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Global Economy and Global Governance Certificate in Global Studies

The Global Economy and Global Governance Certificate is an academic credential offered by the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) Global Studies Center.  The certificate explores the changing reach and nature of economic flows and political organization under the conditions of globalization. It considers issues such as international economic growth and crisis, global competition, and state sovereignty in global relations. Global governance also focuses on the integration of business and economics across social, political, and global systems.

Benefit to Pitt Business Students

Successful business leaders understand that global governance and global systems shape the economic, political, and cultural systems in which their businesses operate. The Global Economy and Global Governance Certificate in Global Studies will provide Pitt Business students with the necessary skills to conduct business in locales and in situations where laws, culture, rules, regulations, and common practices do not operate within a singular and/or U.S.-based system. With the completion of this certificate, students will gain an in-depth knowledge that can aid their future companies, and themselves, to better compete in a global economy. They will know how to influence and negotiate to national/international economic and governmental policies, which will allow these future business leaders to analyze and articulate the political and economic structures that impact global markets and global trade. 

Academic Requirements

The Global Economy and Global Governance Certificate is an 18-credit program designed as an enhancement to the Pitt Business Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree program.  It builds upon the core curriculum and offers perspectives that are relevant to students earning a major in accounting, business information systems, finance, global management, human resources management, marketing, and supply chain management.  Students who earn the certificate are also able to complement their global studies certificate with any of the certificate programs offered through Pitt Business. 


The certificate comprises a total of 18 academic credits. Students must complete one required course, a range of elective courses, and must fulfill language requirements. Students are also required to submit a capstone paper that highlights an issue related to global economy and global governance. 

1. Required Courses (3 credits) - The following course is required:

  • Intro to Global Studies (PS 0550)

2. Elective Courses (15 credits) - Students select courses from a robust list of electives. 

  • Students are able to double count up to six credits from their major, which allows them to fulfill their general education requirements, major requirements, and certificate requirements at the same time
  • Students must select three courses from at least two departments other than their major
  • Courses from Pitt Business, and the schools of humanities, social sciences, and other professional schools can count toward the certificate

3. Language Proficiency

  • Students must complete two years of college-level language study
  • Students must have a minimum of intermediate, low-level proficiency in a foreign language
  • The foreign language credits are not included in the 18 credits required for the certificate

4. Study Abroad

  • Study abroad is not required but is highly recommended
  • Please contact the Pitt Business International Programs Office for study abroad programs that compliment the certificate 

How to Enroll in the Program

Students interested in the Global Economy and Global Governance Certificate in Global Studies should schedule an appointment with Global Studies Advisor Elaine Lin through  In addition to receiving information about the academic credentials of the program, students will be able to learn about funding opportunities, lectures, and engagement opportunities with global decision makers.

Sample of Conflict/Conflict Resolution Courses

For a per semester list of courses, visit the course listings page.

A&SAFRCNAHistory of Caribbean Slavery3
A&SAFRCNAHistory of Africa Since 18003
A&SANTHEconomic Anthropology3
A&SECONLabor and the Economy3
A&SECONWomen in the Labor Market3
A&SECONIntroduction to International Economics3
A&SECONIntroduction to Development Economics3
A&SECONSocial Versus Capitalism3
A&SECONIntermediate Micro Economics3
A&SECONIntermediate Macro Economics3
A&SECONLabor Economics3
A&SECONIntermediate International Trade3
A&SECONIntermediate International Finance3
A&SECONEconomics of the European Union3
A&SECONProsem Metholody of Economics3
A&SECONProsem International Economics3
A&SGERMarx and Marxism3
A&SHISTThe Dictators3
A&SHISTWorld War II in Asia3
A&SHISTCaribbean History3
A&SHISTOrigins of American Capitalism3
A&SHISTIntroduction to Islamic Civilization3
A&SHISTCapstone Seminar: The Caribbean3
A&SHISTCapstone Seminar: Britain and the United States3
A&SHISTCapstone Seminar: European Empires3
A&SHISTCapstone Seminar: State-Building and the Post-Colonial Movement3
A&SHISTIntroductory Seminar: "What was Communism?"3
A&SHISTThe West and the World3
A&SHISTWorld War I - Comparative Perspective3
A&SHISTSocialism Versus Capitalism3
A&SHISTSports and Global Capitalism3
A&SHISTIberian Empires and Early Modern Globalization3
A&SHISTCold War America in the World3
A&SHISTHistory of Africa Since 18003
A&SHISTRoman History3
A&SHISTHistory of Africa Since 18003
A&SPHILSocial Philosophy3
A&SPHILPolitical Philosophy3
A&SPSComparative Politics3
A&SPSWorld Politics3
A&SPSPolitical Development3
A&SPSUS-Latin American Relations3
A&SPSPolitics in Development Countries: European Integration3
A&SPSBuilding Democracy Around the World3
A&SPSCapstone Seminar in Comparative Politics: Political Economy of Development3
A&SPSInternational Organization3
A&SPSAmerican Foreign Policy3
A&SPSForeign Policies - Changing World3
A&SPSHuman Security3
A&SPSPolitics of Oil and Natural Resources3
A&SPSGlobal Environmental Politics3
A&SPSCapstone Seminar in International Relations: American Foreign Policy in the Middle East: 1919-20133
A&SPSCapstone Seminar in International Relations: The New International Relations in Europe3
A&SPSTheories of Justice3
A&SPSCMuslims in a Global Context: America1
A&SRELGSTIntroduction to Islamic Civilization3
A&SSOCSocial Problems3
A&SSOCSocial Theory3
A&SSOCGlobal Society3
A&SSOCSocial Change3
A&SSOCSocial Movements3
A&SSOCWealth and Power3
A&SSOCPolitical Sociology3
A&SSOCExperiencing Globalization3
CBABUSECNInternational Economics for Managers3
CBABUSFINInternational Finance3
CBABUSSHRMGlobal Workforce Management and Change 3
CBABUSMKTInternational Marketing3
CBABUSORGInternational Dimensions of Organizations Behavior3
CBABUSSCMManaging Global Supply Chains3
CBABUSSCMProcurement and Distribution Management3
CBABUSSPPManaging in Complex Environments3
CBABUSSPPGlobal Strategy and Comparative Advantage3
ADMJLEGLSTInternational Law3