Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Learning Goals

General Subject Knowledge

  • Understanding of historical and contemporary schools of thought in International Relations.
  • Ability to apply IR theories to explain international policy decisions and outcomes.
  • Ability to analyze how international institutions, norms and structures of governance affect and shape global, international, regional and domestic policy.
  • Knowledge of contemporary global issues, including trade, development, human rights, security and the environment.

Professional Skills

  • Ability to form, work in and lead a team towards the completion of a common project.
  • Ability to synthesize complex ideas.
  • Written communication skills.
  • Ability to present orally, argue and debate.
  • Ability to understand and use the concepts and language of international economics.
  • Ability to grasp and utilize the concepts and structure of research design.
  • Ability to use basic tools of data generation, including archival and survey research, interviewing, case studies directed studies.
  • Ability to produce and interpret statistical analysis of policy-relevant data.
  • Comprehend the multi-level institutional arenas in which policy analysis takes place: multilateral, regional, national, local.
  • Competence in the writing of policy memos and other professional writing instruments.
  • Competence in executing policy analysis individually and collectively, through team work.
  • Grasp the concept and practice of intercultural competence.

Language Competencies

  • Ability to understand complex communication in target language.
  • Ability to convey complex ideas in writing in target language, particularly in field of professional expertise.
  • Ability to convey complex ideas verbally in target language, particularly in field of professional expertise.