Three of the most eminent members of the Government Department specializing in international relations-Henry A. Kissinger and Stanley H. Hoffmann, professors of Government, and Robert R. Bowie, Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs-will be on sabbatical next year.
Their absence, Hoffmann said last night, will leave no gap "on purely quantitative grounds" because the Government Department will offer four new courses in international relations.
The coincidence of leaves, he said, "will hurt graduate students more than undergraduates" since it will make the planning of thesis work more difficult.
Hoffmann will spend his sabbatical at the Center for the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. He also plans to teach a seminar on International Relations at Berkeley next spring. Kissinger and Bowie plan to remain in Cambridge most of the year.
As a partial substitute for Kissinger's Government 130, "Principles of International Politics," Morton H. Halperin, Assistant Professor of Government, will give Government 132, "International Politics and Comparative Foreign Policy." The course will "focus more on the current period than Mr. Kissinger does," he said last night.
Leo Gross, from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, will teach Government 170, "International Law." John D. Montgomery, professor of Public Administration, will give Government 190, "Conduct and Control of U.S. Foreign Policy."
As a partial substitute for Government 175, Hoffmann's course on "International Organization," Joseph S. Nye, instructor in Government, will teach Government 176, "International Organization: Regional Integration." Nothing, however, will replace "War," Social Sciences 112.
These new offerings, Nye said last night, will give undergraduates "complementary courses" which they otherwise would have missed. "Sure there'll be a gap," he said, "but it will hurt only those students who have planned poorly and waited until their senior year to take Kissinger and Hoffmann."
"In a sense," Nye said, "the big guns are silenced for a year and the cannons will have to take over for a while."