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About Jackson School of International Studies


The origins of the Jackson School go back to 1909. There are 13 academic programs and 14 centers that are affiliated with the school. Of the 14 centers, eight are National Resource Centers that are funded by the Department of Education under the Title VI Program. With its history and the resources that are available to it, the Jackson School is well positioned to maintain its well-deserved reputation as one of the best schools of international studies in the world.
Undergraduate Majors

The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies offers seven separate majors in international studies at the undergraduate level. Students may concentrate in one of eight regional studies options, one of two thematic programs, or pursue a broader course of study within the general program in International Studies. 

Asian Studies,
Canadian Studies 
European Studies
International Studies (General)
Jewish Studies 
Latin Ameracn and Caribbean Studies
Comparative Religion

Undergraduate Minors

The Jackson School offers 14 undergraduate minors. Additionally, both the Jackson School and the Law, Societies, and Justice Program are sources for information about the UW's Tri-Campus Minor in Human Rights.

African Studies Japan Studies          
Arctic Studies Jewish Studies
Canadian Studies Korea Studies
China Studies Middle East Studies
Comparative Islamic Studies Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Comparative Religion Russian, Eastern European, & Central Asian Studies
European Studies South Asian Studies
Human Rights - Tri-Campus Minor Southeast Asian Studies
International Studies  

Jackson School Graduate Programs

The Jackson School offers graduate training leading to the Master of Arts in International Studies and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. In addition to the PhD, nine programs lead to a Master of Arts in International Studies degree: seven world area-studies programs, a comparative religion program, and a comparative and thematic program in international studies that concentrates on the interaction of international, economic, political, and cultural processes with states and societies around the world. The International Studies M.A.I.S. program can be taken as a concurrent degree program with several UW professional schools.

For more information click on the headings below; if you would like printed fliers on any of these programs, please contact us.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) Program

Master of Arts in Applied International Studies (MAAIS)

The Master of Arts in Applied International Studies (MAAIS) program is a 10-month intensive degree option designed for mid-career professionals. The first MAAIS cohort will begin Autumn Quarter 2014.






Programs & Degrees


The South Asia Program is part of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies that offers three frameworks within which to carry out the interdisciplinary study of the peoples and nations of the South Asian subcontinent: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Tibet.

The curriculum combines rigorous training in one or more South Asian languages with study of various aspects of modern and classical South Asian civilizations. The University has a distinguished faculty of scholars who provide instruction in diverse areas of South Asian studies, offering a rich variety of courses on these topics.