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Emergency Management Certificate (15 hours)

Emergency management is concerned with how to prevent or reduce losses that occur due to hazards, disasters (natural or man-made), and emergencies. An emergency management certificate provides leadership and decision making skills to be used in times of emergencies, and should provide students with added skills and knowledge to help them acquire meaningful employment within the emergency management sector. A Certificate in emergency management includes a total of 15 semester hours, with no more than 6 used in a student's major. Courses are to be taken from the following:

Core Requirements (6 hours)

  • PMGT 360 Disaster Management (3)
  • EMGT 490 Emergency Management Professional Development (3)

3 Electives (9 Hours):

  • PMGT 300/POSC 331 Public Policy (3)
  • POSC 335 Issues of Terrorism (3)
  • PMGT 350 Crisis Management (3)
  • PMGT 499 Public Management (3)

International Development Certificate (15 hours)

This certificate introduces and explores the economic and political foundations of international development and the growing world of international organizations (IOs), inter-government organizations (IGOs) and non-government organizations (NGOs). The certificate equips students with practical skills and knowledge to allow them to secure employment with development -related institutions and organizations. The certificate requires 15 hours of course work and an internship. Double dipping is allowed. Courses should be selected from the following:

Core Requirements (9 hours)

  • POSC 362 International and Political Economy and Development (3)
  • POSC 366 Politics and Economics of the Developing World (3)
  • POSC 204 Quantitative Political Research (3) or MATH 221 Principles of Stats I (3) or PSYCH 205 Applied Social Statistics (3)

2 Electives (6 Hours):

  • POSC 338 Civil Conflict (3)
  • POSC 364 Conflict Bargaining and Management (3)
  • POSC 460R Pacific Regionalism (3)
  • POSC 470 International Relations Theory (3)
  • PMGT 330 Public Policy (3)
  • PMGT 350 Crisis Management (3)
  • PMGT 360 Disaster Management (3)
  • PMGT 499 Public Management (3)
  • ECON 200 Microeconomics (3)
  • ECON 201 Macroeconomics (3)
  • ANTH 447 Applied and Development Anthropology (3)

Legal Studies Certificate (15 hours)

The Legal Studies Certificate equips students with the basic training and skills needed to engage entry-level legal positions. It introduces legal practice in international settings, international legal issues, and international legal organizations. It also strongly emphasizes skills such as legal analysis, legal research, writing within a legal context, and document preparation and submission in a legal setting. Holders of the certificate may also learn the differences between civil, common, and Sharia law as expressed throughout Asia, the Pacific, North America, and Europe. The certificate requires 15 hours of course work. Double dipping is allowed but no more than six credits may be used toward a student’s major. Courses should be selected from the following:

Core Requirements (6 hours)

  • POSC 354 Legal Research and Writing (3)
  • POSC 356 International Legal Drafting & Transactions (3)

3 Electives (9 Hours):

  • POSC 230 Governance and Public Law (3)
  • POSC 352 Ethics and Legal Environment (3)
  • POSC 358 Comparative Law (3)
  • POSC 410 Constitution of the US (3)

Criminal Justice Certificate (15 hours)

The Criminal Justice Certificate offers students a basic introduction to the field while also granting students practical knowledge related to careers in criminal justice. Holders of the certificate will learn about the basic components of US and international criminal justice systems. They will also understand the foundations of a successful criminal investigation and the features of criminology. The certificate requires 15 hours of course work. Double dipping is allowed but not more than six credits may be used toward a student's major. No more than 6 credits of this certificate may overlap with credits used for another major or certificate.

Core Requirements (6 hours)

  • CRMJ 301 Basic Criminal Justice (3)
  • CRMJ 371 Criminal Investigation and Criminology (3)

3 Electives (9 Hours): At least one class from each set

Set A - Theory

  • POSC 230 Governance and Public Law (3)
  • POSC 358 Comparative Law (3)
  • POSC 410 Constitution of the US (3)

Set B - Skills

  • POSC 335 Issues of Terrorism (3)
  • PMGT 350 Crisis Management (3)
  • PMGT 360 Disaster Management (3)