Regional Tracks

The Africa & The Middle East Track encompasses a rich selection of offerings that allow students to examine Middle Eastern and African societies, economies, governments, and opposition groups. The flows of people, goods, and ideas across state boundaries are considered in some courses, while other courses look at both regions as a whole.  Students are encouraged to gain a nuanced understanding of the interplay of culture, politics, and economics in key countries, such as Iran, Israel, South Africa, Turkey, Nigeria, and Egypt, as well as in important sub-regions such as North Africa. Additional offerings address the militarization of the regions and relations with key global actors such as the United States, India, or China.  It is noteworthy that a wide range of courses deal with Islam, the dominant religion in the Middle East and in parts of Africa.

The Asia Track prepares students to better understand the international relations, domestic political, and economic conditions of this important region.  Its courses are focused primarily on Northeast Asia (China, Japan, the Koreas, and Taiwan), but also include offerings on Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent.

The Europe Track offers courses focused on a wide range of issues related to European countries and their integration in the European Union (EU). These include issues such as economic and political integration of the EU, democratic consolidation in Eastern Europe, trans-Atlantic relations, foreign and security policy of the EU and/or its member-states, and social questions related to matters of identity, religion, or the welfare state. The track examines related regions such as Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, Southeastern Europe and the Balkans, and Nordic Europe, as well as specific countries such as France, Germany, and Britain.

The Latin America Track offers courses focused on a wide range of issues related to Latin American countries and their relationship with the United States. These include issues such as democracy and dictatorship, economic development, security policy, history, and identity. The countries/regions examined include Mexico and Central America, the Caribbean, and South America.