The International Politics Certificate provides an understanding of the history of international relations, the current world order, its dominant trends, and its likely evolution. It also addresses selected international policy issues that may be studied according to a student’s interests or professional requirements. Students examine the issues of war, peace, and sovereignty, and their relation to the international system. It prepares graduates for careers in diplomacy, intelligence, and policymaking.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of basic terms, concepts, history, theories, and geography related to international politics.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of the history of international relations, the current world order, its dominant trends, and its likely evolution.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to assess arguments, identify logical flaws, and obtain supporting or corrective information.
- Students will demonstrate the use of clear, effective and persuasive communications.
Required Courses in International Studies
- IWP 613 History of International Relations
- IWP 627 International Relations, Statecraft, and Integrated Strategy
Area-Study Courses for International Politics
- IWP 603 Russian Politics and Foreign Policy
- IWP 604 Islam and Geopolitics in Eurasia
- IWP 623 U.S.-Latin American Relations: Threats and Opportunities
- IWP 630 Chinese Grand Strategy: Foreign and Military Policy
- IWP 639 U.S.-African Relations
- IWP 645 Islam in Contemporary Global Politics
- IWP 653 The Contemporary Balkans
- IWP 658 Contemporary Conflict in the Greater Middle East
- IWP 671 The United States and China in Power Transition: Geography, History and Ideology
- IWP 677 Chinese Military Thought and History
- IWP 680 Modern China
- IWP 685 The Turks: Relations with the MENA, Europe and America, Then and Now
- IWP 693A/B: The European Union
- IWP 694A/B: Intermarium: Politics and History of Central and Eastern Europe
- IWP 703 The Theory and Practice of North Korea Espionage (2 credits) (If you choose this course, please take two additional credits of electives.)
- IWP 708 Female Roles in Contemporary Insurgencies & Small Armies (2 credits) (If you choose this course, please take two additional credits of electives.)
- IWP 710 The United States and Taiwan, 1895-Present (4 credits)
Elective Courses for International Politics
(8 credits required)
- IWP 606 Ideas and Values in International Politics (2 credits)
- IWP 620 Contemporary Politics and Diplomacy
- IWP 625 Peace, Strategy and Conflict Resolution
- IWP 649 Mass Murder Prevention in Failed and Failing States
- IWP 687 U.S. Bilateral Security Agreements (2 credits)