Proposed Global Leadership Certificate

Note: This certificate is to serve as a model and may be renamed by any UW campus that chooses to adopt it. That said if it is to exemplify Global Leadership, campuses may NOT remove some level of language requirement and a study abroad, internship or service learning component outside of one’s own culture community. “One’s own culture community” is defined as the one in which a person has been raised. (IE. One who was adopted internationally to a US family as an infant or child may choose to return to their birth country for service. Similarly a Hmong student raised in a Hmong family may not do service in the local Hmong community but could do service in the Hispanic community in their hometown.)

UW Global Leadership Certificate


“In Educating for Global Competence, Veronica Boix-Mansilla and Anthony Jackson define global competence as “the capacity and disposition to understand and act on issues of global significance.” In this context, the word “global” refers not just to different places on the planet, but to the great variety of interconnected people, cultures, ideas, problems, and opportunities that constitute all human experience. The globally competent student learns how to synthesize information and ideas from many sources and perspectives, and makes well-informed decisions to acct on what is learned. It is this constellation of knowledge, disposition, and action that characterizes Global Leadership.

Global Leadership gives students many opportunities to transcend their local boundaries by developing global competence across disciplines of art, English language arts, history/social studies, mathematics, science, and world languages. A well-rounded global curriculum not only opens students’ eyes, but sets the stage for them to act in ways that are inspired by their course of study and driven by a desire to make a difference locally, regionally, and globally.”

Leadership is a Global Competence. (n.d.). Retrieved January 11, 2017, from


Students from any discipline can earn the UW Global Leadership Certificate. This certificate will appear on student transcripts so as to alert potential employers or graduate school admissions officers to coursework and service learning that increased students’ global competence, addressed cultural diversity, and included a minimum of 2 semesters intermediate level language study in addition to service learning and/or study abroad.

The service learning component may include an overseas experience studying and/or working within a non-English speaking culture or it may be a local experience working in the community with members of a migrant/immigrant/refugee culture different from that of the student’s culture. This component may be organized through a campus department or approved by the world languages department if found independently by the student.


The UW Global Leadership Certificate is designed to meet the needs of all UW campuses in providing credentialing for students of any discipline who demonstrate through curricular choices a proclivity for global competence and leadership.

Requirements (14-18 credits):
  • 2 semesters of intermediate university level language study (200 level or higher) earning a B- or better in the last class. At least 1 language course must be taken at UW. A minimum of an official ACTFL OPI certified intermediate low proficiency level in a language other than English may be substituted.
  • A minimum of 2 courses (6 credits) with a global/international emphasis in any discipline. Options may include but are not limited to:
    • International economics, business, or marketing
    • International, foreign, or world affairs
    • International, global, or world/non-U.S. government/politics
    • World/non-U.S. history, geography
    • Comparative cultures, religions
    • Science, technology, engineering with a global application/perspective
    • An additional world language
    • Literature, music, drama, visual arts with an international perspective
    • Other
  • Study Abroad and/or Service Learning Internship experience minimum of 20 hours. May not be in one’s own culture community.
  • Reflective Essay
    • This reflection should encompass the impact of both coursework and overseas/service learning experiences on the student. Students should reflect on how these experiences have changed their outlook and approach to their career and/or life goals. Essays should address how proficiency in a second language and knowledge of other cultures prepares them as leaders to interact and contribute as a global citizen in an interconnected world.

The below listing indicates the number of semesters of language required for which one of the CLP languages meets this requirement

Eau Claire

Majors/Degree Programs Language requirement (semesters)
International Business: Management & Marketing 3, or equivalent, any language
Bachelors of Arts-Liberal Education Core req 2, or equivalent, any language
Minor Programs Language requirement (semesters)
Global Studies-Political Sciences 2, or equivalent, any language

La Crosse

Majors/Degree Programs Language requirement (semesters)
Bachelor of Arts: College of Liberal Studies 2-4 depending on track, Any language
Certificate Programs Language requirement (semesters)
Russian Certificate Program 4, Russian

Green Bay

Minor Programs Language requirement (semesters)
International Business: GB School of Business a major or minor in a language
Global Studies: Interdisciplinary Minor 4 highly recommended
Global Culture GenEd Requirement 3 credits at the 202 or higher level


Visit the Madison Language Institutes resource page on language majors and certificate programs offered at UW-Madison.

Also international internship opportunities are available. Note: not all require a language other than English.


Majors/Degree Programs Language requirement (semesters)
Global Studies Minor  4 semesters or equivalent


Majors/Degree Programs Language requirement (semesters)
Japanese Studies: UWO Major 6, Japanese
International Studies 4, Any language
Minor Programs Language requirement (semesters)
Japanese Language & Culture 5, Japanese
Global Business Minor  8 college credits in 1 language
Certificate Programs Language requirement (semesters)
Japanese Language & Culture 5, Japanese
Global Learning and Citizenship none


Majors/Degree Programs Language requirement (semesters)
Bachelor of Arts & of Sciences: UWP 2, Any language

Stevens Point

Majors/Degree Programs Language requirement (semesters)
International Studies: Dept. of History 5, Any language
Certificate Programs Language requirement (semesters)
Basic Second Language Proficiency 4 of the same language: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish + 2 additional assignments
Language Study Interdisciplinary Certificate 2 semesters


Specializations/Minors Language requirement (semesters)
International Studies: Area Studies Specialization 2, Any language
Applied Foreign Language 4, of one language + 2, of another language
Global Perspectives on Engineering Minor  None

River Falls

Minor Programs Language requirement (semesters)
Asian Studies Minor: UWRF 4, Chinese or Japanese
International Studies: Supporting Courses 1, Any language