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Global Studies

Are you interested in becoming a more aware and active global citizen? Would you like to be recognized for international learning and activities? Then you may want to consider completing the requirements for the Global Studies Certificate in addition to your degree. 

This program allows students to earn a Certificate of Proficiency, which is a qualification that recognizes a focus of study in a specific area, requiring 15 to 30 credit units of university-level courses. A student may earn a certificate on its own, concurrently with a degree, or may earn a certificate after having received a degree from the University of Saskatchewan or another institution. This provides an opportunity for students to explore the University learning environment before making a commitment to a three or four year undergraduate program.

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If you are interested in more information about Global Studies or how to receive credit for the certificate, please contact student-advice@artsandscience.usask.ca

What is the Global Studies Certificate?

The purpose of this certificate program is to contribute to the internationalization of the learning environment and the learning experiences of undergraduate students at the University of Saskatchewan.

By participating in this certificate program undergraduate students from various academic backgrounds have the opportunity to come together with a common focus—a commitment to gaining understanding of various facets of the global village, gaining international experience, and becoming more aware and active as global citizens.

Global Studies: Is it for You?

  • The certificate program encourages students to participate in study abroad experiences and provides students with opportunities to study and engage in experiential learning outside of Canada, and to bring what is learned outside of Canada to the classroom upon their return.

  • In this program students will be encouraged to learn actively, think broadly, act ethically, and engage respectfully.

  • This certificate program provides students with official documentation that they have demonstrated an above average commitment and dedication to becoming aware and active as global citizens.

Sample Classes

  • IS 110: Global Issues
    This course is an introduction to conceptual, theoretical and substantive aspects of globalization and global issues. It examines political, economic and social dimensions of globalization and specific contemporary global issues, including migration, terrorism, security, crime, development, poverty, food, health, education, energy, environment, and trade.

  • IS 201: Global Citizenship Cultures and Coexistence
    The objective of this course is to introduce students to various aspects of global citizenship, global cultures and coexistence.  Special emphasis is devoted to two important and interrelated questions. First, what are or what should be the roles, rights and responsibilities of individual and groups in an increasingly globalized world? Second, what are the implications of cultural plurality for a globalized world, and vice versa? Third, what forms and degrees of coexistence have emerged to date and will likely emerge in the future? This course will facilitate efforts of students to answer such questions.

  • IS 202: Global Experiential and Cultural Learning
    This zero credit unit course is designed to recognize global experiential learning acquired by students through various means deemed valid by the Program Director or Coordinator/Administrator, including:  (a) studying abroad; (b) completing an internship abroad with a bona fide international, regional or local organization; or  (c) working or serving abroad with any governmental or non-governmental agency or corporate entity. An alternative means of meeting the global experiential learning requirements of this course is to serve as an intern or a volunteer for at least sixty hours with any agency or company that deals with international issues, relations, immigrants, or international students, or any other organization that provides students with learning opportunities that provide them with valuable insights on global issues deemed valid by the program Director or Coordinator/Administrator. In addition to experiential learning, this course will also provide students with materials and assignments related to cultural learning designed to develop what is commonly referred to as cultural competency.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities available as a result of students taking this certificate will vary widely based on the degree program chosen by the student.

Possibilities include:

  • Diplomat
  • Export or Import Sales Manager
  • Foreign Affairs Advisor
  • Foreign Services Officer
  • International Trade Officer
  • Legislative Aide
  • Consultant
  • English as a Second Language Teacher
  • Peace Corps Volunteer
  • Consular Assistant

Skill Sets Gained

  • Collecting, analyzing and interpreting data
  • Communication skills: written and/or oral
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Decision-making skills
  • Organizational / Planning skills
  • Personal management / Motivational skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Research skills and methods
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Teamwork/Interpersonal skills

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