Global Master of Arts Program: Graduate Certificates

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  • Comparative and Regional Governance
  • Security Studies
  • International Development
  • International Nongovernmental Organizations

Comparative and Regional Governance

The certificate in comparative and regional governance aims at producing specialized expertise in the politics of different regions of the world as well as general principles of global and regional governance. Students explore themes and concepts such as democratization, regional integration, revolutions, and the relationship between state and society while investigating cases and current issues in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Where available, this certificate may be earned while completing the MA in International Relations, GMA in International Relations, or as a stand-alone graduate certificate.

Program Learning Outcomes:
Upon completing this Certificate program, students will be able to:

1. Compare and contrast political systems in different parts of the world.
2. Discuss the history, issues, and future prospects of regional governance in the international system.
3. Apply major theories of international relations to current and historical issues in comparative and regional governance

Prerequisite: INTL 5000 or at least two upper-level undergraduate courses in International Relations.

Requirements
The 12 credit hours required for the graduate certificate in security studies must include the following required course (3 hours), and three electives (9 hours):

INTL 5050 Comparative Politics (3)

Electives (9 credit hours)
Choose from the following courses:

INTL 5600 Area Studies (can repeat with focus on different regions)
INTL 5625 Middle East Area Studies
INTL 5635 Western European Area Studies
INTL 5645 Asian Area Studies
INTL 5655 African Area Studies
INTL 5665 South and Central Asia Area Studies
INTL 5675 Central and Eastern European Area Studies
INTL 5685 Latin American Area Studies
INTL 5605 Topics in Comparative Politics
INTL 5570 Comparative Foreign Policy
INTL 5580 Politics of Development

Security Studies

This certificate program examines core topics in international security. Students will be introduced to scholarly work on the sources of conflict and violence in the international arena, as well as literature on the resolution and mitigation of such conflicts. Students will apply theories and concepts of both interstate and intrastate conflict to important contemporary cases, and analyze the effectiveness of potential policy responses. This certificate program will prepare students for further graduate study in the fields of international relations and international security, as well as related careers in the public and private sector. Where available, this certificate may be earned while completing the MA in International Relations, GMA in International Relations, or as a stand-alone graduate certificate.

Program Learning Outcomes:
Upon completing this Certificate program, students will be able to:

1) Identify and analyze the sources of international political conflict.
2) Identify, design, and apply potential policy solutions designed to resolve or mitigate real-world conflicts.
3) Apply major theories of international politics to analyze real-world international conflicts.

Prerequisite: INTL 5000 or at least two upper-level undergraduate courses in International Relations.

Requirements
The 12 credit hours required for the graduate certificate in security studies must include the following required course (3 hours), and three electives (9 hours):

INTL 5590 – International Security (3)

Electives: (9 credit hours)
Choose from the following courses:

INTL 5550 – War and Diplomacy (3)
INTL 5890 – Terrorism in World Politics (3)
INTL 5560 – US Foreign Policy (3) OR INTL 5570 Comparative Foreign Policy (3)
INTL 5535 – International Disaster Response Law (3)
INTL 5595 – Energy Security (3)

International Development

The certificate in international development gives students the opportunity to develop specialized expertise in the theories, issues, actors, problems, and solutions facing countries and other actors undergoing the development process. Coursework will expose students to development challenges posed by such issues as poverty, hunger, conflict, human rights, and sustainability. Where available, this certificate may be earned while completing the MA in International Relations, GMA in International Relations, or as a stand-alone graduate certificate.

Program Learning Outcomes:|
Upon completing this Certificate program, students will be able to:

1. Identify and analyze the concepts, actors, and issues related to international development.
2. Differentiate between the political, economic, and social conditions in developed and developing countries.
3. Apply major theories of international relations to current and historical issues in international development.

Prerequisite: INTL 5000 or at least two upper-level undergraduate courses in International Relations.

Requirements
The 12 credit hours required for the graduate certificate in security studies must include the following required course (3 hours), and three electives (9 hours):

INTL 5580 Politics of Development (3)

Electives (9 credit hours)
Choose from the following courses:

INTL 5400 International Political Economy (3)
INTB 5720 International Trade and Finance (3)
INTL 5800 Globalization (3)
INTL 5540 International Organizations (3)
INGO 5000 Introduction to International Non-Governmental Organizations (3)
INTB 5960 Economic Development of the Third World (3)
INTL 5700 Humanitarian Issues in International Politics (with development-themed sub-topic) (3)
INGO 5700 Grant Writing, Fundraising, and Development for International Non-Governmental Organizations (3)

International Nongovernmental Organizations

The Certificate in International Nongovernmental Organizations (INGO) program educates students interested in understanding the nature of world affairs through the activities of NGOs around the world. The objective of this program is to develop students into INGO specialists who will have the appropriate skills for working in and with international non-governmental organizations. Coursework focuses on developing skills in project management, grant writing, fundraising, negotiations and other key areas essential to the work in this field. Where available, this certificate may be earned while completing the MA in International Relations, GMA in International Relations, or as a stand-alone graduate certificate.

Program Learning Outcomes:
Upon completing this Certificate program, students will be able to:

  • Identify the theories, history, and major actors that govern the modern operations of INGOs.
  • Critically analyze and evaluate the roles and activities of INGOs in international affairs.
  • Evaluate the consequences of the political and moral choices of INGOs.

Prerequisite: INTL 5000 or at least two upper-level undergraduate courses in International Relations.

Requirements

The 12 credit hours required for the graduate certificate in security studies must include the following required course (3 hours), and three electives (9 hours):

INGO 5000 Introduction to Non-Governmental Organizations (3)

Electives: (9 credit hours)
Choose from the following courses

INGO 5100 Finance Budgeting and Accounting for International Nongovernmental Organizations (3)
INGO 5300 Human Resources and Staffing for International Nongovernmental Organizations (3)
INGO 5900 Project Management for International Nongovernmental Organizations (3)
INGO 5500 Principles of Negotiation (3)
INGO 5700 Grant Writing, Fundraising, and Development for International Nongovernmental Organizations (3)
INGO 6500 Internship in International Nongovernmental Organizations (3)
INTL 5535 International Disaster Response Law (3)

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