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Cross-Cultural Competence Certificate of Proficiency

The Ethnic Studies and Gender Studies certificates prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions for continued study in African American Studies, Mexican American/Latino Studies, Asian American Studies, American Indian Studies, or Women’s Studies. The department outlined below partially fulfills lower division requirements in those areas. For special requirements, transfer students should consult the catalog of the transfer institution for specific requirements. Ethnic Studies classes in general are helpful for further studies in such diverse fields as history, sociology, ethnic studies, and political science.

This certificate prepares a student to effectively work in our 21st-century cross-cultural environments, both within organizations and in interactions with the public. It provides a framework for a life-long journey of critical reflection and improving upon best practices that move people and institutions toward practices of inclusiveness.

Career Opportunities

Diplomat Corps1
Foreign Officer1
Import / Export Agent2
Law Enforcement1
Museum Technician
Social Worker1
Travel Agent


Bachelor’s Degree or higher required.


Bachelor Degree normally recommended.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, our students will be able to do the following:

  1. Assess the influence of intersectionality, culture, perception, language, and non-verbal messages in cross-cultural settings.
  2. Analyze and describe specific barriers to effective cross-cultural interaction and construct solutions.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to interact effectively in cross-cultural situations

Certificate of Proficiency

These Certificates of Proficiency are designed for the student who needs to be prepared to enter an entry-level job. A department-issued certificate may be awarded upon successful completion of a prescribed course of study. These certificates will not appear on a student’s transcript.

ETHN-115Introduction to Cultural Competence3
Total Units3