Undergraduate Certificate in Global Studies
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online*, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 75% of the certificate total
Next Start Date
Jan 15, 2024
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Impact the Nations with a Certificate in Global Studies

Do you have a desire to impact other nations? With a Global Studies Certificate, you can be better prepared to impact others on a global scale. In Liberty’s Global Studies Certificate, you can prepare to engage with other cultures and help people no matter where they are. Meeting the needs of others can be difficult without a sensitivity to the culture and the environment that you are in. With a certificate in global studies, you can better prepare to take the next step in making lasting and meaningful change.

Whether you are new to the idea of global engagement or are a seasoned veteran, a certificate in global studies can help you take the next step in your career. Partner with us and take your career to the next level with a Global Studies Certificate.

*Some exclusions apply. Please refer to our exclusions page for more information.

Why Choose Liberty’s Undergraduate Certificate in Global Studies Program?

We know that flexibility and quality are important to you. That is why our Global Studies Certificate is offered 100% online with no set login times. That way, you can complete your courses from the comfort of home. Additionally, Liberty is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), so you can be confident that you are receiving a world-class education. Our professors are experts in their field with advanced degrees in related areas of study who are dedicated to your personal success

After completing your Global Studies Certificate, you may be interested in furthering your education with our Bachelor of Science in Religion – Global Studies. With courses that are designed to transfer into this bachelor’s degree, you can be well on your way to earning another credential.

By pursuing our Undergraduate Certificate in Global Studies, you can further your education while still managing your family, workplace, and community responsibilities. Our 100% online format allows you to grow your global concentration skill set without the need to come to our residential campus.

Our global studies courses are designed to produce Christ-centered leaders with the values, knowledge, and intercultural skills required to excel as individuals in their communities, lead as professionals in their concentration, and serve as followers of Christ in the global context of the 21st century.

Potential Career Options with an Undergraduate Certificate in Global Studies

Our Global Studies Certificate can help you prepare for several career paths. Depending on your current knowledge, education level, and experience, there are many different positions that could benefit from our accredited certificate:

  • Disaster relief coordinator
  • Global nonprofit/non-governmental organization (NGO) service worker
  • Global refugee worker
  • Human rights advocate
  • International development/aid worker

The skills that you gain from our certificate in global studies can be an asset in many other aspects of the global service world as you pursue positions of added responsibility. Take the next step towards your personal and professional goals with a Global Studies Certificate from Liberty University.

Additional education or training may be required for some jobs or occupations. Conferral of a certificate does not guarantee job placement.

Common Questions

Is a certificate in global studies the same as an international studies certificate online?

What can I do with a Global Studies certificate?

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What Will You Learn in Liberty’s Undergraduate Certificate in Global Studies?

Our global studies courses cover topics like cultural differences, communication and engagement with other cultures, and an internship so that you can gain practical hands-on experience and turn knowledge into wisdom.

With your internship, you will engage in a culture that is different from your primary culture. You will work with an organization that shares the vision and the heart of our Global Studies program so that you can be career-ready upon graduation.

Required Courses

  • GLST 200 – Introduction to Global Studies
  • GLST 220 – Intercultural Communication and Engagement
  • GLST 290 – Cultural Anthropology
  • GLST 385 – Career Preparation for Global Workers
  • GLST 499 – Global Studies Internship
  • THEO 201 – Theology Survey I
  • THEO 202 – Theology Survey II 
Certificate Information
Military Benefits
Admission Requirements

Highlights of Our Online Undergraduate Certificate in Global Studies 

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of Niche.com’s best online schools in America. Earning your online certificate from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs has not increased in 9 years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university. 
  • You can complete our Undergraduate Certificate in Global Studies in about 2 semesters.
  • To continue our mission of providing affordable education, electronic textbooks are provided for all undergraduate courses at no cost to you. As a full-time student, this could save you an estimated $800-2,000 per year on textbooks!

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Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.

As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits: 

  • Tuition discounts – $250 per credit hour for undergraduate courses
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set log in times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

Admission Requirements for Online Undergraduate Certificate Programs

Applicants must have a 1.5 or above cumulative GPA for all accredited colleges previously attended. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information. 

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts**
  • High School Self-Certification form and official high school transcripts within first 12 credit hours
  • Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

**Please note: You cannot be accepted into this program until Liberty has your official transcripts.