Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in International Affairs

Do you wish to learn more about international affairs for career advancement or personal enrichment?

Our post-baccalaureate certificate in international affairs gives students an understanding of international issues today, offering insights into cultural, social, political, historical, geographic, and economic variables essential to appreciating an increasingly globalized world, as well as a basic introduction to one European language.

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Certificate Information

15-16 credit hours
Minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0

For more information specific to you and your situation, meet with your academic advisor and find your ideal pathway to complete your degree on time.

The post-baccalaureate certificate in International Affairs consists of the following components:

  • One course from each of the four areas - 12 credit hours.
  • One elective - 3-4 credit hours. One elective from the International Studies curriculum. A study abroad program is strongly encouraged.

No more than two courses shall be below the 100-level. All courses are 3 credit hours and require a grade of C- or better unless otherwise noted.


Politics and Economics
Choose one course

  • POLS-Y 376 - International Political Economy
  • POLS-Y 333 - International Economics


  • GEOG-G 201 - World Regional Geography

International Politics
Choose one course

  • POLS-Y 107 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POLS-Y 109 - Introduction to International Relations


  • HIST-H 101 - The World in the 20th Century

3-4 credit hours

  • Choose one elective from the International Studies curriculum or a study abroad program is strongly encouraged.

The following is a suggested map of the curriculum for scheduling purposes:

Fall Semester

  • POLS-Y 107
  • POLS-Y 376 or POLS-Y 333
  • GEOG-G 201

Spring Semester

  • HIST-H 101
  • International Studies elective


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), post-baccalaureate certificates are a great way to fast-track your career in an affordable way.

When time and money are a major concern, certificates allow recipients to gain skills in their field of choice in a relatively short period of time, usually less than a year, and for a price that won’t break the bank.

Kentucky residents

A trip across the river can cut your college costs. If you live in Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Meade, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, or Trimble counties in Kentucky, you're eligible for in-state tuition at IU Southeast. How? It's a great program called Reciprocity. Learn more about the Kentucky reciprocity program.

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