Program in History and the Practice of Diplomacy

Academic Unit

Program Information

The Program in History and the Practice of Diplomacy offers undergraduate students the opportunity to pursue concentrated interdisciplinary study of history and diplomacy in concert with internships in the practice of diplomacy and related professions. Successful completion of the Program leads to the award of a certificate.

Admission to the Program

The program is open to undergraduates concentrating in any department. Students should apply online, preferably during the sophomore year, and seek the advice of the program manager or director to plan a course of study. Applicants will be accepted on the basis of interest and a coherent academic plan.

Program of Study

Students enrolling in the program are required to take an introductory course, WWS 315, usually in the spring semester of sophomore year.  In exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the director this course may be taken other than in the sophomore year.  In addition to its pedagogical purpose, WWS 315 is designed to help create a sense of community among the cohort of students entering the program.

Students must additionally take four courses on topics of relevance to the program's focus. Two of these must be in the history department in international, global, diplomatic history, or ancient history, and two in the Woodrow Wilson School, politics department, or other departments, on subjects such as grand strategy, international relations, international organizations, international political economy, and other subjects related to war, peace, and global stability.

All such courses, to be counted toward fulfilling the program requirements, must be approved by the program director. Certificate students who are concentrating in history, the Woodrow Wilson School, or politics must take at least eight courses in the respective rosters that do not overlap with the courses designated for the certificate. The program director advises students as to other courses of study which may usefully supplement preparations for service in organizations like the State Department and NGOs, which help formulate and implement policies on the world scene.

Every senior is required to address a substantial part of his or her thesis to subjects of direct relevance to the program's focus. Each must also take a required but not-for-credit semester-long seminar which provides a venue for sharing of student work with peers and the seminar leader, typically the director of the program.

Each student must serve a summer internship, generally during the summer following the sophomore or junior year, with an appropriate government agency or official, international organization (governmental or nongovernmental), or think tank focused on international affairs. The program director advises students in identifying appropriate internships. In consultation with the executive committee the director gives final approval and provides the funding for those students whose internships are approved as meeting program goals. The number of students supported is limited by the availability of funds. It is assumed that any student who is remunerated for an internship will complete the entirety of the program.

The program also fosters the participation of practitioners of diplomacy and of other modes of international relations in student learning through visiting professorships, short-term fellowships, workshops, conferences, public lectures, and field trips.

Certificate of Proficiency

Students who fulfill the requirements of the program receive a certificate of proficiency in history and the practice of diplomacy.

If other courses in history and the practice of diplomacy are offered, these may be added to the list of approved courses with program permission.

Courses Related to the Program in History and the Practice of Diplomacy
CHV 350/HIS 357/POL 469 The Age of Rights: Nature, Enlightenment, and Revolution
CLA 217/HIS 217/HLS217 The Greek World in the Hellenistic Age
CLA 219/HIS 219 The Roman Empire, 31 B.C. to A.D. 337
HIS 201 A History of the World since 1300
HIS 241 Faith and Power in the Indian Ocean Arena
HIS 283 War in the Modern Western World
HIS 300 History of International Human Rights
HIS 304/LAS 304 Modern Latin America since 1810
HIS 316 South African History, 1497 to Present
HIS 322 20th-Century Japan
HIS325/EAS 355 China, 1850 to the Present
HIS 341 Between Resistance and Collaboration: The Second World War in Europe
HIS 342/EAS 342/NES 343 Southeast Asia¿s Global History
HIS 362 Soviet Empire
HIS 363 The Napoleonic Wars
HIS 370 Britain 1815-1945: Empire, Democracy, and War
HIS 380 The United States and World Affairs
HIS 461/ENG 461 Writing a World: Encounters with Difference, 1650-1850
NES 315 War and Politics in the Modern Middle East
NES 394/HIS 409 Colonialism, Post-Colonialism and Islam
NES 406 "The Great War in the Middle East"
NES 433/HIS 433 Imperialism and Reform in the Middle East and the Balkans
NES 437/HIS 337/HLS 337 The Ottoman Empire, 1300-1800
POL 245 International Relations
POL 313 Global Justice
POL 332 Topics in American Statesmanship
POL 351/WWS 311 The Politics of Development
POL 385 International Political Economy
POL 388 Causes of War
POL 441 Seminar in International Relations: Conflict and Cooperation in International Politics, Security, Trade
POL 443 Seminar in International Relations: The Military Instrument of Foreign Policy
SOC 250 The Western Way of War
WWS 301/ECO 352 International Trade
WWS 315/POL 393 Grand Strategy
WWS 316/POL 399 China's Foreign Relations
WWS 318 U.S. Military and National and International Diplomacy
WWS 340/PSY 321 Psychology of Decision Making and Judgment
WWS 353/MAE 353 Science and Global Security
WWS 375 United States and Iran
WWS 420/POL 444 International Institutions and Law
WWS 466/HIS 467 Financial History