About this Program

Certificates must contain at least nine credits of coursework that are unique to that program out of all other certificates and minors.

The international relations certificate is for those who are interested in international affairs and who are considering careers in this field (e.g., working for the U.S. government's foreign policy or intelligence agencies; foreign policy think tanks; international non-governmental organizations).

The international relations certificate requires a combined 3.0 GPA for all certificate coursework

Required Courses

Core courses in international relations theory
INR 2001Introduction to International Relations3
INR 3603Theories of International Relations3
Subfield courses
Main subfields of international relations courses (3000 level)9
Advanced subfield course (4000 level)3
Total Credits18

While successful completion of this 18-credit program will qualify students for the certificate, most graduate programs, foreign service organizations and private corporations will be looking for individuals with broader training. Therefore, students are encouraged to pursue related study in other political science fields and other departments. Students interested in U.S. foreign policy, for example, should consider taking courses in American government. Likewise, students interested in international trade or finance would do well to pursue coursework in economics.

In addition, students interested in the international relations of a particular geographical region would benefit from learning about the comparative domestic political systems and/or cultures of those regions and may find courses in comparative politics, geography, anthropology or foreign languages and literatures helpful. Many other opportunities for enrichment through interdisciplinary work are available on campus.

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