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Queen's University

Courses for the Cross-Cultural College Certificate

The Cross-Cultural College Certificate program consists of at least 18.0 units of courses taken from the following thematic areas: multicultural studies, international relations, Canadian and Asian Studies. A major advantage of the Cross-Cultural College program is that most of the required courses are the same as those which, depending on their plan, students would normally take to fulfill their degree requirements at Queen's. 

An additional, unique aspect of the program is a series of joint courses in which Canadian and Japanese students study and work together. There are three joint courses: the Joint Seminar, the Global Internship, and the Global Career Seminar. All students participating in the KGU Cross-Cultural College must take at least one of these joint courses. Please note that academic credit will be awarded for all courses taken as part of the KGU Cross-Cultural College, including the joint courses.

To qualify for the certificate, students must complete courses from all of the 4 groups listed below. There is no stipulation as to what disciplinary perspective is taken, but ideally Canada, Japan, Asia and Pacific regions would be focussed on in part or in full. The course groupings are:

Group A: Multicultural Issues and Theory (3.0 units)
This group of courses concentrates on multicultural issues and theory and/or examines particular regions or global phenomena dealing with multicultural dynamics. 

Group B: International Relations Issues and Theory (3.0 units)
This group of courses concentrates on International Relations issues and theory, and/or looks at particular national or global situations. 

Group C: Cross-Cultural College Core Courses (3.0 units)
One (or more) of the courses from the CCC Summer programs (the Joint Seminar, the Global Internship in Japan (as part of the 3.0 unit "Global Internship in Japan" or 6.0 unit "Global Internship in Canada and Japan" programs), or the Global Career Seminar) or the Global Career Seminar option during the Fall and Winter terms.

Group D: Cross-Cultural Skills and Knowledge (9.0 units)
This group of courses should have cross-cultural focussed skills and knowledge content. For Japanese students, English language ability is emphasized along with Canadian Studies courses. In the case of Canadian students, some Japan/Asia content courses and Japanese language courses are encouraged.




Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, and that courses not listed may still be eligible for the Certificate: 

  • For Group A, courses that look at ethnocultures, ethnicity, diaspora, human rights, and transnational communities.
  • For Group B, courses that examine globalization, international law, economics relations, and diplomacy.
  • For Group C, no substitutes are allowed.
  • For Group D, Japanese language courses, Japanese/Asian studies courses. 

If a course is not listed in the curriculum chart posted above, however you feel fits into one of these categories, and/or you are unsure if it is eligible for the Certificate, please contact us at

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