Minors & Certificates

The Department of International Relations offers several minors and a certificate within the department and/or in affiliation with other departments.

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Minor in International Relations (Fall 2019 and beyond)

Students who declared a minor in International Relations during or after the Fall 2019 semester must complete the minor requirements listed below. Students who declared a minor in International Relations prior to the Fall 2019 semester have the option of completing the old requirements (listed below) or the revised minor requirements below.

Core Courses (11 Units)

  • I R 104: Introduction to World Affairs (3 Units)
  • I R 308: Fundamentals of International Relations: Theories, Issues, and Perspectives (4 Units)
  • I R 310: U.S. Foreign Policy (4 Units) or I R 312: Introduction to International Political Economy (4 Units)

Electives (8 Units)

In addition to the core courses listed above, International Relations minors must complete eight (8) elective units. Electives must be taken in the IR department, including cross-listed courses taken under an alternate prefix.

For a full listing of electives offered within the IR department and how they may fulfill General Education and SF State Studies requirements, please view the electives page based on the bulletin.

19 total units required for minor

 

 

Minor in International Relations (pre-Fall 2019)

Students who declared a minor in International Relations prior to the Fall 2019 semester have the option of completing the old requirements below or the revised minor requirements (listed above).

Core Courses (12 Units)

  • I R 308: Fundamentals of International Relations: Theories, Issues, and Perspectives (4 Units)
  • I R 310: U.S. Foreign Policy (4 Units)
  • I R 312: Introduction to International Political Economy (4 Units)

Electives (8 Units)

In addition to the core courses listed above, International Relations minors must complete eight (8) elective units. Electives must be taken in the IR department, including cross-listed courses taken under an alternate prefix.

For a full listing of electives offered within the IR department and how they may fulfill General Education and SF State Studies requirements, please view the electives page based on the bulletin.

20 total units required for minor

What Is the European Studies Minor?

The European Studies minor is a multidisciplinary program in European history, politics, and culture designed to provide undergraduate students with a broad understanding of European ideas and institutions over time. The minor is open to students in all major fields.

Why Learn About Europe?

Europe today is a complex and fascinating region of the world undergoing significant change. It is grappling with an array of fundamental political, socioeconomic, and cultural challenges, from charting the future for the European Union to how to reform the European welfare state to integrating newly arrived immigrants into national society.

Who Should Declare a Minor in European Studies?

  • Students interested in European society, culture, art, history and politics in any time period 
  • Students who have studied in Europe or want to study in Europe
  • Students preparing for careers in the arts, international politics, international business, teaching or the foreign service
  • Students who wish to show employers or graduate schools their expertise in a region outside of the United States
  • Students who want to become global citizens

How Do I Find Out More?

For additional information or advising, contact the European Studies program coordinators, Prof. Scott Siegel by email at snsiegel@sfsu.edu. You can also visit Scott Siegel's website.

Requirements

Students who declared the European Studies minor in or after Fall 2018 must complete the revised minor requirements.

Students who declared the minor prior to Fall 2018 have the option of completing the old minor requirements or the revised minor requirements.

Faculty for European Studies

Scott N. Siegel, Program Coordinator, Department of International Relations
Office: Humanities Building 331
Email: snsiegel@sfsu.edu

  • Steve Kovacs, Cinema
  • Shirin Khanmohamadi, Comparative and World Literature
  • Bill Christmas, English
  • Sara Hackenberg, English
  • Bérénice Le Marchand, French
  • Anne Linton, French
  • Blanca Missé, French
  • Olivia Albiero, German and Italian
  • Volker Langbehn, German
  • Ilona Vandergriff, German
  • Sarah Curtis, History
  • Anthony D'Agostino, History
  • Laura Lisy-Wagner, History
  • Jarbel Rodriguez, History
  • Sophie Clavier, International Relations
  • Scott Siegel, International Relations
  • Andrei Tsygankov, International Relations/Political Science
  • Elisabetta Nelsen, Italian
  • Gustavo Calderón, Spanish
  • Mike Hammer, Spanish
  • Kitty Millet, Jewish Studies
  • Martha Klironomos, Modern Greek Studies
  • Nicole Watts, Political Science
  • Pamela Hood, Philosophy
  • Alice Sowaal, Philosophy

Drawing on a multidisciplinary faculty with a broad range of experience in the region, the Latin American Studies minor is designed to develop understanding of the varied aspects of Latin American societies. This focus encourages students to critically evaluate the inter-relationships among history, language and literature, social, economic and political developments and their influence on the place that the nations of the region occupy in the international order. The versatility of the Minor provides the opportunity to explore a wide range of subjects - from the ancient Maya civilization, to doing business in present-day Latin America—as well as to specialize in particular areas such as the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico and South America.

Visit the Latin American Studies Program website to learn more about this minor.

The African Studies Minor is a multidisciplinary program in African history, politics, economics, and cultures, designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the issues facing African communities, societies, and nation-states in the past as well as the present. Courses from multiple departments and programs are incorporated into the African Studies Minor, offering different disciplinary bases for the examination and analysis of African contributions to world civilizations. It enables students to integrate and apply knowledge in the evolution of African societies from being the cradle of humanity to providing labor for the use of other civilizations and through colonial and post-colonial linkages, technological expansion, and economic liberalization. Students will examine African accomplishments, mores, traditions, cultures, and civilizations to finish the minor with a greater degree of understanding of, and tolerance for, cultural differences and ethnic pluralism as well as the problems inherent in the process of social change in Africa and the African Diaspora.

Students who select this minor are presented with different disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. Common to all these perspectives is the critical examination of social change, modernization, development, and globalization. It is hoped that students will be provided the tools to enable them to build their own frames of reference, syntheses of concepts, data, and theories, to enrich their social attitudes and cultural values concerning Africa, and to appreciate its richness and its unity in diversity.

View the SF State Bulletin for more details on African Studies.

As its title demonstrates, the Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies Minor is closely aligned with the mission and core values of San Francisco State University. We live in a world fraught with warring and ecological devastation and threatened by the frequent failure of governmental and financial powers to fashion just and effective solutions. Yet there are historical and contemporary examples of individuals, groups, and countries working productively and creatively within and across national boundaries to stop violent conflicts, form affirmative alliances, and ensure that basic rights and freedoms are available to all.

Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies is an all-university, interdisciplinary minor in which students and faculty cooperatively study and explore the problems, issues, challenges, and opportunities to prevent war and to make this a more just, peaceable, and sustainable world.

View the SF State Bulletin for more information on the Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies minor.

The Minor in Middle East and Islamic Studies is a multidisciplinary minor designed to provide undergraduate students with a broad understanding of the history, politics, and culture of the Middle East and Islamic world. Students are required to fulfill both core and elective requirements designed to give a background of the complexity and diversity of the region as well as offer more specific, in-depth studies of select issues of the region. This program covers regions and peoples from or in the Middle East from the founding of Islam in the seventh century to the present. In concert with the “Islamic Studies” aspect of this program, this minor also extends beyond the Middle East to those cultures, societies, and areas that are associated with the historical and current spread of Islam. Students can select from a variety of courses across multiple disciplines, including history, religion, politics, culture, art, music, language, and literature.

The minor is useful to students planning careers in politics and government, business, education, international organizations, journalism, and art, as well as for those who simply desire a better understanding of the Middle East and Islam. The multidisciplinary nature of the program also prepares students for further study in a number of academic fields at the graduate level.

The Middle East and Islamic Studies Minor consists of a core curriculum of three courses that deal with the region as a whole from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, plus three upper-division courses taken upon advisement.

View the SF State Bulletin for more information on the MEIS minor.

South Asia refers to Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. These countries are members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). The Minor in South Asian Studies is multidisciplinary and designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the culture, history, economics, and politics of South Asia and its diaspora. The region of South Asia is a crucial area of study given its linguistic, ethnic, and religious diversity (its traditions draw from Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Jainism, Christianity, and others), its experience of British colonial rule and independence, its recent economic expansion and technological influence globally, and the widespread migration of South Asians over the last century. The study of South Asia thus offers students opportunities to explore pressing questions concerning colonialism and nationalism, political conflict and government, economic liberalization, cultural diversity and its expression in literature, art, and popular culture, and globalization.

The South Asian Studies minor is useful for students planning careers in education, social service, law, politics, government, business, media, and art, both nationally and internationally. It also prepares students for graduate study in a number of academic fields.

View the SF State Bulletin for more information on the South Asian Studies minor.

Migration and Refugee Studies (MRS) Certificate provides a foundational and interdisciplinary framework for understanding economic, political and environmental displacement of people within countries and across state borders. The goal of the certificate is to provide professionally relevant coursework about the global impact of migration and refugee movements as well as an understanding of immigrant and refugee experiences.

The MRS certificate (14-18 units) requires a foundational course on Migration and Refugees as well as a culminating internship experience. Electives constitute three clusters: Politics of Migration in the US, Migrant and Refugee Experiences: Equity, Dignity and Community, and Cultures of Migration and Diaspora. Please see the Bulletin and the Department's MRS form for possible coursework options.

View the SF State Bulletin for more information on the MRS Certificate

Instructions to Receive the Certificate

Upon Advisement:

  1. The student must pay the CAP application fee ($7.00) for the award of the certificate online via the Student Center.
  2. The student prepares a general Certificate Approved Program (CAP) Form and the Department's MRS form and submits the forms and unofficial transcript(s) as evidence to the certificate advisor (and/or chair) for an approval signature.
  3. The chair confirms all requirements for the certificate have been completed by signing the CAP form and submits the CAP form via email to Khaled Ezzat in Graduate Studies.

Processing Notes:

  • CAP forms submitted through DocuSign are preferred.
  • Students can attach a receipt of payment to the DocuSign envelope. 
  • Forms routed outside of DocuSign must be submitted by the academic department directly to Khaled Ezzat (khaled@sfsu.edu) via email.

The current address on your student center is the address where we will send your paper certificate. It is the student's responsibility to update their address in your Student Center. For more information, please visit The Division of Graduate Studies - Certificate Programs webpage.