Global Competencies Certificate

Before you submit your application, please see Anthony Reuss in Counseling to submit a Major Electives Form.

You will also need to petition to graduate (select Certificate of Achievement). The Petition for Graduation form may be completed online at

Click here to Apply: Honors Global Competencies Certificate

An Honors Global Competencies Certificate of Achievement offers students the opportunity to gain a global perspective in multiple areas of study to enhance their critical thinking and intercultural competencies in order to compete in today’s global economy.  It is useful for those students considering careers in numerous fields, including law, politics, international affairs, education, and social service.  All courses in the certificate program are UC &/or CSU transferable and emphasize areas such as intercultural issues; globalization; world philosophical, political, economic, and social systems; and international relations.  The certificate program also underscores the mission of San Diego Mesa College: “To inspire and enable student success in an environment that is strengthened by diversity, is responsive to our communities, and fosters scholarship, leadership, and responsibility.” 

For the San Diego Mesa College Associate Degree one of the core six student learning outcomes is Global Awareness, “the ability to articulate similarities and contrasts among cultures, times and environments, demonstrating understanding of cultural pluralism and knowledge of global issues.”  This proposal for an Honors Global Competencies Certificate of Achievement connects the college’s vision and values of diversity and the student learning outcome of Global Awareness.

There is a strong international emphasis in the certificate program.  Program goals and objectives include:

  • Contemplation and assessment of the interconnectedness of cultures and nations through time.
  • Exploration of world ecologies and technologies.
  • Analysis of economic, political, and social systems.
  • Proficiency in world languages.
  • Exposure to an array of world customs, religions, and literature through campus activities and speaker series.
  • Recognition, anticipation, and management of change.
  • Providing leadership opportunities.


20 units of coursework must be completed as an honors class or through an honors contract, except for language classes. These courses are divided into three categories: Critical Thinking, Languages, and Global Studies. 

The courses below, offered every year, count toward your certificate:

Fall Honors Courses:

ARTF 110, CHIC 135, ECON 120, ENGL 101, GEOL 100, MATH 119, PERG 120, PSYC 166, SOCO 110, SPAN 101

Spring Honors Courses:

ANTH 103, ARTF 111, BIOL 115, BLAS 155, ECON 121, ENGL 205, HUMA 101, MUSI 100, SOCO 223, SPAN 102