The program is structured to develop competencies in:
- Theories and dynamics of international relations, conflict, conflict resolution, post-conflict reconstruction and development, international law, and organizations.
- Tools and techniques of conflict management, conflict resolution and conflict transformation.
- Conflict analysis, which involves developing an understanding of how states and other third parties impact conflict.
- The methods used to diffuse conflict on a variety of levels—interpersonal, groups and institutions.
- Interdisciplinary perspectives on the fields of international relations, international diplomacy, international peace and conflict resolution.
- Analysis of the roots of foreign policy actions and their influences (geographic, linguistic, religious, institutional, sociological, etc.)
- History of political formulation and implementation of foreign policy.
- Critical thinking skills and research methods, which span the spectrum of qualitative and quantitative methods.
- Cultural sensitivity and inter-cultural understandings through international and field experiences and an extended cross-cultural experience, which enhances students’ ability to work in diverse international settings.
- Oral presentation and communication skills.
The knowledge and skills acquired during this dual degree program can be applied to a vast array of fields in government, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as well as international business and other professional areas involving interaction at the international level: human rights, diplomacy, international law, humanitarian relief, environmental policymaking, sustainable development, and conflict management, among others. The combination of the two degrees will enhance students’ career options in these various fields.