College of Arts and Sciences

International Studies

The Certificate in International Studies is available to all IPFW students. It is for students who are interested in developing greater understanding of the histories and cultures of other nations and in studying the various means used to promote and maintain normal relations among them.

Certificate Requirements

To earn a certificate in international studies, you must complete a minimum of 18 credits with a GPA of 2.00 or higher. When applicable, courses counted toward the certificate may also count toward other requirements for your degree. You must be at least a sophomore in good standing to apply to this program.

The 18 credit hours necessary for this certificate must be distributed according to the following 4 categories. Additional courses on international topics that are taught only occasionally may also qualify for credit toward the certificate; they will be listed in the Schedule of Classes each semester. Please contact the International Studies director(s) if you have questions about which courses are eligible for credit toward the certificate.

* Courses marked with an asterisk have prerequisites or special requirements. Please consult your course bulletin or individual departments to be sure that you are eligible to enroll.

3 credits

  • *INTL 20000 Introduction to International Studies

6 credits to be chosen from the following:

  • BUS 30000* International Business Administration
  • ECON 43000* Introduction to International Economic
  • HIST 23200 The World in the 20th Century
  • ILCS 20800 International Cinema
  • ILCS 33100 Comparative International Culture
  • ILCS 35000 International Communication
  • MUSC 10500 Traditions in World Music
  • POLS 10700 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POLS 10900 Introduction to International Relations
  • POLS 20001 Contemporary Political Topics
  • POLS 39700 Intervention, Peace, and War
  • POLS 40101 Studies in Political Science
  • SOC 40201 The Empire of the United States of America

3 credits (at least one course) in a non-Western area:

  • ANTH 31001 Introduction to the Cultures of Africa
  • ANTH 33000 Indians of South America
  • ANTH 45500 Anthropology of Religion
  • EALC 23100 Japan: The Living Tradition
  • EALC 27100 Modern and Contemporary Japanese Culture
  • HIST 20101 Russian Civilization I
  • HIST 31002 Russian Revolutions and the Soviet Regime
  • HIST 33201 African History from Colonial Rule to Independence
  • HIST 33503 Topics in Non-Western History
  • HIST 34201 Latin America : Evolution and Revolution
  • HIST 34601 Modern Mexico
  • HIST 42601 History of Balkans: 1914 to Present
  • HIST 43200 20th Century Latin American Revolutions
  • INTL 15500  Introduction to Language & Culture in Near Eastern Studies & East Asian Studies
  • POL 33900 Middle Eastern Political Systems
  • POL 34000 East European Politics
  • POL 35501 Ethnic Conflict and Nationalism
  • REL 23000 Religions of the East
  • REL 30100 Islam
  • SOC 21100 Topics in Social Organization
  • SPAN 41200 Spanish America: The Culture Context
  • WOST 30100 International Perspectives on Women

 6 credits

Additional credits (may be chosen from the list below and/or from the list of non-Western courses above):

  • AD 39001 Topics in Art History
  • ANTH 35001 European Ethnography
  • ANTH 40200 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • FOLK 11100 World Music and Culture
  • FOLK 30500 Asian Folklore
  • GER 36201* Introduction to Contemporary Germany
  • GER 36300* Introduction to German Cultural History
  • HIST 22801 The Vietnam War
  • HIST 23400 Witchcraft and Witch Hunts, c. 1400-1750
  • HIST 30502 The Cold War
  • HIST 32701 Modern France and the French Empire
  • HIST 34501 American Diplomatic History I
  • HIST 34502 History of Espionage: Spies, Intelligence, and Intelligence Agencies in an International Context 
  • HIST 36102 Europe in the 20th Century I
  • HIST 43200 20th Century Latin American Revolutions
  • IDIS 20200 Humanities II: Foundations of the Modern Western World 
  • PACS 20000 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
  • POL 20001 Contemporary Political Topics
  • POL 33501* Western European Politics
  • POL 35001 Politics of the European Union
  • POL 37101 Workshop in International Topics
  • POL 37500 War & International Conflict
  • POLS 37600* International Political Economy
  • POLS 40101 Studies in Political Science
  • SOC 41000 Advanced Topics in Social Organization
  • SPAN S41100* Spanish Culture and Civilization

Foreign Language Requirement

In addition to the 18 credits stipulated above, students must demonstrate basic proficiency in a language other than English. The proficiency may be demonstrated by placing at the third-semester level or higher on the foreign language placement test, or by completing the first two semesters of a foreign language at the college level (Arabic, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish). Students who speak a language other than English are exempt from this requirement.