Intercultural competence certificate

The intercultural competence certificate for undergraduates will provide participants with multicultural competencies such as strong multicultural socio-historical knowledge and behavioral foundations enabling them to effectively connect with and interact productively with multiple sectors of difference in the workforce. The certificate will not only expand individuals' understandings about difference (racial/ethnic, economic class, gender, ability, sexuality), but also enable participants to design and implement cultural competence training within varied social institutions.

Upon completion of a certificate in intercultural competence, participants will have acquired:

  • An increased sensitivity to diverse multicultural U.S. histories
  • An ability to interact respectfully and productively with diverse populations
  • A self-understanding through transformative self-reflection
  • The skills necessary to design and institutionalize cultural competent policies and practices within organizations such as business, schools, health services, social services, and more


The intercultural competence certificate requires the completion of four (4) courses, 12 credit hours, in the American ethnic studies track. Students interested in the certificate should contact the social transformation studies department head to enroll. Coursework includes:

  • AMETH 300: Intercultural competence in institutions (3 credit hours)
  • One (1) American ethnic studies course from this list:
    • AMETH 351: African American perspectives (3 credit hours)
    • AMETH 352: American Indian perspectives (3 credit hours)
    • AMETH 353: Latina/o perspectives (3 credit hours)
    • AMETH 354: Asian American perspectives (3 credit hours)
  • Two (2) American ethnic studies courses at any level (total of 6 credit hours)

Certificate participants must take AMETH 300, but may substitute one of the following courses for one of the three other AMETH courses. Certificate courses can count towards the fulfillment of other college or university general education requirements and can also count toward the major or minor in a variety of departments:

ANTH 204 General Ed Introduction/210 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology/ANTH 314 Introduction to the World’s Religions/ANTH 318 Engaged Anthropology/ANTH 513 Immigrant America/ANTH 525 Language and Culture

CNRES 532 Conflict Resolution across Cultures & Contexts/CNRES 752 Culture and Conflict

COMM 480 Intercultural Communication/COMM 535 Communication and Leadership

DAS 475 Nonviolence Studies: Women and Peace Movements/DAS 555 Themes in Nonviolence Studies

EDEL 414 Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners

ENGL 384 Multicultural Children’s Literature/ENGL 476 American English

GENAG 210 Human & Cultural Diversity in the Food & Agricultural Sciences

GEOG 100 World Geography & Globalization/GEOG 200 Human Geography

GWSS 105 Intro. To Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies/GWSS 300 Selected Studies of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies/GWSS 305 Advanced Fundamentals of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies/GWSS 325 Queer Studies: Concepts, History, and Politics/GWSS 335 Transgender Studies/GWSS 550 Women and Popular Culture

HDFS 552 Families and Diversity

HIST 311 Race & US Foreign Relations/HIST 537 History of the Indians of North America/HIST 539 African-American History/HIST 542 Women in America, Civil War to the Present/HIST 561 Colonial Hispanic America

MC 662 Gender, Class, Race, and the Media

LEAD 350 Culture and Context in Leadership

MUSIC 424 Jazz in Kansas City and the Southwest

PHILO 380 Philosophy and Race

POLSCI 341 Politics of the World Economy/POLSCI 524 Political Islam

PSYCH 556 Multicultural Psychology/PSYCH 563 Gender Issues in the Workplace

SOCIO 570 Race and Ethnic Relations in the USA

SPAN 566 Cultures of the Spanish Speaking World: Spanish America

To request the addition of the Intercultural Competence Certificate (ICC):
send an email stating your full name, your WID and that you would like to add the certificate to