The Global Engagement Certificate

The Global Engagement Certificate is designed to enhance any major program of study and nearly all required coursework overlaps with Saint Vincent College core requirements. This is not a minor program, but rather a certificate, in that the focus is not so much on subject matter competence, but rather on habits of mind and skills that are important for understanding and engaging with the world, locally and globally.

Requirements for a Certificate in Global Engagement

Global Engagement Certificate students will complete the following three required courses, listed below, and will select two electives from the list of elective options. These credits must come from at least three different departments. (The required courses already include coursework in Anthropology and History; at least one of the electives should come from a third department.)

Required courses:

  • AN 222—Cultural Anthropology
  • HI 288—History of Global Health
  • AN 322—Global Engagement Seminar
  • Two elective courses
  • An advanced language course, beyond the Intermediate II level

Note: The certificate may only be awarded upon the completion of an academic degree at Saint Vincent College.

Elective Options

Select two—one must be outside of anthropology and history

  • PY 399 Child Welfare and Development in the International Context
  • HI 226 Society and the Environment in Historical Perspective
  • AR Contemporary Art in Israel and the Middle East
  • NSCI 265 Science for International Development
  • NSCI 252 Science of Sustainable Living
  • NSCI Global Climate Change
  • NSCI 140 Science and Global Sustainability
  • SO 106 Sociology and Global Issues
  • AN 285 Medical Anthropology
  • TH 327 Living Theology in Guatemala
  • AN 295 Culture and Health in Guatemala
  • AN 315 Applied Anthropology
  • AN 225 Anthropology and World Art
  • ES 230 Energy and the Environment

A relevant internship or capstone project may also fulfill one of the elective requirements, with approval of the program director.

Note: Some of these courses may have prerequisites and/or lab sections.

  • Student Learning Outcomes

    Students completing the Global Engagement Certificate program will demonstrate ability to:

    • Articulate a systemic understanding of the interrelationships among the self, local and global communities, and the natural and physical world.
    • Demonstrate skills that contribute to effective global engagement, including proficiency in a foreign language, interdisciplinary reasoning and cross-cultural understanding.
    • Analyze the impact of ethical and power relations on people’s lives both across the globe and within individual societies.
    • Recognize and exercise personal and social responsibility, locally, nationally and globally through extra and co-curricular activities and reflection.
    • Apply knowledge and skills involving an integrated and systemic understanding of the interrelationships between contemporary and past challenges facing cultures, societies and the natural world on the local and global levels to real-life problem-solving both alone and with others.