Major program: To qualify for the Certificate in International Relations a student must fulfill three kinds of requirements:

  • Foreign language:  Proficiency in a foreign language at least up to the intermediate college level;
  • Introductory courses:  Courses in international politics, economics, and the history of the contemporary international system; and
  • Advanced courses:  Upper-level courses in the global systems and area studies.

Students who wish to earn the Certificate should finish the first two parts of the requirements – Foreign Language and Introductory Courses – before junior year, if possible.  Students are urged to study abroad, preferably in a non-English-speaking country so that they can improve their language skills.  Internships in foreign policy fields (with international organizations, government agencies, multinational corporations, or nonprofit organizations) are encouraged, but may not count for credit in some departments.  A statistics course in economics, government, or sociology is strongly recommended but not required.

Sample Courses:
  Vulnerability, Development and Social Protection in Latin America; Public Opinion and Foreign Policy; Modern Europe; Diasporas, Transnationalism and Globalization; European Imperialism and the Third World II; Security in Africa

International Relations
Title: Student Spotlight
International Relations

Jayvan Mitchell

College of Social Studies and International Relations Certificate, Class of '11


Specific Interests: International Politics/Law
"I chose the International Relations certificate because I have a vested interest in international relations because I am deeply interested in the political climate of our globalizing world and how that affects or will influence the future. I hope to pursue a career in international law and having this certificate will undoubtedly lay a strong foundation upon which I can base my studies and pursue my interests."