Woodrow Wilson School Certificates

Program in Global Health and Health Policy

Co-Directors: Thomas Shenk, Molecular Biology; João Biehl, Anthropology

The Program in Global Health and Health Policy (GHP) is an interdepartmental program in which undergraduates can study the determinants, consequences and patterns of disease across societies; the role of medical technologies and interventions in health improvements; and the economic, political and social factors that shape domestic and global public health. The two-year program begins in the junior year and is open to undergraduates from all departments. It is defined by three essential elements: global and local coverage, inter-disciplinary education, and experiential learning and field research. Students complete two core courses in the junior year, four health-related electives, a required summer research project and a senior thesis that addresses or relates to global health. It is administered by the Woodrow Wilson School through the Center for Health and Wellbeing.

Urban Studies

Director: Douglas S. Massey, Sociology

The Woodrow Wilson School collaborates with the Schools of Architecture and Engineering to offer an undergraduate Urban Studies Certificate.  The program involves an interdepartmental plan of study to build an interdisciplinary framework for the study of cities and metropolitan regions. Students must pass either one of two gateway courses with a grade of B or better (Introduction to Urban Studies in Architecture or Urbanism and Urban Policy in the WWS).  In addition, students must complete three urban-related elective courses, one in the social sciences, one in the humanities, and one in the natural sciences or engineering. A list of approved electives is updated each academic year on the Urban Studies website. Elective courses must be taken for a grade and must be in addition to any courses taken to satisfy requirements in the student’s major department. Senior theses are written in the student’s major department but must cover an urban topic approved by the program director or an Urban Studies faculty member. Each year students are advised about opportunities to acquire urban field experience through the Community Based Learning Initiative and other programs at Princeton.

History and the Practice of Diplomacy

Co-Directors: Stephen Kotkin and Michael Mullin

The Program in History and the Practice of Diplomacy (HPD) offers undergraduate students the opportunity to pursue concentrated interdisciplinary study of history and diplomacy, broadly understood, in concert with hands-on experience. This program is open to freshmen, sophomores and juniors from all departments. Students must complete one core course, WWS 315/Pol 393, and four additional courses on topics of relevance to the program’s focus. Two of these must be in the history department in international, global, diplomatic history or ancient history, and two in the Woodrow Wilson School, politics department or other departments, on subjects such as international relations, international organizations, international political economy, security studies, war, peace, the environment and sustainability and global stability. The required internship usually takes place during one summer and should be with a suitable government agency or nongovernmental organization (NGO), domestic or international. An internship could include research in thinktanks as well as activities described as people to people diplomacy. Successful completion of the program leads to the award of a certificate.

Other Princeton University Certificates

In addition to the three certificates offered by the Woodrow Wilson School, Wilson School majors can obtain certificates of proficiency in many other departments.