Academic Certificate in Global Citizenship

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Below is a list of courses that make up this certificate. It is recommended that you meet with an academic advisor before registering for classes.

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Culture and Society

The Academic Certificate (AC) in Global Citizenship is an interdisciplinary program intended to assist students in understanding the interconnectedness of peoples and societies, have them develop a general knowledge of history and world events, and accept and celebrate the richness of human diversity and different cultural values and attitudes. The certificate is designed to enhance students' understanding of the world around them and current social and cultural issues such as economic and social justice, human and civil rights, endangered indigenous populations, world and regional conflicts, environmental degradation and its impact on cultures, political change, and cultural diversity.


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Field of Interest
Culture and Society
Academic Plan
Global Citizenship (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Effective Term
Fall 2023

This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

What You’ll Learn

This certificate will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Explain the nature of culture, political systems, economic systems, religion, and language and their impact on individuals.
  2. Analyze the impact of humans on the earth, including issues pertaining to social, cultural, and environmental sustainability.
  3. Explore diverse cultural contexts through examination of linguistics and intercultural communication.
  4. Apply academic studies to world current events in an experiential setting.
  5. Investigate current knowledge about human diversity in behavior and culture how multi-cultural interactions occur in the world.
  6. Examine how culture influences health and illness on a global level, including global health challenges and disparities from a broad social, ecological, and cultural context.
  7. Describe the study of music in rituals and the impact of cultures on musical styles, communication, and the arts.

Required Courses

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
SOC298AASpecial Projects1
Students can select two of the following courses (6 credit hours). These courses are broad survey classes. Classes with more specificity of topics will be in the elective category. The courses must have a Global Awareness (G) general education designation.
ASB100Introduction to Global Health3
ASB102Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
COM263Elements of Intercultural Communication3
GCU102Introduction to Human Geography3
POS120World Politics3
PSY132Psychology and Culture3
REL100World Religions3
HES210Cultural Aspects of Health and Illness3
HIS102History of Western Civilization 1789 to Present3
MHL143Music in World Cultures3
SUS100Introduction to Sustainability3

Restricted Electives

Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
In addition to the two Required Courses, students must choose 8-9 Restricted Elective credits. Students should focus their selection on the following areas, and take their electives within these areas.
Focus Area: Impact of Diverse Cultures on American Life
Issues to be studied in this area include, but are not limited to immigration, communication, education, pluralism, cultural diversity, popular culture.
Courses that qualify in this area must have a Cultural Diversity [C] general education designation.
Focus Area: Global Study of Cultures, Religions, Economics, and Politics
Issues to be studied in this area include, but are not limited to, women's rights, family planning, migration, religious diversity, human rights, origin and development of civilizations.
Courses that qualify in this area must have a Global Awareness [G] general education designation.
Focus Area: Science, Technology, and the World
Issues to be studied in this area include, but are not limited to, climate change, sustainability, environmental degradation, use of natural resources.
Courses that qualify in this area must have a Natural Science [SG] or [SQ] general education designation and include the following:
ASM104Bones, Stones, and Human Evolution4
BIO105Environmental Biology4
BIO107Introduction to Biotechnology4
CHM107Chemistry and Society3
GLG110Geological Disasters and the Environment3
GPH213Climate and Weather3

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Full Award Details

First Term
2023 Fall
Final Term
Total Credits
CIPS code
SOC codes
19-3041.00, 25-1067.00
Program Availability
Last Updated
Financial Aid Eligible?
This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.