International Relations - Certificate

The Certificate in International Relations is a means of enhancing undergraduate education through a focused combination of courses, an optional internship, and language development. Administered by the Department of Political Science, the program is open to all Texas A&M University undergraduates, regardless of major. This certificate program provides essential knowledge and skills for students interested in post-graduate studies in international relations, careers in the U.S. Foreign Service, international intelligence, law enforcement, or as a military officer; or for job recruitment in areas such as international law or finance.

This certificate requires 18 hours of coursework, including a capstone course involving international relations research. Up to six of the 18 hours may be earned in connection with participation in an internship program. The 18 semester hours of coursework can be accommodated within the regular undergraduate curriculum. Students are encouraged to begin planning as freshmen to avoid the addition of extra hours to the degree plan. Certificate requirements are specified in a current brochure available in the Department of Political Science’s Undergraduate Programs Office, Allen Building, room 2024.

Successful completion of the program will be indicated on the student’s transcript. Each student will receive a program certificate upon graduation from Texas A&M.

POLS 481Research Seminar (topic is international relations)3
Select five of the following: 115
Contemporary Political Problems and Issues 2
Politics of Global Inequality
Globalization and Democracy
American Foreign Policy
Contemporary Issues in American Foreign Policy
U.S.-Latin American Relations
Issues in World Politics
The Politics of European Union
National Security Policy
Directed Studies 2
Special Topics in... 2
Independent Honors Studies 2
Mexican-American History 1848-Present
U.S. Immigration and Ethnicity
Inter-American Relations
International Developments Since 1918
Poverty, Inequality and Social Policy
Economic Development of Europe
Comparative Economic Systems
International Trade Theory and Policy
Modern Middle East
American Military History Since 1901
American Foreign Relations Since 1913
Military, War and Society
International Business Behavior
Globalization and Social Change
Internship experience
Foreign language training
Total Semester Credit Hours18

No more than two courses can be taken outside of Political Science.


Course qualifies when focused specifically on international relations. Consult an Undergraduate Advisor in the Political Science Department to determine if course would be accepted toward certificate.