International Studies Certificate

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Certificate in International Studies - 24 credits

The International Studies Certificate program enables students, in any major, to become more aware of the growing interdependence of nations. Courses with a multi-cultural dimension and an international focus, as well as the study of languages, broaden horizons and prepare participants to be agents in solving problems in a positive and peaceful way. An internship with an international dimension provides realistic experience and enhances career opportunities in the United States and abroad. Although the course plan and focus should be finalized by the first semester of Junior year, it is recommended that students begin their program in their first year. Interested students should contact Mary Helen Kashuba, SSJ, Room 25B Fournier Hall. Telephone: 215/248-7154. Email: The choice of courses should be interdisciplinary in nature and may be used to fulfill Major and Ways of Knowing requirements. Requirements:

  • GLST-201: Global Studies Seminar/Any Topic
  • Four courses focusing on a specific topic chosen in consultation with an international studies advisor. Examples of topics: Ecology and Environment in an International context; Multinational Corporations and International Business; Children and the Family in an International context; Multiculturalism in the Arts, etc. An advisor will assist with this aspect of course planning.
  • Foreign Language Competency: Two courses in a Foreign Language at the Intermediate level or above. The student must reach a minimum of intermediate (mid) on the ACTFL oral proficiency scale. The ACTFL oral proficiency interview or an equivalent will assess the student’s level.
  • IBLC-401: Internship in IBLC/an internship with an international dimension, related if possible to the focus and the language. Internships abroad are encouraged.