Certificates are awarded to students who complete a series of related courses and
experiences that complement both major and minor programs of study. Successful completion
of certificate requirements is noted on the student’s transcript, thus acknowledging
to prospective employers the accomplishment of a value-added education guided by the
student’s own initiative that goes beyond the standard programs of study and better
prepares the individual for life and work in the twenty-first century. Certificates
may be earned as a way to add to one’s educational portfolio. Certificates, however,
will not be awarded without the completion of a degree.
Agricultural Entrepreneurship Certificate
The Agricultural Entrepreneurship Certificate provides students at Ferrum College
the opportunity to focus their studies in a way that will enable them to succeed in
businesses that thrive in an agricultural economy. Students will select business,
science, and other classes that provide them with an understanding of the needs of
the agricultural community and the business skills to meet those needs in a professional,
Download Agricultural Entrepreneurship Certificate course requirements.
Email David Sulzen for more information.
Global Perspectives Certificate
The Global Perspectives Certificate provides students at Ferrum College the opportunity
to expand their education beyond the boundaries of a standard major by selecting courses
designed to prepare them for life in the twenty-first century, where traditional boundaries
are rapidly giving way to broader cultural and global issues that demand new perspectives
and new insights and knowledge. Completion of the requirements of the Global Perspectives
Certificate will prepare students to become better informed, socially responsible,
and environmentally conscious members of the national and world community, and thus
better able to “collaborate with people of diverse cultural attitudes, beliefs, and
values”—as stated in the college’s student learning outcomes.
Download Global Perspectives Certificate course requirements.
Email David Howell for more information.
Professional Accountancy Certificate
The Professional Accountancy Certificate provides students at Ferrum College the opportunity
to focus their studies in a way that will provide all of the academic coursework necessary
for them to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), prepare them to pass the
rigorous CPA exam, and succeed in the workplace as a professional accountant. Students
will select accounting, business, and other classes that provide them with an understanding
of the various roles professional accountants fill, and the knowledge and skills demanded
to fill those roles in a professional, ethical manner.
Download Professional Accountancy Certificate course requirements.
Email David Sulzen for more information.
Stewardship toward Sustainability Certificate
The Stewardship toward Sustainability Certificate provides students at Ferrum College
the opportunity to expand their education beyond the boundaries of a major through
learning experiences designed to examine the human/nature relationship from a variety
of perspectives. The certificate is a merging of three fields of study; bioculturalism,
eco-social justice, and stewardship studies. Bioculturalism recognizes the co-evolutionary,
interdependent relationship of humans in and with nature while eco-social justice
critiques the current economic, political, environmental paradigms that promote dominance
over nature. Meanwhile, stewardship studies examine the ethical roots of our responsibility
with and for nature. Interdisciplinary by design, courses holistically focus on personal,
cultural and societal perceptions, beliefs, and values that influence our relationship
with the environment. Completion of the requirements of the Certificate prepares students
to become leaders in budding fields stemming from a multitude of sustainability issues.
Students will need to commit to two seminars per semester outside their course requirements
in order to meet the interdisciplinary outcomes of this Certificate. These seminars
intentionally explore the relationships between the students’ courses and the topics
of stewardship and sustainability.
Download Stewardship toward Sustainability Certificate course requirements.
Email Dan Caston for more information.