Enhanncing Global Awareness

Earn Your Certificate in Cross Cultural Competence

What is it?

Florida Tech's Certificate in Cross Cultural Competence is a non-credit program that allows undergraduate students to certify their preparation for the global workforce through academic courses, co-curricular activities and select international experiences. Through the program, students learn to anticipate and navigate the challenges of a global environment. Specifically, students learn effective cross-cultural communication and how to develop strategies for solving global issues. Ultimately, a student who chooses to participate in the Cross Cultural Competence certificate program is one who believe in the importance of becoming an informed, creative and productive global citizen, and who wishes to add a valuable credential to his or her resume and transcript.

This program has been designed and developed in accordance with Florida Tech's ongoing Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).

Program Overview

To complete the Certificate in Cross Cultural Competence, students must earn a total of 32 non-credit "points" throughout their time at Florida Tech. These points are typically earned in accordance with the following recommended timeline:

Freshman - 8 Points

  • University Experience Course - Introduction to Cross Cultural Competency and Global Awareness (4 pts)
  • Cross Cultural Training Workshop (4 pts)

Sophomore & Junior Years - 16 Points

  • Academic Coursework (4 pts)
  • Study Abroad, Internships, Practicum (4 pts)
  • University-approved Co-Curricular Activites (8 pts)

Senior Year - 8 Points

  • Capstone Project (4 pts)
  • Final Certificate Evaluation (4 pts)


Approved academic courses, co-curricular activities and international experiences are as follows:

Academic Requirements

U.S. students must:

  • Complete a minimum of two semesters of college-level study in a single foreign language.

International students must:

  • Pass the English Proficiency exam or receive an English requirement waiver through the Office of Undergraduate Admission; native English speakers must pass two semesters of a foreign language.

All participants must pass two semesters of courses with a modern, international focus. Students will receive both academic credit and certificate points for completion of the following approved courses.


  • AVF 3010: International Flight Operations Training
  • AVM 4401: International Air Commerce


  • BUS 1801: Global Business Perspectives
  • BUS 3801: Cross-Cultural Management
  • BUS 3802: Global Macroeconomic Issues
  • BUS 3805: Emerging Markets Strategies
  • BUS 4219: Globalization & Corporate Social Responsibility
  • BUS 4220: International Accounting & Reporting
  • BUS 4504: Special Topics: An International Experience
  • BUS 4516: Global Strategic Management of Technology
  • BUS 4686: International Marketing
  • BUS 4701: International Business
  • BUS 4801: International Trade
  • BUS 4802: Global Accounting & Tax
  • BUS 4803: Global Fiscal Management


  • ENS 1000: The Whole Earth Course
  • ENS 3101: Atmospheric Environments
  • ENS 4001: The Earth System
  • ENS 4009: Environmental Satellite Systems & Data
  • ENS 4010: Geographic Information Systems
  • MET 3401: Synoptic Meteorology I
  • MET 3402: Synoptic Meteorology II
  • MET 4233: Remote Sensing for Meteorology
  • MET 4310: Climatology
  • OCE 4522: Coastal Engineering Processes & Shoreline Design
  • OCE 4563: Port & Harbor Design
  • OCN 1010: Oceanography
  • OCN 2407: Meteorology
  • OCN 3103: Biological Oceanography
  • OCN 3301: Geological Oceanography
  • OCN 4106: Mitigation & Restoration of Coastal Systems
  • OCN 4204: Marine & Environmental Pollution

Psychology & Liberal Arts

  • COM 3045: Intercultural Communications
  • COM 3085: Special Topics in Applied Communication
  • COM 4130: Global Communication
  • HUM 1015: Mythology
  • HUM 2085: Critical Approaches to Humanities & Soc. Sciences
  • HUM 2140: World Architecture
  • HUM 2141: World Art History I
  • HUM 2142: World Art History II
  • HUM 2385: Special Topics in World History
  • HUM 3026: The Civilization of Islam
  • HUM 3027: History & Culture of China
  • HUM 3085: Special Topics in Humanities
  • HUM 3285: Special Topics in Literature
  • HUM 3351: History of Science & Technology I
  • HUM 3352: History of Science & Technology II
  • HUM 3385: Special Topics in History
  • HUM 3521: World Religions
  • LNG 1101-02: Elementary French 1 and II
  • LNG 1201-02: Elementary German 1 and II
  • LNG 1301-02: Elementary Spanish 1 and II
  • LNG 1601-02: Elementary Italian I and II
  • LNG 1701-02: Elem. Chinese Language & Culture I and II
  • LNG 2101-02: Intermediate French I and II
  • LNG 2201-02: Intermediate German I and II
  • LNG 2301-02: Intermediate Spanish I and II
  • LNG 3301-02: Advanced Spanish I and II
  • LNG 3085: Special Topics in Foreign Language Literature
  • LNG 3401: General Linguistics
  • PSY 2444: Cross-Cultural and Ethnic Psychology
  • PSY 4541: Culture & Psychology
  • SOC 1102: Global Perspective


  • BIO 2955: Biology and Ecology/Coral Reefs
  • BIO 3935: Ecology of Tropical Systems
  • BIO 3940: Tropical Marine Ecology
  • BIO 4420: Pre-Columbian Ecosystems
  • BIO 4421: Neotropical Archaeology
  • BIO 4515: Ecology of Coral Reefs
  • BIO 4904: Field Biology & Evolution of the Galapagos Islands
  • ISC 3250: Systems, Governance, and Sustainability

Co-Curricular University Activities

All students must complete 20 hours of active participation in activities that expand their knowledge of, and experience with, ethnicities, cultures, languages, nationalities and religions outside of their own.

Pre-approved options include:

Complete list TBD

International Experiences

U.S. students must:

  • Participate in a Florida Tech approved study abroad program and, upon return, answer 10 short-answer reflection questions about their experience; OR
  • Complete an internship, research experience or practicum abroad and, upon return, submit a personal statement justifying your experience along with a letter from your supervisor or mentor, confirming that you have completed the experience.

International students must:

  • Answer 10 short-answer reflection questions about their experience studying here in the U.S.; OR
  • Complete an internship, research experience or practicum outside of the U.S. (but not in your home country) and, upon return, submit a personal statement justifying your experience along with a letter from your supervisor or mentor, confirming that you have completed the experience.

International Academic Programs (Study Abroad)