International Studies Certificate

This Certification is intended for undergraduate students in various disciplines across TAMIU who are interested in pursuing careers in the foreign service, international institutions, non-governmental international organizations, and multinational corporations as well as those who recognize the importance of understanding international issues to virtually any career field. The undergraduate Certificate in International Studies allows students to enhance their degree program with a concentration in international studies. Completion of the requirements is certified by the Office of Global Initiatives/Binational Center (OGI/BINC) and the Office of the Registrar.

Internationalization is a process which focuses on the social, legal, economic, political, and technological aspects of countries other than the United States. It often involves working with people from several disciplines to define a common goal. No single discipline can provide a thorough understanding of the globalization process. Rather, students must be exposed to several disciplines to obtain the holistic perspective required to analyze its complexity.

The Certificate in International Studies integrates a wide variety of junior and senior level courses and encourages a multidisciplinary approach. The student declares a major in an established academic department and then focuses in international studies as laid out in this certification. The Certification in International Studies meets the needs of the students and proves useful both in terms of career opportunities and contribution to international issues.

Criteria for Admission and Qualification

The student must:

  • have completed 60 or more semester credit hours of coursework
  • be accepted in an established academic program at TAMIU
  • submit an application for the CIS program to the Binational Center

Criteria for Earning the Certificate in International Studies

The student must:

  • successfully complete a minimum of four courses herein listed as Approved Courses
  • attain at least a 2.75 GPA in the selected courses with no less than a C in any course
  • participate in a focus group scheduled by the Binational Center after completion of required CIS courses

Each 3-credit course has been selected based on its global context and relevancy for fostering cross-national understanding. It is not an exclusive list. Other courses such as an international capstone seminar or those taken under a study abroad experience may be accepted as alternatives to the ones listed below, subject to the approval of the OGI/BINC Advisor.

College of Arts and Sciences
ANTH 3304Lang, Culture and Oral Trad3
ANTH 3306Cultural Change, Crisis&Dev3
ANTH 3308Latin American Cultures3
ANTH 4302Myth, Magic and Religion3
ANTH 4351Cultural Anthropology3
ARTS 3310Studies Art Hist & Criticism3
COMM 4320Trends in International Comm3
COMM 4324Comparative Journalism3
ENGL 3326British Lit from 1900 to WWII3
ENGL 3352World Folklore3
ENGL 3380History of Literary Thought3
ENGL 4334The American Lit Renaissance3
ENGL 4397International Service Learning3
GEOG 3351World History&Geography3
GEOG 3352Latin American Historical Geog3
GEOG 3353Political Geography3
GEOG 4395Urban Historical Geography3
HIST 3330Colonial Latin America3
HIST 3380Intellectual History of the US3
HIST 3392Contemporary Islamic World3
HIST 3394History of Africa Since 18803
HIST 4342Modern Europe: 1914-19903
HIST 4391Seminar in World History3
MATH 4385History of Mathematics3
PORT 3324Luso-Brazilian Lit&Culture3
PSCI 3305Govt & Politics of Europe3
PSCI 3308Latin American Pol Systems3
PSCI 3310Studies in Comp Politics3
PSCI 3340International Law & Org3
PSCI 3353Political Geography3
PSCI 4307The Interamerican System3
PSCI 4309Mexican Politics & Government3
PSCI 4335International Politics3
PSCI 4340American Foreign Policy3
PSCI 4350Ethnic Politics3
SOCI 3308Latin American Cultures3
SOCI 4318Globalization3
SPAN 4317Hispanic Folklore3
SPAN 4371Hispanic Culture3
SPAN 4397International Service Learning3
Study Abroad
A. R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business
BA 3320International Business3
BA 4390Business Strategy3
ECO 3325Latin American Economics Iss3
ECO 4340International Economics3
ECO 4350Economic Development3
ECO 4370Regional Economic Integration3
FIN 4380International Finance3
MKT 4310International Marketing3
TIL 3311Export/Import Operations&Pra3
Study Abroad
College of Education
EDBE 3310Foundations of Bilingual Edu3
EDBE 3322Dual Lang Assessment&Dev3
EDBE 3325Theories of 2nd Lang Learning3
EDBE 4334Teach Cont Areas Dual Lang Env3
EDBE 4336Language Arts in Spanish3
EDDP 4324Teaching Diverse Student Pops3
EDRD 4317Tch Engl Lit Span Lit Base3
Study Abroad
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Study Abroad
NURS 3311Cult Determ of Hlth Behave-WIN3
NURS 4340Global Nursing Health-WIN3
Students interested in pursuing the Certificate in International Studies should register with the OGI/BINC and meet with its advisor if necessary. Students must complete and submit the appropriate form to the OGI/BINC at Pellegrino Hall 302A as soon as possible, but no less than one semester before completion of their degree. Certificates will be processed at the end of the semester and the OGI/BINC and the Office of the Registrar will provide, at graduation, the documentation certifying the completion of the certification.