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Global Leadership Certificate

Washington State University’s online undergraduate Certificate in Global Leadership prepares you to join the next generation of global leaders and thinkers. It focuses on three crucial competencies: intercultural understanding, civic engagement, and leadership in a global context. The broad range of course options lets you create the learning plan that best advances your goals.

The 15-credit certificate requires three one-credit core courses: leadership development, experiential learning, and a capstone project. The remaining 12 credits can be selected from a wide array of globally related coursework.

All courses are online, and you can earn the certificate without being admitted to a WSU degree program.

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Program of Study
The 15-credit certificate requires three core courses and four electives from related areas. All courses are available online.
  • Required Courses:
    (3 semester credits; each course is 1 credit. Courses must be taken in this order.)
    • UNIV 497 – Leadership in a Global Context
    • UNIV 490 – Global Leadership Experience
    • UNIV 491 – Integrative Capstone
  • Elective courses:
    (12 semester credits)

    At least six credits at the 300-400 level. With approval of advisor, other applicable credits can be from education abroad, relevant coursework, and up to four credits of foreign language at or above 200 level.

    • ANTH 316 – Gender in Cross Cultural Perspective
    • ANTH 350 – Speech, Thought and Culture
    • ANTH 404 – The Self in Culture
    • ANTH 418 – Human Issues in International Development
    • BIOLOGY 330 – Principles of Conservation
    • BIOLOGY 372 – General Ecology
    • CRIM_J 205 – Realizing Justice in a Multicultural Society
    • CROP_SCI 360 – World Agricultural Systems
    • DTC 475 – Digital Diversity
    • ECONS 101 – Fundamentals of Microeconomics
    • ECONS 102 – Fundamentals of Macroeconomics
    • ENGLISH 475 – Digital Diversity
    • ENVR_SCI 101 – Environment, Human Life and Sustainability
    • ENVR_SCI 285 – The Science and Policy of Climate Change
    • FOR_LANG 101 – Introduction to the World of Languages
    • FOR_LANG 110 – Introduction to Foreign Film
    • FOR_LANG 120 – Introduction to Foreign Cultures
    • H_D 350 – Diversity in Contemporary Families
    • H_D 403 – Families in Poverty
    • HUM 350 - Sacred Texts and Cultures of World Religions
    • I_BUS 380 – International Business
    • I_BUS 453 – International Management
    • I_BUS 470 – International Trade and Finance
    • I_BUS 482 – International Marketing
    • MIS 441 – Global E-Commerce
    • POL_S 102 – Introduction to Comparative Politics
    • POL_S 103 – International Politics
    • POL_S 418 – Human Issues in International Development
    • SOC 102 – Social Problems
    • SOC 333 – Science, Power and Human Values
    • WOMEN_ST 316 – Gender in Cross Cultural Perspective
    • WOMEN_ST 406 – Women and Work in Global Contexts


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