Intercultural Competence Badge

The Intercultural Competence Program (ITC) is excited to offer a new digital badge in Intercultural Competence beginning Winter 2019. The ITC Badge is available to both degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking students at all levels. With classes available in fully online, hybrid, and/or face-to-face formats it is also open to busy professionals around the globe as well as those here at GVSU and in West Michigan.

What is a digital badge?

A digital badge, or simply "badge," is a credential that recognizes your completion of a coherent and meaningful academic experience. A badge allows you 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. Unlike certificates or minors that are granted only after you complete your Bachelor's degree, the badge is granted as soon as you complete the badge requirements and apply to receive the badge. This means that in as little as 4-6 months, you can have earned this credential, enhancing your professional dossier and making you more competitive to prospective employers.

How do you do earn the ITC Badge?

To earn the ITC Badge, you are required to take a total of 3 courses (9 credits) 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:

  • REL 100: Introduction to Religious Studies (3 credits, face-to-face or online)
  • AAA 201: Introduction to African American Studies (3 credits, face-to-face, hybrid, or online)
  • GSI 201: (Dis)Order and (In)Justice: An Introduction to Global Studies (3 credits, face-to-face, hybrid, or online)
  • MES 201: Introduction to the Middle East (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: East Asia in the Contemporary World (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?

1. If you are seeking the Intercultural Competence badge and are not currently a degree-seeking student, you will need to be admitted to GVSU first. The application for undergraduate non-degree seeking students can be found here

2. Once you are admitted as a non-degree-seeking student, you can register for the courses listed above. If you encounter difficulty registering, please contact IRIS: The Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies Department.

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. All courses required for the ITC badge are delivered in online, hybrid, and/or face-to-face formats; those formats are noted in the list above. Both required courses (ITC 100 and LIB 201) are offered year-around in both online and seated formats. Some of the electives, including REL 100 are also offered online year-around as well.

How do I "get" my digital badge?

Anyone interested in pursing the Intercultural Competence Badge should complete the application on this website. You can do that prior to taking any of the required courses or at any point in your studies. When you have completed the badge requirements, you should  email the ITC Program Coordinator. They will confirm your completion and award you the badge on Acclaim.

Acclaim is the badging platform that is used to store, display, share, and manage digital badges earned at GVSU. Once approved by the ITC Program Coordinator, you will receive an email from Acclaim and will be prompted to create an account. Once issued by the department, the badge will be publicly available on your profile. Acclaim displays not only the badge icon but provides additional metadata that describes the accomplishment and the criteria that the earner was required to meet. Acclaim 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, call or email IRIS: The Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies Department at 616-331-8020 or

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Page last modified May 25, 2019