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2023-2024 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Leadership, Undergraduate Certificate


The leadership certificate prepares graduates with core training in six primary competencies: (1) leadership integrity (identity and values); (2) structural awareness; (3) interpersonal and conflict management skills; (4) diversity and cultural competency; (5) creative/critical decision-making; and (6) written/oral communication skills. These competencies align with the essential skills necessary for 21st century, cross-sector leadership.

Students wishing to earn the certificate can do so either as a free-standing certificate or as part of a major in integrative studies (B.A. or B.S.). Courses within this program are offered in fully online, six-week accelerated formats for degree completion students. Any GVSU student can earn a leadership certificate by completing the required courses listed as follows. These courses are offered in traditional, hybrid, and fully online formats. Many students are able to complete the certificate in one year or less.

We encourage you to contact the Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies Department (IRIS) to speak with a faculty advisor who can help you plan the best and most direct course to complete the certificate requirements: (616)331-8020 or email: [email protected].

Requirements for the Certificate

Core Courses (6 credits)

Electives (6 credits)

Students are required to select two courses:

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