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Undergraduate Certificate in Security Studies

The Certificate in Security Studies recognizes students who focus their studies on international and national security affairs. Through the certificate, students develop interdisciplinary expertise and professional experience in security studies, including diplomacy, defense, intelligence, foreign policy, homeland security, international affairs, international development, human rights, war, conflict, peace, and related fields. This transcript-recognized certificate is open to all current UT students. 

Required course: Students must take the following course to qualify for the certificate.

  • GOV 360D International Security 

Elective Courses:
Students must take an additional 15 hours from the following list of courses in at least two different departments. Students must take at least 9 hours in residence at UT Austin and all courses must be taken for a letter grade, not for credit CLICK HERE for approved courses (updated April 2021).

Students must complete an internship in the field of national security that meets the requirements below. Click here to view the Clements Center's Internship Database.  

  • Internships must involve substantive work that exposes students to the professional work environment and offers opportunities for networking in their chosen career fields.
  • Internships may be with government agencies, think tanks, NGOs, research centers, consulting firms, or other entities that offer professional job experience.
  • Internships may be in the fields of diplomacy, defense, intelligence, foreign policy, national security, homeland security, international affairs, international development, human rights, and related fields.
  • Internships must last a minimum of six weeks of full-time work, or its equivalent (240 hours).
  • Internships may be in the United States or abroad.
  • Internships may be paid or unpaid.
  • Students who accept unpaid internships are invited to apply for a stipend through the Clements Center for National Security’s Summer Student Development Fund. Funds are limited and stipends are not guaranteed for certificate students. These funds are meant to cover direct costs incurred from the internship, not "lost wages."
  • Students are responsible for informing the Faculty Committee of their internship plans prior to acceptance of the offer to ensure the internship qualifies by submitting a detailed proposal that demonstrates the relevance of the position to national security. Once the internship is approved and completed, the student must submit proof that the internship was completed in order to receive credit on their degree audit. 
  • The Faculty Committee reviews students’ internship experience to ensure it is relevant to security studies and was satisfactorily completed. 
  • Waivers: Students may apply for a waiver for the internship requirement if they are enrolled in ROTC; have prior military experience with no major disciplinary actions against them, or have extensive prior civilian job experience directly related to security studies. The Faculty Committee reviews applications to waive the internship requirement. 

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If you intend to complete the Certificate, please register: