Academic Policies & Requirements

All SFS students must fulfill the requirements of the interdisciplinary core curriculum including classes in philosophy, theology, writing, government, economics and geography, as well as a language proficiency requirement. Every major has its own additional requirements, and SFS students have other opportunities including additional language study or writing a seniors honor thesis.

The School of Foreign Service takes academic integrity very seriously. Every student is required to complete the online Scholarly Research & Academic Integrity Tutorial during the first semester. Students also receive instruction on proper forms of citation and how to avoid plagiarism in first year courses such as the Proseminar.

Please visit the Honor System website for more information.




Language Requirements


Study Abroad



Effective with the class of 2019:

  1. Double counting between majors and certificates is limited to no more than two classes per major. All majors will allow double counting of two classes. Some certificate programs may allow fewer than two courses to double count.
  2. Each certificate program will have a capstone experience as defined by the program.
  3. Students are eligible to create a self-designed certificate. A self-designed certificate must be interdisciplinary, have support of two faculty members and receive final approval by the SFS Academic Standards Committee.