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Global Issues (Certificate)

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Learn to analyze contemporary global issues and their impact on work at the local level through the Global Issues certificate. In a time of rapid globalization and increasing intercultural diversity, you will learn to recognize connections between the local and the global, cultivating a nuanced approach to the impact of global change and multiculturalism on a variety of professional contexts. By providing you with flexible coursework and hands-on opportunities to apply what you’ve learned, this certificate will prepare you to more effectively navigate the complexities of the modern workplace and beyond.

Credits earned through this graduate certificate may be applied toward a master’s degree in Global Affairs.

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Required Courses

The graduate Certificate of Advanced Study in Global Issues requires completion of 24 credit hours (6 courses).

Concentration courses - 12 qtr. hrs

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 - 12 qtr. hrs

Students will select from the following electives:

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

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Careers in Global Issues Certificate

Advocate, Cross-Cultural Trainer, Diplomat, Foreign Affairs Specialist, Foreign Service Officer, International Business Consultant, International Relations Specialist, International Relations Specialist, International Researcher, Nongovernmental Organization Director, Program Officer, Policy Risk Analyst, Public Affairs Coordinator, Translator

Advocating for individuals, policies, and programs; analyzing international data; collaborating with international business leaders, legislators, and nongovernmental stakeholders; communicating across languages and cultures; managing international employees and volunteers; negotiating cross-cultural business and political agreements; participating in strategic global planning and development initiatives

Career trends in global issues can vary greatly, but as a whole, these positions are centralized in three sectors: government, non-profit, and private business. Opportunities on Capitol Hill and at the state and municipal levels for advocates, diplomats, and policymakers allow global issues professionals to apply their knowledge to real-world situations, as do jobs in the more than 22,000 multinational, binational, and non-US national associations operating internationally. In the business sector, jobs in fields such as policy risk analysis appear to be on the rise with a “dramatic increase in importance” over the past 20 years, the Association Professional Schools of International Affairs writes. No matter what industry they occur in though, jobs in global issues are sure to present candidates with professional opportunities for cultural and emotional growth.

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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