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International Studies Certificate in Global Understanding
The certificate helps you understand and appreciate the peoples, issues and ideas within the global community. You earn it by taking courses with international content, studying a foreign language at the introductory level, and learning about people in other countries through both Internet contact and actual study in an international setting.
The certificate requires 15 s.h. of credit as follows:
Students who complete the basic 15 hours and who also complete 60 hours of co-curricular or service activities with an international focus will be awarded the Certificate of Global Understanding with Distinction.
To complete the Certificate of Global Understanding with Distinction, choose two of the three following options:
Examples of distinguishing activities:
Activities to meet this requirement must be approved by the International Studies Executive Committee.
Portfolio for the Certificate
Students pursuing the Certificate in Global Understanding will need to submit a portfolio listing their accomplishments. The link below provides a portfolio form to simplify the process.
Certificate in Global Understanding Portfolio Form