- Length: 1-2 Years
- Tuition: $20,000
Current Size: 100%
In recognition of an increased interest in international studies at Howard University and the broader national and international communities, and in acknowledgment of Howard University 's commitment to increasing the number of African Americans embarking on careers in the Department of State or related agencies, the Graduate School has established the Graduate Certificate in International Studies. The Program is centered around a "grand themes" model, in which a number of major issues or "grand themes" in international studies are explored, including global environment, HIV/AIDS, gender and development, globalization, the war on terrorism, democracy and human rights at home and abroad, international affairs and the color line, the role of religion in society, humanitarianism, race and ethnicity, information technology, food and water, health, education, family, poverty/socioeconomic status, and war and peace.
Course Requirements for Students of the Graduate Certificate in International Studies
Course Title: Capstone in International Studies (3 Credit Hours)
Offered each semester
Course Instructor: Kamla B. Deonauth
My internship opportunity with the United Nations during the summer of 2013 was enriching. In addition to working with a great department at UNDP, I was also intellectually prepared to approach the internship assignments based on courses from the Communications, Culture and Media Studies department, as well as from the African Studies department, at Howard University. Also of great importance were the wide array of country ambassadors and world-renowned international speakers and lecturers who engaged us with critical discussions of various topics, including soft power and public diplomacy, international human rights laws, international labor migrations, to name, but a few.
Overall, the International Certificate Graduate Program is full of possibilities and opportunities!
Stella-Monica N. Mpande PhD Student
Communications, Culture & Media Studies Department
School of Communications Howard University
The Certificate Program is open to graduate students at Howard University , students from the Washington DC Consortium of Universities, and from other universities in the United States , as well as persons working in government, private, and non-government organizations. Students already enrolled at Howard University can simply apply to the Certificate Program with no further financial obligation, endorsed by the chairperson of his/her respective department. Applicants who are not students of Howard University must satisfy the requirements for admission to the Graduate School for a degree program.
Furthermore, students who have entered this Certificate Program will have a significant opportunity to advance their careers in various areas related to international studies.
Students currently enrolled at Howard University can apply to the Certificate Program through endorsement by the chairperson of his/her respective department. The courses related to the Certificate in International Studies program are free of charge to full-time Howard students providing they do not exceed the maximum of 15 credit hours per semester. Applicants who are not students of Howard University must satisfy the requirements for admission to the Graduate School for a degree program. The cost of the Certificate Program is $20,000 and may be completed in 1-2 years.
Students enrolled in the International Certificate Program will have a significant opportunity to advance their careers in various areas related to international studies through targeted internships and courses.
The purpose of the Graduate Certificate in International Studies is to provide graduate and doctoral students, as well as professionals in the government and private organizations, an opportunity to acquire an in-depth and broad analysis of issues of concern to people all over the globe. The Certificate, consisting of 15 credit hours, will be divided in the following manner:
Some of the topics in the introductory course include:
Students are required to fulfill 50 hours of an internship. Students may select an institution from a pre-approved list (PDF). If you choose to work at a private, government or non-government organization that has not been pre-approved you MUST get approval from Dr. Deonauth to fulfill
The Board of Trustees of Howard University on September 24, 1983, adopted the following policy statement regarding applications for admission: "Applicants seeking admission to Howard University are required to submit accurate and complete credentials and accurate and complete information requested by the University. Applicants who fail to do so shall be denied admission. Enrolled students who as applicants failed to submit accurate and complete credentials or accurate and complete information on their application for admission shall be subject to dismissal when the same is made known, regardless of classification."
All credentials must be sent to:
Howard University Graduate School
The Office of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions
2400 Sixth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20059