Migration and Refugee Studies

Effective 1 June 2014 through 31 May 2015

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27 credit hours

This program offered by College of Arts & Sciences/History, Politics, and International Relations Department

Geneva campus only

The courses and seminars for the certificate program in refugee studies provide students with a working knowledge of migration and displacement issues. The combination of several disciplines and methodologies enables students to examine the refugee issue from a variety of perspectives and to study policies, concepts and responses to economic and political migration issues.

Webster University issues a certificate recognizing the successful completion (C or better) of a 27-credit-hour core in refugee studies. All core courses must be taken at Webster University.

Practical experience is an essential part of the certificate program. During one eight-week term, the enrolled students work in a refugee situation in cooperation with one of the several concerned agencies. In addition, students gain practical experience through internships, work or research with both governmental and nongovernmental organizations working with refugees and/or migrants.

For information on general requirements for the certificate, see Certificate Program Policies and Procedures.

Course Requirements

  • SOCI 2000 Issues in Contemporary Society: Sociocultural Factors behind Migration and Refugee Movements (3 hours)
  • HIST 2360 Refugee and Migration Movements (3 hours)
  • INTL 2030 International Law (3 hours)
  • INTL 3030 Advanced Studies in International Law: International Refugee Law (3 hours)
  • INTL 2610 Advocacy, NGOs, and Civil Society (3 hours)
  • INTL 4280 International Economics: Migration and Refugees (3 hours)
  • POLT 3400 Comparative Politics: Migration and Refugee Movements (3 hours)
  • INTL 2700 Methods of Political Inquiry: National and Transnational Issues in Migration and Refugee Movements (3 hours)
  • INTL 4600 International Relations Seminar: Migration and Refugee Movements (3 hours)
  • Field experience and Refugee Studies Program (RSP) Seminar Overview examination (0 hours)