Certificate in Global Studies

The Global Studies Certificate is a 15 credit hour program of study offered by the Department of Foreign Languages. Students who have already fulfilled the Language Requirement and Study Abroad (below) can complete the Global Studies Certificate in a single semester. Upon successful completion of the program students will be awarded the Global Studies Certificate, and this achievement will also be recorded on their transcript.

Requirements for a Certificate in Global Studies

Language Requirement

Students must demonstrate proficiency in English and another language at the ACTFL intermediate low level or higher by

  • Passing the second semester of a second year language sequence (202)
  • Achieving the appropriate score on the CLEP or OPI Exam
  • Passing a course in the second language beyond the 202 level.
    For students using English as their second language
  • Achieving a TOEFL score of 500 (Paper-Based) or 173 (Computer-Based) or 61 (Internet-Based)
  • Achieving an IELTS score of 5.5

Study Abroad

Students can satisfy the study abroad component by

  • Participating in an approved UNA faculty-led study abroad program
  • Participating in the semester or year abroad program through the Magellan Exchange (or other approved program abroad)
  • Earning academic credits from an accredited higher education institution abroad


Students must achieve an overall minimum 2.5 GPA in the Global Studies Certificate courses.

The course of study is as follows:

FL 101Introduction to Global Studies3
or FL 101H Introduction to Global Studies - Honors
SA 496Faculty-led Education Abroad 10
Select three hours from the following global courses:3
The Legal Environment of Business
Communication in a Global Age
International Trade and Finance 2
Global Perspectives through Study Abroad
Introduction to Latin American Studies
Introduction to Latin American Studies (Honors)
Culture through Cinema
Cross-Cultural Interaction
Special Topics in International Studies
Economic Geography
International Business 3
Sociology of Culture 4
Cultural Diversity and Social Inequality 4
Law and Society 4
Global Women's Issues
Select three courses at the 200 level or above 59
Total Hours15

This non-credit-bearing rubric is used to record the destination country of study abroad on the academic transcript


Prerequisites: Principles of Macroeconomics (EC 251), Principles of Microeconomics (EC 252)


Prerequisite: Principles of Management (MG 330)


Prerequisite: Introductory Sociology (SO 221)


In consultation with the Global Studies Certificate coordinator in the Department of Foreign Languages, and with a faculty member in the chosen field of concentration, students will  select 3 courses (9 credit hours), at the 200 level or above, all of which, like the candidate courses in the Global Component above, in some way bring a global perspective to the material under study. In the capstone essay the student will specify how the three selected courses, together with the foundation and global component courses, constitute a coherent global focus.