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International Relations Certificate Program

The Five College International Relations Certificate Program offers an opportunity for students to pursue an interest in international relations as a complement to their majors.

The courses listed in these sections of the IR Certificate program can be used to fulfill your International Relations Certificate.  It is important to know that courses listed here may or may not be offered during each academic year.  There may be additional courses offered to fulfill your requirements during the academic year which do not show up in the printed catalog, but can be found in the on-line version of the course catalog.  Please confer with your advisor for assistance in selecting these courses when trying to fulfill your requirements for the International Relations Certificate.

Course requirements for the certificate cover the following areas of study:
(Please visit this link for courses taken in the other five colleges https://www.fivecolleges.edu/international/certificate)

1. A course on introductory world politics

2. A course on global institutions or problems

3. A course on the international financial and/or commercial system

4. A course concerning the historical development of the international system since 1789

5. A course on contemporary American foreign policy

6. Proficiency in a contemporary foreign language through the completion of two years of the language at the college level or its equivalent.  Please note, for Amherst College students: four semesters of a single college-level contemporary foreign language.

7. 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.

Here are a few basic things to consider:

1. There are seven requirements.

2. No more than four courses in any one discipline can be counted towards the Certificate.

3. No single course can satisfy more than one requirement.

4. Candidates must complete the required courses (with the exception of the foreign language courses) with grades of at least B or better (no Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory grades). Non-Hampshire students should request grades for Hampshire courses. The Hampshire advisor will certify that Hampshire students have satisfied the requirement.

5. Not all of the courses listed are presented every year. Consult your college catalogue and relevant departments in this regard.

If you have questions whether or not a course counts for one of the seven requirements, please contact your campus advisor or Professor Jon Western at Mount Holyoke College at jwestern@mtholyoke.edu.

There is at least one advisor on each campus for the International Relations Certificate:

Amherst: Pavel Machala, Kerry Ratigan, Javier Corrales
Hampshire: Michael Klare
Mount Holyoke: Vincent Ferraro, Jon Western, Kavita Khory
Smith: Mlada Bukovansky, Gregory White
UMass: Peter Haas, M.J. Peterson

Once you have satisfied the ALL 7 requirements, you should print and fill out a Student Record Form (this can be found at the bottom of this page). Then take this student record sheet and your official transcript to your IR Certificate advisor, who will complete processing of the form and send it to Jon Western, International Relations Department, 107 Skinner Hall, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA 01075.

Typically none of the certificates are mailed to students' addresses until some time in August. The notation on your transcript, however, appears much more quickly.

IR Certificate (Amherst College Courses)

1.  A course on introductory world politics

  • POSC 213 World Politics
  • POSC 214 Geopolitics and American Foreign Policy
  • POSC 348 The International Politics of Nuclear Security

2.  Global institutions or problems, such as international law, transnational organizations, development, the history of imperialism, arms control and disarmament, the origins of war, diminishing resources, international threats to the environment, hunger, and conduct of  diplomacy.

  • AMST/SOCI 302 Globalization, Inequality and Social Change
  • AMST 315 The War of 1898:  U.S. Empire in the Caribbean and Pacific
  • AMST 316/BST 331 Afro-Latinos
  • ANTH/ASLC 200 Anthropology and China
  • ANTH 235 Global Markets and Local Cultures
  • ANTH 245 Medical Anthropology
  • ANTH 251 Anthropology of Natural Wealth
  • ANTH 253/ASLC 270 Muslim Lives in South Asia
  • ANTH/ASLC 255 Public Culture in South Asia
  • ANTH/ASLC 317 Researching China
  • ANTH 324 Money:  Cultural Encounters
  • ANTH 331/ASLC 341 Anthropology and the Middle East
  • ANTH 420 The Social Life of Catastrophe
  • ARHA 351 Art, Power, and Global Exhibitions, 1850 – Present
  • BLST201/HIST 267 Introduction to the Black Atlantic
  • BLST 203/ENGL 216/SWAG 203 Women Writers of Africa and the African Diaspora
  • BLST/EUST 294 Black Europe
  • BLST 342/HIST 358 The Local and Global 1970s
  • BLST 381/HIST 365 The Age of Emancipation in the Atlantic World, 1790-1900
  • COLQ 201 Africa: Power/Representation
  • COLQ 230 Culture Agency: Dance, Democracy and Tourism in Bahia, Brazil
  • COLQ 333 Advanced Topics in Latin America’s Political Economy
  • ECON 223 Economics of Migration
  • ECON 245 Development Economics
  • ENGL 257 Postcolonial Archipelagos
  • ENGL 279 Global Women's Literature
  • ENST 260 Global Environmental Politics
  • ENST 330 Environmental Justice
  • HIST 101 World War II in Global Perspectives
  • HIST 105 Global Environment History of the Twentieth Century
  • HIST 114 Race, Empire, and Transnationalism: Chinese Diasporic Communities in the U.S. and the World
  • HIST 132/EUST 133 Europe in the Twentieth Century
  • HIST/ASLC 174 Introduction to Modern South Asian History
  • HIST176/ASLC 247 Modern Japanese History from 1800 to the 2000s
  • HIST 181/BLST 221 Colonial and Post-Colonial Africa
  • HIST 191/ASLC 148 The Modern Middle East: 1800-Present
  • HIST/EUST 231 Race and Empire: The British Experience from 1760
  • HIST 263 Struggles for Democracy in Modern Latin America, 1820 to the Present
  • HIST 265 Environmental History of Latin America
  • HIST 266 State Violence, Memory, and Reconciliation in Latin America since 1960
  • HIST/ASLC 271 Caste and Politics of Inequality in India
  • HIST 294 The History of Israel
  • HIST 312 History and Politics of Human Rights
  • HIST/ASLC 370 Japan's Empire in Asia, 1868-1945
  • HIST/ANTH/ASLC 375 Subaltern Studies: History from Below
  • HIST 397/ASLC 363/ SWAG 362 Women in the Middle East
  • HIST/SWAG 406 Historical Perspectives on Women's Human Rights
  • HIST 467 Seminar on Race and Nation in the U.S.-Mexican Borderland
  • HIST 474/ASLC 474 Indian Nationalism
  • HIST 488/BLST 321 Riot and Rebellion in Colonial and Post-Colonial Africa
  • HIST492/ALSC 459 Inside Iran
  • LJST 206/ BLST 217 Apartheid
  • LJST 215 Jurisprudence of Occupation
  • LJST 226 Critical Legal Geographies
  • LJST 231 Social Movements and Social Change
  • LJST 348 Law And War
  • MUSI 123 Sacred Sound
  • MUSI 127 Music, Human Rights, and Cultural Rights
  • POSC 112 The International Politics of Climate Change
  • POSC 130 Climate Change and Civil Unrest
  • POSC 151/POSC 101 Political Identities
  • POSC 154/POSC 104 The State
  • POSC/ASLC 209 China in the International System
  • POSC 232 Political Economy of Development
  • POSC 260/BLST 227 African Politics
  • POSC 313 Reading Politics
  • POSC/EUST 372 Culture and Politics in 20th-Century Europe
  • POSC 413 The Political Theory of Globalization
  • POSC/SWAG 467 Social Movements, Civil Society and Democracy in India
  • POSC 484 Seminar on International Politics: Global Resource Politics
  • POSC 486 U.S.-Latin American Relations
  • POSC 489 Markets and Democracy in Latin America
  • RELI 131/ANTH 231 Religions of Latin America
  • RELI 271 Christianity as a Global Religion
  • SOCI/ASLC 230 Economy, Society and Change in East Asia
  • SOCI 341 Making Peace with the Planet: Environmental Movements and Ideas
  • SOCI/ASLC 350 Asian Capitalism: Historical and Contemporary View
  • SWAG/ASLC/POSC 207 The Home and the World: Women and Gender in South Asia
  • SWAG 279/BLST 202/ENGL 279 Global Women's Literature
  • SWAG 469/ASLC 452 South Asian Feminist Cinema

3.  A course on international financial and/or commercial relations course requirements for the certificate cover the following areas of study:

  • ECON 227 International Trades
  • ECON 237 Financial Globalization, Growth and Crises
  • ECON 335 Open-Economy Macroeconomics
  • ECON 442 Seminar in International Monetary Economics

4.  A course concerning the historical development of the international system since 1789 course requirements for the certificate cover the following areas of study:

  • ASLC 462/HIST 477 The History and Memory of the Asia-Pacific War
  • HIST 132/EUST 133 Europe in the Twentieth Century
  • HIST 410 History of the Pacific World, 1989-Present
  • HIST/EUST 438 Topics in European History:  The Politics of Memory in Twentieth-Century Europe
  • HIST 477/ASLC 462 The History and Memory of the Asia-Pacific War
  • LJST 208 Global Law
  • POSC 246 European Politics
  • POSC 372 Culture and Politics in 20th Century Europe
  • HIST 157 The U.S. in the World: 1898 to the Present

5.  A course on contemporary American foreign policy course requirements for the certificate covers the following areas of study:

  • HIST 157 The U.S. in the World: 1898 to the Present
  • HIST 254 American Foreign Policy Since the End of the Cold War
  • HIST 256/POSC 311 Case Studies in American Diplomacy
  • HIST 459 America and Vietnam
  • LJST 222 The Legal History of the U.S. in the World
  • POSC 214 Geopolitics and American Foreign Policy
  • POSC 310 American Politics/Foreign Policy
  • POSC 312/HIST 257 Post-Cold War American Diplomacy
  • POSC 482 United States Foreign Policy: Democracy and Human Rights
  • POSC 486 U.S.-Latin American Relations

6.  Proficiency in a contemporary foreign language through the completion of two years of the language at the college level or its equivalent.  Please note, for Amherst College students: four semesters of a single college-level contemporary foreign language.

7.  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.

  • AMST/SOCI 305 Gender, Migration and Power:  Latinos in the Americas
  • AMST 310 Spanish Caribbean Diasporas
  • AMST 311/BLST 361 Race and Nation: The History of Hispaniola
  • AMST 316/BLST 331 Afro-Latinos
  • AMST/SOCI 326 Immigration and the New Latino Second Generation
  • AMST 358/ENGL 458 Indigenous American Epics
  • AMST 372 Race and Public History/Memory
  • AMST 374 WWII and Japanese Americans
  • ANTH/ASLC 200 Anthropology and China
  • ANTH 226/BLST 216 African Cultures and Societies
  • ANTH/ASLC 255 Public Culture in South Asia
  • ANTH/ASLC 317 Researching China
  • ANTH/ASLC 330 Writing about China
  • ANTH/ASLC 350 Phenomenological Approaches for Anthropology
  • ANTH/ASLC 350 Phenomenological Approaches for Anthropology
  • ENGL/AMST 274 Native American Literature:  Decolonizing IntellectualTraditions
  • GERM 316 German Cultural History from 1800 to the Present
  • HIST 172/ASLC 146 Modern China
  • HIST 176/ASLC 247 Modern Japanese History from 1800 to the 2000s
  • HIST 181/BLST 221 Colonial and Post-Colonial Africa
  • HIST 191/ASLC 148 The Modern Middle East: 1800-Present
  • HIST/EUST 230 The French Revolution
  • HIST/EUST 234 Nazi Germany
  • HIST 235/EUST 245 Stalin and Stalinism
  • HIST 236/EUST 238 Soviet Union During the Cold War
  • HIST 263 Struggles for Democracy in Modern Latin America, 1820 to the Present
  • HIST 265 Environmental History of Latin America
  • HIST/ASLC 271 Caste and Politics of Inequality in India
  • HIST 275/ASLC 249 China in the World, 1895-1919
  • HIST/ASLC 276 Perspectives on Chinese History
  • HIST 283/BLST 121 Introduction to South African History
  • HIST 294 The History of Israel
  • HIST/ASLC 474 Indian Nationalism
  • HIST 478/ASLC 470 Seminar on Modern China: The People and the State
  • HIST 488/BLST 321 Riot and Rebellion in Colonial and Post-Colonial Africa
  • HIST 492/ALSC 459 Inside Iran
  • HIST/ASLC 494/ANTH 431 Istanbul
  • HIST 397/SWAG 362/ASLC 363 Women in the Middle East
  • POSC/ASLC 208 Power and Politics in Contemporary China
  • POSC/ASLC 209 China in the International System
  • POSC 231 The Political Economy of Petro States: Venezuela Compared
  • POSC 248 Cuba: The Politics of Extremism
  • POSC 320 Rethinking Post-Colonial Nationalism
  • POSC 380 Kremlin Rising: Russia's Foreign Policy in the 21st Century
  • POSC/ASLC 403 Social Policy in China
  • POSC/SWAG 467 Social Movements, Civil Society and Democracy in India
  • POSC 475 Personality and International Politics: Gorbachev, the End of the Cold  War and the Collapse of the Soviet Union
  • RELI 131/ANTH 231 Religions of Latin America
  • RUSS/ARHA 245/EUST 245 Art and Politics in Russia, 1860 to the Present
  • SPAN 212 Hispanic World: Past, Present and Future
  • SPAN 385 Multicultural Spain
  • SWAG/ASLC/POSC 207 The Home and the World: Women and Gender in South Asia
  • SWAG 469/ASLC 452/FAMS 322 South Asian Feminist Cinema
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