The Interdisciplinary Global Studies certificate is designed to integrate student learning across disciplines and programs and to foster connections between disciplinary learning, world languages and study abroad experiences. This summative experience will have students earn a certificate to document their international experience and credentials.
The certificate requires a total of 15 credits in international coursework, to include at least three credits of world language study as well as an education abroad experience (or an approved equivalent experience) and the 2-credit Global Studies Capstone project. Language study is a mandatory component of the certificate but can only total eight credits out of 15. This results in competency in both international studies and world languages.
A wide range of options, including short term study abroad programs, is provided to meet the needs of community college students with family and work responsibilities. Alternatively, students with more flexible schedules can complete certificate requirements through a semester abroad experience.
Students earning the Global Studies certificate can attend full or part time.
Global Studies classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:
- Madison - Truax
- Madison - South
- Fort Atkinson
For more information, please contact Mary Haight at (608) 246-6471 or MHaight@madisoncollege.edu.
Curriculum and Experience
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2022-2023 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.
Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:
- Progress toward your specific requirements
- Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements
If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.15 credits minimum to complete the certificate by satisfying all the requirements as defined.World Language Requirement (3-8 credits)As part of the certificate, all students are required to take at least 3 credits of a language that is not their native language. The college defines your "native language" as the language of instruction during your high school years.20-802-2114 credits20-802-2124 credits20-802-2134 credits20-802-2144 credits20-802-2153 credits20-802-2183 credits20-802-2214 credits20-802-2224 credits20-802-2234 credits20-802-2244 credits20-802-2263 credits20-802-2303 credits20-802-2313 credits20-802-2323 credits20-802-2403 credits20-802-2413 creditsInternationalized Courses Requirement (5-10 credits)In combination with the language, study abroad, and capstone requirements, complete additional courses to bring the certificate to a total of 15 credits.Choose from courses as listed in the following disciplines: English Literature and Journalism History Music Natural Science Social and Behavioral Science Speech/Drama Art Other Disciplines Interdisciplinary HumanitiesEnglish Literature and Journalism20-801-2073 credits20-801-2153 credits20-801-2163 credits20-801-2193 credits20-801-2203 credits20-801-2263 credits20-801-2303 credits20-801-2313 credits20-801-2323 credits20-801-2523 creditsHistory20-803-2043 credits20-803-2053 credits20-803-2083 credits20-803-2203 credits20-803-2243 credits20-803-2253 credits20-803-2293 credits20-803-2333 credits20-803-2343 credits20-803-2423 credits20-803-2433 creditsMusicNatural ScienceSocial and Behavioral Science20-809-2143 credits20-809-2233 credits20-809-2273 credits20-809-2283 credits20-809-2563 credits20-809-2571 credit20-809-2633 credits20-809-2803 credits20-809-2813 credits20-809-2833 credits20-809-2853 creditsSpeech/DramaArtOther Disciplines10-104-1803 credits10-104-1832 credits10-104-1873 credits10-110-1713 credits10-140-1071 credit10-304-1293 credits10-316-1443 creditsInterdisciplinary HumanitiesStudents must meet the honors eligibility requirements to register for the following Honors courses. For more information, see the Honors Program page (https://madisoncollege.edu/honors).Study Abroad ExperienceEvery student must complete one approved education abroad (or equivalent) experience, whether it is a short term or long term program. Some study abroad programs may also provide credits towards the certificate. To see a list of study abroad programs offered through Madison College, visit the Study Abroad Website (https://madisoncollege.edu/education-abroad). Students may inquire with the certificate advisor about the possibility of fulfilling this requirement through a service-learning experience tied to their Global Studies Capstone course.Global Studies Capstone Project RequirementAs part of enrollment in an approved study abroad (or equivalent) experience, certificate students need to consult with the certificate advisor to prepare for the required Global Studies Capstone project.An Honors version of the capstone course may be taken to satisfy the requirement. The requirement will be met with the 2-credit course. Additionally, the 3-credit course would also satisfy the requirement. Students must meet the honors eligibility requirements. For more information, see the Honors Program page (https://madisoncollege.edu/honors).
Earning a certificate is a great way to expand your skill set, and it adds professionalism to a resume. Applications are always open, so apply today!
There are no admission requirements for this certificate, simply submit your application by the deadline for each term.
International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.
Spring Application Dates
- Application open
- Application completion deadline is March 15, 2023
Fall Application Dates
- Application opens on February 1, 2023
- Application completion deadline is October 15, 2023
- Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid
- Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis
- Students who have already completed the certificate coursework at the time of application will receive the certificate diploma at the end of the term of application
Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College.
After completing the Interdisciplinary Global Studies certificate at Madison Area Technical College, you will be knowledgable in:
- Cultural Awareness: Demonstrate awareness of and sensitivity to other cultures’ norms, practices and actions while at the same time recognizing, acknowledging and appreciating individual differences.
- Intercultural Communications: Communicate effectively and respectfully with diverse peoples in intercultural teams and work groups.
- World Languages: Speak and write in another language while recognizing and respecting the importance of language diversity (all languages) in global communication.
- International Travel: Exhibit preparedness/readiness for international travel, including the abilities to assess and respond to health and safety risks and adapt to unpredictable situations.
- Global Citizenship: Recognize self as a part of global culture by demonstrating awareness of the interdependence of global systems, understanding how the United States may be perceived worldwide, solving problems with multiple perspectives and variables, and making globally responsible decisions.
- Global Work Skills: Apply global perspectives to the workplace through the use of appropriate technology for international communication, the ability to collaborate with diverse co-workers, and the ability to adapt to variances between cultures in occupational processes, procedures and practices, and through recognizing the impact of the global economy on various occupations and professions.