INSTRUCTOR: Brian Fonseca
SCHEDULE: Tuesday, Thursday 5:00pm – 6:15pm (Yearlong)
The U.S. Department of State’s Diplomacy Lab at FIU’s Honors College affords students the opportunity to explore real-world challenges identified by State Department officials and work under the guidance of FIU faculty members with experience in diplomacy and international relations. Students will conduct multidisciplinary research over the course of the semester and provide the State Department with answers and actionable recommendations that support U.S foreign policy. Students will be grouped and assigned a research topic of importance to U.S. foreign policy. Throughout the semester, students will progress their research inside and outside of the classroom, engage routinely with State Department officials, and interact with subject matter experts at FIU and around the globe. The course will conclude with the submission of a final research product and a presentation to the U.S. Department of State. The Diplomacy Lab allows students to contribute directly to the policy making process, while helping the State Department tap into an underutilized reservoir of intellectual capital.