Majors, Minors, and Certificates


Majors, Minors, and Certificates

We prepare students for a variety of careers in international service by providing a four year liberal arts education focused upon the multidisciplinary study of international affairs. 

Course of Study

Completion of the multidisciplinary core curriculum in the first two years of study prepares students for entry into one of four majors offered. Students declare a major in the fall semester of their second year, then usually pursue coursework for the major in the third and fourth years of studies. 

In all majors, students customize their program of study by selecting courses in fields related to their areas of interest. Students not only complete major courses on campus, but have the opportunity to take courses alongside students in the United States or to study overseas at one of more than 100 universities.

Learn more about double course counting and taking multiple minors and certificates.

Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service Majors


Culture and Politics

Understand the connections between culture, society and politics in international affairs.


International Economics

Analyze markets and economic relationships among countries, and evaluate the effects of policy on economic welfare.


International History

Explore the world, both past and present, through the comparative, transitional study of historical events and phenomena.


International Politics

Discover the structure of the international system and how state and non-state actors compete and cooperate with one another.


Students are encouraged to select minors that are distinctive from their major or certificate. Minors are optional and not required in the School of Foreign Service. GU-Q offers its own minors, including an Arabic minor, whose requirements differ from those of the main campus Arabic minor, a minor in Africana Studies in association with Northwestern University in Qatar, and a minor in Indian Ocean World Studies. On occasion students have pursued other minors available to SFS students on the Washington, DC campus. If you are interested in this option, please speak with the relevant advising dean.


Students may also complement their major field of study by pursuing specialized coursework that deepens their understanding of a particular field or region. 

American Studies

Arab and Regional Studies

Energy Studies

Media and Politics

Course Counting and Multiple Minors and Certificates

Double Counting Courses

Students may double-count no more than two courses for both a certificate and a major.  For example, students who have declared a CULP major who are also pursuing a Media and Politics certificate may only double-count two courses for both CULP and the certificate.

Language Courses

Courses required for the Arabic language minor cannot double-count with a major, another minor, or a certificate – unless the certificate is an area studies certificate, like CARS, that requires language. In that case language courses required for CARS may double-count for the minor and certificate, primarily because the language is not the primary component of the certificate.

Combining Minors and Certificates

Students may not double major, but they may complete any combination of three programs such as:

  • One major and two minors
  • One major, one minor, and one certificate
  • One major and two certificates.