School of Foreign Service

Certificate Programs mark secondary levels of concentration within the bachelor’s degree. They are strictly optional and are awarded only in conjunction with the undergraduate degree.  Certificate programs should be viewed as a means for focusing interests and structuring elective course work.  Interested students should discuss the certificate and its role within the general bachelor’s program with his or her advising dean.  Students may present themselves as candidates for no more than ONE certificate and only ONE will be listed on the transcript.

Certificate in African Studies*
Certificate in American Studies (available to students in the School of Foreign Service in Qatar)
Certificate in Arab and Regional Studies (available to students in the School of Foreign Service in Qatar)
Certificate in Arab Studies*
Certificate in Asian Studies
Certificate in Australian and New Zealand Studies 
Certificate in Classical Studies
Certificate in Diplomatic Studies
Certificate in Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies*
Certificate in European Studies*
Certificate in International Business Diplomacy
Certificate in International Development
Certificate in Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations*
Certificate in Jewish Civilization
Certificate in Justice and Peace
Certificate in Latin American Studies*
Certificate in Media and Politics (Available to students in the School of Foreign Service in Qatar, and offered in partnership with Northwestern University in Qatar)
Certificate in Global Medieval Studies
Certificate in Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs
Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies

Only certificates marked with an (*) are open to Georgetown College students.

Certificate in African Studies 

The African Studies Certificate requires a total of 6 courses (18 credit hours) and proficiency in one of the following foreign languages: Arabic, French, Portuguese, Spanish, or Swahili. Students may also fulfill the language requirement by completing at least beginner’s level in any language and one year of study of an indigenous African language. Study abroad in Africa is strongly encouraged, but not required. There is an optional senior thesis.

The Program offers competitive fellowships that support participation in the African Studies Spring Break in Kenya program as well as summer study abroad programs.

  • HIST-111 or HIST-112: History of Africa I or II
  • ANTH-240: African Cultural Modernities
  • INAF-357: African Politics and Government
  • INAF-348: African Studies Capstone Course or Senior Thesis Seminar
  • Two approved electives (see African Studies website for list and details)
  •  Language Proficiency, see above

Certificate in American Studies

The Certificate in American Studies is a multi-disciplinary program offered at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar. It focuses on the American experience and its influence on politics. The program provides students with an understanding of the historic development of the American people and the evolution of American society. It explores political, cultural, economic, religious, and social themes across a variety of disciplines, as well as the activities of American institutions, at home and abroad.


  • HIST-180 United States History to 1865 or HIST-181 The U.S. since the Civil War or HIST-283 American Diplomatic History II 
  • GOVT-020 US Political Systems 
  • Once class designated as either HALC or AMST focusing on American Lit and Culture (Courses will have the FQ07 attribute and can be found in the Schedule of Classes)
  • Minimum of three elective courses of choice which have been deignated a applicabel for the American Studies program
  • Completion of an original research thesis during the senior year

For more information and a list of approvecd courses in the certificate program, see the Certificate in American Studies website.

CERTIFICATE in Arab Studies 


The certificate in Arab Studies requires 6 courses (18 credits) plus language and a research paper, as follows:

  • 4 semesters of Modern Standard Arabic or equivalent
  • 1 Islamic history or culture of the classical period, e.g.:
    • ARAB-201 Intro to Islamic Civilization
    • HIST-160 Middle East Civilization I
    • HIST-361 History of the Ottomans
  • 1 Arab history of the 19th or 20th century, e.g.:
    • HIST-161 Middle East Civilization II
    • HIST-266 History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
    • HIST-464 Modern North Africa
  • 1 Arab politics or international relations, e.g.:
    • INAF-243 The U.S. and the Middle East
  • 1 Anthropology/Economics/Sociology, e.g.:
    • INAF-418 Anthropology of the Arab World
    • INAF-366 Economics of the Middle East
  • 2 electives
  • Research Paper (with mandatory presentation at the spring colloquium in the final year of classes)

Fore more information, see the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies website

Certificate in Arab and Regional Studies

The Certificate of Arab and Regional Studies (CARS) is designed to provide students with a broad interdisciplinary understanding of the Arab and Islamic worlds.

The certificate is primarily centered on the history and current issues of the Arab world and capitalizes on the unique geographical, cultural and academic situation in Qatar. It highlights the connection of regional history with current issues and stresses the impact of culture on the self-understanding of the Arab and Islamic world and its relationship with the West.


  • HIST-160 Middle East I
  • HIST-161 Middle east II
  • 1 Course on Contemporary Middle East Politics (Courses will have the FQ02 attribute and can be found in the Schedule of Classes)
  • 1 Course on the Anthropology, Sociology or Economics of the Middle East (Courses will have the FQ03 attribute and can be found in the Schedule of Classes)
  • 1 Course in  the Humanaties examining interactions between the Middle East and the West (Courses will have the FQ07 attribute and can be found in the Schedule of Classes)
  • 1 Course on the Middle East in any discipline
  • Completion of a significant research thesis
  • Four semesters of Modern Standard Arabic or another regional language

For more information and a list of approvecd courses in the certificate program, see the Certificate of Arab and Regional Studies website

Certificate in Asian Studies 


(6 courses [18 credits] plus language study or equivalent)

Language: Candidates for the Asian Studies Certificate must demonstrate facility in a language indigenous to Asia in one of the following ways:

  • Complete two years (four semesters) of university language coursework with an average of B or better; or
  • Pass the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics placement examination at the level of second year or above; or
  • Pass the School of Foreign Service Oral Proficiency Exam with a grade of “fair” or above.

Coursework: 6 courses are required:

  • 3 courses from at least three different disciplines (government, history, sociology, anthropology, economics, political economy, theology, humanities, culture)
  • One required seminar capstone course: GOVT-374/INAF-347 Senior Research Seminar on Asia. 
  • 2 electives (in any discipline except acquisition-level language)

Candidates for the certificate should achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in the six courses. Coursework should reflect a diverse study of Asia.

Thesis: Candidates must complete a thesis requirement. 

  • Candidates are required to take the Senior Research Seminar (GOVT-374/INAF-347) during the fall semester of their senior year. Candidates will prepare their thesis in this course.
  • Candidates must receive a B+ or better on their thesis to earn the certificate.

For more information, see the Asian Studies website.

Certificate in Australian and New Zealand Studies

Candidates for the Certificate in Australian and New Zealand Studie must complete the following requirements:


Satisfactorialy complete six (6) one-semester courses devoted substantially to the study of Australia and New Zealand:

  • INAF-309 Australia/New Zealand Tutorial
  • 5 courses from at least 3 different disciplines including history, government, economics, sociology/anthropology, demography, public policy, international affairs, literature, fine art and film arts

For more information and a list of approvecd courses in the certificate program, see the Center for Australian, New Zealand & Pacific Studies website.

Certifiate in Classical Studies

Whether one examines modern issues in the Mediterranean world from religious political, or even broader cultural perspectives, the roots of these problems (and their problematic terminology) are often found in Greco-Roman antiquity.  The Classics Certificate is a way for students to explore in clearer terms the ways in which study of Greco-Roman antiquity may enhance an understanding of the development of the current world.


  • 6 coureses within the Classics concentration (CLSS, CLSG, or CLSL)

For more information, see the Department of Classics website.

Certificate in Diplomatic Studies

The undergraduate Certificate in Diplomatic Studies is designed for students whose careers will demand an understanding of the formulation and implementation of foreign policy. It is open to students from all BSFS majors and seeks to build on the BSFS program’s multidisciplinary core curriculum that includes courses on international affairs, government, economics, history, theology, philosophy, geography, and foreign languages. Diplomacy is the conduct or practice of foreign policy – its formulation and implementation – by government and inter-governmental organizations in furtherance of their interests.  Diplomacy is neither synonymous with foreign policy itself or international relations, nor is it solely the practice of international negotiation or the tradecraft of professional diplomats (e.g. how to deliver a demarche).  The U/CDS is therefore designed to complement the IPOL foreign policy/processes field and to increase the understanding of students from other majors of the practical side of policy creation and execution. 


  • One course in Elements of statecraft, e.g. development, negotiation, public diplomacy, economic diplomacy
  • One course in Diplomatic history and contemporary foreign policy
  • Four upper-level courses from teh approved ISD course list (https://isd.georgetown.edu/isd-courses)

Candidates must also complete an internship with organizations or institutions whose work directly affects or is directly affected by diplomacy. ISD will consider waivers and exceptions due to extenuating circumstances, but these will be the exception. Candidates are required to submit to ISD a significant research project – directed, individual research on a topic of the student’s choice, with analysis and policy recommendations of at least 20-25 pages in length - dealing with a subject/issue/event of diplomatic significance. This paper will preferably relate back to the student’s internship experience.  There are a number of channels by which a student may undertake this research and the paper for certificate credit:

  • Any course above the basic survey level taught by a member of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.
  • As an ISD’s student fellow under one of the several research fellowships administered by the Institute (https://isd.georgetown.edu/isd-fellowship).
  • A research paper conducted as part of another course within the intent of this certificate (paper topic would require prior ISD approval), including a Diplomacy Lab project.
  • A paper produced in a research tutorial, including the newly-approved 3 credit internship course.
  • A paper researched and submitted directly to ISD and independent of the above. The paper would not be for course credit but would be for certificate credit.

Students who wish to apply for the Certificate in Diplomatic Studies should visit the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy website for infomation and application details.



The certificate in Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies requires seven courses, distributed by the outline below, plus language study or equivalent.

  • LANGUAGE: 4 semesters (minimum) Intensive Russian, Polish, Ukrainian, Persian or Turkish Language; or native speaker of these or another language of the region
  • 1 course in ECONOMICS
  • 1 course in POLITICS
  • 2 courses in HISTORY
  • SENIOR COLLOQUIUM in Russian and East European Studies (REES-398), which includes preparation of a substantial research project

For more information, see the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European (CERES) website.

CERTIFICATE in European Studies 


(7 courses plus language study or equivalent)

  • Coursework in a major European language (other than English) through the advanced level
  • 2 upper-level European History courses
  • 1 Economics course
  • 1 Government course
  • 1 ideological/cultural elective
  • 1 regional/international elective
  • 1 European Studies Research colloquium

Admission to the certificate program is based on an application which reflects a directed, purposeful selection of courses. The application must be turned in by the end of the sophomore year or during the junior year with permission. No applications will be accepted from students with senior standing.

Students must earn a grade of “B” or better in the Senior Colloquium.

For more information and a list of approved courses in the certificate program, see the BMW Center for German and European Studies website.


Overview. We live in a globally interdependent world in which Islam and Muslim-Christian relations are becoming more and more important and prominent. More than half the world's population is Muslim or Christian. The two religious communities share religious roots and share issues of faith in the modern world, religious pluralism, and tolerance. Relations between Muslims and Christians are an important part of contemporary global affairs and world history and professionals in every field of work can benefit from a better understanding of Muslim-Christian relations.

To assist students interested in focusing a part of their undergraduate education on this significant subject, the Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding offers a Certificate in Islam and Muslim-Christian Understanding. The goal of the certificate program is to provide a way in which students can receive guidance in the study of Islam and Muslim-Christian relations through a defined but flexible academic program. The broader goal for the Center is to promote peaceful and productive Muslim-Christian relations through educating students who will be international leaders of the future.

The certificate program is similar to many at Georgetown University in its general structure. To obtain the certificate, students must complete a total of 6 classes (18 or more credit hours) to include: two semesters of basic foundational courses, at least three elective courses related to the subject, and a final capstone course.

Each participant is expected to develop a program of study in consultation with the director of the program and the Assistant Director in the Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. Students in the program are encouraged to utilize the variety of resources available, including overseas study. There is no formal language requirement, but students are encouraged to study languages that are appropriate to their particular interests in Islamic studies.


Foundational Courses. The Program assumes that undergraduates will be taking or will have completed the basic core program for their degree. As a result, they will already have had a solid introduction to Christian and Western traditions. The certificate foundation course requirement is to provide a similar introduction to Islam. Students in the program are required to take two courses that provide a basic foundation for the study of Islam and Muslim-Christian relations. These courses will normally be from the following list (note: the two courses do not have to be in a sequence):

  • HIST-109 The Islamic World
  • HIST-160 and 161 Middle East Civilization I & II
  • ARAB-201 Intro to Islamic Civilization
  • THEO-042 Exploring the Quran
  • THEO-050 Islamic Religious Thought and Practice

Elective Courses. Students are required to take at least three elective courses, to be approved by the director of the certificate program. These courses should have some common theme or focus of interest.  There is no list of elective courses that have been formally approved for the Certificate Program. Any relevant course may, subject to the approval of the program director, be used to satisfy this requirement. Normally at least two of these courses will be numbered 300 or above.

The Capstone Course. As a final part of the certificate program, students are required to undertake study at an advanced level that involves a research project dealing with the subject of Islam and Muslim-Christian relations. A capstone course can be any course above the basic survey level that is taught by members of the faculty of the Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the professor at the beginning of the semester that the student plans to use that course to fulfill the capstone requirement. The professor will then provide the student with the guidelines and expectations for the research paper to fulfill the capstone requirement. The student also needs to notify the director of the program regarding the Capstone Course.

In special cases, students may petition to present a major paper dealing with a topic in the area of Islam and Muslim-Christian relations rather than taking a specific course. The paper topic must be approved by the certificate program director, and the resulting paper should represent significant research and analysis (at least 20-25 pages in length). The paper may, under special circumstances, be a revised version of work that has been presented as a part of work for a course or project, subject to the approval of the program director. The paper must be read and approved by at least two members of the faculty of the Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding to be named by the program director.

For more information about application to to the program, visit the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding website.

Certificate in International Business Diplomacy


  • One course in INAF-502, 504, 507, 508, or 523
  • ACCT-390 Business Accounting & Finance 
  • Four Electivs as approved by the program coordinator

For more information on this certificate please visit the Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy website.

Certificate in International Development

The Certificate in International Development (IDEV) will provide students with the training and background needed to understand the dimensions, challenges, and processes of global poverty and prosperity. The certificate aims to expose students to a broad, multidisciplinary range of courses as well as to core methodologies and requisite analytical tools needed to identify, measure, and assess the determinants and effects of international development.


  • INAF 252 Introduction to Economic and Political Development
  • One introductory methods course from the approved course list
  • One advanced topics methods course from the approved course list
  • Three IDEV electives from the approved course list
  • Capstone: an original, non-recycled 15-20 page paper that includes data analysis
  • Global experience/internship: at least one 8-10 week internship/global experience related to development. Students must then submit a 3-5 page paper connecting this internship or experience to their academic study.

For more information and a list of approved courses in the certificate program, see the Global Human Development Program website.

Certificate in Jewish Civilization

A certificate in Jewish civilization allows undergraduates to obtain an interdisciplinary perspective on Judaism and the Jewish people with a special emphasis on Jewish civilization and its interrelationship with other cultures.


  • INAF-199, Introduction to Jewish Civilization: This course provides a foundation for the study of Jewish civilization, and is required for all minor candidates.
  • INAF-443, Jewish Civilization Colloquium Certificate candidates are required to write an essay of 25–30 pages on a topic related to Jewish civilization. Upon completion, the students will present their papers in a colloquium to be moderated by a leading scholar in the field of Jewish Civilization.
  • Electives. Minor candidates must take a minimum of four electives from the following categories:
    • Humanities: minimum of one course
    • Social Science: minimum of one
    • Hebrew Language at Advanced level and above (not required): maximum of two courses

Courses may not be "double-counted" toward certain majors. Students should meet with their dean to confirm whether or not this applies to their major.

For more information and approved courses for this certificate, please visit the Center for Jewish Civilization website.

Certificate in Jusitce and Peace


  • JUPS-123 Introduction to Justice and Peace
  • JUPS-202 Nonviolence in Theory and Practice
  • JUPS-271 Conflict Transformation
  • Three Electives
  • Service Learning Requirement
  • Capstone Requirement

For more information and a list of approved courses in the certificate program, see the Program on Justice and Peace website.

Latin American Studies Certificate


For the undergraduate certificate in Latin American Studies, students must satisfy a language requirement and complete four core courses, one elective, and a senior honors thesis.

Certificate students must demonstrate proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese in one of the following ways: completion of language coursework through Advanced II, successful completion of one 300- or 400-level course taught in either Spanish or Portuguese, or achievement of "pass" or better on Georgetown’s language proficiency exam (administered by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.)

  • LASP-341: Latin American Government and Politics
  • HIST-158 or HIST-159: Latin American Civilization I or II
  • LASP-316: Economic Development of Latin America (note prerequisites: ECON-001 and 002)
  • SPAN-261, SPAN-262, SPAN-267, or a 400-level survey course in Latin American literature or culture
  • Additional elective (to be chosen from Culture and Politics, Economics, Government, History, International Affairs, Latin American Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Portuguese, or Theology)
  • LASP-494 (1 credit, fall) and 495 (3 credits, spring): Senior Thesis Seminar. See below for details.
Thesis Tutorial

The sixth required course for the certificate is the thesis tutorial (LASP-495 Proseminar), in which students research, write, and present a substantial thesis. Students enroll in a one-credit course in the fall in which they do all the preparatory work for the writing of their thesis. The students meet a few times to decide on a topic, choose a mentor, prepare the bibliography and work towards the thesis proposal. In the spring students enroll in the Proseminar and continue working on their thesis.

Students must achieve at least a B+ in the proseminar and thesis in order to receive the certificate. Failure to meet these requirements and deadlines is grounds for dismissal from the certificate program.

Certificate Rules and Regulations

No more than one of the six required certificate courses may be taken at a university other than Georgetown. This includes coursework completed as part of a Georgetown study abroad program.

Substitutions for any requirement must be preapproved by the Certificate Director. It is much more likely that certificate substitutions will be approved for the elective course than for the core courses. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that written approval for any substitutions becomes a part of his or her file at CLAS.

Students should declare interest in the certificate during the second semester of junior year in order to ensure that all requirements will be met prior to graduation. Students will meet during the fall semester with the director to plan and start the thesis. They are also required to meet with the Certificate Director during either preregistration or the add/drop period for the second semester of their senior year to indicate the topic of their thesis and the name of their adviser, take inventory of the classes taken toward the certificate, and make sure that all paperwork is in order. A formal certificate application (available in the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) office) must be submitted at this time.

College students who are pursuing the certificate may not double count courses for their major and the certificate. The student and his or her advising dean in the College bear all responsibility for ensuring that courses are counted properly. 

Students must maintain at least a B average in the five courses and must receive a B+ or higher in the thesis seminar in order to receive the certificate. Failure to do so will result in a student being dropped from the certificate program.

For more information, see the Latin American Studies Program website.

CERTIFICATE IN Media and Politics

The Certificate in Media and Politics (CMAP) is offered jointly by Georgetown School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Q) and Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q). It capitalizes on the strengths of both universities to provide students with an enhanced understanding of the role of mass communication in political, diplomatic, and policy-making processes, as well as the role of politics in the shaping of mass media products and policies.


  • Two NU-Q courses designated as Introduction to Media History and Theory 
  • One NU-Q course designated as Advanced Media Theory 
  • ​One SFS-Q course designated as Introduction to Media and Politics
  • One SFS-Q course designated as comparative politics (excluding GOVT 006, 040, 060 or 121) 
  • One SFS-Q course politics course (excluding GOVT 006, 040, 060 or 121)

Students who are graduating in the 2017-2018 academic year must take Two- SFSQ courses designated as Comparative Politics (excluding GOVT-006, 040, 060, or 121).

For more information and approved courses , please visit the Certificate in Media and Politics website.

Certificate in Global Medieval Studies


  • Six courses cross-listed with Global Medieval Studies
  • Of the 6 courses, at least one course must focus on Europe and one must focus on a geographical area outside Europe
  • One of the six courses must be an upper-level course with a substantial writing requirement 

Please consult with the Director of the Global Medieval Studies program regarding course selection. For more information, please visit the Global Medieval Studies Program website.

Certificate in Religion, ethics, and World Affairs


Students must take a total of 6 courses for the certifiate from the following:

  • 1 Course in Area 1:  Faith and Ethics in International Relations
  • 1 Course in Area 2:  Religion and Politics in Comparative Perspective
  • 1 Course in Area 3: Religion in History and Culture
  • Capstone GOVT-313 or INAF-438
  • 2 Electives from any of the above areas

For more information about how to apply for the certificate and approved courses, please visit the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs website.

Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies


  • 1 Course in WGST-140 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies or WGST-141 Introduction to Sexuality Studies
  • 1 Course in WGST-201 Feminist Thought I or WGST-202 Feminist Thought 2
  • 4 Electives

For more information about the Women's and Gender Studies Programs please visit the website.