The undergraduate certificate in United Nations is designed to improve your knowledge of the United Nations and its global role in conflicts, mediation, diplomacy, peacekeeping, and international law. Knowledge gained from this online certificate program is applicable for careers at the U.N. or other federal agencies, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations providing peacekeeping operations or humanitarian assistance.

Completion of this program may lead to eligibility for a certificate of completion from the Peace Operations Training Institute. Visit the POTI website for more information.

Certificate Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Comprehend the theory and politics of conflict, war, mediation, and diplomatic negotiations.
  • Evaluate the potential for conflict in a country or region.
  • Assess the rationale for negotiation and the lifecycle of a conflict situation.
  • Explain the various approaches toward United Nations peace operations
  • Evaluate the development of multiparty mediation and assess the benefits and drawbacks of such an approach.
  • Analyze the complexity and limitations of negotiating across cultures and diverse groups.
  • Describe the distinct nature of conflict in the post-Cold War era.

Certificate Requirements (24 semester hours)

Select 8 courses from the following:24
International Relations I
International Organizations
International Law and Regimes
Terrorism and U.S. National Security
International Conflict Resolution
Principles of Peacekeeping
Peacekeeping Logistics
International Civil Order
History of Peacekeeping: 1988-Present
Total Semester Hours24