We also offer two 15-unit Advanced Certificate programs: 1) Global Politics, and 2) Public Policy. Students enrolled in our Political Science MA may choose to complete a certificate program simultaneously as a means of specialization. The units for certificate programs can also be used toward the MA. Students may enroll in only one certificate program at a time
The Advanced Certificate in Global Politics is intended for students who wish to pursue careers related to comparative and/or global politics. It provides students with both a theoretical and practical foundation in politics within and across regions. Students take core courses introducing them to major theoretical traditions in comparative and global politics and to research methods appropriate to their interests. Students also take electives that provide an in-depth look at world regions or issue areas, including international law, foreign policy, and migration. Our faculty is particularly strong in studies of international law and human rights, imperialism, human migration, transnational activism, and U.S. foreign policy.
The Advanced Certificate in Public Policy is intended for students who have interests
in a particular issue area (such as immigration, poverty, environment, housing, urban
redevelopment, civil or minority rights, health care, or education), or who wish to
pursue policy-related careers in public, private, or nonprofit sectors. It provides
students with both a theoretical and practical foundation in policy studies. Students
take core courses introducing them to major theoretical traditions in the field, at
least one research methods course, and electives that either provide an in-depth look
at a policy area or develop skills through an internship or a thesis project.