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Workplace Intercultural Competence Certificate (Undergraduate)

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In an increasingly diverse world, are you prepared for success?

Today’s professionals need to navigate multiple cultures and bridge cultural differences to succeed in an increasingly diverse work environment. As workplaces across the nation become more diverse and even local companies have global connections, employers are demanding more interculturally competent professionals whose ability to understand differences, identify commonalities and promote integration can foster a more inclusive work environment and maximize company productivity.

In SDSU’s School of American and Global Studies, we prepare students who meet these needs of future employers. The workplace intercultural competence certificate prepares graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively manage diverse workplaces in a variety of settings including business, construction, agriculture and hospitality. Students gain a basic understanding of the challenges of second-language acquisition and the role that cultural norms, traditions and belief systems play in our daily interactions. They will acquire and hone the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to work in a diversity-rich setting. Students are introduced to basic theories and research regarding intercultural competence.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Want to set yourself apart from other job applicants.
  • Are interested in global issues and how the world is impacted by globalization.
  • Will work in an industry with global reach (engineering, agriculture, business and even healthcare).
  • Want to develop your listening, reading, writing, critical thinking and overall communication skills.
  • Like to learn about other cultures.

Career Opportunities

  • Pursuing a certificate can help give you a competitive advantage in any chosen field.

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.