Intercultural Competence Badge

The Intercultural Training Certificate Program (ITC) is excited to offer a new badge in Intercultural Competence. The Intercultural Competence Badge is available to both degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking students.

What is a digital badge?

A digital badge, or simply "badge," is a credential that recognizes a student’s completion of a coherent and meaningful academic experience. A badge allows students to promote academic achievements online more effectively and in different venues than would be possible with a transcript. For example, you could link your digital badge to your LinkedIn profile.

How do you do earn the badge?

To earn the badge, you are required to take a total of 3 courses as listed below.

If you are currently admitted to GVSU, you can immediately pursue the Intercultural Competence Badge by registering for one or more of the following courses:

Both of the following (required):
ITC 100: Introduction to Intercultural Competence (3 credits, face-to-face, hybrid, or online)
LIB 201: Diversity in the U.S. (3 credits, face-to-face, hybrid, or online)

One of the following electives:
AAS 200: Introduction to African American Studies (3 credits, face-to-face, hybrid, or online)
GSI 201: Introduction to Global Studies (3 credits, face-to-face, hybrid, or online)
MES 201: Introduction to Middle Eastern Studies (3 credits, face-to-face, hybrid, or online)
WGS 200: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies (3 credits, face-to-face, hybrid, or online)
EAS 201: Introduction to East Asian Studies (3 credits, face-to-face)
REL 200: Introduction to Religious Studies (3 credits face-to-face)
WGS 225: Introduction to LGBTQ Studies (3 credits, face-to-face)

What if I am not a student at GVSU yet?

1. If you are seeking the Intercultural Competence badge and are not a degree-seeking student (or a student who just wants the badge), you will need to be admitted to GVSU first. See the admissions website.

2. Once you are admitted as a non-degree-seeking student, register for the courses listed above.

Do I have to take them all at once, or can I spread them out?

You do not need to take these courses all at once in order to earn the badge. You can take them at your convenience. You can register for courses delivered in online, hybrid, or face-to-face formats. Most are offered each Fall and Winter semester, and some are offered in the spring/summer sessions.

Once I have completed the courses, how do I "get" my digital badge?

When you have completed the badge requirements, you can email the Intercultural Training Certificate office. They will confirm your completion and award you the badge on is the badging platform that is used to store, display, share, and manage digital badges. Credly alerts individuals who meet the established criteria via email with instructions on how to accept the badge. The instructions include information about creating an account with Credly. Once accepted, the badge will be publicly available on your profile. Credly displays not only the badge icon but provides additional metadata that describes the accomplishment and the criteria that the earner was required to meet. Credly is free to use and it makes it easy to share badges with individuals and post to personal websites or social media platforms such as LinkedIn.

For additional information, email Joel Wendland, coordinator, or call 616-331-8192.


Page last modified October 9, 2018