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 I200 Introduction to International Studies

6 credits to be chosen from the following:

  • BUS D300* International Business Administration
  • HIST H232 The World in the 20th Century
  • ECON E430* International Economics
  • ILCS I208 International Cinema
  • ILCS I330 Cultural Crossroads
  • ILCS I350 International Communication
  • INTL I330 Cultural Crossroads
  • MUS Z105 Traditions in World Music
  • POLS Y107 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POLS Y109 Introduction to International Relations
  • POLS Y200 Contemporary Political Topics
  • POLS Y374 International Organizations
  • POLS Y401 Studies in Political Science
  • SOC S308 Introduction to Comparative Sociology
  • SOC S402 Empire of the United States of America

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

  • ANTH E310 Introduction to Cultures of Africa
  • ANTH E321 People of Mexico
  • ANTH E330 Indians of South America
  • ANTH E455 Anthropology of Religion
  • ANTH E479 Indian Cultures of Peru
  • EALC E231 Japan: The Living Tradition
  • ENG L113 Introduction to African Literature
  • FWAS H201 The Ancient World
  • HIST D310 Russian Revolutions and the Soviet Regime
  • HIST D426 Balkans: 1914-Present
  • HIST E332 African History: Colonial Rule to Independence
  • HIST F342 Latin America : Evolution and Revolution
  • HIST F346 Modern Mexico
  • HIST F432 20th Century Latin American Revolution
  • HIST F447 U.S.-Latin American Relations
  • HIST H201 Russian Civilization I-II
  • HIST H202 Russian Civilization I-II
  • HIST T335 Topics in Non-Western History
  • INTL  I155  Introduction to Language & Culture in Near Eastern Studies & East Asian Studies
  • POLS Y332 Russian Politics
  • POLS Y338 African Politics
  • POLS Y339 Middle Eastern Political Systems
  • POLS Y340 East European Politics
  • REL 23000: Religions of the East
  • REL 30100 Introduction to Islam
  • REL 38100 Islam and Modernity
  • SOC S410* Topics in Social Organization
  • SPAN S412* Latin-American Culture and Civilization
  • WOST W301* 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):

  • ANTH E350 European Ethnography
  • ANTH E402 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • CMLT C340 Women in World Literature
  • FINA H390 International Travel
  • FINA H415 Art of Pre-Columbian America
  • FOLK F111 Introduction to World Folk Music
  • FOLK F305 Asian Folklore
  • FREN F464* Civilisation Française
  • FWAS H202 Foundations of the Modern Western World
  • GER G362* Introduction to Contemporary Germany
  • GER G363* Deutsche Kulturgeschichte
  • HIST A345 American Diplomatic History I
  • HIST A346 American Diplomatic History II
  • HIST B361 Europe in the 20th Century I
  • HIST B378 History of Germany
  • INTL I441  America in Global Perspective
  • PACS P200  Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
  • POLS Y335* Western European Politics
  • POLS Y350 Politics of the European Union
  • POLS Y367* International Law
  • POLS Y371 Workshop in International Topics
  • POLS Y376* International Political Economy
  • POLS Y401 Terrorism and Tyranny
  • SPAN S411* 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.