The Global Engagement Certificate is designed to provide students with powerful tools to understand the international dynamics of the past, present, and future world scenario, as well as allow students to be able to apply knowledge in the contemporary market.

This Certificate can enhance other programs by providing an additional area-study of specialization.  Furthermore, it is designed to complement and combine with a wide range of existing majors. In order to focus on the study and dialogue between the global and the local realities, students will be able to take advantage of existing courses in areas such as Global Mediated Cultures, Gender and Multicultural Issues in the Global World, Migration and Diasporas, and American Studies in the Global Age, as well as cognates related to global themes.

Information about the Certificate


Minimum prerequisites for the Global Engagement Certificate include the regular completion of courses needed to access the 300-level courses that constitute the gateway for the certificate.


12 credit hours are required.

See list of required Core Area course options.



  1. A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA is required for admission to the program.
  2. No courses may be taken as pass/fail.
  3. A maximum of one transfer course (three credit hours) may count toward the Certificate by petition.
  4. 3 credits of study abroad, internship or co-op and 3 credits of a foreign language above the 302 level may be used with approval of the program director by petition.
  5. A minimum 3.0 GPA in the courses counting toward the Certificate and a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA are required at the time of graduation and/or posting of the certificate.
Learning Goals

The following are the learning goals for the Certificate in Global Engagement:

1. Critical thinking: Students will be able to critically analyze global academic texts, international news, maps, histories, ideologies and received wisdom for assumptions, political and cultural points of view, and stated and unstated biases.

2. Applying disciplinary contexts: Students will be able to use the international historical background, geographical context, political systems, economic structures, and sociocultural milieu in order to better understand regional and global developments.

3. Connections: Students will demonstrate a global understanding of the connections between world events and the multiple contexts that inform them, as well as the seemingly disparate factors that are interconnected and in flux.

4. Skills: Students will develop core liberal arts skills directly related to international matters, including reading unfamiliar information and making sense of it; thinking critically about what they're reading; synthesizing material; coming to a conclusion about it; and articulating this conclusion verbally and in writing.

5. Global awareness: Students will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attributes needed to live effectively in a world characterized by ethnic diversity, cultural pluralism, and increasing interdependence.

6. Diversity: Students will gain an awareness of global diversity and learn to think about what the world, or its specific issues, might look like from the point of view of others.

What Employers are Looking For

"Ability to interact successfully with stakeholders within a complex organization."

"Global business acumen."

"The ideal candidate understands and values diversity and the importance of inclusion."

"Listens, values feedback, and learns from the perspectives of others."

"Ability to develop positive working relationships and collaborate successfully with others from diverse backgrounds."

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