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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jul 14, 2024
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Global Studies Certificate

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University of Pittsburgh
University Center for International Studies
Global Studies Center
Elaine Linn, Assistant Director for Academic Affairs
4102 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-648-2113

Global Studies focuses on the interconnectedness of today’s world. Students pursuing an undergraduate degree in any school within the University may seek an undergraduate certificate in global studies.


Certificate Requirements

  • Global Concentrations: To complete the certificate, student are able to develop expertise by taking five courses in one of six global themes: 

    Changing Identities in a Global World
    Communication, Technology and Society 
    Conflict and Conflict Resolution
    Global Economy and Global Governance
    Global Health
    Sustainable Development

  • Six global studies courses (18 credits) are required. In addition to five thematic courses, students are required to take PS 0550  or ARTSC 0150 - INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL STUDIES  
  • Language proficiency: a minimum of two years of college-level study (four semesters) in a foreign language spoken in the chosen region of study, or fulfill the requirement by passing a proficiency exam. Intermediate low-mid proficiency is expected. Pitt offers instruction in over 30 languages
  • Global Studies Capstone research paper: This research paper is the culmination of the student’s learning experience of an issue related to the global concentration. It demonstrates analytical skills within a trans-regional context. The capstone must be written as part of a course and graded by a faculty member

Special Academic Opportunities

Students enrolled in Global Studies are the first to be informed about funding for research, travel, language study, and study abroad; internships and career development; networking opportunities with dignitaries, academics, and professionals; and interesting events on campus and in the city of Pittsburgh. 

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