- John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations
The John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations (SODIR) [cite web |url=http://www.unausa.org/site/pp.asp?c=fvKRI8MPJpF&b=409363 |title= United Nations Association of the United States of America Press Release|work=
UNA-USA|date= 1997 |accessdate= 2008-10-06] , or simply the Whitehead School, is a post-secondary degree-granting institution concentrating in international affairs within Seton Hall Universityin South Orange, New Jersey. Founded in collaboration with the United Nations Association of the United States of America, it was the first school of international relationsto be founded after the Cold War. It educates both undergraduate and graduate students. The Whitehead School is an affiliate member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs.
The Whitehead School was founded in
1997and welcomed its first class in the Fall of 1998. Among the founding members of the school was its first dean Ambassador Clay Constantinou, a graduate of Seton Hall Law. The schools namesake is retired Goldman Sachsexecutive John C. Whitehead, who served as deputy secretary of state under President Ronald Reagan, headed the United Nations Association of the United States of Americaand was Chairman of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. A statesman, a war hero, a business leader, and a philanthropist, Mr. Whitehead exemplified the highest form of citizenship that all students are called to be. The first school of international relations in the Post-Cold War era, the Whitehead School was to “prepare the next generation of global leaders.” The Whitehead school was founded in close alliance with the United Nations Association of the United States of America. Its close proximity to New York Cityalso serves as an advantage which allows students and faculty to participate in U.N. sponsored functions. This has enabled students to interact directly with U.N. diplomats as well as gain a special opportunity to receive first-hand experience with the organization.
The Whitehead School primarily offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees, a
Bachelor of Scienceand Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations.
The undergraduate program working towards a Bachelors of Science degree is an intensive program which includes a 69-credit core curriculum. Students take a wide range of courses in international relations, history, economics, and ethics. In addition, there is an eighteen-credit foreign language requirement which usually leads to the completion of a minor. A special 5-year combined B.S./M.A. program is also offered for students who excel.
Students enrolled in the M.A. program participate in two-year program that culminates with a research project or
thesis. Degree requirements include completion two of thirteen different specializations. Students choose between functional fields of study such as:
*International Economics and Development,
Foreign Policy Analysis,
*Public International Law,
*Global Negotiation and Conflict Management,
*Global Health and Human Security,
*and a series of regional specializations.
Students can also design their own fields of study. Each specialization consists of three or four different courses. All students have to satisfactorily complete 45 credits. In addition, with the school's emphasis on building an
economicsbackground, all students have to complete a series of courses in economics.
In addition to these degrees offerings, the school also offers several dual-degree programs in collaboration with other academic units of the university. These include:
J.D.with the law school
* M.A./M.B.A. with the school of business
* M.A./M.P.A. with the college of arts and sciences political science department
* M.A./M.A. in Asian Studies with the college of arts and sciences asian studies department
* M.A./M.A. in Corporate Communication with the college of arts and sciences communications department
World Leaders Forum
The Whitehead School is also known for its high-profile lecturers.
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Sinn FéinLeader Gerry Adams, Iranian President Mohammed Khatami, Nobel Peace Laureate John Hume, President of Israel Shimon Peres, and former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachevhave addressed the Seton Hall community while visiting the School. Former Polish President Lech Wałęsaalso visited the University on December 1, 2005.
Journal of Diplomacy
The Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations is produced by Whitehead graduate students.
Paul Holmes(a.i., 2005-2007)
Terrence Blackburn(a.i., 1997-1999)
Notes and references
* [http://diplomacy.shu.edu School of Diplomacy Website]
* [http://diplomacy.shu.edu/journal/new/ Journal of Diplomacy Online]
* [http://www.unausa.org/site/pp.asp?c=fvKRI8MPJpF&b=457175 Seton Hall/ UNA-USA Alliance]
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