What You'll Do: Certificate Requirements

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The certificate consists of four required components:

Academic coursework

Required:  Anthropology 100 (3 credits) and two courses (8 credits) in a single language other than English.  (The language requirement may be waived for students whose first language in not English.)

Electives:  3 courses (9 credits) chosen from selected classes in Agriculture, Anthropology, Communication, Economics, English, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology.

Total Credits:  20

Intercultural or international experience Participate in a study abroad, cultural exchange, or an international internship, service, volunteer or research experience.  Or, engage in a sustained experience in the U.S. that provides a significant intercultural experience.
Intercultural events and activities Attend 5 events and activities of an intercultural or international nature, such as lectures, workshops, presentations, performances, service activities, and community events.  A reflection paper is required for each event or activity.
Portfolio Produce a portfolio to synthesize your global and intercultural experiences, knowledge, and skills.

The certificate can be combined with any undergraduate major, and courses applied to major or minor requirements can also apply to the certificate.  With careful planning, all of the certificate requirements can be completed in two years.

After completion of the program requirements, you will receive a certificate in Global Engagement and it will be listed on your transcript.

See the detailed description of the the certificate requirements.

Guidelines for Intercultural Events & Activities Reflection Papers

The Global Engagement Certificate requires attendance and participation in five events and activities of an intercultural or international nature, such as campus lectures, workshops, presentations, performances, service activities, and community events. An Events and Activities Reflection Paper is required for each event or activity and must be submitted within seven days of the event or activity. Check the events and activities calendar for a list of pre-approved events and activities; other events and activities may also be eligible, but must be approved in advance by the certificate coordinators. Each paper is worth 20 points; you need 100 points to fulfill this requirement of the certificate. Papers should be submitted via Laulima (under the Assignments link). (If you cannot access the Global Engagement Certificate Laulima site, please contact one of the certificate coordinators: Jim Mellon or Carolina Lam.)

Through these reflection papers you will expand on your intercultural competence in at least one of the four areas listed below. Reflection papers must include a discussion of at least one of the four areas.

Social/Cultural: Did you meet someone or see something from a culture other than your own? Explain how your own cultural history shaped this interaction.

Educational: Did you learn something about a culture other than your own? Write about one new discovery you made about that culture.

Experiential: Did you experience a culture other than your own? Write to explain one way you were able to immerse yourself in a cultural practice.

Service: Did you participate in a community service in a cultural setting different than your own? Write to explain the skills you used to collaborate with someone from that culture to successfully complete your task.

Guidelines for Portfolio

Your final project, an ePortflio, is an opportunity to synthesize your global and intercultural experiences, knowledge and skills. Students are expected to achieve five outcomes; how you can demonstrate and convey that you have achieved the outcomes in your ePortolio are described on the certificate requirements website. The ePortfolio should be designed using either WordPress, Tumblr, Wix, or any other platform that will electronically summarize your experience participating in the Global Engagement Certificate program.

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