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 200/204/210 Intro to Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 314 Intro to the World’s Religions

ANTH 513: Immigrant America

ANTH 318 Engaged Anthropology

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: Teaching Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Learners

ENGL 384: Multicultural Children’s Literature

ENGL 476 American English

GENAG 210: Human and Cultural Diversity in the Food and 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