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The Graduate Certificate in International Affairs (IAGC) allows currently matriculated graduate students across CU Boulder to examine global issues and position their own graduate research in a global context. It will also allow graduate students in various disciplines to study international affairs in an interdisciplinary way and with access to courses across the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences.


The certificate requires successful completion of 3 graduate courses (9 credit hours) with a grade of B or higher from our list of approved graduate courses. A maximum of 6 credits can be taken from any one discipline. This list is built upon our undergraduate interdisciplinary model and draws from our main cognate units in the Social Sciences and Humanities divisions, and includes courses taught by faculty on the International Affairs Faculty Committee.

Students may request that the IAGC director approve courses (including independent study courses) from outside this list, if the course contains significant international content and the student’s completed work for that course is related to international affairs. The courses may be drawn from the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, or Natural Sciences divisions in the College of Arts of Sciences, as well as from other schools and colleges at CU Boulder.

In addition to the 9 credit hours of graduate coursework, the certificate requires participation in the International Affairs Colloquium. The colloquium is intended for graduate students to present their works-in-progress for discussion and feedback from faculty and participants. Works-in-progress encompass various aspects of intellectual and professional life. Projects may include academic papers, thesis and dissertation chapters, grant proposals, conference presentations, or job applications. Two semesters of participation in the colloquium will be required. One semester of participation is defined as attendance at a colloquium session and presentation of a work in progress during that semester.

For more information, contact the IAFS program at iafs@colorado.edu.

List of certificate courses

ANTH 5500 (3) Cross-cultural Aspects of Socioeconomic Development
ANTH 5630 (3) Nomadic Peoples of East Africa
ANTH 5730 (3) Latin American Politics and Culture through Film and Text
ANTH 5750 (3) Culture and Society in South Asia
ANTH 5755 (3) Cultures of Expertise: Science, Power, and Knowledge
ANTH 5745 (3) Science, Technology, and Society
CHIN 5880 (3) Topics in 20th Century Literature
CHIN 5890 (3) Topics in Chinese Film
ENVS 5820 (3) Energy Policy in the 21st Century
ENVS 5830 (3) Critical Issues in Climate and the Environment
ETHN 5353 (3) Indigenous Traditions and Law: A Global Perspective
ETHN 6301 (3) Decolonial/Postcolonial Theory
FREN 5170 (3) Francophone African Literature
GEOG 5292 (3) Migration, Immigrant Adaptation, and Development
GEOG 5632 (3) Development Geography
GEOG 5662 (3) Topics in Economic Geography
GEOG 5712 (3) Political Geography
GEOG 5732 (3) Population Geography
GEOG 5852 (3) Health and Medical Geography
GEOG 6402 (3) Political Ecology
GRMN 5301 (3) Gender, Race, and Immigration in Germany and Europe
HIST 5048 (3) Latin American Revolutions
HIST 5126 (3) History of U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1941
HIST 5128 (3) The History of Modern Mexico Since 1821
HIST 5328 (3) The Modern Middle East, 1600 to the Present
HIST 5349 (3) Decolonization of the British Empire
HIST 5538 (3) History of Modern India
HIST 5619 (3) Women in East Asian History
HIST 5638 (3) Contemporary China: Radicalism and Reform, 1949 to Present
HIST 5728 (3) Modern Japanese History
HIST 6800 (3) Readings in Global History: Global Holocaust/Genocide
JPNS 5830 (3) Readings in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Thought and Culture
JPNS 5920 (3) Topics in Modern Literature and Culture
MUSC 5012 (3) African Music
MUSC 5168 (3) World Music Theories
MUSC 5892 (3) Latin American Music
RLST 5650 (3) Islam in the Modern World
PSCI 7043 (3) Seminar: Problems of International Organization
PSCI 7053 (3) War and Peace
PSCI 7073 (3) Seminar: Global Political Economy
PSCI 7183 (3) International Cooperation
PSCI 7203 (3) Political Economy of International Migration and Policy
RUSS 5120 (3) Russia after Communism: Post-Soviet Politics and Culture
RUSS 5481 (3) Rogues to Revolutionaries: Russian Rebels, Past and Present
SOCY 6007 (3) Foundations of Environmental Sociology
SOCY 6017 (3) Inequality, Democracy, and the Environment

Students must first be participants in a degree-granting graduate program at the University of Colorado Boulder. They may apply for the graduate certificate at any point in their graduate career at CU. To apply: 1) fill out the application form linked here and 2) email the International Affairs Program at iafs@colorado.edu with the following, using a colorado.edu email address:

  • a brief essay indicating how their research, professional or creative work, or teaching will relate to international affairs, and
  • a statement of approval from their graduate advisor or graduate program in their home department.

Requirements fulfilled at CU prior to admission to the Graduate Certificate in International Affairs may be counted towards certificate requirements.

To complete the IAGC, please fill out this form along with an unofficial transcript. Unofficial transcripts can be found here.

Please note, certificates are posted by the Office of the Registrar once the degree has posted.