The NRSD degree requires 42 credit hours, including an internship, coursework, and a capstone. It can be completed in two years (full-time) or up to six years (part-time). You have the option of part-time study in the first and final semester. You'll take core courses for a semester before going to the University for Peace outside San José, Costa Rica, where you'll be immersed in sustainable development theory and practice for a year. You'll gain professional field experience during a mandatory summer internship that may take you anywhere in the world. The core of the NRSD experience is the chance to engage both in the classroom and in a developing country that is a model of sustainability. This is a decidedly different experience from what any US-only program can offer.
The Intercultural and International Communication (IC) program requires 39 credit hours of graduate coursework, including a capstone, that can be completed in two years (full-time) or up to six years (part-time). IC’s innovative curriculum explores the cultural, geopolitical, economic, and technological dimensions of international communication. The program’s interdisciplinary approach is grounded in the idea that global society and international relations are better understood through an analysis of the information and communication systems that shape the evolving geopolitical environment.
This rigorous curriculum combines instruction from renowned practitioners, opportunities for internships and mentoring, and extensive professional training. Beyond building strong theoretical foundations, IC students learn practical approaches to international communication that they can apply to a range of careers in the public or private sector.
The Comparative and Regional Studies (CRS) program prepares students to be regional experts who understand key global issues through comparative analysis across regions and countries. Unlike traditional regional studies,CRS combines study of the comparative method with regional expertise. In this way, CRS regional concentrations serve as laboratories for knowledge, allowing students to draw lessons from experiences within a region to inform their understanding of the local context and, importantly, of how and why the local context shapes outcomes of global interest.