Political Risk Analysis Certificate

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Certificate in Political Risk Analysis, 18 s.h. 

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Opportunity in this field is growing as companies, non-governmental organizations, non-profits, international organizations, and countries seek to understand, and adapt policy to, the risks posed in specific countries and regions. Insurance and financial institutions, entertainment and retail companies, and international development organizations have divisions devoted to political risk analysis or intelligence.

I. Core Courses, 9 s.h.

Financial Risk Principles, 3 sh:

  • FIN:3400 Principles of Risk Management and Insurance 

Quantitative Analysis, 3 s.h.  Choose ONE of the following:

  • POLI:3000 Analyzing Political Research
  • STAT:1020 Elementary Statistics and Inference
  • STAT:1030 Statistics for Business
  • STAT:2020 Probability and Statistics for Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • STAT:3510 Biostatistics

Politics Foundation, 3 s.h. Choose ONE of the following:

  • POLI:1400 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POLI:1500 Introduction to International Relations

II. Country and International Risk,  9 s.h.

Choose THREE courses

  • POLI:2415 Latin American Politics 
  • POLI:2416 Revolutions and Political Violence
  • POLI:3405 Authoritarian Politics
  • POLI:3408 Chinese Politics and Society
  • POLI:3410 Russian Foreign Policy
  • POLI:3411 Democracy: Global Trends and Struggles
  • POLI:3413 Russian Politics
  • POLI:3418 Governance in the Middle East
  • POLI:3419 War in the Muslim World
  • POLI:3420 Southeast Asia: Politics and Development
  • POLI:3421 Southern Africa: Development and Governance
  • POLI:3422 Horn of Africa: Politics and Transnational Issues
  • POLI:3423 The Middle East: Policy and Diplomacy
  • POLI:3450 Problems in Comparative Politics
  • POLI:3501 International Organization and World Order
  • POLI:3503 Politics of Terrorism
  • POLI:3504 Globalization
  • POLI:3505 Civil Wars
  • POLI:3506 Consequences of War
  • POLI:3509 International Courts: The Intersection of Law and Politics
  • POLI:3512 International Conflict
  • POLI:3514 Regional Peace and Security
  • POLI:3516 The Politics of International Economics
  • POLI:3518 Water Wars: Conflict and Cooperation 
  • POLI:3520 National Security Policy
  • POLI:3521 Twenty-first-Century Technology and Warfare
  • POLI:3522 Ending Wars and Keeping Peace
  • POLI:3523 Non-State Violent Actors
  • POLI:3550 Problems of International Politics

III. Experiential Learning, 0 s.h.

All students select ONE of the following options after consultation with the political risk analysis advisor.

Study Abroad 

  • Students register for an approved study abroad credit 


  • POLI:3001 Hawkeye Poll
  • POLI:3127 Legislative Policy Seminar
  • POLI:4701 Undergraduate Research Tutorial  
  • URES:3992 Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects
  • URES:3993 Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects
  • URES:3994 Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects
  • URES:3995 ICRU Research Fellow  


  • POLI:4900 Government and Politics Internship
  • Another approved internship course