The International Studies Program does not offer its own certificate opportunities, however, there are a number of certificates in other areas of the University that may interest INTS students. Please contact the relevant department or organization for more information, as well as an INTS Program Advisor to discuss how certificates may fit with your degree.
Certificate in Commodities
Beginning in Fall 2016, International Studies students will be able to earn a Certificate in Commodities as part of their major. Students may also do this outside of their major, or even after graduation. This certificate is best suited to those who enjoy quantitative analysis, and are pursuing Economics, Development and the Environment in the original major or Global Development, Global Environmental Studies, International Political Economy and/or a Global Zone of Expertise in the revised major. The certificate requires 3 courses in the Business School, and there are scholarships available for students taking these courses. Two courses are offered in the Fall, one in the Spring. The JP Morgan Commodities Center in the Business School is the only center of its kind in the USA and students participating in this certificate gain excellent professional training and will find work in commodities fields upon graduation/completion of the certificate. There will be site visits and many networking opportunities for students in these courses as well as training in trading. There are many job opportunities in and around Denver. The Commodities Center Director is especially interested in having International Studies students participate in this program. Commodities faculty really value the sophisticated perspectives on political and environmental issues and the broad understandings of global issues that International Studies students bring. If you are interested in learning more about this certificate, please contact Dr. Alison Shah, the INTS Assistant Director.
"I also wanted to thank you so much for directing me towards commodities, I am loving the field and for the first time I see a career path, not just a degree." -- Erica Tarre, BA, International Studies
Certificate in Human-Centered Design and Innovation
The Inworks Undergraduate Certificate in Human-Centered Design and Innovation (HCDI) provides a basic understanding of design and innovation processes used to collaboratively address important human problems. The program will prepare students to contribute to interdisciplinary teams that seek to address complex problems. Students who undertake the HCDI Undergraduate Certificate will acquire basic abilities to: collaborate effectively in interdisciplinary teams; contribute meaningfully to the development of innovative solutions to complex and challenging problems; and implement potential solutions using a variety of prototyping techniques. More information here.
Certificate in Geographic Information Science
The intention of this certificate is to provide undergraduates at UC Denver with a mechanism for demonstrating capabilities in spatial techniques in the social and/or physical sciences. The focus of this certificate is on a broad array of geotechniques, including geographic information systems, remote sensing, cartography, and statistics, which give students additional analytical skills to take into the workplace or on to graduate school. This certificate is designed for geography and geology majors as well as non-majors. Upon successful completion of the certificate, students will be able to: understand basic theoretical underpinnings of spatial analysis; apply geo-spatial technologies to real-world problems; and have a basic knowledge of how to operate at least three types of software used for spatial analysis. More information here.
Certificate in Strategic Communication
Today’s news travels at the speed of light. Transformations in communication and technology have changed how we produce and exchange information. In this evolving landscape, the need to communicate in engaging, effective and ethical ways has never been greater. The Certificate in Strategic Communication ensures that tomorrow’s media professionals will have the training and skills to gather, analyze, and synthesize information at the speed of news. Strategic Communication in the Age of Convergence Certificate earners will be skilled at framing purposeful content and selecting the most effective modes of distribution; they will be enterprising, conscious of business and market issues and able to adapt to ongoing, unstoppable change. By emphasizing critical thinking, clear and creative expression, ethical norms, fair advocacy and technical competence, the Certificate in Strategic Communication will prepare students to succeed in the Age of Convergence. Whether as investigative reporters, producers, managers, policy advocates, entrepreneurs, marketers, community organizers or content specialists, Certificate in Strategic Communication earners will be educated to thrive in and shape new communication landscapes locally, nationally, and globally. More information here.
Certificate in Mediation
Mediation entails a third-party intervention designed to assist parties in managing conflict. Trained mediators are impartial process experts who learn to utilize communication and conflict philosophy and theories to increase the probability of more favorable outcomes between parties in conflict. The undergraduate certificate is designed for communication majors or any student interested in developing practical skills in alternative dispute resolution. The courses in this certificate focus on alternative dispute processes that include strategies for managing conflict in personal, public, legal, political, governmental and corporate contexts. More information here.
Certificate in Intercultural Engagement
The Intercultural Engagement Certificate (IEC) program is designed to encourage student involvement in diversity seminars, cultural events, and other IEC certified gatherings dedicated to promoting intercultural awareness and engagement. In order to earn the certificate, students are required to attend culturally-relevant events and submit a short reflection paper at the end of the semester. The IEC represents an increase in cultural understanding that is an essential skill in our increasingly diverse and globally relevant world. This certificate is a great addition to a resume or graduate school application because it shows potential employers and application review committees that you value cultural diversity and have made a dedicated effort to engage in and learn about other cultures. It is also a great way to get involved on campus, meet students from diverse backgrounds, and learn about other cultures. Join in promoting cultural awareness and diversity on campus, and start earning your IEC today! To get started, join the Intercultural Engagement Certificate program here.
Certificate in Cultural Diversity Studies
The Undergraduate Certificate in Cultural Diversity Studies is designed to appeal to undergraduate students with a background in any major. It will allow students to demonstrate to potential employers that they possess the multicultural skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the workplace. Students will enroll in department courses that focus on the historical context in which race and culture have emerged in the United States. This certificate is also targeted to non-degree-seeking professionals who seek to acquire multicultural knowledge and the skills necessary to ensure their success in professional environments. Students will be encouraged to think critically about race and race relations. Their expanded understandings of the implications of race and culture in work environments will ensure employers that they offer the highest quality employees opportunities in employment or advancement. More information here.
Certificate in Public, Non-Profit and Community Leadership
The CU Denver Political Science Department’s Public, Non-Profit and Community LeadershipCertificate (“Public Leadership Certificate” hereafter) will engage students in a focused curriculum in the community organizing and development field, including field placements in internships with local community partners. The program curriculum will be anchored around the study and practice of local civic engagement, especially in traditionally marginalized communities. We will provide critical education and effective skills-based training for students seeking careers in community organizing and development, as well as for students seeking more active citizenship and civic engagement. This program will contribute to a workforce and community of change agents—activists, organizers, social workers, leaders, researchers, and program directors—to work for change in low-income and otherwise marginalized communities. More information here.
Certificate in Democracy and Social Movements
The “Democracy and Social Movements” (DSM) certificate program in Political Science introduces students to current research and practice concerning the complex interplay between social movements and the processes for initiating and consolidating democracies. While contentious political activities have historically contributed to democratization, they have also led to repression, ethnic conflict, and substantive human rights violations. Students in the DSM program examine relevant theoretical and methodological literature in these aforementioned areas and apply it to current circumstances by taking specified courses in each of the four major subfields of political science: American, comparative, international politics, and political theory. More information here.