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Global Leadership Certificate

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Global Leadership Certificate

Undergraduate Education offers the Global Leadership Certificate, in partnership with the Office of International Programs.  The Global Leadership Certificate is structured around coursework and co-curricular experiences that empower students to analyze, adapt, communicate, problem-solve, and empathize in a variety of professional and personal networks.  Taken together, the academic and co-curricular components build self-reliance, leadership and team skills in a global framework. 

Requirements for the Global Leadership Certificate (4 sections, 15 credits total):

1) Four (4) Courses (12 credits)
A minimum of four globally-related courses (twelve credits) may be applied to fulfill the academic coursework requirement for the Global Leadership Certificate.  At least six credits must be taken at the 300-400 level.  Approved courses include but are not limited to ANTH 203, 316, 418, COM 105, COMSOC 321, ECONS 101, ENVR S 101, FINE ART 202, I BUS 380, POL S 103, 418, 427, WOMEN ST 332; or as approved by advisor.  Courses taken during an education abroad experience may also be applied, as well as up to four credit hours of foreign language at or above the 200 level.

2) Experiential Learning (1 credit; UNIV 490)
Students will fulfill the experiential requirement in one of two ways:

  1. Intensive An intensive experience is one in which students are immersed in an international or domestic globally-related program or project for a specific period of time. These experiences include but are not limited to participation in education abroad, international or domestic academic research/internship/service learning, or an alternative spring break program.  The intensive experience must be at least one week in duration and engage the student in a minimum of 45 hours.
  2. Sustained A sustained experience is one in which students participate “at home” over the course of one semester in globally-related service learning that engages them in a complex global issue such as poverty, hunger, health, economic development, or sustainability.  Student may also fulfill the sustained experience through an approved globally –related internship or volunteer experience. Sustained experiences must be a minimum of 45 hours occurring within one semester.

3)   Leadership in a Global Context (1 credit, UNIV 497)

All students will complete the section of UNIV 497, Peer Leadership, specifically designed to fulfill requirements for the Global Leadership Certificate.

4)  Integrative Capstone (1 credit, UNIV 491)

Completion of the Integrative Capstone course enables the student to plan and design a project that advances their global leadership knowledge, experiences, and skills.

For additional information, contact the Director of Global Learning in the Office of International Programs.

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