Kissinger Seminar

The Kissinger Seminar on American Grand Strategy and World Order (AS.192.410) is an undergraduate course offering from the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

This course will expose exceptional undergraduate students to the study of American grand strategy and world order, and will explore critical themes and issues in U.S. foreign policy today, from climate change to the challenge of an assertive China. It will also explore the way that historical knowledge can inform effective grand strategy. Students will have the opportunity to meet with current and former policymakers who have worked on these issues in real time.

Taught by Professors Hal Brands and Frank Gavin, the course will meet 9 times at Homewood and 4 times at the SAIS campus in Washington, D.C.; transportation between the Homewood campus and SAIS will be provided. The Washington, DC, sessions will take place on February 6, March 7, April 3, and April 24, 2023.


The Spring 2023 application deadline is: November 6, 2022 by 11:59pm ET

Enrollment is at the discretion of the instructor and space in the course is limited. To apply, email the following to

  • A one-page résumé
  • A one-page personal statement on why you want to take the class and how it contributes to your professional interests
  • A writing sample of less than 10 pages