclear control and the New World Order.

IS 721/821* New World Order

Seminar, 3 hours; 3 credits. The end of the Cold War has ushered tremendous political changes and an equally broad intellectual debate on the meaning of these changes. What will be the basic rules of international politics? Will the future resemble the past or follow new rules of its own? What countries, what groups, and what issues will dominate the future of world politics?

IS 741/841 Globalization and Social Change

Seminar, 3 hours; 3 credits. This course is intended to first identify the distinguishing characteristics of globalization. It then attempts to examine its implications on a number of critical issues, including the future of democracy, income distribution and ethnic, class, and gender relations.

IS 760/860 International Cultural Studies

3 Credits. Course analyzes culture in the context of material conditions in which it is produced, disseminated, controlled and practiced. Theoretical application of cultural studies will include developing familiarity with key foundational theories, terminologies, and critical thinking.

IS 770/870 Transnational Media Practices

Course examines the key roles played by media technologies in implementing and promoting international development programs, as well as some of the concerns these initiatives have raised in terms of media literacy, cultural sovereignty, and information access.

IS 795/895 Topics in International Studies (with the approval of the GPD)

1-3 credits. The advanced study and discussion of selected (titled) topics not offered on a regular basis.

COMM 600 Intercultural Communication (MA students only)

Students begin with an overview and then cover (1) past intercultural communication research, (2) the philosophical underpinning and ethics behind intercultural communication research, and (3) current developments in intercultural communication theory. They then address the application of intercultural communication theory in specific intercultural communication contexts (e.g. business, education, health and international travel).

*Core Seminar