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2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

International Studies Certificate

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Program: Certificate
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
College of Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts Building 223 ~ 260-481-0148
Program Coordinator:  Lachlan Whalen

The certificate in International Studies is designed for students who are interested in developing a greater understanding of the histories and cultures of other nations, and in studying the various means used to promote and maintain normal relations among them.  This certificate can be earned and awarded independent of other degree(s).

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this certificate, students will:

  • demonstrate an appreciation of the histories and cultures of other nations and the various means used to promote and maintain relations among them.
  • understand the impact of individual decisions on the world and world events on the individual.
  • demonstrate the ability to think critically about major international issues.

Declaring this Certificate:

  • Declare this certificate through the program Coordinator, the department of Interdisciplinary Studies or your major department.

Program Requirements:

  • A minimum GPA of 2.00 or higher is required for graduation
  • A grade of C- or higher in each course required for the certificate
  • At least 9 credits must be earned as resident credit

To earn the Certificate in International Studies, you must fulfill the following requirements in addition to those noted above:

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Program Required Course: Credits 3

Additional Courses: Credits 6

International Language Requirement: Credits 0-6

In addition to the 18 credits stipulated above, students must demonstrate basic proficiency in a language other than English.  The proficiency may be demonstrated by:

  • placing at the third-semester level or higher on the Foreign Language Placement Test
  • successfully completing the first two semesters of an international language at the college level
  • obtaining an exemption from the Department of International Language and Culture Studies

Total: Credits 18-24

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for ensuring that you satisfy all graduation requirements specified for each selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career.  If you cannot complete all program requirements by your stated graduation date but fail to remove those from your plan of study, the Registrar’s Office in consultation with your academic advisor will remove unmet pursuits from your plan of study. Changing curricular records during the graduation term of application may affect state or federal financial aid awards. All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean. 

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