Majors and Certificates
The School of Foreign Service in Qatar prepares 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.
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.
Completion of a two-year multidisciplinary core curriculum prepares students for entry into one of four majors offered: International Economics (IECO), International Politics (IPOL), Culture & Politics (CULP) and International History (IHIS).
Effective with the students who declared their majors in Spring 2017 and those following, students may double-count no more than two courses for both a certificate and a major. This change does not impact students graduating in August 2017, December 2017, May 2018 or August 2018.
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.
In addition, courses required for the newly launched Arabic language minor can double-count with a core requirement (like HALC), but cannot double-count with a major, another minor (should we roll out 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.
Majors (A Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service)
Students may also complement their major field of study by pursuing specialized coursework that deepens their understanding of a particular region. Three such program are offered at SFS-Q:
The program provides students with a solid understanding of the historical development of the American people, providing the necessary context for the exploration of cultural and social themes across a variety of disciplines, as well as the advanced study of American political processes and institutions.
The program capitalizes on the unique geographical, cultural and academic situation of SFS-Q to highlight the connection of regional history with current issues, as well as to stress the impact of culture on the self-understanding of the Arab and Islamic world and its relationship with the West.
The program enables students to better understand how politicians, diplomats, and policy makers influence, and are themselves influenced by, the media in its myriad forms and formats. It also introduces students to the ideological and political implications of the representations that the mass media generate.