MA in US Foreign Affairs


Mentioned Master program is the continuation of the Bachelor American Studies Humanitarian Interdisciplinary program opened first time in Georgia at the International Black Sea University (IBSU) in cooperation with the U.S Embassy. Specificity and uniqueness of the Studies program involving wide scope of diverse disciplines, like: American History, American Literature, American Multicultural Studies, American Culture & Society, American Geography, American Women’s History, American Media, American Politics, etc. and the students’ great interest towards American History and Foreign Policy encouraged us to create the module of the Bachelor program – Master program: U.S. Foreign Affairs, the aim of which is to deepen the student’s knowledge of Bachelor degree American History oriented disciplines, like: American History, Politics, American Culture and Society, American Multicultural Studies, as the United States was created with the help of its unique immigration historic past. The program will outline the students’ knowledge and vision on the U.S. Foreign policy and its challenges that involve two stages: the first until September 10, 2001 and the second – Post terrorist act period after September 10, 2001.

The first stage involved transnational historic period of the end of the Cold War despite the on-going Bosnia, Rwanda and many other deadly conflicts; the challenges of globalization sweeping the world, bringing their own combination of progress and problems; enhancing the scope of democracy, facing challenges of consolidation and institutionalization. And the second stage starting from 9/11, implying the transformation of U.S. foreign policy agenda by announcing war to terrorism. So, the goal to cope with the two agendas: before September 10, 2001, and after 9/11 – increased the scope of challenges before US. Therefore, the courses of the program will introduce MA students U.S. foreign policy core issues: what the U.S. national interest is and which policies serve it best; which institutions and actors within the American political system, play what roles and have how much influence; formulating foreign policy strategy, means by which goals are achieved. The program will introduce the researchers foreign policy as the “essence of choice”, the making of foreign policy through the political institutions, presidents, dynamics of history, regional characteristics, multiculturalism, security amid the societal influences of the American political system.

Learning Outcome: The mentioned interdisciplinary program based on general basic education of the B.A. multidisciplinary program courses, American History, American Culture and Society, American Politics fundamentals and principles, it relies on a proven conceptual framework that will enable students to frame the examination of the different sources of American foreign policy. The courses of the program place the contemporary issues, debates, challenges and opportunities in their historical context in order to give students chance to assess the past and the changes of today’s post – 9/11 world in the broader sweep of the nation’s enduring principles, values, and interests: peace and prosperity, stability and security, democracy and defense.

Our conceptual framework allows students to utilize relevant theories effectively and our placement of the contemporary debates in their historical context; allows students both to see and to assess the forces underlying continuity and change in American foreign policy. Courses included in the program provide the conceptual, theoretical, and historical components appropriate for students to do theoretical research in American foreign policy.