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Global Communications undergraduate adult online certificate

The global communications certificate prepares you with skills in effective communication within and across diverse international organizations.

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Program Overview

Core courses ground you in cultural competency, written and spoken discourse, and experiential learning. You will demonstrate effective multimodal persuasion and messaging that you can apply within a range of workplace, digital, and societal settings. Skills development is enhanced through interdisciplinary electives that situate global communication skills within particular job sectors and/or contexts.

Getting Started

Contact Adult and Continuing Studies to speak with a faculty advisor who can help you plan the best and most direct course to complete the certificate requirements.

Why Study Global Communications at Grand Valley?

  • You will demonstrate effective communication skills that can be applied within a range of workplace, digital, and societal settings.
  • You can create stackable credentials that enhance your degree and bolster your resume.
  • Courses are offered fully online, in six-week accelerated formats, so you can complete it in one year or less.

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For More Information

Adult and Continuing Studies

(616) 331-7180

To learn more about this certificate either as part of a degree or as a stand-alone certificate option, schedule an appointment with an advisor.

Location & Format

This program is available fully online.



Core courses, eight credits:

  • ITC 100 - Introduction to Intercultural Competence
  • WRT 354 - Writing in the Global Context: Culture, Technology, and Language Practices
  • ITC 490 - Practicum: Intercultural Learning Experience

Electives, six credits. Students are required to select one course from each category below:

  • Media, Modes, and Methods - options include classes in intercultural communications, digital literacies, global environment, or sacred texts
  • Theory in Practice - options include ethics, digital culture, business communication, writing for the web, and digital crime