Global Engagement Certificate Requirements

Below is a list of the broad range of ways Notre Dame students can engage with foreign languages and cultures. Students complete a combination of required coursework and on/off campus activities with “point values”. In order to be awarded the Global Engagement Certificate, students have to accrue a minimum of 15 points.

Academic Coursework

Instructions for students Not Majoring in the College of Arts and Letters

  1. At least one (1) class in a foreign language. Choose from the any of the following languages (courses cannot be pass/fail)
    ArabicChineseFrenchGermanIrishItalianJapaneseKoreanPortugueseRussianSpanishLatinGreek;  HebrewHindiQuechuaSwahiliTESOL                                                                                                                                                                                                          
    AND

  2. One (1) course in any discipline with an intercultural, international, or global content 

Instructions for Arts and Letters Majors

  1. At least one (1) from the following list:

  • Arts and Letters Foreign Language Requirement

  • Major or Supplementary Major in a Foreign Language other than English

  • Minor in a Foreign Language other than English

  • TESOL Minor

  • Linguistics Minor

Intercultural or International Experiences and Activities

At least 15 points from the following list:

  • Additional coursework in a foreign language or culture in the College of Arts and Letters

    • Additional Foreign Language and Culture class (2 points/course)

    • One or more course in any discipline with an intercultural, international, or global content (2 points/course)

  • ND Study Abroad and/or Summer Programs

    • Participate in semester study abroad (3 points)

    • Participate in summer intensive study in a world language domestically (2 points)

    • Participate in summer intensive study abroad (3 points)

  • ND Campus Events/Activities

    • Take a leadership role organizing a Language and Culture Table /Language Club or a club with international affiliation (2 points)

    • Work as peer Tutor in the CSLC (minimum 5 meetings/semester) (1 point/semester, max 5 points)

    • Attend presentations on campus related to intercultural topics (minimum 2 per semester) (1 point, max 4 points)

    • Actively participate and attend regular meetings/events in a Language Department or club with international affiliation (minimum 2 per semester) (1 point)

  • Internship and Research

    • Complete an internship in a foreign country or in North America in a company where another language than English is spoken (3 points)

    • Support faculty research with translation or archival research using a world language (2 points)

    • Perform faculty-directed research based on target language materials at an archive in the US or abroad (3 points)

    • Perform faculty-directed research in a lab in a country where another language is spoken (i.e., an international lab) (3 points)

    • Publish a paper or give a presentation or talk on a topic in a world language or culture (2 points)

    • Cite six or more foreign language sources or materials in the BA thesis or comparable research project (2 points)

  • National or International Community Service / Community Project

    • Participate in at least one (1) semester of community-based service in a different culture/language domestically or abroad (2 points)

    • Participate in a University supervised project with a target language community in the US or abroad (3 points)

  • External Certification

    • Obtain or hold a Proficiency Certification at the intermediate or advanced level in any language (cannot be replaced by AP score) (3 points)

    • Earn or hold a language proficiency rating from a government agency  (2 points)

ePortfolio

The ePortfolio is meant to be a proof of attendance and completion of the requirements listed above. It will include an essay or recorded video presentation about the intercultural experience(s) in which the students reflect on and illustrates their insights about a culture other than their own and about their understanding of culturally different views on global issues. The CSLC will manage the ePortfolios. Following are examples of how to earn the Global Engagement Certificate:

  • For a total of 15 points student A, who is a language enthusiast:

    • Completes a major, supplementary major or a minor in a world language

    • Receives Advanced Proficiency Certification in a language: 3 points

    • Participates in a Study Abroad program where another language is spoken: 3 points

    • Performs faculty-directed research based on target language materials at an archive abroad 3 points

    • Cites six or more target language sources or materials in the senior thesis: 2 points

    • Publishes a paper or giving a presentation or talk on a topic in a world language or culture: 2 points

    • Takes a leadership role in the organization of Language and Culture Tables or Language Club or a club with international affiliation: 2 points

  • For a total of 15 points, student B, who may have not planned to have language and culture study play a major role in their academic career, is motivated by the Global Engagement Certificate recognition and thus:

    • Takes one language class and one intercultural/international class

    • Takes an additional course in one of the language departments (taught in the target language or in English): 2 points

    • Participates in a Study Abroad Program: 3 points

    • Completes an internship in North America for a company where another language is used in the workplace: 3 points

    • Attends four presentations/events on campus related to intercultural topics : 2 points

    • Participates in one semester of  community based service in a different culture/language domestically: 2 points

    • Attends language club for three semesters: 3 points

 

Registration

Registration for the Global Engagement Certificate is now open for all interested students. After registration, information on how to apply for the certificate within seven (7) business days. To register, click the button below.

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