Areas of Study
The International Studies Certificate program at Pitt-Johnstown is designed to combine, related course work in areas of study, including foreign language, research tools, core courses, and courses allowing specialized study of a specific region of the world or cross-regional issues or problems. Students focus their study by selecting one of the following certificate programs:
International Studies - General (Focus: Europe and Modern Asia)
This program focuses on politics, economics, and cultures of developed democracies as well as the relationships between them, including issues such as international trade, diplomacy, and international organizations.
International Studies - General (Focus: Global South)
This program focuses the politics and societies of developing economies and emerging markets, especially in Latin America, Africa, South East Asia, and the Middle East. Questions of economic and political development and the issue of global interdependence are core areas of interest.
International Studies - General (Thematic Focus)
This program specializes on a global or international theme a student wishes to pursue in depth. Ideally, students will develop a cross-regional expertise by focusing on how an issue area affects more than one global region. Topics include human rights, democratization, international environmental problems, international women's issues, etc. On occasion, students will choose language training as their theme and develop high-level competency in two or maybe three languages. Since there is considerable latitude under this option, the sequence of courses will have to be pre-approved after close consultations with the International Studies Director. In preparation for this, the student will need to develop a well-defined, clearly stated objective followed by a program of study that can credibly meet that objective.
International Studies - Business
The International Business program allows you to enjoy the "best of both worlds" by combining your Pitt-Johnstown coursework with the once-in-a-lifetime chance to study abroad. The ISCB will provide students with the special knowledge and experience necessary to succeed in today's global marketplace. This is a unique distinction that can really differentiate you in your career serach and interviewing process.
International Studies - French
Students wishing to combine their interest in French language and culture with related classes in other disciplines and with a study abroad experience should opt for this certificate. By being essentially a non-degree minor, it is intended to promote the interests of both the career oriented student and the student whose expectations of a Liberal Arts education include becoming a more informed and, thus, better global citizen.
International Studies - Geography
This program offers an in-depth focus on geography and can be thought of in some sense as a non-degree minor. It is intended to promote the interests of both the career oriented student and the student whose expectations of a Liberal Arts education include enhancement of one's capacity to function as an informed citizen and to understand and enjoy the world.
International Studies - Spanish
This program offers an in-depth focus on Spanish language and culture and can be thought of in some sense as a non-degree minor. It is intended to promote the interests of both the career oriented student and the student whose expectations of a Liberal Arts education include enhancement of one's capacity to function as an informed citizen and to understand and enjoy the world.
International Studies - Communications
Communication is a dynamic, exciting, and ever-changing discipline that examines the phenomenon of human interaction. If you are curious about the world around you and want to improve your professional and personal relationships, the certificate in Media Communication with its study abroad component can greatly enhance these skills.
International Studies Certificate - still Pending
Steps to obtain the International Studies Certificate
Please note: You usually select general education courses or courses in the Major that "double count" also toward the IS Certificate and will therefore be able to obtain it without taking many extra classes. Any course whose content focuses to 50% or more on matters outside the US may potentially count.
(1) Make an appointment with the International Studies Advisor (104 Krebs Hall).
(2) Bring a copy of your transcripts or degree audit to ascertain what courses you have already taken.
(3) Consult with the International Studies Advisor and determine your Focus Area and course of study.
(5) See the International Studies Advisor at least once a year to update your file on the progress you are making toward the certificate.
(6) When you apply for Graduation with the Registrar you must also apply for the International Studies Certificate.
(7) Make sure you present your final degree audit/transcript to the International Studies Advisor to update your file and verify that you have completed all requisite coursework.
(8) The International Studies Director will then confirm the completion of the IS Certificate with the Registrar's Office.
Interested students may explore potential directions of study within the international studies certificate program by reviewing the track sheets linked to the individual areas of study. Also, all students pursuing an International Studies Certificate are encouraged to build an appropriate study abroad experience into their curriculum, either during the academic year or during the summer months, and to participate in Model United Nations or Model European Union intercollegiate competitions.