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Complement your primary area of graduate study with an international dimension with the addition of a graduate certificate in Global Issues! Through gaining a better understanding of theory and history as well as world politics and culture, the certificate program better prepares you to apply your current graduate studies and related real-world experiences to careers in an ever-changing global environment. 





Course Requirements

To be a candidate for the Graduate Certificate in Global Issues, you are required to complete 15 credit hours of SGS graduate degree course work. However, up to six hours of certificate credit hours may, at the departmental adviser’s discretion, be counted toward another graduate degree at OSU. Candidates requirements for the certificate program are as follows:




Required core courses (3 courses - list below)


Two electives courses from the approved course list for the various focus areas


Total credits for certificate



Core Courses

The core curriculum is designed to ensure a broad understanding of international problems and issues. Students pursuing a master’s degree or graduate certificate in International Studies enroll in three credit hours of INTL 5010 and select three additional courses from among those listed below.


GS 5013  Contemporary Issues  3 credits

Examination of major transnational issues and associated problems of international cooperation, including ethnic conflicts, environmental degradation, global standards for human rights, and economic globalization. Previously offered as INTL 5010 and INTL 5013.


GS 5213 Global Trade Economics  3 credits 

This course presents an introduction to economic issues from a global perspective for the non-specialist. It emphasizes the problems and challenges the process of globalization poses to national economies. The first part of the course presents the main theories of international trade and their relevance to explaining current global trade patterns. The second part of the course examines the foreign exchange markets. It covers various international financial issues such as global current account imbalances, the role of the dollar in international financial markets and trade finance.


GS 5223  Culture, History and World Systems  3 credits

Study of the impact and influence of culture and history on the development of contemporary world systems with future projections. Same course as SOC 5223. Previously offered as INTL 5223.


GS 5233 Global Competitive Environment  3 credits

Development of a global business strategy for the organization. Issues of highly diversified markets and business environments, global competition, financial markets, and complex organizational relationships. Previously offered as INTL 5233.


GS 5243 Trade and Investment Promotion  3 credits

The purpose of this course is to help students develop an understanding of the factors and processes that shape global investment and trade promotion policies across all sectors of an economy. The course will delve into how various factors work together to influence a country's attraction as an investment destination and the policies used to retain and sustain foreign investments in host countries.


GS 5313 Global Communication and Public Diplomacy  3 credits

Global media organizations have become players in international politics, and in how cultures define themselves. This course will explore a number of intersections of culture, media, and communication, with particular emphasis on the role of media and communication in public diplomacy. By examining the academic and popular literature on global media, international relations, and globalization.


GS 5323 Nation Branding  3 credits

Nation branding is defined for this course as the strategic act of shaping a country’s reputation and country image through the use of branding techniques. This course will explore America’s image abroad and attempt to understand the recent rise of anti-Americanism, as well as look at nation branding in other countries.


GS 5333 Certified Global Business Professional  3 credits

This course deals with the practicalities of international trade. Topics include finding appropriate partners, international pricing, legal considerations, tax and accounting issues. International marketing and cultural issues are also addressed. The course is designed to prepare students to successfully complete certification as a Global Business Professional (CGBP certification).


GS 5343 Geopolitics of New Media  3 credits

Examines the geopolitical impact of new media, including satellite television, various digital and internet technologies, and social media by exploring the ways in which the advent and development of new media have shaped larger geopolitical currents.


GS 5513 Global Crisis Management  3 credits

Provides graduate introduction to Global Crisis Management. Students will learn about topics ranging from emergency management, disaster management to crisis management on the global stage. This includes examining the global system for dealing with disasters and crises that cross international borders, and the agencies and organizations that respond.


GS 5523 Transnational Criminal Organizations and the War on Drugs  3 credits

This course will offer an analysis of transnational organized crime and its impact on societies around the world. It will focus on drug trafficking, human trafficking, and arms dealing. It will also examine policy responses and their effectiveness.


GS 5533 Complex Emergencies  3 credits

This course examines complex emergencies from an emergency management perspective. Topics covered include the collapse of governance, the causes of armed conflict, food insecurity, infectious disease and natural disasters. Furthermore, the course will provide understanding of how the international community responds to these crises, and which agencies are involved in relief efforts.


GS 5543 International Dimensions of Fire and Emergency Management  3 credits

Examines disasters in an international context as well as the theory and practice of international disaster management.


GS 5553 Global Poverty and Inequality  3 credits

This course will examine the root causes of poverty and inequality on a global scale. 


Retention Standards

Students in the proposed certificate program must retain an overall average GPA of 3.0 or above. Students who fail to meet that requirement will be placed on probation. A failure to meet the requirements at the end of the probationary period may lead to expulsion from the program.


Certificate Completion

The proposed certificate will be awarded once the requirements for the program are met. No courses with a grade of C or lower may be counted towards the plan of study for this certificate. In addition, the GPA of the courses included in the plan of study must be 3.0 or above.


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