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Foreign Service Training Certificate

NCCU offers a Certificate in Foreign Service Training.  This interdisciplinary program introduces underrepresented minorities to future careers in the American Foreign Service.  The program was developed with the assistance of former ambassadors and foreign service personnel living in the Research Triangle region.  Many of these leaders are actively engaged in teaching students.

This certificate program addresses the five critical goals for the NCCU Academic Strategic Plan for 2016-2021:

  1. Enhance teaching, research and scholarship among faculty;
  2. Create an environment of collaborative learning and cross-disciplinary programming;
  3. Develop innovative, versatile and culturally responsive leaders;
  4. Create an inclusive environment that promotes an understanding of diverse perspectives, respect for individuality and community and the practice of culture competence, and
  5. promote a community-engaged campus that supports social responsibility and economic development.

This certificate program is housed in the NCCU Department of Political Science, but is open to all students regardless of major.  The program consists of 12 credit hours, and is supported by a new foundation course: POLS 3339: FOREIGN SERVICE SEMINAR.  A twelve-hour curriculum is proposed so that more students in STEM programs may be able to attain the certificate without significantly exceeding the number of hours accrued towards graduation.   

The curricular requirements for the Certificate in Foreign Service Training are as follows:   

A.  Required Foundation Course (3 hours)
POLS 3339 – Foreign Service Seminar

B.  Security Studies. Choose one of the following (3 hours)
POLS 3730 – Global Security
POLS 3740 – Transnational Human Security
HLS 3000    – Introduction to Homeland Security
POLS 4400 – Problems of Contemporary Governments

C.  International Diplomacy and Law. Choose one of the following (3 hours)
POLS 4310 – International Law and Organization
POLS 3600 – American Foreign Policy
HIST 4210 – Foreign Relations of the United States

D.  Experiential Learning in Foreign Service (3 hours)
POLS 4102 Foreign Service Field Experience (new course)

 
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