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Cross-Cultural Skills, with Conversational-Level Second Language 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 students to work in a job requiring cross-cultural interpersonal communication and multi-lingual skills. Cultural proficiency through these courses provides students with a worldview and ways to effectively recognize, respond to, and plan for issues that arise in diverse environments. Completion of these courses prepares a student to integrate cross-cultural knowledge and communication skills when conversing in English or another language with people of diverse backgrounds and/or identities.

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

At the end of these three classes, students will be able to:

  1. Integrate cross-cultural knowledge and communication skills when interacting orally or in writing with people of diverse backgrounds and/or identities.

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
Select one of the following:3
Communication Studies: Race and Ethnicity
Communication Studies: Race and Ethnicity
Intercultural Communication
Select one of the following:3-5
Conversational Arabic II
Conversational French II
Conversational German II
Conversational Japanese II
Conversational Russian II
Conversational Spanish II
American Sign Language IV
Total Units9-11