Comprised of 30.0 academic units, the Certificate is based on the concept of a minor concentration in Arts and Science. However, being offered in the form of a Certificate rather than a level of concentration, it is open to students in a range of concentrations and degree programs.
The basic components of the Certificate (language acquisition, cultural and intercultural studies, and the study abroad experience) contribute to personal and professional development: communications skills, intercultural competence, resiliency and coping skills are cultivated and strengthened by the various program requirements. These skills are beneficial in many contexts, and will be a valuable asset beyond your years of university education.
Successful completion of the International Studies program is recognised on your Queen's transcript, as well as with the award of a certificate upon graduation. For students intending to apply to graduate or professional schools, the entry on your transcript will demonstrate that you have opted to enhance your undergraduate studies with this formal academic option. This will also enable you to note the Certificate program on the education section of your résumé, drawing it to the attention of potential employers.
The Certificate in International Studies was one of the first certificate programs at Queen's to be formally approved by Senate. First awarded in June 2001, the Certificate has the potential to become increasingly well-recognised as more Queen's students graduate with it. Senate approval of the Certificate confers the recognition and respect traditionally associated with a Queen's qualification.