The Global Communications Certificate prepares graduates with skills in effective communication within and across diverse international organizations by focusing on intercultural learning and competence in the global workplace.

The Global Communications Certificate is available as a free-standing certificate or as part of a major in Integrative Studies, including Grand Valley's LEADS (Lifelong Educational Attainment for Diverse Students) Program.

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Program Description

The Global Communication Certificate is a 14-hour certificate housed within the Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies Department (IRIS). Core courses ground students in cultural competency, written and spoken discourse, and experiential learning. Graduates of this program will demonstrate effective multi-modal persuasion and messaging that can be applied 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.

Earn the certificate as a free-standing certificate or as part of a major in Integrative Studies (B.A. or B.S.). This program also supports students to earn an Intercultural Competence Digital Badge, creating stackable credentials that bolster your dossier. Most students complete this program in one year or less.

Courses within this program are offered in fully online, 6-week accelerated formats for degree completion students. Any GVSU student can earn a Global Communication Certificate by completing the required courses listed below. These courses are offered in traditional, hybrid, and fully online formats.


$500 per credit hour. Most classes are 3 credits, so you can generally count on $1,500 per class.

Some options to help finance your degree include:

  • Grants and loans: Fill out the FAFSA.
  • Scholarships: Several scholarships are specifically targeted to adult students and our advisors are happy to help you find these.
  • Company deferment: This plan allows you to defer the amount your employer will pay in tuition benefits until the end of the semester.

Next Steps

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