Second, to understand and address the complex problems that governments and societies are facing today, whether it is international security, development or social policy, it is increasingly necessary to analyze those problems from a variety of perspectives, using a diversity of methodological and analytical tools that only a truly multidisciplinary education can offer. The M.A. in Public and International Affairs is dedicated to providing such a multidisciplinary education. Comprising courses embracing different disciplinary traditions, the curriculum is taught by faculty members with varied backgrounds, including history, economics, political science, law, philosophy and sociology.
Third, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) is committed to providing an education that is not only academically rigorous but also professionally-oriented and relevant for future practitioners. To that end, the curriculum is taught with a keen attention to the skills and knowledge needed by professionals in public and international affairs and our courses provide regular opportunities to interact with practitioners. GSPIA greatly benefits from the presence and active engagement of several distinguished practitioners, such as former senior government executives and diplomats, who enrich the intellectual life of the School and who contribute to the quality of the students' experience.