International Security Studies Certificate

This program provides students, professionals, and others with an accessible, professional education in the rapidly evolving field of international security studies. Students study geopolitical, cultural, and international law aspects of international affairs pertaining to security dilemmas. The certificate is a strong addition to the resume of anyone interested in a career in international relations, public policy, intelligence, defense, military affairs, counterterrorism, diplomacy, law enforcement, international organizations, or international law.

The 12-credit program offers a unique balance of academic study, hands-on training, and professional development; it includes 3 credits of the core classes (INTAF 801 or 802), 3 credits in additional SIA core coursesor SIA electives, and 6 in additional 400, 500, and 800-level courses on topics relevant to International Security Studies.

Admission Requirements:
Admission to the certificate program will require: 
1. a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution, or 
2. a postsecondary degree that is equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree earned from an officially recognized degree-granting international institution.

All applicants submit an application, two letters of recommendation, and a personal statement addressing their reasons for pursuing a certificate in international affairs and discussing their plans and goals. Applicants from countries in which English is not the primary language will submit TOEFL scores. Program requirements are TOELF scores of at least 550 for the paper test or 80 for the computer-based test.

List of Courses Included in the Certificate:

REQUIRED COURSES (3 credits):
INTAF 801 - Actors, Institutions, and Legal Frameworks in International Affairs
INTAF 802 - Foundations of Diplomacy and International Relations Theory

ONE ADDITIONAL CORE COURSE (3 credits):
INTAF 890 - Colloquium on Current Policy Challenges
INTAF 803 - Multi-sector and Quantitative Analysis
INTAF 804 - Global Cultures and Leadership
INTAF 506 - International Economics: Principles, Policies, and Practices

TWO ELECTIVE COURSES (6 credits):
One INTAF elective is selected from current course offerings. In some cases, substitution of a relevant 500/800 level course from an appropriate unit may be possible.

Sample SIA Course Offerings Related to Security:
INTAF 505 - Strategy, Conflict, Peace
INTAF 810 - Energy, International Security, and the Global Economy
INTAF 812 - The Role of Intelligence in International Relations
INTAF 814 - U.S. Policy in the Middle East

Effective Semester:  Fall 2018

Expiration Semester: Spring 2023