International Studies Undergraduate Certificates

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Global Engagement

The Global Engagement undergraduate certificate is designed to enhance students’ knowledge of the global community, including international affairs and modern global issues, as well as encourage them to become active global citizens. Certificate requirements are similar to those in the currently-existing OU program, the Global Engagement Fellowship (GEF) Program. These requirements include successfully completing course IAS 2003; gaining or demonstrating proficiency in a modern foreign language; studying or working abroad twice (at least one summer or winter term); becoming actively involved in international groups and events on campus; and maintaining an e-portfolio documenting their experiences and reflections. The certificate adds a formal designation to fellows' OU academic record showing that they completed a global education curriculum and provides them a tangible way to make their experiences more marketable to potential future employers. All GEF’s who successfully complete the program requirements are eligible for the certificate, but it is also available to any degree-seeking OU student.