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Dual Degree

M.A., Asian Studies / M.A., Diplomacy and International Relations

The Department of Asian Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Diplomacy offer a dual degree program with a focus on East Asia. A solid understanding of East Asian history, language and culture complements students' competence in international relations. The dual degree program can be completed in 60 credits, instead of the 81-84 credits that would be required to complete the two programs separately.


Diplomacy and International Relations Component (21 credits)

  • DIPL 6000 - International Relations Theory
  • DIPL 6001 or DIPL 6180 - Politics of Cultural and Ethnic Pluralism or Comparative Foreign Policy
  • DIPL 6002 or DIPL 6005 - International Organizations or Public International Law
  • DIPL 6105 or DIPL 6155 - International Political Economy or Advanced Economic Aspects of International Relations
  • DIPL XXXX - Diplomacy Electives

Asian Studies Component (30 credits)

  • Traditional East Asia (12 credits)
    • ASIA 6140 - Survey of Chinese Civilization
    • ASIA 6121 - History and Culture of Japan I
    • ASIA 6122 - History and Culture of Japan II
    • And one of the following: (3 credits)
      • ASIA 6141 - Foundations of Chinese Civilization   
      • ASIA 6142 - Development of Chinese Civilization   
      • ASIA 6143 - Maturity of Chinese Civilization
  • Modern and Contemporary East Asia (6 credits)
    • ASIA 6145 - Modern East Asia
    • ASIA 6146 - Contemporary East Asia
  • East Asian Language (12 credits)
    • CHIN 6111-6114 - Graduate Chinese Conversation and Composition I-IV
    • CHIN 6111-6118 - Graduate Readings in Modern Chinese I-II   
    • CHIN 6120-6121 - Graduate Chinese Newspaper Readings I-II   
    • JAPN 6111-6112 - Graduate Modern Japanese I and II   
    • JAPN 6113-6114 - Graduate Newspaper Readings I and II

Students must demonstrate intermediate proficiency to enroll in these courses. Students with language fluency may be exempt and substitute free electives.

Research Practicum (9 credits)

  • ASIA 9111 or DIPL 6310 - Research Methods
  • ASIA 9200 or DIPL 6311 - Research Project/Thesis
  • DIPL 7111 - Internship


Students apply independently to each degree program, preferably indicating at the time of application that they intend to follow the joint M.A. in Asian Studies/ M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations program. Students may also apply for admission to the dual degree program before completion of 12 credits in either of the two separate programs.


The faculty in our internationally recognized research and teaching programs are committed to guiding students to success. Seton Hall is a Catholic University where great thinkers do more than think. They teach.

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Issam Aburaya
Issam Aburaya
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
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Peter Ahr
Peter Ahr
Associate Professor of Religion
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Kwame Akonor
Kwame Akonor
Associate Professor of Political Science
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About the School of Diplomacy

Just minutes from New York City and a few hours from Washington, D.C., the School of Diplomacy and International Relations is an ideal place to study international relations and practice diplomacy firsthand. Through a unique alliance with the United Nations Association of the United States of America and the United Nations Foundation, students are exposed to today's leaders and policymakers.

Students from around the world come together to participate in a multidisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes multilateral diplomacy, conflict resolution, international economics and leadership. Our distinguished faculty brings essential theories and practical perspectives to the classroom. With a growing network of alumni working in the field of international relations, the School is strengthening international institutions by contributing well-prepared and talented diplomatic professionals.

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