Comparative and International Affairs

(18 credit hours) The Comparative and International Affairs Concentration has two major functions:

  • to provide a comparative basis for considering U.S. public policy and its underlying principles; and
  • to examine the international links and institutions through which nations interact.
Required Courses (9 credit hours)
SPEA-V 575 Comparative Public Management and Administration (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 578 Introduction to Comparative and International Affairs (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 669 Economic Development, Globalization, and Entrepreneurship (3 cr.)
Electives (9 credit hours)

In consultation with your academic advisor, select one course. A partial list includes:

SPEA-E 518 Vector-based Geographic Information Systems (3 cr.)
SPEA-E 529 Application of Geographic Information Systems (3 cr.)
SPEA-E 560 Environmental Risk Analysis (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 507 Data Analysis and Modeling for Public Affairs (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 516 Public Management Information Systems (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 519 Database Management Systems (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 539 Management Science for Public Affairs (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 541 Benefit-Cost Analysis of Public and Environmental Policies (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 562 Public Program Evaluation (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 609 Seminar in Revenue Theory and Administration (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 610 Seminar in Government Budget and Program Analysis (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 622 Seminar in Urban Economic Development (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 625 Environmental Economics and Policy (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 667 Seminar in Public Capital and Debt Theory (3 cr.)

In consultation with your academic advisor, select two courses. A partial list includes:

SPEA-E 535 International Environmental Policy (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 510 Government Regulation in Market Economies (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 518 Intergovernmental Systems Management (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 524 Civil Society in Comparative Perspective (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 574 Environmental Management in the Tropics (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 576 Approaches to Development (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 577 International Economic Strategies and Trade Policy (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 589 Democratization and Transition in Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent States (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 592 Global Health Issues and Management (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 596 Sustainable Development (3 cr.)

In consultation with your academic advisor, select any 3 credit hour (or higher credit) course in area studies and/or language studies. In special circumstances, students are eligible to take up to 6 credit hours of area studies and/or language studies.


In consultation with your academic advisor, select one course from electives list above and one Overseas Experience option below:

  • Option 1: Overseas Study Experience—includes 4 credit hours of SPEA-V 580 and/or up to 6 credit hours of area studies and/or language studies.
    • Overseas Study Experiences include individualized experiences that students develop independently or any of the numerous overseas programs currently administered by Indiana University area studies programs and the Office of International Programs in cooperation with SPEA, including programs in Africa, Asia, Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Latin America. Contact the SPEA M.P.A.–M.S.E.S. Program Office for more information.
  • Option 2: Graduate Seminar Europe (4 cr.) Students are selected competitively. Contact the M.P.A.–M.S.E.S. Program Office for additional information.
  • Option 3: Individualized Internship—up to 6 credits of SPEA-V 590 in consultation with your academic advisor and the Office of Career Services.

With consent of the student’s academic advisor, Individualized Internships include internships performed in academic or governmental or professional organizations overseas. Relevant internships completed at U.S.-based organizations may also qualify, for example, internships in U.S. offices of international organizations or in international affairs offices of state or federal government agencies.

Special arrangements for fulfillment of course requirements will be made for foreign language and area studies (FLAS) fellowship students, in consultation with the student’s academic advisor and the Graduate Programs Office.

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