International Relations Certificate
Contact: M.J. Peterson ((Fall 2008)
Contact: Peter Haas (Spring 2008)
The International Relations Certificate Program offers all undergraduates an opportunity to supplement their major with a course of study allowing them to pursue an interest in international affairs. Courses in the program help students enhance their understanding of the complex international processes—political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental—that are increasingly important for community and individual life in all countries.
The Certificate Program consists of a minimum of eight courses covering the following areas of study:
1. Introductory world politics
The complete list of courses at all Five Colleges that satisfy each certificate requirement is available through the certificate website.
No more than four courses in any one discipline can be counted toward the certificate, and no single course can satisfy more than one certificate requirement. Students who complete each of the required courses with a grade of B or better (no Pass/Fail options) are eligible to receive the Five College International Relations Certificate.
The IR Certificate Program is a “super minor” compatible with all undergraduate majors. It provides students with a way to prepare for and indicate strong interest in a career involving work taking them across national borders as government officials, members of international organization staffs, journalists, businesspersons, paid or volunteer staff of transnational nongovernmental organizations or political and social activists. Most professional careers in the field require some postgraduate study, either a law degree or a master’s in public policy, international affairs, business, public health or applied science. The certificate also provides students who are not planning such a career with opportunities to develop knowledge about other areas of the world.