Five College International Relations Program

Certificate

The Five College International Relations Certificate Program offers an opportunity for students to pursue an interest in international relations as a complement to their majors.

Course requirements for the certificate cover the following areas of study:

  1. A course on introductory world politics
  2. A course on global institutions or problems
  3. A course on the international financial and/or commercial system
  4. A course concerning the historical development of the international system since 1789
  5. A course on contemporary American foreign policy
  6. Proficiency in a contemporary foreign language through the completion of two years of the language at the college level or its equivalent. Please note, for Amherst College students, the requirement is two years of college-level foreign language study.”
  7. Two courses on the politics, economy, and/or society of foreign areas, of which one must involve the study of a Third World country or region.

Here are a few basic things to consider:

  1. There are seven requirements.
  2. No more than four courses in any one discipline can be counted towards the Certificate.
  3. No single course can satisfy more than one requirement.
  4. Candidates must complete the required courses (with the exception of the foreign language courses) with grades of at least B or better (no Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory grades). Non-Hampshire students should request grades for Hampshire courses. The Hampshire advisor will certify that Hampshire students have satisfied the requirement.
  5. Not all of the courses listed are presented every year. Consult your college catalogue and relevant departments in this regard.

If you have questions whether or not a course counts for one of the seven requirements, please contact your campus advisor or Professor Jon Western at Mount Holyoke College.

Once you have satisfied the seven requirements, you should fill out a Student Record Sheet. Then take the form to your IR Certificate advisor, who will complete processing of the form, and then send it to Jon Western, International Relations Department, 107 Skinner Hall, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA 01075.

Typically none of the certificates are mailed to students' addresses until some time in August. The notation on your transcript, however, appears much more quickly.