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International Relations Certificate

The International Relations Certificate is an interdisciplinary program administered by the Political Science Department.

The benefits of earning the International Relations Certificate include:
     -enhancing and strengthening interest and understanding of international relations.
     -gaining analytical, problem solving, decision-making, research, and communications skills associated with international relations.
     -highlighting understanding of and commitment to the area of international relations.

Students who earn the International Relations Certificate are prepared to find professional success in relevant careers within international business, foreign service, US intelligence agencies, non-profit organizations, international law, and even advanced educational studies.

International Relations Certificate Requirements

POLS 2100 Introduction to International Relations (3, BF)

POLS 5800 Theories of International Relations (3)

Choose two courses (6 credit hours):
POLS 3002 Quantitative Approaches to International Relations
POLS 3620 United Nations
POLS 3680 Globalization & World Politics
POLS 5420 The European Union
POLS 5460 International Relations of Africa
POLS 5470 International Relations of the Middle East
POLS 5480 International Relations of East Asia
POLS 5490 International Relations of Latin America
POLS 5610 International Law
POLS 5625 International Ethics
POLS 5630 Global Governance
POLS 5660 American Foreign Policy
POLS 5670 U.S. National Security Policy
POLS 5680 Chinese Foreign Policy
POLS 5690 Foundations of International Security
POLS 5710 Introduction to International Political Economy
POLS 5750 The Rise of Global Capitalism

Choose one course (3 credit hours):
POLS 3410 European Politics
POLS 3420 Islam and Politics
POLS 3440 Comparative Politics of the Middle East
POLS 3450 Politics in China
POLS 3490 Religion and Politics in Comparative Perspective
POLS 3510 Politics of Asia
POLS 3520 Government and Politics of Mexico
POLS 3550 Comparative Politics of Latin America
POLS 4400 Introduction to Islam
POLS 5085 Islam and Democracy
POLS 5400 Parliaments, Presidents, and Parties: Comparative Institutions
POLS 5410 New Democracies
POLS 5440 Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
POLS 5450 Political Violence/Terrorism
POLS 5455 Turkish Politics
POLS 5600 Democracy in Latin America

2 upper division courses from Allied Departments (6 credit hours, 3000-5000 level)

Approved Departments:
 Anthropology, Communications, Economics, Family & Consumer Studies, Finance, Geography, History, Management, Marketing, Philosophy, and Sociology

*One advanced Foreign Language course (Literature, Culture, and Civilization) may be applied towards Allied Hours. Contact your advisor for more information or approval. 

Please email or schedule an appointment with your advisor to file your Program of Study and officially declare your International Relations Certificate!

During the semester prior to your graduation, please email or schedule an appointment with your advisor to file your Final Approval Form and Degree Audit Report. 

All courses must be taken for a letter grade with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8. Minimum credit hours 21. Foreign Language courses, international internships and service projects, study abroad experiences, research seminars, and honors theses may be applied towards certificate requirements. All course substitutions must be approved by the Certificate Director:
     Professor Howard Lehman
     International Relations Professor, International Certificate Director
     Office: Garolyn and Kem Gardner Commons, Suite 3345

All students pursuing degrees and certificates through the Political Science Department must also fulfill all University of Utah requirements for graduation. For complete information concerning the Undergraduate Program at the University of Utah, consult the Student Handbook.

Last Updated: 4/9/21