International Studies


Power and statecraft, national security and globalization: Gain a deeper understanding of the connections between these important concepts and topics discussed in the media every day.



Program Description

The international studies certificate program prepares students for careers in government agencies, international governmental and nongovernmental organizations, multinational firms and banks and for graduate studies in international relations or political science.

The certificate is not a substitute for degree requirements in any subject, including political science; rather, the required courses add an international and comparative dimension to the student's chosen major.


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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No





Program Requirements

Students should contact the School of Politics and Global Studies for more information about completing the international studies certificate.

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Enrollment Requirements

Requirements for the certificate are intended to provide an understanding of international relations and comparative government, an awareness of global, social and political-economic processes, and sensitivity to foreign political systems and cultures. These objectives are met by a sequence of political science and global studies courses in the areas of international relations, comparative politics and area studies. Students majoring in any subject at the university may be awarded the international studies certificate upon completion of the following 15 credit hours of political science and global studies courses.

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