Migration and Refugee Studies | Webster University

Migration and Refugee Studies


Effective 1 June 2020 through 31 May 2021

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27 Credit Hours

This program is offered by the College of Arts & Sciences/History, Politics, International Relations and Religious Studies Department and is only available at the Geneva campus.

For information on the general requirements for a certificate, see Certificate under the Academic Policies and Information section of this catalog.

The courses and seminars for the certificate program in migration and refugee studies provide students with a working knowledge of migration and displacement issues. The combination of several disciplines and methodologies enables students to examine the refugee issue from a variety of perspectives and to study policies, concepts and responses to economic and political migration issues.

Practical experience is an essential part of the certificate program. During one eight-week term, the enrolled students work in a refugee situation in cooperation with one of the several concerned agencies. In addition, students gain practical experience through internships, work or research with both governmental and nongovernmental organizations working with refugees and/or migrants.


The 27 credit hours required for the certificate in migration and refugee studies include the following courses:

  • SOCI 2000 Issues in Contemporary Society: Sociocultural Factors behind Migration and Refugee Movements (3 hours)
  • HIST 2360 Refugee and Migration Movements (3 hours)
  • INTL 2030 International Law (3 hours)
  • INTL 3030 Advanced Studies in International Law: International Refugee Law (3 hours)
  • INTL 2610 Advocacy, NGOs, and Civil Society (3 hours)
  • INTL 4280 International Economics: Migration and Refugees (3 hours)
  • POLT 3400 Comparative Politics: Migration and Refugee Movements (3 hours)
  • INTL 2700 Methods of Political Inquiry: National and Transnational Issues in Migration and Refugee Movements (3 hours)
  • INTL 4600 International Relations Seminar: Migration and Refugee Movements (3 hours)
  • Field experience and Refugee Studies Program (RSP) Seminar Overview examination (0 hours)