Liberal Arts

Honors Global Competency Certificate

The Honors Global Competencies Certificate 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, technology skills, and coping skills. This certificate helps students to transfer to four-year institutions in concert with the Honors designation. It prepares students for study and work in the world as a whole 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.

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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 &/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.