International Studies

Certificate Program

Adviser — Sarah Meredith, Associate Professor, Communication and the Arts (music)

Faculty Coordinator - Office of International Education

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International studies is an increasingly useful field of study as the world we live in becomes more interdependent and complex. Developments elsewhere in the world today quickly affect us directly or indirectly, while decisions and activities in the U.S. influence other countries. International trade accounts for an increasing proportion of American and world economic activity. For these reasons, the employment market for individuals with foreign language competence, cross-cultural sensitivity, and knowledge of the world is growing rapidly.

Students pursuing a variety of fields will find the international studies certificate useful. These fields include education, business, public service, comparative cultural studies, foreign languages, area studies, political science, history, anthropology, sociology, developmental economics, comparative environmental studies, international relations and diplomacy.

To be eligible for the international studies certificate program, students must either be candidates for a B.A. or B.S. degree or have already completed such a degree, and students cannot receive the certificate without completing the degree.

The international studies certificate is formal recognition on the transcript that a student has successfully completed a set of courses drawn from many disciplines which provide a strong background in international studies. The certificate also attests to a student’s having achieved some proficiency in a foreign language and/or some experience abroad. Contact the Office of International Education for information on the study-abroad opportunities that are available as one of the options for students pursuing the international studies certificate.

Students can count courses toward the certificate that they already counted toward their major or minor, so with early planning, acquiring the certificate will not delay graduation.

Requirements for the Certificate

Required, one of the following:

  1. Competence in a foreign language. (Competence is defined as language proficiency equivalent to a fourth semester college course or four years of language study in high school. For questions on this matter, see a foreign language adviser.)
  2. Study abroad (one semester minimum in an approved program).
  3. Internship with local organization with international focus or Office of International Education, 3 credits minimum.

Required Supporting Courses, 9 credits

HISTORY 100 History of the Modern World, 3 credits
POL SCI 100 Global Politics and Society, 3 credits
UR RE ST 102 World Regions and Concepts: A Geographic Analysis, 3 credits

Additional Supporting Courses, 6 credits

Choose one, 3 credits:
POL SCI 353 Politics of Developing Areas, 3 credits
SOC C D 241 Introduction to Women’s Studies, 3 credits
SOC C D 250 Introduction to Global Studies, 3 credits
SOC C D 251 Sustainable Development, 3 credits

Choose one, 3 credits:

COMN ART 329  World Music, 3 credits
COMN ART 371 World Art, 3 credits
ENGLISH 338 World Literatures, 3 credits
HUM STUD 355 Spanish and Latin American Cinema, 3 credits

Upper-Level Courses, 12 credits

Choose from the following:
BUS ADM 421 International Marketing, 3 credits
BUS ADM 445 International Financial Management, 3 credits
ECON 403 International Trade, 3 credits
FRENCH 367 Business French, 3 credits
HISTORY 354 History of Modern Southeast Asia, 3 credits
HISTORY 356 History of Africa, 3 credits
HISTORY 358 Political History of Modern Latin America, 3 credits
HUM BIOL 331 Science and Religion: Spirit of Inquiry, 3 credits
HUM DEV 342 Cross-Cultural Human Development, 3 credits
HUM STUD 357 German Cinema, 3 credits
HUM STUD 383 Perspectives on Human Values: The Contemporary World, 3 credits
HUM STUD 384 Perspectives on Human Values in Other Cultures, 3 credits
NUT SCI 302 Nutrition and Culture, 3 credits
POL SCI 360 International Relations, 3 credits
SOC C D 351 Global Governance and Citizenship, 3 credits
UR RE ST 370 Geography of South America, 3 credits