Graduate Programs Brochure

brochure cover: Elliott School Graduate Programs

If you are looking for a vibrant academic community — one with a global perspective and a commitment to the public good — then look no further than Washington, DC, and GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

Core Field

The Core Field provides a broad foundation for understanding the European and Eurasian regions. Students must take 5 courses (15 credits) to complete this field. Students must choose at least two courses from each section (A and B) below. They must choose courses from at least three disciplines (e.g., Economics, Geography, History, International Affairs, Political Science).

Section A: Western, Central, Southeastern, and Eastern Europe
Section B: Post-Soviet/Post-communist Countries

Section A: Western, Central, Southeastern and Eastern Europe

HIST 6001 Special Topics Seminar:

  • British Atlantic World
  • Atlantic History

HIST 6042 World War II

HIST 6050 Modernization, Imperialism, Globalization

HIST 6101 Special Topics: European History

HIST 6120 Early Modern European History

HIST 6121 Modern European History

HIST 6128 Europe and the World, 1500-Present

HIST 6133 English People and Institutions

HIST 6135 British Imperialism

HIST 6170 Eastern European History, 1772-1918

HIST 6171 Eastern European History, 1919-1945

IAFF 6338 Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies*

  • The European Union
  • Turkey's Place in Europe

IAFF 6378 Special Topics in Middle East Studies *

  • Turkish Politics and Society

IAFF 6505 European Union Foreign Policy

PSC 6360 Western European Politics

PSC 6362 Nation-Building in the Balkans

PSC 6361 Politics of European Integration

PSC 6364 Comparative Governments and Politics of Eastern Europe

PSC 6465 International Politics of Eastern Europe

Section B: Post-Soviet/Post-communist Countries

EDUC 6602 Education, Transformation, and the Former Soviet Union
HIST 6001 Special Topics Seminar:

  • Central Asian History
  • History of the Russian and Soviet Empires

HIST 6030 The Uses of History in International Affairs – NOTE: only the section reserved for EES, Stronski's

HIST 6180 History of Modern Russia and the Soviet Union

HIST 6185 Russian and Soviet Thought

HIST 6188 Soviet Foreign Policy, 1917-1991

IAFF 6338 Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies*

  • Nationalism in Russia and Eurasia
  • Ukraine and Georgia: Between Russia and the West
  • Central Asia: Security Politics, Society
  • Politics of Post-Soviet Eurasia
  • History and Politics of the Caucasus
  • Security in Russia and Eurasia

PSC 6333 Comparative Politics of Post Communist Systems

PSC 6366 Government and Politics of Russia

Note: Special/Selected Topics courses change often
Check the schedule of classes for each semester's offerings. With permission of the program director, other Special/Selected Topics courses not listed here may be used to fulfill program requirements.