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UofM International Relations

ilovetolaugh84ilovetolaugh84 Posts: 22Registered User New Member
I know they have a great poli sci program, but how would you say specifically, their international studies program compares...?

Between U-Michigan and Georgetown School of Foreign Service, would you say Georgetown has a huge advantage? Or are they even somewhat comparable?
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  • AlexandreAlexandre Posts: 23,215Super Moderator Senior Member
    From an academics point of view, they are almost equal, although Michigan offers far more resources and variety. However, if your intent is to work for the State Department in DC or to become a diplomat, I think the SFS has a clear (although not "huge") advantage over Michigan. In all other ways (should you wish to go to Law school or into academe), they are equal.
  • Ruby_x3Ruby_x3 Posts: 200Registered User Junior Member
    How does Michigan offer more resources and variety? The consensus in general AND among those that matter is that SFS is like literally a league's above everyone else in political science/internaitonal relations and has the most amazing and comprehensive array of courses in this aspect of academia. Given its location, it's pretty much unbeatable. This is judging from the amount of research and the alumni caliber and quantity of SFS.
  • AlexandreAlexandre Posts: 23,215Super Moderator Senior Member
    Ruby, Michigan wipes the floor with Georgetown in Political Science. Michigan's PS department is ranked #2 or #3 in the US, Georgetown's is not even ranked among the top 30. For American Politics, Michigan is the undisputed heavyweight...#1 by a landslide. Georgetown does not come close here.

    In International Studies, Michigan has more faculty, a deeper and broader curriculum, more funding and fewer students. Again, the edge goes to Michigan.

    Where Georgetown excells is in the study of International Relations. There, they have Michigan beat.

    Georgetown is excellent to be sure. If one wishes to work as a diplomat or for the State Department, Georgetown is going to be more effective, although not by a large margin.

    This said, academically, Michigan has more to offer.

    Bottom line, reputationally and in terms of non-diplomacy related placement, Georgetown and Michigan will both be equally excellent.
  • RechargeRecharge Posts: 584Registered User Member
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