SIPA Regional Specialization


Students in the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) can fulfill SIPA’s requirement for a specialization by completing the Europe Regional Specialization, coordinated by the European Institute.

To complete the regional specialization, students take a total of three graduate-level courses (9 credits) drawn from at least two different disciplines. Students can choose from a wide variety of courses in the humanities and social sciences that are offered through SIPA, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Law School. Students may enroll in pre-approved courses or they may petition to take other graduate courses with the approval of the Specialization Director.

In particular, European Studies Colloquium I (4 points) offers an opportunity to SIPA students interested in Europe to get an introduction to the study of Europe as a unique region with a distinctive relationship to the other regions of the world. The course acquaints students with key, long-standing debates over the origin and dynamics of contemporary European society and the evolution of the European political and economic systems since the early modern period. These debates have generated an extensive literature across disciplinary, national, and regional lines that students will survey. The course thus provides professional training in both the theoretical and practical aspects of European policy-making, preparing students for careers in European affairs.

The specialization defines Europe broadly, so students can take courses on Europe as a whole, as well as all geographic areas of Europe, the history and culture of European countries, transatlantic relations, and a wide range of social, political and economic issues.

To verify completion of the specialization, students must fill out the SIPA Regional Specialization Audit Form and submit it to the EI Program Manager in Room 1203 of the International Affairs Building. Once the form has been approved, it should be delivered by the student to the SIPA Student Affairs Office for final approval.

Students who elect the Europe Regional Specialization are integrated into the life and functioning of the European Institute. Specialization students receive invitations to key Institute programs, events, and student-faculty functions and are enabled to participate in the broader European studies community on campus.

Students in the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) can fulfill SIPA’s requirement for a specialization by completing the Europe Regional Specialization, coordinated by the European Institute.

To complete the regional specialization, students take a total of three graduate-level courses (9 credits) drawn from at least two different disciplines. Students can choose from a wide variety of courses in the humanities and social sciences that are offered through SIPA, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Law School. Students may enroll in pre-approved courses or they may petition to take other graduate courses with the approval of the Specialization Director.

In particular, European Studies Colloquium I (4 points) offers an opportunity to SIPA students interested in Europe to get an introduction to the study of Europe as a unique region with a distinctive relationship to the other regions of the world. The course acquaints students with key, long-standing debates over the origin and dynamics of contemporary European society and the evolution of the European political and economic systems since the early modern period. These debates have generated an extensive literature across disciplinary, national, and regional lines that students will survey. The course thus provides professional training in both the theoretical and practical aspects of European policy-making, preparing students for careers in European affairs.

The specialization defines Europe broadly, so students can take courses on Europe as a whole, as well as all geographic areas of Europe, the history and culture of European countries, transatlantic relations, and a wide range of social, political and economic issues.

To verify completion of the specialization, students must fill out the SIPA Regional Specialization Audit Form and submit it to the EI Program Manager in Room 1203 of the International Affairs Building. Once the form has been approved, it should be delivered by the student to the SIPA Student Affairs Office for final approval.

Students who elect the Europe Regional Specialization are integrated into the life and functioning of the European Institute. Specialization students receive invitations to key Institute programs, events, and student-faculty functions and are enabled to participate in the broader European studies community on campus.

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