The great challenges of our time demand a global perspective. The School of International Service (SIS) at American University produces cutting edge research and prepares the next generation of leaders to address global challenges. A top ten school of international relations located in Washington, DC, our school provides opportunities for academic excellence, professional training, service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.
SIS features a comprehensive liberal arts program for undergraduate students, professional training in international affairs for master’s students, including an innovative, live, online degree program, and a multidisciplinary program for doctoral students. Our school’s numerous and flexible programs of study offer students a wide range of opportunities that include dual degrees, graduate certificates, online classes, executive degrees, a BA/MA, a three-year BA, a program for Peace Corps volunteers, a pre-college program, and more.
SIS, led by Dean James Goldgeier, is notable among international affairs schools in its breadth and depth, with students learning from leading scholars, researchers, and senior practitioners, including political scientists, economists, sociologists, anthropologists, demographers, geographers, and historians.
Our nearly 120 full-time SIS faculty are specialists in foreign policy and national security, international development, global and regional governance, international economics, peace and conflict resolution, ethics and human rights, communications, energy and environment, social enterprise, regional and comparative studies, global health, and more. Moreover, SIS faculty specialize in nearly every region of the world—including East Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, North America, Russia and Eurasia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
SIS was founded in 1957 through a call by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower to train students of international affairs to “wage peace.” Nearly six decades later, SIS continues to emphasize service to the global community, broadly defined. The service mission guides the school in its goal to educate individuals who offer the promise of success in an increasingly interconnected and complex world.
Our spectacular LEED-gold certified building supports the school’s goal of environmental sustainability and is a vibrant forum for debates and events featuring government, NGO, and industry leaders.
SIS is strategically located in Washington, DC, where students can take advantage of the vast wealth of professional, intellectual, educational, and cultural resources available in the nation’s capital. The city offers unique opportunities to study and conduct research and actively engage in the ongoing work of international relations.
The school’s relationships with the policy and business worlds and its university partnerships enable students to study abroad, secure internships, and launch successful careers. The school’s worldwide alumni offer students a large and extensive network in their internship and career explorations.
SIS students are current and aspiring global leaders, committed to international careers and service. Originating from diverse domestic and international backgrounds, they are united by their spirit of inquiry and engagement. They routinely win prestigious national scholarships, fellowships, and awards. Our students play an active role in the life of the school and are involved in the Washington, DC, community, and in communities around the world.
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