For the spring 2015 semester, The Institute of World Politics was pleased to welcome fifteen new students into its programs. As a specialized independent graduate school of national security and international affairs, IWP boasts an intimate and collegial atmosphere that is aided by its small classes and 13:1 student to faculty ratio.
The new cohort has a diverse and impressive background. Members of it have lived, studied, and traveled all over the world, in Afghanistan, Austria, France, Iraq, Malawi, Poland, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe. They also possess considerable understanding of foreign languages, including Arabic, Bosnian, Croatian, Dari, French, Hebrew, Latin, Macedonian, Ndebele, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Shona, Somali, Spanish, and Zulu.
The background of IWP’s new students reveals their deep commitment to both service and academics; members of the new cohort include personnel of the US Army, US Navy, US Marine Corps, civilian law enforcement, and the Peace Corps, as well as numerous honors graduates and a member of Phi Alpha Theta Honors Society. They include a recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Purple Heart, and the Combat Infantry Badge.
Nine students will be pursuing an M.A. or Professional Master of Arts at IWP, four will be pursuing a Certificate, and two will be taking courses as part of the Continuing Education Program.