The Certificate in Political Risk Analysis prepares students to work in this highly interdisciplinary area, which requires a keen understanding of business practices and the political situation facing countries. Political risk analysis focuses on the effect that country characteristics and events have on sovereign risk (ability of a country to repay its debts), company security, supply chains, and the safety of individuals working or traveling in a country. Understanding this risk is part of helping companies better manage their investments, assets, and activities in foreign countries based on threats that a company might face.
The certificate demonstrates to companies that students have the requisite training to work in this area. The political risk analysis certificate was developed in conjunction with individuals working in this area and the Association of International Risk Intelligence Professionals. Feedback about the curriculum has been received from individuals working in the industry so that it provides the training that students need to be competitive in this area. Alumni are active in assisting students with advice on internships and careers.
Students will be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge of relevant economic and risk principles for an organization,
- demonstrate knowledge of country and international system factors that influence an organization, and
- analyze these system factors to show how they impact the risk for an organization.
The undergraduate Certificate in Political Risk Analysis requires a minimum of 18 s.h. of credit. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in work for the certificate. Certificate courses cannot be taken pass/nonpass. A maximum of 6 s.h. of transfer credit may be accepted toward certificate requirements, with the approval of the political risk analysis advisor.
The certificate can be earned by any student admitted to the University of Iowa who is not concurrently enrolled in a UI graduate or professional degree program.
The Certificate in Political Risk Analysis requires the following coursework.
Financial Risk Principles
|FIN:3400||Principles of Risk Management and Insurance||3|
|One of these:|
|POLI:3000||Analyzing Political Data||3|
|STAT:1020||Elementary Statistics and Inference||3|
|STAT:1030||Statistics for Business||4|
|STAT:2020||Probability and Statistics for the Engineering and Physical Sciences||3|
|One of these:|
|POLI:1400||Introduction to Comparative Politics||3|
|POLI:1500||Introduction to International Relations||3|
Students select three courses from the following.
Country and International Risk
|POLI:2415||Latin American Politics||3|
|POLI:3408||Chinese Politics and Society||3|
|POLI:3410||Russian Foreign Policy||3|
|POLI:3411||Democracy: Global Trends and Struggles||3|
|POLI:3418||Governance in the Middle East||3|
|POLI:3420||Southeast Asia: Politics and Development||3|
|POLI:3422||Horn of Africa: Politics and Transnational Issues||3|
|POLI:3423||The Middle East: Policy and Diplomacy||3|
|POLI:3426||Outliers: Comparing Odd Countries||3|
|POLI:3450||Problems in Comparative Politics||3|
|POLI:3503||Politics of Terrorism||3|
|POLI:3506||Consequences of War||3|
|POLI:3509||International Courts: The Intersection of Law and Politics||3|
|POLI:3514||Regional Peace and Security||3|
|POLI:3516||The Politics of International Economics||3|
|POLI:3518||Water Wars: Conflict and Cooperation||3|
|POLI:3522||Ending Wars and Keeping Peace||3|
|POLI:3550||Problems of International Politics||3|
Experiential Learning Requirement
All students select one of the following after consultation with the political risk analysis advisor.
|Students register for study abroad credit (prefix ABRD)|
|POLI:3127||Legislative Policy Seminar||arr.|
|POLI:4701||Undergraduate Research Tutorial||3|
|URES:3992||Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects||0|
|URES:3993||Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects||1-4|
|URES:3994||Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects||1-4|
|URES:3995||ICRU Research Fellow||0|
|POLI:4900||Government and Politics Internship||1-3|
|Another approved internship course|