IERC: International Education and Research Center

Master's in International Studies

The Master's in International Studies program is offered in a Spanish-English bi-lingual format.  Students who are not native Spanish speakers take their first year of classes in English while simultaneously learning Spanish and take classes in Spanish throughout their second year of study.  Native Spanish speakers, who do not feel comfortable taking classes in English, initiate their first year of their program in Spanish.  Classes will be taught in English throughout the second year of their studies.  Thus, students who graduate with a degree in International Studies will at a minimum be fully bi-lingual. All students entering the Master’s program are tested for their knowledge of Spanish and English through a corresponding language placement exam administered by IERC.

The Master's in International Studies program is six trimesters long – students will take four classes per trimester except in their third and sixth terms where they will complete three courses each.  Each trimester is thirteen weeks long and the total length of the program is two years.

Students entering the Master’s in International Studies take one year’s worth of core courses and the second year of studies in an area of concentration.  Students choose one of the following concentrations:

  • Crisis Management
  • International Commerce and Business Administration
  • Environmental Studies
  • International Development Studies

Master's in International Studies Course Schedule


TRIMESTER COURSE TITLE COURSE DESCRIPTION
1st Applied Economics in the International Arena This course covers basic concepts of macro-economics, and introduces international financial institutions, analyzing the impact their policies have on macroeconomic realities of a country.
Geography, Resources and Population This course looks at the importance of geography, resources and population in global politics and on individual state's policy orientation; it discusses basic theories of international relations such as geographic determinism and the resource curse among others.
Human Resources, Leadership and Social Change This course focuses on different approaches countries have taken toward the development of their human resources
International/Intercultural Communications This course looks at the origins of cultural differences, how these evolve and how they influence the creation of specific political, social and economic structures.
2nd Introduction to International Studies and Comparative Political Systems This class covers the historical development of political systems within different regional, economic, and cultural contexts. Different types of governance, such as democracy and its manifold implementations, will be analyzed.
Research Methods with Quantitative Lab This course provides students with specific writing skills – how to formulate hypotheses, how to structure a well-written research paper, how to cite appropriately, etc. Furthermore, basic research abilities will be taught.
Applied Information Technology This course provides students with an overview of technological innovations, specifically oriented toward information systems.
Exchange Knowledge Across Cultures This course teaches basic communication skills needed to forge a useful exhange of knowledge with organization of different national and cultural settings.
3rd Project Management This course teaches students basic administrative and management skills required to lead and implement specific projects.
International Law This course will provide students with an overview of international law, international treaties, their scope and limitations to their effectiveness and implementation. International organizations.
International Organizations This course provides and overview of the major international organizations operating within the global context. International organizations are defined as any organization that dedicates itself to establishing, implementing and enforcing policies that have an international dimension.
4th
Crisis Management
International Relations Theories and Paradigms This course focuses on the origins of the field of study, its evolution and its response to international and local circumstances.
Security Issues in a Globalized World This course will cover the main security concerns of our current globalized world. Security concerns will be analyzed within specific economic, political and social contexts to demonstrate how these influence issues of both security and insecurity from domestic to international threats.
Foreign Policy Analyses and Domestic Initiatives This course focuses on different foreign policies and analyzes what factors have influenced the creation of a specific foreign policy approach.
State, Nation and Institution-Building in Comparative Perspective This course focuses on the various levels of institutions that exist within a country. Students will be asked to evaluate these institutions critically to determine their effectiveness – from the overriding political structures and system of governance to the municipal level of political institutional input.
International Commerce & Business Administration

 

Managerial Accounting This course focuses on financial statements, managerial uses of accounting data in decision making; cost analysis; systems to accumulate; and the summarization, distribution and presentation of financial information.
Strategic Management Across Borders This course provides an overview of the economic, cultural, psychological, sociological, technological and political aspects of the global environments confronting environment serving organizations.
Cross-Cultural Management This course provides an overview of the value systems, thinking patterns, and models of reality that are inherent in different cultures.

International Business Operations

This course introduces students to world business environments, financial transactions across borders, and issues in international marketing.

Environmental Studies Sustainable Development This course provides a historiographic overview of development studies and how these have evolved from development seen as economic growth to the current trends in sustainable development.
Environmental Studies Paradigms and Theories This course focuses on the origins of the field of study, its evolution and its response to international and local circumstances.
Environmental Economics in an International Context This course first provides an overview of economic explanations of development and underdevelopment. Classics such as Smith’s liberalism, Marxist economic thought and Mill’s social democratic approach will be looked into and their importance on modern theories of environmental studies discussed.
Environmental Communications This course will teach fundamental communication processes as they apply to environmental programs, and will concentrate on how to develop and launch successful communication campaigns to different audiences.
International Development Studies Sustainable Development This course provides a historiographic overview of development studies and how these have evolved from development seen as economic growth to the current trends in sustainable development.
The Economics of International Development This course first provides an overview of economic explanations of development and underdevelopment. Classics such as Smith’s liberalism, Marxist economic thought and Mill’s social democratic approach will be looked into and their importance on modern development theories discussed.
Business Skills for Community Development This course allows students to develop business structures and a business mindset when dealing with community projects.
State, Nation and Institution-Building in Comparative Perspective This course focuses on the various levels of institutions that exist within a country. Students will be asked to evaluate these institutions critically to determine their effectiveness – from the overriding political structures and system of governance to the municipal level of institutional input.
5th
Crisis Management
Border Initiatives: Policies, Projects, Implementation and Evaluation

This course deals with how to understand the particular needs of borders around the world that need initiatives to combat social problems such as poverty or lack of natural resources, while taking into consideration security issues.
Applied Project Students taking this course will work directly in an institution, organization or in a situation that requires crisis management.
Theories of Force and Conflict This course focuses on the nature and significance of organized and spontaneous force in international relations. Strategic theories, national security policies, weapons systems and different forms of use of force will be analyzed.
International Negotiations, Cooperation, Conflict Resolution and Arbitrage In this course, students will gain insights into the origins of conflicts. They will also become familiar with negotiations in the past that have been successful in averting conflict and those that have not.
International Commerce & Business Administration Organizational Behavior This course will provide an overview of the literature that addresses human behavior in organizational contexts domestically and internationally.
Ethnic Marketing This course focuses on the existence of a multiple of cultural, ethnic and international differences that influence buyer behavior and consumer patterns.
International Trade Argreements, Organizations and Treaties This course looks at international agreements and their impact on international trade both at the domestic and global levels.
International Negotiations, Cooperation, Conflict Resolution and Arbitrage In this course, students will gain insights into the origins of conflicts. They will also become familiar with negotiations in the past that have been successful in averting conflict and those that have not.
Environmental Studies Development Initiatives: Policies, Projects, Implementation and Evaluation This course is based on an interactive, students-centered learning approach. Each student will be assigned to a past development project implemented in different parts of the world with various purposes and outcomes.
Fundraising: Grants, Financial Support and the Private Sector This course provides practical insights into fundraising within governmental and private sectors.
Managing Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations This course focuses on teaching students basic and practical management skills as related to non-governmental organizations.
International Negotiations, Cooperation, Conflict Resolution and Arbitrage In this course, students will gain insights into the origins of conflicts. They will also become familiar with negotiations in the past that have been successful in averting conflict and those that have not.
International Development Studies Development Initiatives: Policies, Projects, Implementation and Evaluation This course is based on an interactive, students-centered learning approach. Each student will be assigned to a past development project implemented in different parts of the world with various purposes and outcomes.
Fundraising: Grants, Financial Support and the Private Sector This course provides practical insights into fundraising within governmental and private sectors.
Poverty Studies and Poverty Research This course will provide students with various definitions of poverty and how poverty is being studied by experts
International Negotiations, Cooperation, Conflict Resolution and Arbitrage In this course, students will gain insights into the origins of conflicts. They will also become familiar with negotiations in the past that have been successful in averting conflict and those that have not.
6th
Crisis Management
Security Issues and Financial Considerations This course will deal with how security issues are framed in today’s world, and the particular measures adopted throughout the world.
Crisis Management in Current Events This course deals with issues within the international arena that have taken on crisis proportions.
Applied Project/Thesis Students will complete research that relates to an innovative topic that will be written up as a thesis or will be used for an applied project.
International Commerce & Business Administration Cultures, Values and Ethics in a Gloabl Society This course examines the relationship of culture, values, and ethics within the global business environment and the ability of managers to respond effectively to societal, ethical and cross-cultural managerial issues.
International Investments This course focuses on international investments from institutional funding for new business ventures, to capital or portfolio investments across borders.
Applied Project/Thesis Students will complete research that relates to an innovative topic that will be written up as a thesis or will be used for an applied project.
Environmental Studies Social Marketing This course provides practical insights into fundraising within governmental and private sectors.
Environmental Institutions and Policy Applications

This course presents the various institutions – domestic and international – that influence environmental policies and their implementation.
Applied Project/Thesis Students will complete research that relates to an innovative topic that will be written up as a thesis or will be used for an applied project.
International Development Studies Crisis Management in Current Events This course deals with issues within the international arena that have taken on crisis proportions.
Marginalization and Development This course looks at different types of marginalization as manifested in various social and political structures.

Applied Project/Thesis Students will complete research that relates to an innovative topic that will be written up as a thesis or will be used for an applied project.