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Certificate Programs

Certificates are a group 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

Professional Accountancy

Global Perspectives

 

Stewardship toward Sustainability

 

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, ethical manner.

I: Complete the following course:

  AGS 110 Agriculture Issues

3

II: Select at least one of the following:

ASI 201 Introduction to Animal Science

4

BIO 202 Introduction to Plant Science

4

III: Select at least two hours from the following:

ASI 232 Livestock Evaluation and Judging

3

ASI 150, 151, 152, 153 Fitting and Showing

1 each

AGS 180, 181, 280, 281, 380, 381, 480, 481  Practicum

1 each

HOR 321 Plant Propagation

3

BUS 190 Free Enterprise Strategies and Implementation

1

IV: Select one of the following:

AGY 301 Principles of Field and Forage Crop Production

4

ASI 302 Animal Nutrition

4

HOR 410 Greenhouse Management

4

 V: Complete the following business, economics, and accounting courses:

ACC 201 and 202 Principles of Accounting I & II

6

BUS 311 Marketing    

3

BUS 313 Business Finance

3

BUS 315 Business Law

3

ECO 202 Microeconomics

3

VI: Select one of the following:

AGS 417 Farm Business Management

3

BUS 320 Entrepreneurship

3

BUS 303 Principles of Management (only for non-business majors)

3

VII: Select one of the following:

PHI 211 Ethics

3

PHI 311 Business Ethics

3

PHI 312 Professional Ethics

3

 VIII: Capstone Research Paper

This will be related to the student's studies and particular areas of interest, to be submitted and presented to a two-person, faculty committee comprised of faculty from business and agriculture. These committee members will be invited by the student to serve as committee members; they will not be the same members for every student. Generally in order to present the paper, the student must have demonstrated having completed all other requirements for the certificate. It is the committee's responsibility to notify the registrar's office of satisfactory completion of this research project and presentation.

Total hours:  37-38 hours
(only 6 hours beyond business major if several of the above AGS, AGY, ASI or HOR courses are applied to the business major "approved electives").

 

 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.


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

 

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.

Requirements: 

I: Complete the following courses:

ACC 201 Principles of Accounting I

3

ACC 202 Principles of Accounting II

3

ACC 301 Managerial Accounting

3

ACC 302 Intermediate Accounting I

3

ACC 303 Intermediate Accounting II

3

ACC 304 Advanced Accounting

3

ACC 306 Government and NonProfit Accounting

3

ACC 403 Auditing

3

ACC 405 Taxation      

3

ACC 408 Accounting Software Applications

3

BUS 230 Computer Applications

3

BUS 303 Principles of Management

3

BUS 308 Business Communications

3

BUS 311 Marketing    

3

BUS 313 Business Finance

3

BUS 315 Business Law

3

BUS 498 Senior Seminar: Business Policy

3

II: Select four of the following (cannot be the same Electives used for the Accounting Major):    

ACC 401 Advanced Studies in Cost Accounting

3

ACC 407 International Accounting

3

BUS 314 Advanced Corporate Finance

3

BUS 325 Advanced Computer Applications

3

BUS 330 Quantitative Methods

3

BUS 331 Production Operation Methods      

3

ECO 313 Money and Banking

3

ECO 400 International Finance

3

ECO 405 Government and Business

3

IIII: Select at least two hours from the following (experiential):

ACC 290, 390, 490 Accounting Practicum

1 each

ACC 499 Accounting Internship

3

BUS 190 Free Enterprise Strategies and Implementation

1

IV: Complete the following (Liberal Arts Core and Degree Specific):

ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics

3

ECO 202 Principles of Microeconomics

3

MTH 203 Concepts in Calculus

3

MTH 206 Intro to Statistics with Business Applications

3

MTH 306 Intermediate Statistics

3

V:  select one of the following:

PHI 211 Ethics

3

PHI 311 Business Ethics

3

PHI 312 Professional Ethics

3

VI: Capstone Research Paper

Related to the student's studies and particular areas of interest, to be submitted and presented to a two-person, faculty committee comprised of faculty from business and accounting who have been requested by the student to serve on the committee. Generally in order to present the paper, the student must have demonstrated having completed all other requirements for the certificate. The committee will notify the Registrar's Office of satisfactory completion of this paper.

Total Hours Required 83

 



 

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 203 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 141 Humans within Ecosystems

2

Total credits in this section                 10                   

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 from Section III               9

Total hours required:                           29