Feb 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

International Peace and Conflict Resolution/International Relations and Diplomacy, M.A.I.P.C.R./M.A.I.R.D.


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Coordinators

  • Warren Haffar, Ph.D. Professor and Director of the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program
  • Corentine Chaillet, Director, AGS

About Arcadia’s Partner in France


The American Graduate School in Paris (AGS) has been Arcadia’s partner since 2006. AGS is a non-profit institution offering U.S. higher education programs in France. All courses are taught in English. The school takes advantage of the many opportunities that Paris offers in the study and practice of international relations, with the presence of numerous intergovernmental organizations, NGOs and diplomatic missions. This, combined with the school’s multicultural faculty and student body, provides students with a true international experience.

About the Program


Arcadia University and its partner institution in France, the American Graduate School in Paris, jointly offer an accelerated Dual Masters program allowing students to earn two masters degrees in three years: a Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) at Arcadia University, and a Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy (IRD) at the American Graduate School in Paris. Students also have the opportunity to earn a certificate of concentration in the following areas of study, along with their M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy: African Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, European Studies and Asian Studies, NGO Management.

Students in this program spend three semesters in the United States at Arcadia University, and three semesters in Paris, France at the American Graduate School in Paris. They may choose to start the program at either of the two institutions. Each portion of the program provides a different cultural and academic experience, while both have in common a challenging and student-dedicated learning environment.

The AGS/IPCR Dual Degree program is structured to develop competencies in:

  • Theories and dynamics of international relations, conflict, conflict resolution, post-conflict reconstruction & development, international law & 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.

Degree Requirements


(30 IPCR credits plus 42 AGS-IRD credits with 6 shared credits)

In order to complete the dual degree program and graduate with the M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and the M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy, students are required to successfully complete 65-68 graduate credit hours. The following curricula may be adjusted in coordination with the Director or Coordinator of each program. Degree requirements include a Capstone Seminar at Arcadia University, as well as the completion and defense of a 25,000 to 35,000 word Master’s thesis at the American Graduate School in Paris.

Students starting with IPCR at Arcadia


Required Courses


Third Semester - Fall 2 Required Courses


Courses held at the American Graduate School in Paris, France.

  • IRD-R-584 Foreign Policy Formulation and Diplomacy
  • IRD-R-580 Factors and Theories of Analysis in International Relations and Diplomacy
  • IRD-R-581 Research Methodology and Design
  • Plus one elective course from the list of electives below

Fourth Semester - Spring 2 Required Courses


Courses held at the American Graduate School in Paris, France.

  • IRD-R-583 International Public Law
  • IRD-R-684 Current Economic Problems and Policies
  • IRD-T-690 Research and Proposal Tutorial
  • Plus one elective course from the list of electives below

Fifth Semester - Fall 3 Required Courses


  • IRD-T-691 Thesis and Defense Tutorial
  • Plus one elective course from the list of electives below
  • Completion and defense of Master’s thesis

Sixth Semester - Spring 3 Required Courses

IRD Elective Courses


Two Area Elective Courses are required.

  • IRD-E-501 Geopolitics
  • IRD-E-502 Geopolitics and Religion
  • IRD-E-504 Global Communications, Media and International Affairs
  • IRD-E-506 Theory and Origins of Global Conflict
  • IRD-E-507 Principles of Economics. Note: IRD-E-507 is required for students who have no previous study in Economics; these students will then only have only one area course required)
  • IRD-E-508 Beginnings of the Contemporary Political Order
  • IRD-E-509 Anthropology and Politics
  • IRD-E-514 International Environmental Politics
  • IRD-E-602 Strategy and Conflict Resolution
  • IRD-E-603 Cultural Development and Awareness
  • IRD-E-610 Post-Modernity and IR&D
  • IRD-E-611 Comparative Politics
  • IRD-E-613 Issues in U.S. Foreign Policy
  • IRD-E-616 Extreme Crisis Situations: Terrorism, Government and Media
  • IRD-E-617 Gender, Militarization and War
  • IRD-E-618 NGOs: An International Perspective
  • IRD-E-619 NGOs: Principles and Management
  • IRD-E-620 Diplomacy and International Law

Area Elective Courses

  • IRD-EA-650 Central and South America
  • IRD-EA-670 European Foreign Policies
  • IRD-EA-671 The European Union and the World
  • IRD-EA-672 Russian Politics
  • IRD-EA-630 The History of the Modern Middle East
  • IRD-EA-631 Conflict in the Modern Middle East
  • IRD-EA-632 Conflict in the Modern Middle East II
  • IRD-EA-640 Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa
  • IRD-EA-641 The Scramble for African Resources
  • IRD-EA-660 South Asia: Geopolitics Since WWII
  • IRD-EA-661 Asia Pacific: Geopolitics Since WWII

Students starting with IRD at the American Graduate School in Paris


First Semester - Required Course


Courses held at the American Graduate School in Paris, France.

  • IRD-R-680 Factors and Theories of Analysis in International Relations and Diplomacy
  • IRD-R-681 Research Methodology and Design
  • Plus two other courses from the lists of additional required courses and electives below

Second Semester - Required Courses


Courses held at the American Graduate School in Paris, France.

  • IRD-T-690 Research and Proposal Tutorial
  • Plus three other courses from the lists of additional required courses and electives below

Third Semester - Required Courses


Courses held at the American Graduate School in Paris, France.

  • IRD-T-691 Thesis and Defense Tutorial
  • Plus one other course from the lists of additional required courses and electives below
  • Completion and defense of Master’s thesis

IRD Elective Courses


Two Area Elective courses are required.

  • IRD-E-585 International Organizations
  • IRD-E-501 Geopolitics and Geopolitics of Religion
  • IRD-E-502 Geopolitics of Religion
  • IRD-E-504 Global Communications, Media and International Affairs
  • IRD-E-506 Theory and Origins of Global Conflict
  • IRD-E-507 Principles of Economics. Note: IRD-E-507 is required for students who have no previous study in Economics; these students will then only have only one area course required)
  • IRD-E-508 Beginnings of the Contemporary Political Order
  • IRD-E-509 Anthropology and Politics
  • IRD-E-514 International Environmental Politics
  • IRD-E-601 Theory and Origins of Global Conflict
  • IRD-E-602 Strategy and Conflict Resolution
  • IRD-E-603 Cultural Development and Awareness
  • IRD-E-610 Post-Modernity and IR&D
  • IRD-E-611 Comparative Politics
  • IRD-E-613 Issues in U.S. Foreign Policy
  • IRD-E-616 Extreme Crisis Situations: Terrorism, Government and Media
  • IRD-E-617 Gender, Militarization and War
  • IRD-E-618 NGOs: An International Perspective
  • IRD-E-619 NGOs: Principles and Management
  • IRD-E-620 Diplomacy and International Law
  • IRD-E-621 Current Issues in IR&D

Area Elective Courses

  • IRD-EA-630 The History of the Modern Middle East
  • IRD-EA-631 Conflict in the Modern Middle East
  • IRD-EA-632 Conflict in the Modern Middle East II
  • IRD-EA-640 Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa
  • IRD-EA-641 The Scramble for African Resources
  • IRD-EA-650 Central and South America
  • IRD-EA-670 European Foreign Policies
  • IRD-EA-671 The European Union and the World
  • IRD-EA-672 Russian Politics
  • IRD-EA-660 South Asia: Geopolitics Since WWII
  • IRD-EA-661 Asia Pacific: Geopolitics Since WWII

Fourth Semester - Required Courses


Courses held on the Arcadia campus. 

Fifth Semester - Required Courses


Courses held on the Arcadia Campus.

Sixth Semester - Required Courses


Courses held on the Arcadia Campus.

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