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Honors Global Competencies Certificate

Description: The Honors Global Competencies Certificate of Achievement provides an interdisciplinary and systemic approach in order to prepare students for the highly diverse, technologically-rich, and multilingual global society in which we live. The Certificate offers students the opportunity to gain a global perspective through completion of coursework in intercultural competencies, communication skills, and technology skills. This certificate helps students to transfer to four-year institutions in concert with the Honors designation. It prepares students for study and work throughout the world in professional fields such as international studies, intercultural studies, language studies, international business, international law, political science, comparative literature, environmental studies, history, technology, social sciences, humanities, teaching, and more.

Program Goals: An Honors Global Competencies Certificate of Achievement offers students the opportunity to gain a global perspective in multiple areas of study to enhance their critical thinking and intercultural competencies in order to compete in today’s global economy. It is useful for those students considering careers in numerous fields, including law, politics, international affairs, education, and social service. All courses in the certificate program are UC and/or CSU transferable and emphasize areas such as intercultural issues; globalization; world philosophical, political, economic, and social systems; and international relations. The certificate program also underscores the mission of San Diego Mesa College: “To inspire and enable student success in an environment that is strengthened by diversity, is responsive to our communities, and fosters scholarship, leadership, and responsibility.”

For the San Diego Mesa College Associate Degree one of the core six Program Learning Outcomes is Global Awareness, “the ability to articulate similarities and contrasts among cultures, times and environments, demonstrating understanding of cultural pluralism and knowledge of global issues.” This proposal for an Honors Global Competencies Certificate of Achievement connects the college’s vision and values of diversity and the student learning outcome of Global Awareness.

There is a strong international emphasis in the certificate program. Program goals and objectives include:

  • Contemplation and assessment of the interconnectedness of cultures and nations through time.
  • Exploration of world ecologies and technologies.
  • Analysis of economic, political, and social systems.
  • Proficiency in world languages.
  • Exposure to an array of world customs, religions, and literature through campus activities and speaker series.
  • Recognition, anticipation, and management of change.
  • Providing leadership opportunities.
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Program Emphasis: The Honors Global Competencies certificate has an international emphasis.

Career Options: The Honors Global Competencies certificate might lead to careers in the following areas: International relations, international business, politics, international law, technology professions, teaching, translating, travel and tourism, and intercultural communications, among others..

Transfer Information

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution. See catalog TRANSFER INFORMATION section. Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements.

Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog. Many Baccalaureate in Arts degrees require third semester competency in a foreign language. Consult the current catalog of the transfer institution and consult with a counselor.

Program Learning Outcomes Students who complete the Honors Global Competencies Certificate Program will be able to:

  • Explain the interconnectedness of cultures and nations through time.
  • Explore world ecologies and technologies.
  • Analyze economic, political, and social systems.
  • Study world languages, customs, and religions.
  • Recognize, anticipate, and manage change.
Students will be assessed through a combination of performance evaluations, written assignments, and written tests and quizzes.


Program Learning Outcomes