Advanced International Affairs - Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Advanced International Affairs is a multidisciplinary series of graduate courses for people whose careers or personal interest cause them to seek a more complete understanding of world affairs, but who may not have the time or need for a longer, residential graduate degree. These courses are taught by highly experienced faculty with practical experience as well as an academic background. 

This program is also approved for delivery via asynchronous distance education technology. The courses from which a student selects include intelligence, national security, diplomacy, foreign policy, international law, Middle-Eastern studies, political violence, and other international affairs-related courses. An applicant must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and must meet certain other qualifications to be admitted to the certificate program. Students who are enrolled in a graduate program at Texas A&M may take individual courses. However, the student must be admitted to the certificate program and meet certificate completion requirements to earn the certificate.

An individual who successfully completes the certificate program will be awarded a certificate by Texas A&M University and the Bush School. Grades for courses taken as part of this program will appear on the official transcript, together with notation that the certificate has been achieved.

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Graduate Certificate Advanced International Affairs (CAIA)

Students must complete 12 credit hours of Bush School International Affairs courses with an overall grade point of 3.0 or higher. Students must apply for completion and have an approved certificate degree audit in order to earn the certificate. 

Students must choose a total of four courses.

Select four of the following: 112
Leadership in International Affairs: Institutions, Organizations and People
American Diplomacy
Politics of the Contemporary Middle East
American Foreign Policy Since World War II
International Politics in Theory and Practice
Fundamentals of the Global Economy
International Law and its Application to Human Rights, Use of Force and U.S. Law
Authoritarianism and Political Elites in the Arab World
U.S. Law and Homeland Security
Diplomatic Negotiations: A U.S. Embassy Perspective
Economic Development in China
Deterrence and Coercion
International Security
Chinese Foreign Policy
Chinese Strategic Thought
Grand Strategy
International Trade Policy Analysis
Foundations of Strategy and Statecraft
International Economic Development
U.S. Military Power
Advanced Economic Development
Great Famines, War and Disaster Response
International Development in Theory and Practice
Field Research Methods
Political Economy of Development in Africa
The Politics and Practice of the Democracy Promotion
Institutions and Development
International Organizations
Post Conflict Recovery and Development
Women and Nations
Foreign Policy Analysis
State Building and State Failure in the Developing World
Contemporary Civil Wars
National Security Law
National Security Policy
The Role of Intelligence in Security Affairs
Technical Collections Systems for International Security
Military Strategy in the Conduct of Nations
Nationalism, Immigration and Terrorism in the European Union
Terrorism in Today’s World
Congress and International Security
Transnational Security Issues
NATO from Military Alliance to Collective Security
International Transfer Pricing
The Middle East State System
National Security and Defense Planning
International Crisis Management: The Policy Process
The Politics and History of the Arab Spring
Nuclear Terrorism Threat Assessment and Analysis
The Political Economy of the Middle East
East Asian Security
Chinese Domestic Politics in Transition
U.S. Foreign Policy in the Persian Gulf
Religion and Politics in Iran
International Politics of the Middle East
Political Violence and Terrorism within the International System
Russia and International Politics
Special Topics in...
Cybersecurity Literacy for the Global Arena
Economic Restructuring in Latin America
Analytic Tradecraft
Total Semester Credit Hours12