First-Year Courses

First-Year students are to take 8 courses; 4 courses in Fall and 4 in Spring.

Fall Semester

The Fall courses are all required.

All required:

PSIA300 Western Political Thought

PSIA302 Graduate Research

PSIA310 Comparative Politics

PSIA320 International Relations

At the end of the semester students should declare their Area of Focus: either Policy & Development or International Affairs. The purpose of Areas of Focus is to enable students to pursue a specialization in their interest and appropriate for their career plans. There are two Areas of Focus:

  • Policy & Development (Of use to those who wish to work for government agencies, NGOs, etc.)
  • International Affairs. (Of use to those interested in entering diplomacy, international organizations, international business, etc.)

The presumption is that students in the program must choose one of the two Areas of Focus. However, in exceptional circumstances with the permission of the Program Chair, students may take a mixture of courses from both areas instead of choosing one.

Spring Semester

In Spring, ‘PSIA352 Economics for Political Science’ is required. Students should also choose 3 electives from the courses offered. They should take both courses from their Area of Focus plus one other course (which can be from the other Area of Focus or a non-Focus course). 

Students should take 4 courses; one required course plus 3 electives.                                            Required: PSIA352 Economics for Political Science

Electives (choose 3)

Student should take both courses from their Area of Focus plus one other course (which can be from the other Area of Focus or a non-Focus course).

Policy & Development:

PSIA340 Public Administration

PSIA315 Foundations of Public Policy

International Affairs:

PSIA311 Regional Politics

PSIA371 EU and the World

Other electives:

PSIA303 Research Methods

PSIA383 Contemporary Political Philosophy

Students are recommended to take one or two courses in Summer 2018 (titles to be determined). In exceptional circumstances with the permission of the Program Chair, students may take 5 courses in Spring 2018.

 

Second-Year Courses

Second-year students are to declare in the summer their capstone option:

  • Master’s thesis for six credits over Fall and Spring. Students who chose this option need to choose 6 elective courses across the academic year.
  • Master’s essay for three credits in Spring. Students who choose this option need to choose 7 elective courses.

Students should ensure that at least three-quarters of their elective courses across the academic year are in their Area of Focus. So for example, students who take seven electives courses should ensure that at least five of them are from their Area of Focus. As can be seen in the course lists below, there are six Policy & Development courses, seven International Affairs courses, and one non-Focus course to choose from, so students do not need to take all of the courses from their Area of Focus. Students should choose five Area of Focus courses plus two other courses (from the other Area or non-Focus) for the academic year.

Students may also, with the permission of the PSIA Program Chair, take courses from other programs at AUA (to substitute for MPSIA courses).

Students must also complete at least one credit in environmental studies in satisfaction of the university-wide environmental studies requirement. PSIA347 Environmental Policy counts for this requirement, but students may if they wish choose another AUA in environmental studies.

Summer 2017:

PSIA368 Topics in International Affairs: Game Theory and Politics

Fall 2017: 

Policy & Development:

PSIA343 Public Financing and Budgeting

PSIA344 Public Policy Analysis

PSIA345 Development Policy and Strategy

International Affairs:

PSIA380 Geopolitics in Asia

PSIA360 Middle East Politics

PSIA323 International Governance

PSIA326 Theories of Globalization

Other electives:

PSIA360 Armenian Politics

Spring 2018: 

Policy & Development:

PSIA348 Policy and Program Evaluation

PSIA347 Environmental Policy

PSIA384 Civil Society and Social Capital

International Affairs:

PSIA324 Security Policy

PSIA335 International Conflicts in XXI Century

PSIA385 Global Justice