About

The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies (JSIS) combines the social sciences, humanities, and professional fields to enhance our understanding of our increasingly interconnected globe. The school is named for late Senator Henry M. Jackson, in recognition of his interest and support for the school and for the field of international affairs.

The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies (JSIS) combines the social sciences, humanities, and professional fields to enhance our understanding of our increasingly interconnected globe. The school is named for late Senator Henry M. Jackson, in recognition of his interest and support for the school and for the field of international affairs.

The Jackson School’s commitment to regional, cross-cultural and comparative studies extends well beyond the boundaries of its many formal academic programs. The school has eight Title VI National Resource Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education:

  • Canadian Studies Center
  • Center for Global Studies
  • Center for West European Studies
  • East Asia Center
  • Ellison Center for Russian, East European & Central Asian Studies
  • Middle East Center
  • South Asia Center
  • Southeast Asia Center

Our National Resource Centers focus on area and international studies, languages and thematic issues, and provide teacher training and critical global education resources for students, K-12 teachers, community college teachers, university faculty and the public at the local, regional, national and international levels.

The Foreign Language and Area Studies Program, commonly known as FLAS, provides academic year and summer fellowships to students in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies. For 2014-2018, the Jackson School received $16 million in funding for FLAS fellowships and for the National Resource Centers, one of the highest in the country.

Education

The Jackson School offers seven undergraduate majors—Asian Studies, Canadian Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies, Comparative Religion, Jewish Studies, and International studies—and 16 minors (as well as a tri-campus minor in Human Rights). The curriculum is multidisciplinary and focuses especially on international policy issues and processes. Language study is required for all area studies degrees, both undergraduate and graduate, and study abroad is strongly encouraged. JSIS also includes classes taught by prominent practitioners, government officials, business executives, lawyers and non-governmental organization leaders.

A unique feature of the international studies program is the “Task Force” capstone course that requires students to team together to research a specific policy issue and offer a set of recommendations. Their written report is then subjected to oral evaluation by an experienced policymaker. Many students cite this course as the highlight of their undergraduate education.

At the graduate level, the Jackson School offers nine interdisciplinary programs that lead to a Master of Arts degree. The general International Studies program has the broadest focus, and is often pursued concurrently with professional degree programs in business administration, marine affairs, forest resources, public affairs, law, or public health.

The School also offers a 10-month master’s in applied international studies for mid-career professionals and a Ph.D. International Studies Program that is an accelerated (3-year) and policy-focused degree.

The Jackson School has a dedicated Office of Alumni and Career Services. Although not all alumni pursue “international” careers, many have an international aspect of their career, in fields ranging from education to private sector business and trade to government and non-profit organizations.

Faculty

The award-winning Jackson School faculty represent all the social science disciplines. Additional faculty are drawn from the departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and University professional schools, such as the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, the College of Ocean and Fishery Sciences, the School of Law, and the School of Business Administration.

Research

The Jackson School offers leading-edge research on policy studies, international political economy, and international affairs. Our internationally prominent faculty represents a range of fields in the social sciences and humanities, including anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, religious studies, sociology, and women studies.

Outreach

The Jackson School sponsors dozens of conferences, colloquia, and seminars featuring the works of scholars, business people, and diplomats from around the world. JSIS faculty regularly share their expertise through public lectures sponsored by the school, interviews with local and national media, and community presentations.

APSIA

Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA)

The Jackson School is a Member School of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA). APSIA comprises 60+ schools in the Americas, Asia, and Europe dedicated to the improvement of professional education in international affairs and the advancement thereby of international understanding, prosperity, peace, and security.

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