Director, Kent Annan

Requirements for the Humanitarian Action Certificate are 20 credit hours as follows:

Core Requirements
Choose 12-16 credit hours from the following core courses:12-16
Foundations of Humanitarian and Disaster Leadership
Transformational Development
Refugee and Forced Migration Issues
Organizing Emergency Humanitarian Assistance
Disaster Management
NGO Leadership
Anti-Human Trafficking and Gender-Based Violence
Monitoring, Evaluation, and Program Design
Choose 4-8 credit hours from any of the following:4-8
ANTH 353Culture and Difference4
The HNGR Certificate selection of electives (this includes courses in various departments i.e. SPAN, IR, ECON, BIO, etc.). Note, students can select from these options even if not part of the HNGR Certificate, because this course list is also applicable to humanitarian action.
Global Health
Marginal Voices in Old Testament Studies
AIS: Nature, Environment, and Society
AIS: Gender and Global Health
Development Economics
Nature, Environment & Society
Topics in History (Indigenous Histories in the Majority World)
Politics of Global Development
Islam: Foundations to Modernity
Social Change in Latin America
Latin American Colonial Literature (1492-1800)
Modern Latin American Literature
Other 300- or 400-level courses related to humanitarian action from any department. Approval required by the Certificate in Humanitarian Action Program Director. The request for approval should include a description of how the course topic relates to the field of humanitarian action, as well as how the course relates to the student’s own potential integration of humanitarian action in their vocation.
Total Credits20

Additional Options

In addition to a student taking the Humanitarian Action Certificate, here are two ways the certificate can pair with another certificate and/or a master’s program.

1. For HNGR students who want to pursue a Humanitarian Action Certificate

Students enrolled in the HNGR Certificate can also earn a Humanitarian Action Certificate by fulfilling the following requirements. (Note that the Human Needs and Global Resources (HNGR) Certificate has a separate process for application and admission.)

  • Choose 12 credits from the Humanitarian Action core courses above
  • Complete all course requirements for the HNGR Certificate

2. For students wanting to pursue a Humanitarian Action Certificate and the Accelerated MA in Humanitarian and Disaster Leadership

Students can both declare the (undergraduate) Humanitarian Action Certificate and apply for the Accelerated MA program. This requires an additional (simple) application through the Graduate Admissions Office. Accelerated MA students can take a maximum of eight credit hours of graduate courses per semester (and a maximum of 16 credits total) and can apply cross-listed HDI graduate level courses to the Humanitarian Action Certificate.