International Studies Certificate

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GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

OVERVIEW

The International Studies certificate is designed to provide students with key competencies in critical thinking, research and data gathering in international contexts. The certificate is an option for people who want to cultivate their ability to engage in critical analysis of international issues and apply that critical analysis in their places of employment. 

PROGRAM FEATURES

Social justice. Our course work challenges students to analyze the multiple ways in which inequality and oppression work, and to strategize for social change in ways that bridge theory and practice. Students are expected to develop socially responsible, ethical frameworks for their work that are informed by historical consciousness of transnational contexts.

Curriculum. Students begin this program by enrolling in two foundation courses, Critical Social Theory and International Political Economy, which provide the critical frameworks for subsequent classes. Building on this foundation, students select from a series of core courses that reflect topical debates and highlight themes of race, class, gender, power and inequality.

Evening Courses. Classes are offered primarily in the evening at the Lincoln Park campus.

Certificate Requirements
Students complete four courses for a total of 16 quarter hours.

Core Courses
(Two courses, 8 quarter hours)

Course Title Quarter Hours
INT 401CRITICAL SOCIAL THEORY4
INT 402INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY4

Elective Courses
(Two courses, 8 quarter hours)

Course Title Quarter Hours
Choose 2 Courses:8
MIGRATION AND FORCED MIGRATION
CULTURE AND INEQUALITY
GLOBAL EMPIRES
RACE, SEX AND DIFFERENCE
NATURE, SOCIETY, AND POWER
CRITICAL DEVELOPMENT THEORY
INTERNATIONAL LAW


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Applications are accepted at any time and students may begin the certificate at the start of any academic quarter.  The program is open to both non-degree seeking students and students concurrently enrolled in a DePaul graduate degree program.  All applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution.

HOW TO APPLY
Students enrolled in other DePaul graduate degree programs

Submit a letter of intent to the Office of Graduate Admission (graddepaul@depaul.edu).

Non-degree seeking students
Complete a College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences graduate application (go.depaul.edu/apply). 
Please submit the following materials:

  • Official transcript(s) from all college/universities attended
  • A letter of intent

Application materials can be submitted through the online application or by email to graddepaul@depaul.edu. Official electronic transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution and can be emailed to graddepaul@depaul.edu. Please make sure your name is on all documents.

Students educated outside of the U.S. must provide a credential evaluation and proof of English proficiency by submitting a TOEFL or IELTS score. Visit the program website or go.depaul.edu/lasinternational for more information.

Transcripts and other required credentials also can be mailed to:

The Office of Graduate Admission
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
DePaul University
2400 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Web: las.depaul.edu
Email: graddepaul@depaul.edu
Phone: (773) 325-7315

Please note the information provided is current as of March 2020 and is subject to change.