Requirements

 

  • Core course: WWS 315/Pol 393
  • Four additional courses: two be in the history department in international, global, diplomatic history, or ancient history, and two in the Woodrow Wilson School, politics department, or other departments, on subjects such as international relations, international organizations, international political economy, security studies, war, peace, the environment and sustainability, global stability

    • All such courses, to be counted toward fulfilling the program requirements, must be approved by the program director. Certificate students who are concentrating in history, the Woodrow Wilson School, or politics must take at least eight courses in the respective rosters that do not overlap with the courses designated for the certificate. The program director advises students as to other courses of study which may usefully supplement preparations for service in organizations like the State Department and NGOs, which help formulate and implement policies on the world scene.

    • Every senior is required to address a substantial part of his or her thesis to subjects of direct relevance to the program's focus. Each must also take a required but not-for-credit semester-long seminar which provides a venue for sharing of student work with peers and the seminar leader, typically the director of the program.

  • An internship, usually during a summer, with a suitable government agency or nongovernmental organization (NGO), domestic or international.  An internship could include research in think tanks as well as activities described as people to people diplomacy

    • The program director advises students in identifying appropriate internships. In consultation with the executive committee the director gives final approval and provides the funding for those students whose internships are approved as meeting program goals. The number of students supported is limited by the availability of funds. It is assumed that any student who is remunerated for an internship will complete the entirety of the program.

The program also fosters the participation of practitioners of diplomacy and of other modes of international relations in student learning through visiting professorships, short-term fellowships, workshops, conferences, public lectures, and field trips.