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Global Perspectives Certificate Program

Global Perspectives Certificate Program

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.

Requirements:

I. A minimum of six hours of foreign language study.  More recommended. (6 hours)

II. Religion 151 (World Religions) is required as the second course to fulfill the required 6-hour religion/philosophy core requirement.

III. A minimum of one course from the following list (3 hours):

   PSC 277 African Politics, Film and Literature 3
   ENG 202 World Literature 3
   THA 302 World Drama 3
   RUS 402 20th Century Literature 3
   SPA 403 Spanish Literature (taught in Spanish)
3
   SPA 404 Latin American Literature (taught in Spanish) 3

    IV. A minimum of one course from the following list (3 hours):

       HIS 371 China
    3
       HIS 373 India 3
       HIS 374 Southeast Asia 3
       HIS 375 Sub-Saharan Africa 3
       HIS 378 North Africa
    3
       HIS 380 Latin American History 3
       RUS 304 Russian Culture 3
       SPA 325 Spanish Culture 3
       SPA 326 Latin American Culture 3

      V.  One of the following science courses (2 hours): 

      (Substitutions may be made)

         SCI 121 Population, Food and Environment 2
         SCI 123 Global Ecology and Climate Change 2
         SCI 126 Natural Resource Conservation 2
         SCI 133 Human Evolution and Ecology 2

        VI. One of the following (3 hours):   

        (This category provides choices related to the varied interests of the students pursuing a Global Perspectives Certificate)

           ACC 407 International Accounting   
           BUS 420 International Business   
           BUS 492, 493 Global Competitiveness Practicum       
           ECO 315 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics   
           ECO 330 International Trade   
           HUM 300 Holocaust   
           HUM 333 Intercultural Conflict Mediation   
           PSC 306 Politics and Human Rights   
           PSC 435 Political Economy of Development   
           PSC 440 International Law and Organization   
        3
        3
        3
        3
        3
        3
        3
        3
        3
        3

          VII. An international travel E-Term course or an approved study abroad course with another provider. (3 hours)

          VIII. Capstone research paper related to the student’s studies and particular areas of interest, to be submitted to a faculty committee and presented at an annual symposium for students seeking the Global Perspectives Certificate.  Generally in order to present the paper, the student must have demonstrated having completed all other requirements for the certificate.

          Total Hours Required    23

          The Stewardship toward Sustainability Certificate

          This 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. 

          Certificate Requirements

          I)                    Successful completion of

          SSC 290 Stewardship toward Sustainability Immersion

          3

          EPD 202 Introduction to Environmental Planning and Development II

          4

          SSC 490 Stewardship toward Sustainability Capstone Seminar (WI)^

          3

          ^Students may substitute a 400 level research or seminar course within their major contingent upon approval by the Certificate coordinator as well as the faculty instructing the research or seminar course.  The student must complete the senior project for Stewardship toward Sustainability as described in SSC 490.  If a faculty review panel is utilized, the Certificate Coordinator must be part of that review panel.  If the substituted course is not designated as writing intensive, it will not count toward the six-credit-hour Writing Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College.

           

          II)                  A minimum of 10 credits from the following list, with 3 or 4 credits from each section and at least 3 credits at the 300-400 level.  These courses are selected to develop and define the students’ eco-social identity and eco-literacy.  Courses selected to meet this requirement cannot be used to meet requirements in section III.

           

          Select 3 credits from the following:

          ENG 211 Literature and the Environment*   

          3

          ENG 350 Appalachian Literature

          3

           

          Select 3 credits from the following:

          HHP 200 Health and Wellness

          3

          SSC 299 Digital Story Telling

          3

          SOC 101 General Sociology (Appalachian Cluster only)*

          3

          REC 260 Foundations of Recreation  

          3

          REC 325 Wilderness Leadership I      

          3

          REC 329 Foundations of Adventure Based Counseling

          3

          REC 361 Outdoor Education  

          3

          REC 372 Eco-Adventure

          3

          REC 375 Wilderness Leadership II

          3

          REC 391 Cultural & Heritage Tourism          

          3

           Select 4 credits from the following:

          ESC 205 Tropical and Marine Ecology*

          4

          ESC 206 Community Ecology of the Southeast*

          4

          ESC 211 Fundamentals of Ecology*   

          4

          GEO 220 Physical Geography*

          4

          SCI 121 Population, Food, and Environment*

          2

          SCI 122 The Disintegrating Web*

          2

          SCI 123 Global Ecology and Climate Change*

          2

          SCI 126 Natural Resource Conservation*

          2

          SCI 133 Human Evolution and Ecology*

          2

          SCI 141 Humans within Ecosystems*

          2

          Total credits in this section                 10                   

          * meets Liberal Arts Core requirements

           

          III)                A minimum of 9 credits from the following list with at least 3 credits at the 300-400 level.  These courses are selected to develop and refine the student’s understanding of cultural and system influences on our collective relationship with nature as well as effecting change toward sustainable living through creative leadership.  Courses selected to meet this requirement cannot be used to meet requirements in section II.

           Select 3 credits from the following:

          PHI 211 Ethics*

          3

          PHI 311 Business Ethics*

          3

          REL 206 The Search for Values*

          3

          REL 245 Religion and Public Life*

          3

           Select 3 credits from the following:

          ECO 315 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

          3

          PSC 399 Citizenship and Service Learning

          3

          PSC 402 Policy Analysis

          3

          REC 325 Wilderness Leadership I

          3

          REC 361 Outdoor Education  

          3

          REC 372 Eco Adventure

          3

          REC 375 Wilderness Leadership II     

          3

          REC 421 Issues in Sustainable and Ecotourism

          3

          SOC 310 Social Class and Inequality  

          3

          SOC 340 Collective Behavior and Social Movements           

          3

           Select 3 credits from the following:

          ESC 208 Ireland’s Natural History: Interactions of Nature and Culture

          4

          ESC 310 Environmental Planning and Assessment

          3

          ESC 313 Natural Resource Management

          3

          ESC 207 South African Ecology and Culture

          3

           Total credits in this section                 9

          * meets Liberal Arts Core requirements

            Total credit hours for Certificate:      29