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Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service

Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
Seal of Georgetown University
Established 1919[1]
Type Private
Parent institution
Georgetown University
Affiliation Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Dean Joel Hellman
Students 1,900[1]
Undergraduates 1,400[1]
Postgraduates 500[1]
Location Washington, D.C., 20057, USA
Campus Urban
Affiliations APSIA
Website .edu.georgetownsfs

The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (commonly abbreviated SFS) is a school of Washington, D.C., United States. Currently ranked amongst the top foreign service schools, it stands first in the world at the graduate level. Jesuit priest Edmund A. Walsh founded the School of Foreign Service in 1919, recognizing the need for a school that would prepare Americans for roles as diplomats and business professionals in the wake of expanding involvement by the U.S. in world affairs after World War I. The school predates the U.S. Foreign Service by six years.

Today, SFS hosts a student body of approximately 2,100 from 80 nations each year. It offers an undergraduate program based in the liberal arts, which leads to the Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree, as well as eight interdisciplinary graduate programs.[1] Its faculty include many distinguished figures in international affairs, such as former U.S. Secretary of State Aleksander Kwaśniewski, and former Prime Minister of Spain José María Aznar.[2]

The School of Foreign Service is widely recognized as one of the world's leading international affairs schools and is sometimes referred to as the "West Point of the U.S. diplomatic corps."[3] In 2007, the Carnegie Endowment's Foreign Policy magazine ranked the school's undergraduate program third in the nation and its master's programs first in the nation.[4] Famous alumni include former U.S. President Bill Clinton, former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, King Abdullah of Jordan, John Cardinal O’Connor, and Željko Komšić, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, among others.


  • History 1
  • Academics 2
    • Undergraduate programs 2.1
    • Graduate programs 2.2
    • Institutes 2.3
    • Publications 2.4
    • Reputation and Rankings 2.5
  • Campuses 3
    • Main campus 3.1
    • Doha, Qatar 3.2
  • Notable alumni 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The school has evolved from its original emphasis on diplomacy and law to become a center for research and teaching on global affairs. Faculty are today drawn from disciplines such as political science, history, economics and cultural studies, as well as from business, the non-profit sector and international organizations.

The school has about 1,500 undergraduates seeking a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (B.S.F.S.) degree. The undergraduate program is intended to provide a liberal arts education with a focus in international affairs. Undergraduates concentrate in International Politics (IPOL), International History (IHIS), Culture and Politics (CULP), International Economics (IECO), Georgia Tech, among others, now have STIA programs as well.

Graduate students can pursue eight graduate programs: five regional studies programs as well as the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS), Master of Arts in Global Human Development and the Master of Arts in Security Studies Program.

Graduates go on to careers in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors as well as further higher education. Alumni include current (Jordan, Lithuania, Spain, and Bosnia), and recent (United States, Philippines) heads of state. The current dean of the school is Anwar Ibrahim, former World Bank VP Callisto Madavo, former Dean Peter F. Krogh, former USAID head, former Special Envoy for Sudan Andrew Natsios, Ambassador of Israel to the United States Michael Oren, former Prime Minister of Spain José María Aznar, and former President of Colombia Alvaro Uribe Velez.


Undergraduate programs

The School of Foreign Service's undergraduate program features a rigorous core curriculum including a freshman proseminar, two philosophy courses, two theology courses, two humanities and writing courses, two government courses, three history courses (including two non-Western regional history courses), a four-course economics sequence, and a geopolitics course unique to SFS entitled Map of the Modern World. To graduate, students must also attain proficiency in at least one modern foreign language, demonstrated through successful completion of a specially-designed oral exam (and other requirements as determined by the department).

Following completion of the core, students declare one of the following interdisciplinary majors:

  • Culture and Politics[5]
  • Global Business[6]
  • International Economics[7]
  • International History[8]
  • International Political Economy[9]
  • International Politics[10]
  • Regional and Comparative Studies[11]
  • Science, Technology, & International Affairs [12]

In addition to their major, students may choose from a number of undergraduate certificate programs: African Studies, Arab Studies, Asian Studies, Australian & New Zealand Studies, German and European Studies, International Business Diplomacy, International Development, Muslim-Christian Understanding, Jewish Civilization, Justice & Peace Studies, Latin American Studies, Medieval Studies, Russian & East European Studies, Social & Political Thought, and Women's and Gender Studies. However, the International Development certificate program, by far the most popular among students, has suffered budget cuts in recent years that threaten the future existence of the program.[13]

Graduate programs

Graduate students can pursue eight interdisciplinary graduate programs: the Georgetown Leadership Seminar for an annual gathering of selected rising leaders from around the world for a week of intensive discussion on major international issues

Washington D.C.'s Georgetown University confirmed that former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe has been named a "distinguished scholar in the practice of global leadership" by the university, where he will keep himself busy after leaving office by giving classes.[14] From September 1, 2010 Uribe will give "seminars and other programmatic activities" to students of the university's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS).[15]


While a University-wide endeavor in general, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security is housed within the SFS.


The school has published the [16]

SFS is also home to International Migration, managed by the Institute for the Study of Migration; and German Politics and Society, under the control of the BMW Center for German and European Studies.

The School of Foreign Service used to publish the National Security Studies Quarterly, but publication has ceased. In addition to more general topics, the journal's special focus is "military technical issues."[17]

Reputation and Rankings

Georgetown's programs in international relations have consistently ranked among the best in the world in Harvard, in the quality of preparation for a career in the U.S. government, regardless of degree earned.[21]


The School of Foreign Service main campus is located in northwest Alanya, Turkey and Fiesole, Italy.

Main campus

Healy Hall, one of the main campus' most iconic buildings

Georgetown University's undergraduate schools and medical campus are located together on Main Campus, which sits on the "Hilltop", an elevated site in the heart of Washington above the Georgetown University Medical Center is on the northern side of campus, best accessed through the multiple entrances on Reservoir Road between 37th and 39th Sts, NW.

The main campus measures just over 100 acres (0.4 km²) and is home to 58 administrative, classroom, and other buildings, including student dorms and apartments capable of accommodating 80 percent of undergraduates as well as various athletic facilities. Most buildings employ National Register of Historic Places.[25]

In late 2003, the school completed the Southwest Quad, bringing a new 907-bed student dorm, an expansive dining hall, an underground parking facility, and new Jesuit Residence to the campus.[26] The school's first performing arts center, named for Royden B. Davis, was completed in November 2005, while longer-term projects include a self-contained business school campus, construction of a unified sciences center, and expanded athletic facilities.[27]

Doha, Qatar

In 2002, the SFS-Qatar opened in 2005; as of 2008, SFS-Q had a student body of 145.[29] The first graduating class of SFS-Q, all of whom have BSFS degrees with a major of International Politics, received their diplomas in May 2009. Gerd Nonneman serves as the current Dean for the SFS-Q Campus.[30]

Notable alumni

Bill Clinton, class of 1968, ran for student council president his senior year.


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External links

  • Official site
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