To meet the increasing demand for men trained in international affairs, the University has established a graduate program leading to an M. A. degree in International and Regional Studies. Two programs, one of a general character and one concentrating in Chinese relations will open next fall.
With Donald C. McKay, associate professor of History, as chairman, the recently organized Committee on International and Regional Studies, which is located in Littauer Center, will direct the program.
The committee has been organized as the result of the effort to continue and adant the methods used by the Civil Affairs Training School that was terminated here last fall.
The general program is designed for both prospective State Department employees and for men who expect to enter firms engaged in international transactions. Besides instruction in the technicalities of international relations, it will stress the necessity for a wide cultural knowledge of the United States and many foreign countries.
For those with some knowledge of Chinese or Japanese, an intensive two year program in the Chinese language and culture and in U. S. and Chinese economics and government will be offered. A similar curriculum for Soviet Russia will be introduced as soon as practicable.
Although the programs are primarily for students it is hoped they will attract representatives from private firms and Washington agencies to come for refresher courses. Both programs will require a Master's thesis and an oral examination.
In an effort to make the programs as flexible as possible, the Committee will allow a wide range in the choice of courses, and some students may be sent to Washington between their first and second years for "interneships" in relevant governmental agencies.