• Global Citizenship Certificate Benefits

The Benefits

  • Become a more cross-culturally and globally conscious citizen of the world.
  • Develop important competencies that will help you collaborate more effectively with people from different cultures.
  • Demonstrate to future employers and graduate schools that you are prepared to work in today’s global society by completing these academic courses and cross-cultural experiences.
  • Receive a certificate and a transcript notation that shows you have earned a Global Citizenship Certificate.

The program offers students development in core areas.

Academic

The foundational class, Global Perspectives (IFS 2070/2052), introduces students to the basic concepts, theories, functions and behaviors associated with intercultural communication.

The capstone course, Global Citizenship (IFS 3125), is a research-based course in which students develop a final project based on their intercultural and global experiences. Students then present their research papers in a poster or oral presentation at the end of the semester.

Both required courses IFS 2017/2052 and IFS 3125 satisfy FSU Liberal Studies requirements for E-series, Cross Cultural "X," and State Mandated Writing "W."

Additionally, two elected courses are required to complete the certificate. The academic component of the certificate helps students develop core critical thinking and communication skills. Students receive a transcript notation that shows you have earned a Global Citizenship Certificate; this is a great way to demonstrate global-readiness to future graduate schools and employers.

Intercultural

Become a more cross-culturally and globally conscious citizen of the world through your participation in the certificate. Students learn cultural adjustment skills, interpret their cultural identities and learn how to effectively use intercultural communication during their global experiences. In addition to the academic training, students are also required to participate in eight intercultural events where they interact with international students and scholars. Through these interactions, they develop important competencies that will help them collaborate more effectively with people from different cultures.

Professional

Active learning and reflection, together with cross-cultural interaction and dialogue, help students develop skills and competencies needed to be a global-ready graduate.

One of Florida State University's strategic goals is to prepare our graduates for 21st-century careers, and the Global Citizenship Certificate is an important part of our efforts to do that.

Social

The certificate brings together a community of students who see themselves as global citizens and creates a platform for our students to engage with one another and learn from each other’s differences. Regardless of what students study, where they come from and where they are headed in the world after graduation, they are united by their interests in global issues and commitment to tackling many of the world’s important challenges such as eradicating poverty, having access to primary education and safe drinking water.

Students explore global issues, such as those outlined by the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), together in the classroom and in social settings. Many Global Citizenship Certificate students cite the social aspect of connecting with like-minded students as a reason they enrolled in the certificate. After students graduate from the certificate they become spokespersons for these global issues in their private communities.