The Five College International Relations Certificate is issued by Mount Holyoke College on behalf of the Five Colleges. The purpose of the International Relations Certificate Program is to encourage students interested in international relations but majoring in other fields to develop a coherent approach to the study of this subject. The Program recommends a disciplined course of study designed to enhance students’ understanding of complex international processes—political, military, economic, social, cultural, and environmental—that are increasingly important to all nations. Receipt of the certificate indicates that the student has completed such a course of study as a complement to his or her major.
An Amherst student qualifies for the certificate by satisfactorily completing the following seven requirements:
- A course in introductory world politics;
- A course concerning global institutions or problems;
- A course on the international financial and/or commercial system;
- A modern (post-1789) history course relevant to the development of the international system;
- A course on contemporary American foreign policy;
- "Two years of college-level study of a foreign language or languages during which they must complete the second year in at least one language" (Please note that this is an Amherst College language requirement it differs from that noted in the Five College International Relations Certificate brochure. This requirement is waived for non-native speakers of English).
- Two courses on the politics, economy and/or society of foreign areas, of which one must involve the study of a Third World country or region.
No more than four of these courses in any one discipline can be counted toward the certificate. No single course can satisfy more than one requirement. A grade of B or better must be achieved in a course in order for it to count toward the certificate. Amherst students should request grades for Hampshire College courses offered in fulfillment of requirements for the certificate.
The Certificate Program is administered by the Five College International Relations Committee whose members also serve as faculty advisors concerning the program on the five campuses. Amherst students’ selection of courses to satisfy the requirements for the certificate is monitored and approved by Amherst’s faculty advisor. Further information about the Five College International Relations Certificate Program is available at http://www.fivecolleges.edu/sites/international/Certificate/ or from the faculty advisors at Amherst who will have Certificate Program application forms. (Such forms are also available at the Five College Center.)
In 2015-16 the Amherst faculty advisors will be Professors Javier Corrales, Pavel Machala, and Kerry Ratigan of the Political Science Department.