Not sure what to do with your life? Feel like you need a change of pace? Concerned that humanity is unprepared to deal with the ramifications of telepathic dolphins and secret meetings between aliens and President Eisenhower?

If you answered yes to any of these questions—but especially to the last one—then an online certificate in galactic diplomacy may just be right for you. Tim Murphy reports from the front lines of intergalactic coexistence.

Jesse Singal

Jesse Singal is a former opinion writer for The Boston Globe and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. He is currently a master's student at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy. Follow him on Twitter at @jessesingal.