Interdisciplinary Global Studies


Program number: 901401CERT


The Interdisciplinary Global Studies certificate is designed to integrate student learning across disciplines and programs, and 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, at least three credits of world language study and an education-abroad experience. 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 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.

Program Details

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 - Downtown
  • Madison - South
  • Reedsburg
  • Portage
  • Fort Atkinson
  • Watertown

Some of the courses for this program may be available online.


To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements.

  • Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College.
  • Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience, including campus tours and program open houses.

After Acceptance

Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC. 


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2019-2020 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.

World Language (3-8 credits)

Additionally, non-credit enrichment courses in French, Spanish, Chinese, German, Arabic, etc., may count as one credit each.

3 credits

Study Abroad (3-12 credits)

Every student must have one education abroad experience/course or courses taken in a semester-abroad experience.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Courses taken as semester-abroad (appear as 99-xxx-xxx on transcripts).

Canterbury, England Carlow, Ireland Cuemavaca, Mexico Salzburg, Austria San Jose, Costa Rica Seville, Spain Sydney, Australia Xi'an, China

Internationalized Courses (0-9 credits)

Complete up to 9 credits of coursework to bring the certificate to a total of 15 credits.

801 English

803 History

805 Music

806 Natural Science

807 Physical Education

809 Social and Behavioral Science

810 Speech/Drama

815 Art

Other Disciplines


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. 
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