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We recommend the MA in Politics with a concentration in International Studies.

The MA in International Studies (MAIS) program prepares leaders in international relations who possess advanced analytical research skills and deep understanding of theories and policy.

The International Studies program emphasizes rigorous training in cutting-edge technical and analytical skills, close engagement with theoretical and conceptual framework, and mastery of applications and policy issues in the real world. Students explore the link between politics and economics in the international arena and learn to use a variety of tools to apply theoretical knowledge to real international problems. The MAIS hones your potential for employment in nonprofits, defense agencies, investment banks, and more—anywhere the world needs you.

Program Highlights

Program At a Glance

36 units

1.5 years

*Program completion times may vary depending on course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.

Fall | Spring | Summer

Politics & Policy

Division of Politics & Economics

MA in International Studies

Featured Courses

PP 401
World Politics

This core seminar is designed to provide a broad survey of competing perspectives on international relations. It will evaluate and contrast major approaches to international politics in decision making, confrontation, deterrence, and political economy.

PP 430
Perspectives in Conflict & Peace

This class will review current theories of international and domestic conflict including proposals that lead to their resolution.

SPE 350
Theories and Issues in Comparative Politics

This course introduces major topics in comparative politics and provides basic training for comparative politics graduate students. The main purpose of this course is to introduce key questions as well as classic and modern approaches in comparative politics. The course focuses not on facts but on the task of causal (positive) explanation.

SPE 351
Comparative Political Institutions

The study of political institutions dominates the field of comparative politics. In this course, we will examine both the validity and foundations of the study of political institutions as well as look in-depth at the institutions of modern government.

SPE 352
Comparative Political Economy

This course examines the interaction between capitalism and democracy. This class studies how the economy affects politics and how politics—in particular, political institutions—shapes economic policies and outcomes. It explores the impact of global markets on national politics and the impact of politics on economic development in both developed and developing countries.

SPE 410
Political Economy of International Development

This course is about political institutions and economic development. In recent years, there has been a surge of literature on political and economic development, at the very heart of which is the relationship between political systems and economic performance.

Areas of Concentration


Program Feature

TransResearch Consortium
CGU’s Politics and Policy Department is a founding member of TransResearch Consortium with the Business School at La Sierra University. The consortium’s objective is to conduct research on major issues in international relations, supports students and to assist government officials in making strategically efficient long-term decisions amid dynamic international conditions.

Faculty & Research
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Mark Abdollahian

Full Clinical Professor

Research Interests

Strategic Decision Making, International Political Economy, Sustainable Development

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Carlos Algara

Mary Toepelt Nicolai and George S. Blair Assistant Professor

Research Interests

American politics, the United States Congress, ideological representation, electoral politics, elite institutions

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Heather E. Campbell

Thornton F. Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy
Director, Division of Politics & Economics

Research Interests

Public Policy, Urban Environmental Policy, Environmental Justice

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Yi Feng

Luther Lee Jr. Memorial Chair Professor

Research Interests

International Political Economy, International Relations, Political Economy of China and Latin America, Quantitative Methodology

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Jacek Kugler

Elisabeth Helm Rosecrans Professor of International Relations

Research Interests

Causes and Consequences of War, Political Performance, Power Transition

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Tanu Kumar

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Development, political behavior, urban politics, digital technology

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Tyler Reny

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

American Politics, Racial and Ethnic Politics, Political Behavior, Public Opinion, Political Psychology, Data Visualization

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Javier Rodríguez

Associate Professor
Field Chair for Policy

Research Interests

Public & Health Policy, Social Inequality, Quantitative Methods for Social Science Research

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Melissa Rogers

Associate Professor, Politics & Policy
Co-Director, Inequality and Policy Research Center
Field Chair, Comparative Politics
Field Chair, American Politics

Research Interests

Comparative Politics, Political Economy, Economic Inequality


Affiliated & Extended Faculty

In addition CGU’s core international studies faculty, students may take courses with tenured or tenure-track international studies faculty throughout The Claremont Colleges.

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