Senator Nunn has said, “Bridges must be built between the world of science and the world of human relations, bridges which can give shape and purpose to our technology and breathe heart and soul into our knowledge.” The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs is building those bridges, and we hope you will join us.
The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs draws on its unique setting at one of the world's premier institutes of technology and the unparalleled integrity and insight of former Senator Sam Nunn. It delivers innovative programs and cutting-edge research by integrating technology and science with the study of international affairs.
At a time of rapid change, the School is dedicated to public outreach that provides a greater understanding of factors that shape the world in which we live and work. The School strives to connect learning and experience through its interdisciplinary degree programs, policy-relevant research with a strong theoretical foundation, and regular interaction with practitioners. Over the last several years, the School has introduced a series of one-year M.S. degrees, interdisciplinary graduate certificates (with Aerospace Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, School of City and Regional Planning, and Economics), and an undergraduate minor in global development to complement long-standing B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degree programs in international affairs.
Founded in 1990, the School enrolls undergraduate students in three bachelor's degrees, three minors, and five certificate programs. It also matriculates graduate students in its three master's degrees, doctoral program, and three certificates. What makes the Nunn School unique is that it awards bachelor of science and master of science degrees, which means our courses integrate topics in science and technology with international affairs.
Twenty-three full-time faculty members, eight distinguished professors of the practice, five lecturers, and one postdoctoral fellow teach and research a broad array of topics. Several Nunn School faculty are jointly appointed to the College of Computing (including the new School of Cybersecurity & Privacy) and School of City and Regional Planning, and there are courtesy faculty appointments from the Schools of Civil and Mechanical Engineering. School faculty also direct Global Social Change Entrepreneurship VIPs, Military Fellows Program, and the Freshman Program at GT-Europe.
Faculty research addresses the drivers and the consequences of global challenges and opportunities using qualitative/quantitative methods, visual analytical tools, and regional perspectives. Core areas of synergy between faculty research, teaching, and practical outreach include:
- International Security: exploring the drivers and consequences of emerging technologies for issues related to conflict, cooperation, and governance in international security
- Global Development: assessing topics in sustainability, environmental issues, global energy, political economy, and international economic governance/regulation
- International Affairs, Science, and Technology: examining space, national and strategic/military innovation, comparative economic competitiveness and regulation, international financial technology and institutions, and assorted topics related to global governance and ethics.
The School offers overseas programs in Europe, Asia, and Latin America and a variety of outreach programs, including the Sam Nunn Bank of America Policy Forum. The School also houses the Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy and the Center for European Studies—two policy-relevant, action-oriented research centers.