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 The Emergence of Modern Europe (CSS majors only)
HIST 194 The End of the Cold War
HIST 203 Modern Europe
HIST 209 Europe in the Age of Violence
HIST 212 African History Since 1870
HIST 222 European Imperialism and the Third World II
HIST 234 The Middle East in the 20th Century
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
ANTH 234 Anthropology and Political Economy
ANTH 294 Cosmopolitan Islams
ANTH 336 Ethnicity, Nationality and Identity
ANTH 339 Anthropology of Globalization
CSS   320 Economies in Transition
CSS   330 The Politics of International Economic Relations
CSS   330 The Real Wealth of Nations
CSS   340 Globalization and the Aftermath of Empire
CSS   340 Post-Imperial History, 1945 - 1990
ECON 210  Economics of the Environment
ECON 212 The Economics of Sustainable Development
ECON 241 Money, Banking and Financial Markets
ECON 270 International Economics
ECON 271 International Trade, Lower Level
ECON 310 Environmental and Resource Economics
ECON 330 The Multinational Enterprise
ECON 331 International Finance
ECON 331 Open-Economy Macroeconomics
ECON 366 The Economics of Developing Countries
ECON 371 International Trade
ECON 375  Institutions and Development
GOVT 278  Nationalism
GOVT 285 War, Technology and Society
GOVT 293 New Strategies in Political and Economic Development
GOVT 303 The Evolution of War
GOVT 304 Environmental Politics and Democratization
GOVT 311 U.S. Foreign Policy
GOVT 312 Technology and the International System
GOVT 314 Public Opinion and Foreign Policy
GOVT 315  Understanding Civil Wars
GOVT 316 Decision-Making and International Security
GOVT 320 The History and Geopolitics of South Asia
GOVT 320 UN Peacekeeping
GOVT 323 War in the 21st Century
GOVT 322 Global Environmental Politics
GOVT 324 Africa in World Politics
GOVT 325 Solving the World's Problems: Decision Making and Diplomacy
GOVT 327 Politics of Terrorism
GOVT 329 International Political Economy
GOVT 330  Causes of Modern War
GOVT 331 International Law for Political Scientists
GOVT 332  Politics of Arms Control
GOVT 333  International Organization
GOVT 334  International Security in a Changing World
GOVT 340 Global Justice, International Pluralism and War
GOVT 355 Political Theory and Transnational Justice
GOVT 381 The Political Economy of Oil
GOVT 386 Political Geography and International Conflict
GOVT 387 Foreign Policy at the Movies
GOVT 388 Theory of World Politics
GOVT 389  The Global Village: Globalization in the Modern World
GOVT 390 Presidential Foreign Policy and Decision Making
GOVT 398 International Justice
HIST 212 African History Since 1870
HIST 221 The History of Ecology
HIST 233  United States Foreign Relations
HIST 254 Science in Western Culture
HIST 264 Waterways, Boats, Oceans, and History
HIST 265 Global Christianity
HIST 280 The Industrial Revolution in Global Context
HIST 307 The Economy of Nature and Nations
HIST 312 Islam and Revolution
HIST 332 Atlantic Africa
HIST 355  Race, Culture, and the Cold War
HIST 375 The End of the Cold War 1981-1991
HIST 389 Models of of Imperialism & Globalization
RELI 373 Religion, Science, & Empire
RELI 381 Religions Resist Modernity
SOC 152 American as a Global Thing
SOC 260 Globalization and Democracy
SOC 270 Urban Societies
SOC 290 Globalization
SOC 291 Post-Colonialism and Globalization
SOC 294 Diasporas, Transnationalism and Globalization
SOC 303 Theories of World Capitalism
SOC 310 Capitalism and Globalization
SOC 356 The Globe and the World
SOC 399 Selected Topics in Sociology: Globalization

2. Area Studies 

ANTH 259*

Anthropology of Development
ANTH 294* Diversity and Inter-Regional Relations
ANTH 301* Selected Topics in Sociology: Globalization
ANTH 301* The United States in the Pacific Islands
ANTH 311* Representing China
CSS 427/426* Violence in Southeast Asia
ECON 261* Latin American Economic Development
ECON 262 Economy of Japan
ECON 263* Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
ECON 265* Economies of Transition
ECON 267* East Asian Economics
ECON 268* Vulnerability, Development, and Social Protection in Latin America
ECON 274* Asian Economies in the World Economy
ECON 349* Political Economy of Growth & Development
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 272* International Relations of the Middle East
GOVT 274 Russian Politics
GOVT 275* Democracy in Developing Countries
GOVT 284 Comparative Politics of Western Europe 
GOVT 285 Losers in WW II
GOVT 286* Transitions to Democracy in Southern Europe and Latin America
GOVT 293* New Strategies in Political and Economic Development
GOVT 294* Globalization and the Politics of the Middle East
GOVT 295* Politics of East Asia
GOVT 296 Politics in Japan
GOVT 297* Political Development in the People's Republic of China
GOVT 299 United Kingdom and Japan
GOVT 300* Political Islam
GOVT 302* Latin American Politics
GOVT 305* Middle Eastern States in Comparative Perspective
GOVT 309* East Asian and Latin American Development
GOVT 313* Security in Africa
GOVT 314 Public Opinion and Foreign Policy
GOVT 316 Decision-Making and International Security
GOVT 324* Africa in World Politics
GOVT 326* International Politics in East Asia
GOVT 354 Genocide in the 20th Century
GOVT 383* East Asian and Latin American Development
GOVT 390 Presidential Foreign Policy and Decision Making
GOVT 394* Political Thought and Politics of Israel
GRST 299 Seminar in German Studies: States of Crisis, Narratives of Transgression
HIST 207 Women in Modern Europe
HIST 210* From Balkan People's to Balkan Countries
HIST 214 German Studies Seminar
HIST 217 African History Before 1870
HIST 218 Russian History to 1881
HIST 219 Russian and Soviet History -- 1881 to the Present
HIST 220 France Since 1870
HIST 224* Modern China
HIST 226 Japan Since 1800
HIST 230* History of Southern Africa
HIST 246* Religion and South African Society
HIST 253* History of Modern Mexico
HIST 255 Spain and Portugual
HIST 260 Archipelago to Nation State: Introduction to Japanese History and Culture
HIST 263 Inside Nazi Germany 1932-1945
HIST 269 Modern Britain 1688 to the Present
HIST 271 Japan and the Atomic Bomb
HIST 271* Modern Southeast Asia
HIST 275 The New Germany, 1870-1990
HIST 279 Italy and Spain in the 20th Century
HIST 283 Fascism
HIST 285* Empire: India and Britain, 1660-1947
HIST 293* Muslim Africa
HIST 308* The Jewish Experience in China
HIST 311* Ethnicity, Religion and Class in the Middle East
HIST 316* Advanced Seminar in African History
HIST 317 Ireland: Colonialism and Decolonialism
HIST 319 The Weimer Republic
HIST 320* Power and Resistance in Latin America
HIST 321* Social Change in Latin America
HIST 324* The Problem of Truth in Modern China
HIST 327* War and Society in India
HIST 335* Africa in Brazil
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
RELI 382* Religion and Nation in India and Pakistan
RELI 388* Socially Engaged Buddhism - East and West
SOC 235* Gender and Development

SOC 260*

Globalization, Democracy and Social Change in the Americas
SOC 292* Sociology of Economic Change
Note:  For the classes of 2011 and 2012 only, the following courses may still be taken as advanced courses in Area Studies.  If this option is chosen, these courses cannot be taken to fulfill the introductory history requirement.
HIST 212* African History Since 1870
HIST 245* Survey of Latin American History
HIST 234* The Middle East in the 20th Century
HIST 287* Modern Southeast Asia