Certificate Requirements

International Experience

This could include study abroad, international internships, overseas volunteer programs, research abroad, or being an international student in the U.S. The international experience must be completed while students are in college.

Academic Coursework

a) Language requirement: There are three different options for fulfilling this component

  • Foreign language major or minor or
  • The equivalent of FL 201 or
  • At least three credit hours at any level of study in a new language

b) Course requirement: 4 courses with strong international emphases chosen from 3 different categories. GPC students must take at least one course in all three categories.

Note: Students may substitute a course with a multicultural emphasis in place of one of the required 4 courses. Courses used to fulfill certificate requirements may simultaneously apply to general education, major, or minor requirements.  Courses need to be taken for a grade. Students must complete a minimum of 3 credit hours for the language requirement, and 12 additional credit hours for the 4 courses within the 3 thematic categories (15 credits total). Overall 2.0 GPA (C average) required for course work completed.

Co-curricular Activities

GPC participants must engage in domestic co-curricular activities that have an international focus. A total of 30 points must be completed for the certificate.

  • 1 hour is worth roughly 1 point
  • 10 points may be awarded for semester-long commitments
  • a maximum of 15 points for any single activity/organization
  • all activities must be carried out in the United States
  • activities must have an international focus

Volunteer Service

GPC participants are required to complete at least 10 hours of volunteer work.

  • 1 hour is worth roughly 1 point
  • 10 points may be awarded for semester-long commitments
  • Service activities must have an international focus
  • Service activities may be completed in the United States or abroad

Final Project

GPC Seniors will complete the final project with a faculty mentor their last semester before graduating. Students will have a choice of completing an essay, poster, powerpoint, physical display, website, video, or combination of media depicting and reflecting on their overall experience with the GPC. After approval, some form of the project must be presented or made available to the public.

More information about the project timeline, list of mentors, project requirements and examples of past projects can be found under the Final Project Tab