Global Issues (Certificate)
The Global Issues graduate certificate program offered at University College focuses on current events and socio−political international affairs. Certificate students who seek to expand their skillset will learn to analyze contemporary issues and trends in a global context, viewing the influence of events and ideas on the world stage.
Certificate classes are offered online or on campus in the evenings, or in a combination of both, and are taught by professional practitioners who work in the fields they teach and contend with global issues in their fields. In a growing, integrated world, international relations have surged in importance. Take advantage of this resurgence and grasp the fundamentals of global affairs by earning a Global Issues graduate certificate. Students become immersed in the analytical and solution−oriented mindset of an international relations expert and apply the transferrable skills learned to their profession immediately. Credits earned through this graduate certificate may apply toward a master’s degree in Global Affairs.
This graduate certificate prepares students to:
- Analyze contemporary issues and trends in a global context, viewing the influence of events and ideas.
Global Affairs Outcomes
This program prepares students to:
- Define and discuss globalization in terms of business, culture, government, and major issues
- Define culture and assess cultural differences
- Navigate international legalities of working globally
- Research cultural traditions and regional histories to holistically describe and work within another culture in a context of global affairs
- Compare the diverse interpersonal relationship styles of various cultures and their impact on communication, trade, politics, and human discourse
- Gain sensitivity to and be able to discuss different perspectives as they are influenced by national origin, cultural identification, varying levels of economic success, and divergent methods of political interaction; and
- Be attentive to the global nature of 21st century human interaction in future international friendships and business dealings
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The Graduate Certificate in Certificate of Advanced Study in Global Issues requires completion of 24 credit hours (6 courses).Concentration Courses - 16 qtr. hrs (Choose 4)
Professional Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.
Further Study - 8 qtr. hrs (Choose 2)
Further Studies Options allow students to customize their degrees to match their career needs by either choosing in-depth study in their concentration by selecting three of the following courses, or exploring other options by using our Degree Builder tool.
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Careers in Global Issues Certficate
Foreign Service Officer, Journalist, Program Officer, Political Advisor, Advocate, Marketer, Translator, International Relations Specialist, Cross-Cultural Trainer, Public Affairs Coordinator, Diplomat, Nongovernmental Organization Director.
Advocacy, communication, editing, writing, strategizing, analysis, problem-solving, management.
A background in global issues will serve professionals well in any capacity, particularly in political, marketing, non-profit, and government jobs. Thinking outside the box and combining your global perspective with another unique skill in a specialized area will help during the job hunt. Graduates of the program are better prepared to work abroad or focus on a special area of international interest.
Careers In Global Affairs
Translate a degree into a career.
A master's degree or graduate certificate in translation studies translates to a thriving career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 28% of translators or interpreters work within the educational field, 13% work in healthcare, and 9% are employed by the government. Translators can also explore other potential career areas, including conferences, conventions, travel guides, judiciary, localization, or literary translation. If you have second language proficiency in Spanish—you're in luck! This foreign language is in high-demand, but of course, it's not so foreign to you!
Be a global citizen!
If you strive to succeed as a global citizen and want to discuss globalization in terms of business, culture, governments, and major issues, then immerse yourself in global issues and world history. With an international studies background, job opportunities are limitless: business manager, politician, journalist, historian, or marketer for governments, institutions, non-profit organizations, or private businesses. Compete in a global market, which is becoming smaller as technology grows.
Global Affairs program graduates may hold potential job titles such as Foreign Service Officer, Historian, Political Advisor, Archivist, International Relations Specialist, Teacher, Communications Officer, Non-Profit Director, Journalist, Advocate, Translator, Diplomat, or Public Affairs Coordinator.
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