An elective Global Studies Certification in international competence is available to students who desire greater depth and breadth of content and experience than the standard curriculum provides. There’s no better time to explore the world than your college years. In the Global Studies Certification Program you will see other cultures first-hand. You’ll speak other languages, and you’ll tackle tough global problems from wide-ranging points of view. Plus, you’ll earn an impressive credential for your transcript and résumé. Most importantly, you’ll learn so much about who you really are. Become a Global Grizzly. It’s game changing!

Admission Requirements

To be accepted into the Global Studies Certification Program, a student must:

  1. Possess a 2.7 Cumulative GPA
  2. Have completed 24 hours of academic credit (with at least 12 hours completed at GGC)
  3. Complete/sign the Certification Agreement available in the Office of Internationalization. (This process involves the student, faculty mentor and Certification Coordinator.)

Global Studies Certification Program Completion Requirements

To complete the Global Studies Certification program, a student must: 

  1. Complete at least six (6) hours in i-courses at the 3000 or 4000 level at GGC with a grade of “C” or better. NOTE: Students who took a course in 2012-13 through 2015-16 that is subsequently identified as an i-course may submit a request for the course to fulfill this requirement. The Certification Coordinator will verify whether the course qualifies as an i-course and respond to the student’s request.
  2. Complete the Global Studies Certification Capstone Course with at a grade of “C” or better. NOTE: Capstone Course Registration: Pre-registration for the Certification Capstone Course signals the completion of all other certification requirements.
  3. Complete a credit-bearing study abroad program, or a course offered in an international location, earning a grade of “C” or better and a minimum of 3-credit hours for the experience.  
  4. Satisfy the foreign language requirement by demonstrating proficiency in at least one language other than the student’s native language. The foreign language requirement for the Global Studies Certification can be satisfied in any one of the following manners:
    • Two Courses at GGC: Completes two GGC courses at any level (in the same language) in Chinese, French or Spanish with a grade of “C” or better.
    • Transfer Courses in Foreign Languages: Transfers into GGC with two courses at any level (in the same foreign language) in any USG recognized modern foreign language with a grade of “C” or better.
    • AP or IB Credit: Completes Advanced Placement (AP) or IB examinations and scores at the recommended score/level, he/she will receive academic credit in those circumstances and subsequently satisfy the Certification’s proficiency requirement. 
    • CLEP Testing: Completes CLEP testing for a foreign language and scores at the recommended score/level to receive academic credit. 
    • Language Testing International Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) or Writing Proficiency Test (WPT): Completes LTI testing and scores at the recommended level to test out of the GGC language requirement without credit.

Global Studies Certification Language Proficiency

The following reference charts provide additional descriptive factors regarding the range of proficiency standards to satisfy the foreign language requirement of the Global Studies Certification:

Language Category Based on DifficultyClass A: Western European Languages (Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, etc.)Class B: Other World Languages (Asian languages, Middle Eastern languages, Creole, indigenous languages of Africa and the Americas, Eastern European languages, etc.)
Expected Proficiency Levels (See the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, PDF)Intermediate Low (Reading, Writing, or Speaking)Novice Mid (Reading, Writing, or Speaking)
Satisfaction of Requirement With Foreign Language CreditSatisfaction of Requirement With Foreign Language CreditSatisfaction of Requirement With Foreign Language Credit
College CourseworkTwo semesters in the same language, completed with a “C” or better[1]Two semesters in the same language, completed with a “C” or better[1]
CLEP Score50 (Spanish, French and German[2])N/A
AP Scores3, 4 or 5 (Spanish and French)3, 4 or 5 (Chinese)
AP Scores4 or 5 (Italian and German[2])4 or 5 (Japanese)
IB ScoresHL 4 / SL 5 (Spanish, French and German)HL 4 / SL 5 (Arabic and Chinese)

[1] Any level, need not be consecutive.
[2] Credit in German is currently not awarded through the CLEP, although students are allowed to transfer in credit in German. 

Language Category Based on DifficultyClass A: Western European Languages (Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, etc.)Class B: Other World Languages (Asian languages, Middle Eastern languages, Creole, indigenous languages of Africa and the Americas, Eastern European languages, etc.)
Satisfaction of Requirement Without College Foreign Language CreditSatisfaction of Requirement Without College Foreign Language CreditSatisfaction of Requirement Without College Foreign Language Credit
Language Testing International Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) or Writing Proficiency Test (WPT)Intermediate LowNovice Mid

Read these frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Global Studies Certification to learn more.

To apply, contact Dr. Kristina Watkins Mormino, Global Studies Certification Coordinator, at globalstudies@ggc.edu for an appointment.