To qualify for the Certificate in International Relations a student must fulfill three kinds of requirements:

  • Foreign language:  Proficiency in a foreign language at least up to the intermediate college level;

  • Introductory courses:  Courses in international politics, economics, and the history of the contemporary international system; and

  • Advanced courses:  Upper-level courses in the global systems and area studies.

The requirements are set forth in detail below.

Application for the Certificate in International  Relations is made in two stages. First applicants must submit the following Minor/Certificate Application Form which is on the students portfolio.

The second stage involves using the Application Form printed out from this webpage.  Students who wish to earn the Certificate are advised to consult with the Center for Global Studies  during the fall of their senior year, taking with them a completed draft Application Form. Final application is made during the student's last semester by submitting the Application Form  along with a copy of the academic record downloaded from the student's portfolio to the Office of Study Abroad. For the class of 2015, these materials must be received by  Jennifer Collingwood in the Office of Study Abroad (Fisk 105) by Friday, May 8, 2015, 4:00 pm.  Once these materials have been reviewed and checked against the Registrar' records, the Certificate is awarded and appears on the student's transcript after graduation.


The Foreign Language requirement is met by coursework through the intermediate college level in any foreign language, or by demonstration of proficiency gained elsewhere.  The intermediate level normally means one of the following:

French 215
Spanish 112
Italian 112
German 211 or 214
Russian 202
Chinese 206
Japanese 206
Hebrew 202

With the approval of the appropriate department, a course taken elsewhere and accepted by Wesleyan for transfer credit may count toward this requirement.


(1)  International Politics:  GOVT 155; 157 or 388; or CSS 230; or students may take any Government course listed under "Global Systems" as a substitute for the introductory course, but if this option is chosen, the course can not also be counted as an upper level course.

(2)  Economics:  ECON 101 or ECON 110

(3)  International History:  One course from the following list:

CSS 240 (CSS majors only) Sophomore History Tutorial: The Emergence of Modern Europe 
HIST 203 Modern Europe
HIST 212 Modern Africa 
HIST 234 The Modern Middle East 
HIST 245 Survey of Latin American History
HIST 268 The Origins of Global Capitalism
HIST 280 The Industrial Revolution in Global Context
HIST 287 Modern Southeast Asia

or students may take any History course listed under "Global Systems" as a substitute for the introductory course but if this option is chosen, the course can not also be counted as an upper level course.


A candidate for the Certificate must take five advanced courses, meeting the following distribution requirement:

          (1) at least one course must be taken from each of three different disciplines;

          (2) at least two courses must be taken from category 1 and two from category 2;
          (3) at least two category 2 courses must focus on less developed countries (denoted by *).

An average grade of B+ or better over these 5 courses is required.  Students failing to satisfy this grade requirement can qualify for the Certificate by successfully completing a sixth course from either category.

A course that is listed under more than one heading may be counted only once toward the Certificate.  Courses that are not listed but are suitable for the purposes of the Certificate may be counted with the written approval of the appropriate department chair.

Up to two of the five courses may be taken during a semester abroad, and up to three during a year abroad, on a Wesleyan-approved program.  No more than one of the five courses may be a credit transferred from another U.S. institution.  Any course taken at another institution, whether Wesleyan-approved or not, must be certified in writing by the appropriate department chair as having been granted Wesleyan credit; once this is done, the Center for Global Studies will determine the course's suitability for credit toward the Certificate.  Note that most departments require prior approval for courses taken elsewhere, so students should seek the chair's approval of credit before they take a course at another institution.

1.  Global Systems.

ANTH 230 Anthropology of Cities
ECON 212 The Economics of Sustainable Development, Vulnerability, and Resilience 
ECON 241 Money, Banking and Financial Markets
ECON 270 International Economics
ECON 310 Environmental and Resource Economics
ECON 330 The Multinational Enterprise
ECON 366 The Economics of Developing Countries
ECON 371 International Trade
GOVT 278  Nationalism
GOVT 285 Losers of World War II 
GOVT 303 The Evolution of War
GOVT 304 Environmental Politics and Democratization
GOVT 311 U.S. Foreign Policy
GOVT 314 Public Opinion and Foreign Policy
GOVT 322 Global Environmental Politics
GOVT 324 Africa in World Politics
GOVT 325 Solving the World's Problems: Decision Making and Diplomacy
GOVT 329 International Political Economy
GOVT 331 International Law 
GOVT 333  International Organization
GOVT 334  International Security in a Changing World
GOVT 340 Global Justice
GOVT 355 Political Theory and Transnational Justice
GOVT 381 The Political Economy of Oil
GOVT 386 The Nuclear Age in World Politics 
GOVT 387 Foreign Policy at the Movies
GOVT 390 Presidential Foreign Policy and Decision Making
HIST 212 Modern Africa 
HIST 221 The History of Ecology
HIST 254 Science in Western Culture
HIST 265 Global Christianity
HIST 280 The Industrial Revolution in Global Context
HIST 307 The Economy of Nature and Nations
HIST 375 The End of the Cold War 1981-1991
RELI 373 Religion, Science, & Empire
SOC 270 Urban Societies
SOC 291 Post-Colonialism and Globalization
SOC 294 Diasporas, Transnationalism and Globalization

2. Area Studies 

ANTH 259*

Anthropology of Development
ANTH 301* The United States in the Pacific Islands
ANTH 311* Representing China
ECON 261* Latin American Economic Development
ECON 262 Economy of Japan
ECON 263* China's Economic Transformation 
ECON 357 Topics in European Economic History
ECON 366* The Economies of Developing Countries
GOVT 270* Comparative Politics of the Middle East
GOVT 271* Political Economy of Developing Nations
GOVT 274 Russian Politics
GOVT 275* Contemporary Indian Politics 
GOVT 284 Comparative Politics of Western Europe 
GOVT 285 Losers in WW II
GOVT 286* European Integration 
GOVT 296 Politics in Japan
GOVT 297* Political Development in the People's Republic of China
GOVT 299 Politics and Security in Asia 
GOVT 302* Latin American Politics
GOVT 314 Public Opinion and Foreign Policy
GOVT 324* Africa in World Politics
GOVT 390 Presidential Foreign Policy and Decision Making
GOVT 394* Political Thought and Politics of Israel
HIST 207 Japan Since 1868: Society and Culture in Modern Japanese History 
HIST 214 German Studies Seminar
HIST 217 Africa to 1800 
HIST 218 Imperial Russia, 1682-1917 
HIST 219 Russian and Soviet History -- 1881 to the Present 
HIST 220 France Since 1870
HIST 224* Modern China
HIST 226 Gender and Authority in African Societies 
HIST 230* History of Southern Africa
HIST 253* Food Histories in East Asia 
HIST 255 Imperial Spain, c.1450-1800 
HIST 260 Japan Before 1868: Society and Culture in Premodern Japanese History 
HIST 263 Inside Nazi Germany 1932-1945
HIST 269 Notes From A Small Island: Modern British History, 1700 – Present 
HIST 285* Modern India 
HIST 308* The Jewish Experience in China
HIST 311* Ethnicity, Religion and Class in the Middle East
HIST 319 Crisis, Creativity, and Modernity in the Weimar Republic, 1918-1933 
HIST 320* Power and Resistance in Latin America
HIST 371 Fascism
HIST 377 Comparative French Revolutions
LAST 300* Power and Resistance in Latin America
RELI 205* Hindu Lives
RELI 221* Islam and Muslim Cultures
RELI 284* Magic and Religion in Latin America
SOC 292* Sociology of Economic Change