Global Skills Certificate

College: College of Social Sciences & Professional Studies

Requirements for the Global Skills Certificate

The certificate in Global Skills is designed to assist students to understand and appreciate the impact of international affairs on their daily lives. Degree and non-degree students completing the certificate will be expected to value different cultures and political/economic systems, as well as become familiar with the numerous international connections that exist between countries through trade, diplomacy, international organizations and communication technology.

Depending on the choice they make, students may also acquire useful practical skills for employment in U.S. American or foreign companies operating here or elsewhere in the world. The certificate may be rooted in a specific discipline. It is important to keep in mind that, when making choices, some courses may need prerequisites.

Required Courses
INTS 100Introduction to International Studies3
INTS 307Practicum: Global Skills in Culture and Language2
INTS 308Practicum: Global Skills in Political and Economic Systems2
Choose one GSC from below6
Total Credits13
GSC 1 (Social Sciences)
Select one of the following:
Cultural Anthropology
Peoples of Southeast Asia
Anthropological Theory
Anthropology of Language
Livelihoods, Exchange, and Globalization
Migration and Immigration
Environmental Anthropology
Intercultural Communication
Global Media
Economic Development
International Economics
Pre-1800 World Literature
Post-1800 World Literature
Film Genres
International Financial Management
Culture and Environmental Sustainability
History of Modern Middle East
History of Islam
Arab-Israeli Conflict
History of Britain II: 1603 to Present
Global Management
Global Marketing
World Music
European Politics
The Politics of Developing Nations
Popular Music, Human Rights and Democratization
Fascism, Nazism, and the Contemporary Radical Right
Marketing for a Sustainable World
Environmental and Sustainability Policy
International Development and Sustainability
Sociological Theory
Class, Status and Power
Society and Environment
Select one Elective Course Option

Elective Course Options

Choose one course in consultation with an International Studies adviser that meets the requirements for one of the options below. Every semester, a list of approved courses for each option is available from your adviser, the CIS office and the department website.

Option A - Globalization and Development
Focus on the processes of political, economic, and sociocultural change that accompany globalization and development, with an emphasis on developing nations. Courses that traditionally fit well for this option come from the following disciplines, but consultation with adviser is often recommended: Communication, Economics, Environmental Studies, Finance, Geography, History, Political Science, Sustainable Management.

Option B - International Relations
Focus on the major interactions among nations, including politics, trade and intercultural communication. Includes the study of international and non- governmental organizations. Courses that traditionally fit well for this option should be drawn from the following disciplines, but consultation with advisers is recommended: Criminal Justice, History, Political Science, Environmental Studies, Sustainable Management.

Option C - Comparative Cultures and Societies
Focus on cross-cultural and comparative study of societies and cultures, including the arts, literature, politics and social organization. Courses that traditionally fit well for this option come from the following disciplines, but consultation with advisers is recommended: Communication, English, Geography, History, Political Science, Spanish, Sociology.

Option D – International Commerce
Focus on commercial and economic relations among nations, including a business perspective as well as national economic policy. Courses that traditionally fit well for this option come from the following disciplines, but consultation with advisers is recommended: Business, Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing, Sustainable Management.

GSC 2 (Program Evaluation)
Select two of the following:
Program Evaluation
Research in Community Needs
Survey Methods
GSC 3 (Project Management)
Required Course
Basics of Project Management
Select one of the following:
Essential Personal Skills For Project Management
Advanced Project Management Tools and Techniques
Project Management Simulation
GSC 4 (GIS)
Select two of the following:
Cartography and GIS
Remote Sensing
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Analysis
Advanced Geographic Information Systems Applications
GSC 5 (Sustainable Management)
Select two of the following:
Environmental and Sustainability Policy
Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability
The Built Environment and Sustainability
International Development and Sustainability
GSC 6 (Marketing)
Select two of the following:
Global Management
Marketing Principles
Marketing for a Sustainable World
GSC 7 (Finance)
International Financial Management
Management of Financial Institutions
GSC 8 (Technical Writing)
Select two of the following:
Technical Writing
Writing for Business and Industry
Professional Editing
GSC 9 (Terrorism/Security)
Terrorism and Security
Comparative and International Criminal Justice Systems