The Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy Studies (IPS) promotes advanced analytical and quantitative approaches to decision making in international affairs. Through its affiliation with the Freeman Spogli Institute and other schools and departments, IPS offers access to world-class interdisciplinary research, bringing the insights of data science and human-centered design to the study of policy making.
A two-year master’s of arts degree is available for those who seek the knowledge and skills necessary for a career in international policy. After taking foundational courses in economics, policy writing, and statistics, as well as theoretical approaches to international relations, students may choose to concentrate on policy areas including energy, the environment, security, and health. The course of study includes foreign language in addition to collaborative work toward practical solutions to problems.
The program brings together economics, political and moral philosophy, psychology, and legal studies with the aim of understanding public policy. Faculty from across the university have expertise in topics such as health care, education, national and international security, and criminal justice.
Along with an appreciation of ethical and pragmatic issues, students learn how to approach and evaluate major public policy challenges. Courses provide a foundation in economics and political science as well as opportunities to study policy in relation to energy, the environment, technology, and urban development. Seniors demonstrate their capacity to understand and solve pressing problems through seminars or independent research. The program also offers opportunities for graduate study.
Stanford’s top-ranked Department of Political Science offers students the opportunity to study domestic and international political systems through courses on governance, public policies, political behavior, and institutional design. The undergraduate major focuses on political systems within the context of global forces, international conflicts, social movements, ideological systems, and diversity. Students study a variety of research methods, both quantitative and qualitative, and develop effective written and oral communication skills. The department trains students to be citizens prepared for a range of careers that require analytical thinking and knowledge of sophisticated research methods.
Departmental research areas include U.S. politics, comparative politics, international relations, political methodology, and political theory.
The School of Humanities and Sciences is the foundation of a liberal arts education at Stanford, where students are free to explore the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. The university's home for foundational research, H&S supports free and critical thinking across all disciplines, offering endless opportunities to learn about humans, the world in which we live, and ways to make life better.
The school comprises 23 departments—from music, literature, and history to economics, mathematics, and biology—as well as 23 interdisciplinary programs. This extraordinary community supports a wide range of undergraduate majors and minors, honors programs, joint majors, and master’s and doctoral degrees.