Global Studies Certificate

Global Studies Certificate

Career Description

The Global Studies Certificate is designed to enable students to meet the demands of a global society. As competition for employment increases employers will be seeking employees who will enhance their organization through global and diverse perspectives. This certificate provides students with a competitive advantage. There are many career opportunities for students with a Global Studies Emphasis. Students can apply their knowledge and skills in the areas of business, education, international associations, non-governmental and governmental organizations, and foreign relations. Finding an entry-level job internationally is increasingly popular because it improves a graduate’s foreign language and intercultural skills and develops global networks. Students may choose to pursue further education in International Affairs, Global Business, International Law and other programs. Many U.S. government jobs that don’t require specialization or additional education are available with agencies such as the Peace Corps or in the Foreign Services. A number of international nonprofits and Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) offer solid entry-level positions for people without advanced degrees.

Program Information

By completing the Global Studies Certificate, students will develop an awareness of intercultural relations skills, diversity issues, and human rights issues. They will gain an understanding of international ethical issues and America’s own multicultural structure. Students are exposed to the literature, music and art of other cultures and gain knowledge of human and social geography. The program consists of an introductory course in global studies and a capstone project including a travel study option or cultural immersion experience.

Program Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • Discuss individual and group human values within both an historical and contemporary dimension;
  • Identify and analyze the complex local-global connections between practices, system, ideas and processes in the world;
  • Analyze major global challenges and discuss how cultural, economic, ecological, and political differences affect possible solutions;
  • Explain the interconnectedness of global decisions and events;
  • Explain how/why the environmental well-being of the world demands personal and collective responsibility at both the local and global levels; and
  • Explain the concept of a global citizen and the responsibility global citizens share for their common global future.

Special Program Requirements

In addition to the program requirements, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

  • College Cumulative GPA Requirement: cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0;
  • Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% of their credits at Central Lakes College.

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Program Course Requirements

Required Discipline Courses (11 credits)
COMM 2420 Intercultural Communication (Goals 1,7) OR
COMM 2422* Honors Intercultural Communication (Goals 1,7), 3 cr
GLST 1401 Introduction to Global Studies (Goals 5,8), 3 cr
GLST 1491 Global Studies Experience, Intl Travel (Goal 8) OR
GLST 2401* Global Studies Capstone (Goal 8), 1-3 cr
AMSL 1410 American Sign Language I (Goal 8) OR
GERM 1401 Beginning German I (Goal 8) OR
SPAN 1401 Beginning Spanish I (Goal 8), 4 cr

Select a minimum of three (3) credits from the following courses:
ANTH 1457 Cultural Anthropology (Goals 5,8), 3 cr
ESCI 1454 Planet Earth (Goals 3,10), 4 cr
ESCI 1455* Honors Planet Earth (Goals 3,10), 4 cr
GEOG 1400 Physical Geography (Goals 5,10), 3 cr
GEOG 1421 World Regional Geography (Goals 5,8), 3 cr
GEOG 1459 Cultural Geography (Goals 5,8), 3 cr
GEOG 1460* Honors Cultural Geography (Goals 5,8), 3 cr
GLST 2425 Intro to Latin America (Goals 5,8), 3 cr
HIST 1413 World History II, 1500 to Present (Goals 5,8), 3 cr
POLS 2450 International Relations (Goals 5,8), 3 cr
SOCL 2422 Culture and Environment (Goals 5,10), 3 cr

Select a minimum of three (3) credits from the following courses:
AMSL 1412* American Sign Language II (Goal 8), 4 cr
AMSL 1420*  American Sign Language Cultural Immersion Travel (Goals 1,8), 2 cr
AMSL 2420 Deaf Culture (Goals 6,7), 3 cr
GERM 1402* Beginning German II (Goal 8), 4 cr
GLST 1421* Honors Global Studies Nobel Conference Experience (Goal 8), 3 cr
GLST 1492 Global Studies Cultural Immersion Experience (Goal 8), 1-3 cr
GLST 2420 Many Faces of Mexico (Goals 5,7), 3 cr
MUSC 1451* Music Department Intl Travel (Goals 6,8), 1-3 cr
MUSC 2410 Music in World Cultures (Goals 6,8), 3 cr
PHIL 1411 World Religions (Goals 6,8), 3 cr
SPAN 1402* Beginning Spanish II (Goal 8), 4 cr

*Denotes Prerequisite


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