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2022-2023 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jul 22, 2024
2022-2023 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Global Studies Certificate

Global studies is the study of globalization - that is, of transnational processes and the connections, divisions, disruptions, inequalities, and productive possibilities they engender across time and space. This professional certificate is designed for students enrolled in any of Pitt’s professional schools who desire a deeper understanding of global processes that spill over and cut across familiar political, cultural, economic, psychological, and environmental borders and boundaries. Students obtaining the certificate will be equipped to make sense of an increasingly complex world and to live and act effectively and impactfully within it.

Language Proficiency

Two years college level language proficiency (ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines -intermiediate-low or intermediate-mid for LCTL languages)

Content Courses

12 credits of interdisciplinary coursework (6 credits from within the major, 6 credits from outside the major). After students select one from five global concentrations, they choose from a comprehensive and dynamic list of courses ensuring an interdisciplinary perspective on their chosen global concentration.

Students may contextualize non-credit-bearing internships that are required in various graduate degree programs as credit-bearing experiences for UCIS certificate programs. Prior approval must be received from the academic advisor to pursue this option.

* Language courses may be used in the following circumstances: 

Students may count language courses in the third year (i.e. grammar, conversation, courses taught in target language) that are above the intermediate level.

For students who are exempt from the language requirement due to previous coursework or as a heritage speaker, the introductory courses in a second language (either LCTLs, or a commonly taught language with a clear and stated relevance to their research or professional goals) will count.

Research Paper

10 page research paper written for a course.

12 Credits

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