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Academics

Requirements & Courses

The curriculum focuses on the outcomes that matter most to individuals: secure forms of economic welfare and human development; environmental stewardship and sustainability; public health; human rights; human security; political freedom; and the interrelationships among them. Each newly admitted cohort completes a set of core courses during their first year in the program, after which they pursue their area of specialization.  The program’s primary tracks mirror the interconnected strands of a set of global issues: conflict resolution, the environment, gender, human rights and human security, global political economy, human development, and global public health. Students who wish to explore a new area of inquiry can develop their own track and course of study.

The Global Governance and Human Security PhD program requirements include:

  • 68 credits
  • Two (2) qualifying exams (core subjects, area of concentration)
  • Second language research competency

Credit Requirements:  68 credits total

For course descriptions please click on the course

6 Core Courses (3 credits each - 18 credits total)
ConRes 623: Introductory Theory 3 credits
PUBADM 638L Global Governance 3 credits
PUBADM 631: Theories and Concepts of International Relations 3 credits
PUBADM 640L - International Organizations and the Environment 3 credits
GGHS 710  Human Security 3 credits
GGHS 712  Gender and Human Security 3 credits
 
2 Research Methods courses (3 credits each) 6 credits
4 courses from one of the following tracks: [3 credits each]         

Conflict Resolution
Environment
Gender, Human Rights, and Human Development
Global Political Economy
Self-designed concentration

12 credits
Four (4) Elective courses [3 credits each]            

May be drawn from any concentration or methods course
May include up to 6 credits for field internship

12 credits
Two (2) semesters of Colloquium attendance (2 credits each)
 
4 credits
Participation in two (2) sequential faculty Research Groups
 
6 credits
Dissertation, including successful oral defense
 
10 credits
TOTAL CREDITS

68 credits

The normal progress expectation for students will be to complete core courses by the end of the first year, complete all courses in their concentration and their qualifying exams by the end of the second year, and to complete all requirements for the degree within five years, although many students will be encouraged to complete their work in four years.

Cohorts and advising

Students enter in the fall and are expected to complete their course work over a period of five or six consecutive semesters. Each new cohort is assigned a cohort faculty advisor and every entering student will be assigned an individual faculty advisor who will normally remain his or her advisor until he or she chooses a primary advisor for his or her dissertation.