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.
|Code||Title||Semester Credit Hours|
|POLS 481||Research Seminar (topic is international relations)||3|
|Select five of the following: 1||15|
|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|
|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|
|Foreign language training|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||18|
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.