Gain Global Competence 

Intercultural competence is vital to your success in the 21st century. This certificate is designed to enhance all majors and is a great credential for employment in many fields, from business to education to health care. Consider earning a certificate/minor in Intercultural Engagement. Make a clear statement to prospective employers and graduate schools that you possess the knowledge, awareness, skills and international competence that sets you apart!

Minor in Intercultural Engagement: Application Process

Schedule a Meeting

Make an appointment via Starfish to discuss the requirements for the minor/certificate with the Study Abroad Advisor or stop by the Center for Global Engagement, 601 Duquesne Union, to get started.

Start your Application

Begin your application by printing the Intercultural Application pdf then meet with your Success Coach to review requirements and complete your academic plan. When completed, bring your signed application to the Center for Global Engagement, 601 Union.

Confirmation and Mentor

Once your application is signed and submitted to the Center for Global Engagement, you will receive a confirmation email and Intercultural Mentor to discuss your Thematic Concerntration and complete your application.  After your application is complete, the minor will be added.

Required Coursework

Intercultural Engagement Academic Coursework (15-16 credits Total)

SOCI 101: Survey of Sociology
SOCI 104: Cultural Anthropology
SOCI 124: Global Sociology
COMM 114: Exploring Intercultural Communication
COMM 407: Intercultural Communication

Self-designed - Thematic Concentration Courses

What is a Thematic Concentration?

This is an opportunity for you to be creative and to shape your abroad experience into a theme connected with an area of the world of particular interest to you. This as a result of your study abroad experiences and their impacts.

Example: A student who studied in Rome becomes fascinated by Italian culture or history.

Example: A student who studied in Beijing, now wants to gain more knowledge about China and Chinese culture.

What courses can count towards the thematic concentration?

Courses must cover one or more countries, regions, or cultures outside of the United States (for example, a course focusing on the country of Mexico, the region of Africa or indigenous cultures across the world).

Theses courses could address a common theme from different cultural perspectives (i.e. conflict resolution, human rights, or women's issues).

Courses within liberal arts, business, health sciences, education, or other academic disciplines may be included as well as course work taken abroad.


CLPR 352: Intercultural Competency: Becoming Global Citizens