Program Contact: Antoaneta Vanc  203-582-3836

This minor will introduce students to the field of public diplomacy and its many strategic aspects, such as country image building and reputation, nation branding, corporate diplomacy, cultural diplomacy, sports diplomacy, media diplomacy, celebrity diplomacy, tourism diplomacy, etc. The minor aims to highlight the multidisciplinary approaches of how nations build their image, brand and reputation; how corporate social responsibility is used not only to engage with foreign publics, but also participate in a country’s public diplomacy efforts; how sports are used to break diplomatic barriers; how pop culture celebrities, such as actors, musicians or athletes, are used to bring countries together; and how the future of public diplomacy is inextricably tied to the future of media.

The minor will prepare students interested in careers that require knowledge and application of global affairs, international relations and foreign policy, as well as cross-cultural understanding and communication, global strategic communication management, digital media, brand and reputation management, and project management.

Students wishing to minor in public diplomacy must complete 18 credits. 

Public Diplomacy Minor Curriculum

For students whose majors are outside Public Relations, required minor courses are:

STC 101Principles of Public Relations3
PO 211Introduction to International Relations3
STC 309Public Diplomacy3
STC 344Global Strategic Communications Management3
Select two elective courses from Legal Studies (LE), Media Studies (MSS), Political Science (PO), or Strategic Communication (STC), from the electives list below.6
Total Credits18

 For students whose majors are within Public Relations, required minor courses are:

PO 131Introduction to American Government and Politics3
PO 211Introduction to International Relations3
STC 309Public Diplomacy3
STC 344Global Strategic Communications Management3
Select two non Strategic Communication (STC) elective courses from the electives list below.6
Total Credits18

Elective courses in Public Diplomacy are:

Legal Studies (LE)
LE 317International Law (PO 317)3
LE 318Human Rights Law and Global Justice3
LE 370Negotiation3
Media Studies (MSS)
MSS 346Global Communication3
Political Science (PO)
PO 209Environmental Politics and Policy (ENV 209)3
PO 211Introduction to International Relations3
PO 245Polictics of Global Capitalism3
PO 247Actors and Processes in U.S. Foreign Policy3
PO 313Development, Globalization and Colonialism3
PO 319International Interventions3
PO 321Comparative Government3
PO 325Political Psychology and Public Opinion3
PO 331Topics in Comparative Government3
PO 334Topics in African Politics3
Strategic Communication (STC)
STC 311Sports Public Relations (SPS 311)3
STC 320Strategies for Social Media3
STC 348Public Relations Event Planning3
STC 349Media Relations3
STC 410Branding Strategies3