Comparative and Regional Governance

Volume 1: 2019.2020

Effective 1 June 2019 through 31 May 2020

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Graduate Certificate
12 Credit Hours

This program is offered by the College of Arts & Sciences, and is only available to students enrolled in the Global MA in international relations program.

For information on the general requirements for a certificate, see Certificate Program Policies and Procedures under the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

Program Description

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this certificate program, students will be able to:

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


INTL 5000 Introduction to International Relations or at least two upper-level undergraduate courses in international relations.


The 12 credit hours required for the graduate certificate in comparative and regional governance 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 5560 U.S. Foreign Policy (3 hours)
    or INTL 5570 Comparative Foreign Policy (3 hours)
  • INTL 5600 Area Studies (can repeat with focus on different regions) (3 hours)
  • INTL 5625 Middle East Area Studies (3 hours)
  • INTL 5635 Western European Area Studies (3 hours)
  • INTL 5645 Asian Area Studies (3 hours)
  • INTL 5655 African Area Studies (3 hours)
  • INTL 5665 South and Central Asia Area Studies (3 hours)
  • INTL 5675 Central and Eastern European Area Studies (3 hours)
  • INTL 5685 Latin American Area Studies (3 hours)
  • INTL 5605 Topics in Comparative Politics (3 hours)
    or INTL 5860 Issues in International Politics (with comparative or regional focus) (3 hours)
  • INTL 5580 Politics of Development (3 hours)


Students who are interested in applying to this certificate program should see the Admission section of this catalog for general requirements.

Send all admissions materials to:

Webster University
Office of Admission
470 East Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119