The graduate Certificate in Diplomatic Studies is designed for students whose careers will demand an understanding of the formulation and implementation of foreign policy. ISD seeks to work with students from a broad range of SFS graduate programs to integrate and complement their studies and to provide them with the intellectual skills to assess the complexity of issues and actors outside the student’s own functional or geographic area of concentration, to synthesize a wide range of information sources and to extrapolate to both broad strategic goals and innovative, yet pragmatic policy implementation steps.
The goal is a balance of functional and regional focuses, core and emerging issues, and statecraft skills and competencies tailored to the academic background and career goals of the student.
Together with the ISD certificate director, certificate candidates will plan a directed, coherent course of study that includes:
- An internship with an organization that affects or deals directly with diplomatic practice
- One foundation course in the first year of their graduate work, with a grade of A- or A
- Four electives, at least two of which are outside their degree concentration
- One ISD-directed capstone in the second year of their graduate work
- SFS language competency requirement