• Global Citizenship Certificate Components

Certificate Components

The Global Citizenship Certificate includes these main components.


Academic Courses

Students take a total of four academic courses—two are required for all students and two are approved electives that enhance understanding of global issues and cultures.

Two Required Courses

Global Perspectives (IFS 2070 or IFS 2052)

  • This foundation course introduces the concepts of intercultural communication and provides an informed starting point to build upon intercultural competencies throughout the Certificate requirements.
  • Must be taken in first year of Certificate. 

Global Citizenship (IFS 3125)

  • In this capstone course, students synthesize and reflect on their intercultural and global experiences acquired throughout the Certificate, apply their global learning in a final synthesis project, and prepare to professionally engage with the world upon graduation.
  • Must be taken in the last year/semester of the Certificate.

Both courses satisfy the FSU Liberal Studies requirements (Cross Cultural X Series, E-Series, and state mandated writing requirement). The Certificate also counts toward the international area of the Garnett and Gold Scholars Society. 

Two Elective Courses

Two additional three-credit courses are electives and must be contemporary with a cross-cultural theme (one can be a language course). Courses must be approved by Certificate advisor. 


Sustained Experience

Students are also required to participate in either a sustained international experience (abroad; at least one week), or an intercultural experience on campus/within the U.S. (minimum 75 hours). These experiences may vary: internships, study abroad programs, cultural exchanges, and/or service/volunteer opportunities. 

Some sustained experiences include:


Intercultural Events

Participation in eight intercultural events/programs on campus is required. There are four categories of events:

  • Social
  • Cultural
  • Experiential
  • Educational

Students must participate in two events per category and submit writing reflections about their experiences for approval by the Certificate advisor.