Global Competency (Certificate)


Summer 2023: Currently accepting applications

Fall 2023: Currently accepting applications

Winter 2024: Currently accepting applications

Admission Type
Open Enrolment - General Admission Requirements


Build your cultural expertise and become a global citizen with the Global Competency Certificate. This 15-credit credential will give you the knowledge and skills to adapt, innovate and lead in an increasingly interconnected and rapidly changing world. You’ll gain skills in critical thinking and intercultural communication skills while expanding your knowledge of diverse world views.

You can complete this certificate while in your current program and will apply your new skills to a global or local learning experience such as an exchange, field school or volunteer opportunity. This credential is an asset for careers in international education, refugee and immigrant services, international business, global supply chain management, environmental sustainability, international relations and more.

Admissions Requirements


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Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements

Academic Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 15 credits of coursework:
    • 12 credits of coursework deemed GCC eligible (see list of GCC-eligible courses below and notes 1,2), and
    • 3 credit global citizenship course: GLGC 1101 or equivalent (3 credits) (note 3)
  • 50% (7.5 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College

Non-academic Requirements:

  • Completion of a GCC-eligible international and/or intercultural learning experience (see list of GCC-eligible experiences below)


1.     Global competency courses are designated as “GCC-Eligible” on the curriculum guideline

2.     No more than 6 credits from a language or intercultural communications courses.

3.     Global citizenship courses are designated as “GCC-Citizenship” in the course description.


List of GCC-Eligible Courses

Applied Community Studies

  • CFCS 1112 Working in Communities
  • CFCS 1142 Introduction to Aboriginal Child, Youth and Family Practice
  • CFCS 2332 Strengthening the Family Spirit - Working from Aboriginal Perspectives with Elders' Teachings
  • CFCS 2432 Understanding Indigenous Perspectives and Experiences
  • CFCS 3040 International Service Learning Experience
  • CFCS 3900 Perspective in International and Community Development
  • CSSW 1100 Introduction to Social Work Practice
  • CSSW 1122 Interviewing and Counselling Skills
  • CYCC 1142 Introduction to Aboriginal Child and Youth Care Practice
  • CYCC 2452 Enhancing Resilience in Aboriginal Children and Youth
  • INTR 1102 Allyship and the Deaf Community
  • INTR 2110 Positionality in the Deaf Community
  • INTR 2201 Deafhood: Pathways to Identity & Diversity 
  • THRT 2306 Inclusive Leisure Practice
  • THRT 3601 Community Development Concepts and Applications in Health and Social Services

Commerce and Business Administration 

  • BLAW 3700 Fundamentals of International Trade Law
  • FINC 3305 International Financial Management

Health Sciences 

  • NURS 3315 Leadership: Partners in Health Promotion
  • NURS 3411 Nursing Art & Science: Vulnerable Populations
  • NURS 3415 Applied Nursing Ethics, Leadership and Moral Courage
  • NURS 4515 Leadership: Influencing Health Care Reform
  • PNUR 2171 Family Health Promotion of Psychiatric Nursing Practice
  • PNUR 2285 Psychiatric Nursing in Addictions and Mental Health
  • PNUR 4501 Psychiatric Nursing Leadership and Management 
  • PNUR 4562 Psychiatric Nursing Clinical Practice IV (Episodic and Complex Health Challenges)
  • PNUR 4572 Psychiatric Nursing Community Concepts 

Humanities and Social Sciences

  • ANTH 1100 Introduction to Social & Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 1101 World Prehistory: Ancient Peoples and Places
  • ANTH 1130 The Anthropology of Religion
  • ANTH 1160 Indigenous Cultures of Canada
  • ANTH 1170 Anthropology in Developing Countries
  • ANTH 2020 Visual and Sensory Anthropology
  • ANTH 2220 Anthropology of Healing
  • ANTH 2230 Ecology and Culture: Global Diversity and Inequality
  • ANTH 2240 The Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality
  • ANTH 2250 The Anthropology of Music
  • HIST 1101 History of World Societies, 3000 BCE to 1500 CE
  • HIST 1102 A History of World Societies, 1500 to 1914
  • HIST 1103 World History, 1900 - 1945
  • HIST 1104 World History Since 1945
  • HIST 1105 Global Issues in Historical Perspective
  • HIST 1113 Canada Before Confederation
  • HIST 1114 Canada After Confederation
  • HIST 1120 Modern Africa
  • HIST 1125 The Modern Middle East
  • HIST 1140 American History: An Introduction
  • HIST 1155 Asian History: An Introduction
  • HIST 1165 Health and Medicine in History
  • HIST 1170 Global Indigenous Histories
  • HIST 2201 Early Modern Europe
  • HIST 2206 History of the British Isles
  • HIST 2210 History of British Columbia
  • HIST 2215 Canadian Lives: An Introduction to Social and Cultural History
  • HIST 2250 Modern China: An Introduction
  • HIST 2252 Modern South Asia: An Introduction
  • HIST 2260 Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Canada, 1600-1870
  • HIST 2261 Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Canada, 1870 to the Present
  • HIST 2270 History of Indigenous People in Canada
  • HIST 3300 The Atlantic World: Africa, Europe and The Americas, 1500 - 1900
  • HIST 3305 Europe Since 1945
  • HIST 3306 Modern Germany: From 1871 to the Present
  • HIST 3315 Canada Since 1945
  • HIST 3325 Immigration, Diversity and Multiculturalism in North America
  • HIST 4480 The Holocaust in Modern Memory
  • INST 1100 Introduction to International Studies

Language, Literature and Performing Arts 

  • CMNS 1104 Foundations of Intercultural Communication
  • CMNS 1217 Intercultural Communication in the Workplace
  • CMNS 1220 Communication and Social Change
  • CMNS 2200 Global Media and Communication
  • CMNS 2317 Intercultural Conflict in Interpersonal Relationships
  • GSWS 1101 Contemporary Issues in Gender, Sexualities and Women's Studies
  • LING 1102 Linguistic Diversity and Cultural Diversity

Science and Technology 

  • ENGR 1100 Engineering and Technology in Society
  • SPSC 1105 Introduction to the Study of Sport and Leisure in Society
  • SPSC 2205 Socio-Cultural Aspects of Health and the Body
  • SPSC 2281 Sociological Aspects of Sport
  • SPSC 2292 Introduction to the Administration and Management of Sport, Recreation and Leisure Services
  • SPSC 2381 The Rise of Modern Sport and Physical Education
  • SPSC 5398 Dance Education
  • SPSC 5499 Curriculum Issues: Physical and Health Education


List of GCC-Eligible Experiences

  • Belize Field School
  • Greece Field School
  • Iceland Field School
  • Italy Field School
  • Mexico Field School
  • Philippines Field School
  • Scotland Field School
  • Switzerland Field School
  • Wales Field School (Early Childhood Education)
  • Wales Field School (HSS/LLPA)
  • Uganda Field School
  • Hawaii Field Trip (Biology)
  • Disney Work and Learn Program
  • Global Engagement-Approved International Exchange Programs
  • Global Engagement-Approved International Work Co-op Placements
  • Global Engagement-Approved Summer Study Abroad Programs 
  • Japan Hotel School Specialized Academic Program
  • Shanghai Normal Specialized Academic Program


Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.