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World History and Culture (Certificate)

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Explore international studies in an applied, practical manner and learn how to work more effectively across cultures and industries and in local, multicultural environments through the World History and Culture certificate. Examine the history and culture of the world from a diverse range of perspectives in this certificate, that helps put other cultures into context. From competition to conflict, building community to cooperation, a broad range of topics will prepare you to understand and effectively engage with other cultures and identities. You’ll learn:

  • Historic, political, sociological, and economic factors contributing to cultures and identities

  • World religious traditions

  • Issues in working internationally

  • The role of geography in globalization trends

Gain perspective and learn to holistically describe and work within another culture in the context of global affairs and world history through this certificate program.

Credits earned through this graduate certificate may apply toward a master's degree in Global Affairs.

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Required Courses

The graduate Certificate of Advanced Study in World History and Culture requires completion of 24 credit hours (6 courses).

Concentration courses - 16 qtr. hrs (Choose 4)

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.

Elective courses - 8 qtr. hrs (Choose 2)

Electives may be chosen from among all courses in Global Affairs programs. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.

After you submit your academic plan, your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.

Popular electives for students pursuing Global Affairs programs include:

Additional Elective courses available, please Design your custom plan for elective courses

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Careers in World History and Culture Certificate

Archivist, Business Manager, Foreign Service Officer, Historian, International Relations Specialist, Journalist, Librarian, Museum Coordinator, Nongovernmental Organization Director, Political Advisor, Program Officer, Teacher

Analyzing and interpreting cultural and historical data to determine its authenticity and significance; archiving and preserving cultural materials and artifacts; compiling cultural and historical data; educating and engaging the public on cultural and historical topics; researching cultural and historical trends; serving as a subject matter expert on cultural and historical issues; tracing cultural and historical developments; writing books, grants, and other texts on cultural and historical topics

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for historians is expected to grow by six percent between 2012 and 2022. While this rate may not be very vigorous, careers for professionals with a background in world history and cultures are broadly available. Both governmental and nongovernmental organizations seek candidates in this field for their skills in historical preservation, educational programming, and ongoing research. In addition, both business and government agencies may also employ historians to review evidence for legal cases or to provide a context for current issues. Their informed perspective on world history and cultural issues makes these professionals in very marketable.

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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As a student, you'll gain access to a range of free services offered through DU Career Services. From resume and cover letter assistance to individual career counseling and assessments, you'll have valuable career support during and after your program.

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