Concentrations and Certificates

Concentrations and Certificates
Add a 12-hour concentration or certificate to any major program and your résumé that shows deeper knowledge related to diplomacy, development, Middle East, or East Asia studies.  This is a great opportunity for students to focus general elective hours toward deeper specialization.

The Strategic Areas Certificate offers area and language studies courses to promote better understanding of the Middle East/North Africa and East Asia, regions of the world considered by the United States government as emerging areas of strategic priority in diplomacy, commerce, and security.   Students complete two area studies courses on East Asia or North Africa-Middle East, two courses in the related language, and practicum experience via study abroad or internship.



Development Studies Concentration (4 courses from below, 12 credits)
  • INST 4369 Seminar in Development Studies
  • INST 4377 Business-Government Relations in Developing World
  • INST 4361 Global Energy
  • INST 4393 Seminar in Social Entrepreneurship
  • 1 country specific course, e.g., Contemporary Mexico, Modern China, Contemporary Brazil, Contemporary Taiwan, etc.
  • 1 Non-INST course in related area 
 
Diplomacy and Conflict Studies (4 courses from below, 12 credits)
  • INST 4364 International Law
  • INST 4366 International Security
  • INST 4377 Business-Government Relations in Developing World
  • INST 4393 Global Conflict Management
  • 1 country specific course, e.g., Contemporary Mexico, Modern China, Contemporary Brazil, Contemporary Taiwan, etc.
  • Other approved INST 4393 course
  • 1 Non-INST/GEOG course in related area
 
Strategic Areas Certificate Program
East Asia Strategic Areas Certificate
  • 6 hours in CHIN or 6 hours in JPNS (Beginner-Intermediate)
  • 6 hours of area study: INST 3360, 4360, 4376, 4366, POSC 4393*
  • Study Abroad or Internship

Middle East/ North Africa Strategic Areas Certificate

  • 6 hours of Arabic (Beginner level)
  • 6 hours of area study:  INST 3363, 4374, 4366*
  • Study Abroad or Internship

* With the approval of the SAC program coordinator, one of the area studies courses may be satisfied with a special topics or independent study course dedicated to the area of study.

Internships

Internships  

Through the network of International Studies faculty and alumni, Center for International Studies students have access to numerous internship opportunities.

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East Asia Studies

 Taiwan & East Asia Studies Program  

Gain a deeper understanding of the countries and cultures in the critical region of East Asia via CIS' Taiwan & East Asia Studies Program.

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Support the Center

Support the Center  

The Center for International Studies is Houston’s oldest degree-granting center of international higher learning. There are many opportunities to support the Center.

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Center for International Studies Concentrations and Certificates
Center for International Studies
Established in 1981, the Center for International Studies is Houston's oldest degree-granting center of international higher learning. International Studies prepares students for careers in international business, law, politics and public service. In addition, the Center promotes understanding of international relations, cultural differences and the benefits that come from cooperation within the human family.
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