Political Science

Five-College International Relations Certificate Program

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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.

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, Ronald Tiersky, 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 Sheet. 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

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.

  • FYSE-118 A History of the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict
  • FYSE-119 Democracy in Latin America
  • ANTH-235 Global Markets and Local Cultures
  • ANTH-334 Religion and Society in the South Asian World (Offered also as ASLC-360)
  • ASLC-360 Religion and Society in the South Asian World (Offered also as ANTH-334)
  • BLST-212 Reading Popular Culture: Screening Africa (Offered also as ENGL-270)
  • BLST-217 Apartheid (Offered also as LJST-206)
  • ENGL-270 Reading Popular Culture: Screening Africa (Offered also as BLST-212)
  • HIST-101 World War II in Global Perspective
  • HIST-105 Global Environmental History of the Twentieth Century
  • HIST-132 Europe in the Twentieth Century (Offered also as EUST-133)
  • HIST-357 Environmental History: Ecological Thinking and Practice in Europe, 1500 to the Present.
  • HIST-467 Seminar on Race and Nation in the U.S.-Mexican Borderland
  • LJST-206 Apartheid (Offered also as BLST-217)
  • LJST-215 Jurisprudence of Occupation
  • LJST-226 Critical Legal Geographies
  • LJST-231 Social Movements and Social Change
  • LJST-348 Law And War
  • POSC-101 Political Identities
  • POSC-104 The State
  • POSC-232 Political Economy of Development
  • POSC-372 Culture and Politics in 20th-Century Europe (Offered also as EUST-372)
  • POSC-413 The Political Theory of Globalization
  • POSC-468 Globalization, Social Movements and Human Rights (Offered also as WAGS-468)
  • POSC-479 Seminar on War and Peace
  • 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-271 Christianity as a Global Religion
  • RELI-382 Debating Muslims
  • WAGS-468 Globalization, Social Movements and Human Rights (Offered also as POSC-468)

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

  • ECON-227 International Trade
  • ECON-235 Open-Economy Macroeconomics
  • ECON-237 Financial Globalization, Growth and Crises
  • 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:

  • ALSC-462 The History and Memory of the Asia-Pacific War (Offered also as HIST-477)
  • HIST-132 Europe in the Twentieth Century(Offered also as EUST-133 )
  • HIST-410 History of the Pacific World, 1898-Present
  • HIST-438 Topics in European History: The Politics of Memory in Twentieth-Century Europe (Offered also as EUST-438)
  • HIST-477 The History and Memory of the Asia-Pacific War (Offered also as ALSC-462)
  • POSC-372 Culture and Politics in 20th-Century Europe (Offered also as EUST-372)

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

  • HIST-256 Case Studies in American Diplomacy (Offered also as POSC-311)
  • HIST-256 Case Studies in American Diplomacy (Offered also as POSC-312)
  • POSC-310 American Politics/Foreign Policy
  • POSC-311 Case Studies in American Diplomacy (Offered also as HIST-256)
  • POSC-312 Post-Cold War American Diplomacy (Offered also as HIST-257)
  • POSC-410 International Relations and Foreign-Policy Theories
  • POSC-482 United States Foreign Policy: Democracy and Human Rights

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.

  • ANTH-221 Indian Civilization (Offered also as ASLC-222)
  • ANTH-226 African Cultures and Societies (Offered also as BLST-216)
  • ANTH-331 Anthropology and the Middle East (Offered also as ASLC-341)
  • ANTH-334 Religion and Society in the South Asian World (Offered also as ASLC-360)
  • ASLC-146 Modern China (Offered also as HIST-172)
  • ASLC-148 The Modern Middle East: 1800-Present (Offered also as HIST-191)
  • ASLC-222 Indian Civilization (Offered also as ANTH-221)
  • ASLC-247 Modern Japanese History from 1800 to the 2000s (Offered also as HIST-176)
  • ASLC-249 China in the World, 1895-1919 (Offered also as HIST-275)
  • ASLC-328 The Dao of Sex: Sexuality in China, Past and Present (Offered also as WAGS-205)
  • ASLC-329 Fashion Matters: Clothes, Bodies and Consumption in East Asia (Offered also as WAGS-313)
  • ASLC-341 Anthropology and the Middle East (Offered also as ANTH-331)
  • ASLC-351 Mother India: Reading Gender and Nation in South Asia (Offered also as WAGS-366 and FAMS-325)
  • ASLC-360 Religion and Society in the South Asian World (Offered also as ANTH-334)
  • ASLC-363 Women in the Middle East (Offered also as HIST-397 and WAGS-362)
  • ASLC-452 South Asian Feminist Cinema (Offered also as FAMS-322 and WAGS-469)
  • ASLC-459 Inside Iran (Offered also as HIST-492)
  • ASLC-470 Seminar on Modern China: The People and the State (Offered also as HIST-478)
  • BLST-121 Introduction to South African History (Offered also as HIST-283)
  • BLST-216 African Cultures and Societies (Offered also as ANTH-226)
  • BLST-321 Riot and Rebellion in Colonial and Post-Colonial Africa (Offered also HIST-488)
  • EUST-234 Nazi Germany (Offered also as HIST-234)
  • EUST-333 Poland: Heart of Europe's Twentieth Century (Offered also as HIST-333)
  • EUST-345 Contemporary Europe (Offered also as POSC-345)
  • FAMS-322 South Asian Feminist Cinema (Offered also as ASLC-452 and WAGS-469)
  • FAMS-325Mother India: Reading Gender and Nation in South Asia (Offered also as WAGS-366 and ASLC-351)
  • GERM-334 Post-War German Culture, 1945-1989HIST-136 The Soviet Century: Rise and Fall of the Communist Experiment (Offered also as RUSS-235)
  • HIST-172 Modern China (Offered also as ASLC-146)
  • HIST-176 Modern Japanese History from 1800 to the 2000s (Offered also as ASLC-247)
  • HIST-181 Colonial and Post-Colonial Africa (Offered also as BLST 221)
  • HIST-191 The Modern Middle East: 1800-Present (Offered also as ASLC-148)
  • HIST-234 Nazi Germany (Offered also as EUST-234)
  • HIST-249 Asian-Pacific American History, 1850 to Present
  • HIST-263 Struggles for Democracy in Modern Latin America, 1820 to the Present
  • HIST-265 Environmental History of Latin America
  • HIST-275 China in the World, 1895-1919 (Offered also as ASLC-249)
  • HIST-283 Introduction to South African History (Offered also as BLST-121)
  • HIST-294 The History of Israel
  • HIST-333 Poland: Heart of Europe's Twentieth Century (Offered also as EUST-333)
  • HIST-364 Popular Revolution in Modern Mexico
  • HIST-397 Women in the Middle East (Offered also as ASLC-363 and WAGS-362)
  • HIST-478 Seminar on Modern China: The People and the State (Offered also as ASLC-470)
  • HIST-488 Riot and Rebellion in Colonial and Post-Colonial Africa (Offered also BLST-321)
  • HIST-492 Inside Iran (Offered also as ASLC-459)
  • POSC-203 From Petrograd to Petrostate: Power and Public in Post-Communist Russia
  • POSC-207 The Home and the World: Women and Gender in South Asia (Offered also as WAGS-207)
  • POSC-227 Women and Politics in Africa (Offered also as WAGS-261)
  • POSC-244 Global Women's Activism (Offered also as WAGS-244)
  • POSC-248 Cuba: The Politics of Extremism
  • POSC-300 Impact of War: A Case Study of Russia
  • POSC-307 Gender and the Environment (Offered also as WAGS-307)
  • POSC-320 Rethinking Post-Colonial Nationalism
  • POSC-332 Human Rights Activism (Offered also as WAGS-332)
  • POSC-345 Contemporary Europe (Offered also as EUST-345)
  • POSC-351 The Political Economy of Petro States: Venezuela Compared
  • POSC-475 Problems of International Politics
  • RELI-182 Islam and the Muslim World
  • RUSS-235 The Soviet Century: Rise and Fall of the Communist Experiment (Offered also as HIST-136)
  • SPAN-212 Hispanic World: Past, Present and Future
  • WAGS-205 The Dao of Sex: Sexuality in China, Past and Present (Offered also as ASLC-328)
  • WAGS-207 The Home and the World: Women and Gender in South Asia (Offered also as HIST-207)
  • WAGS-244 Global Women's Activism (Offered also as POSC-244)
  • WAGS-261 Women and Politics in Africa (Offered also as POSC-227)
  • WAGS-307 Gender and the Environment (Offered also as POSC-307)
  • WAGS-311Gendering Political Economy
  • WAGS-313 Fashion Matters: Clothes, Bodies and Consumption in East Asia (Offered also as ASLC-329)
  • WAGS-332 Human Rights Activism (Offered also as POSC-332)
  • WAGS-362 Women in the Middle East (Offered also as ASLC-363 and HIST-397)
  • WAGS-366 Mother India: Reading Gender and Nation in South Asia (Offered also as FAMS-325 and ASLC-351)
  • WAGS-469 South Asian Feminist Cinema (Offered also as ASLC-452 and FAMS-322)


 

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