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Undergraduate Seminar

Johns Hopkins University President Ron Daniels with members of the inaugural cohort of the Kissinger Seminar on American Grand Strategy

The center’s undergraduate course, the Kissinger Seminar on American Grand Strategy, is an initiative meant to link SAIS with the undergraduate International Studies major at Homewood.

It exposes exceptional undergraduate students to the study of grand strategy and the history of U.S. foreign policy. The bulk of the course examines critical moments, themes, and people in the history of American grand strategy, from Washington's Farewell Address to the statecraft of Donald Trump. The seminar is rooted in applied history - the study of the past as a way of better understanding the challenges and opportunities of the present and future. The seminar equips students to evaluate and contribute to intense debates about the future of American grand strategy.

I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to take this course, especially since it emphasized learning through applied history, unlike any undergraduate course. I was constantly amazed by my professors and peers, whose insights on and passion for the course material challenged and inspired me every day. I left every lecture eager to learn more, and the course reaffirmed my desire to work in the realm of foreign policy in the future.

Carmela Irato, BA '21

Application Instructions

You must apply to enroll in this course. Enrollment is at the discretion of the instructors and space in the course is limited. The application deadline is November 10, 2020 at 11:59pm EST. To apply, email a one-page resume, a one-page statement on why you want to take the class and how it contributes to your professional interests, and a writing sample of less than 10 pages to