The Institute for the Study of Diplomacy offers both a graduate and undergraduate Certificate in Diplomatic Studies. The primary purpose of both certificates is to prepare students to work effectively in an inter-disciplinary, inter-agency and multilateral context on evolving global issues that confront states, private sector partners and both benign and malicious non-state actors. It is not designed solely for those seeking careers in diplomacy but also for those whose careers will demand an understanding of the formulation and implementation of foreign policy.
The certificate is not about tradecraft but the theory and practice of diplomacy as an element of statecraft in furtherance of national interests. It draws on an understanding of the inter-related roles of history, economics, culture/religion, domestic political actors, development and security, law and science, and demands cores skills of quantitative, as well as qualitative, analysis, negotiation, mediation and policy entrepreneurship.
The Undergraduate Certificate in Diplomatic Studies is open to students from all BSFS majors and seeks to build on the BSFS program’s multidisciplinary core curriculum.