University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

World Competencies Certificate

The Certificate in World Competencies will encourage students to be more informed about regions around the world. It will also hone their analytic, as well linguistic skills.

Post-Secondary Certificate - World Competencies


Language Requirement16-20
Cultural Studies Requirement3
Global/Regional Issues Requirement3
Activities Requirement see requirement below0
Total Hours22-26

Degree Specific Credits: 21-26, depending on the choice of language

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Note: A programmatic international experience, for example, study abroad, can be applied to these requirements. 

Language Requirement

Complete four semesters of one of the following languages:16-20
Elementary Modern Standard Arabic I
Elementary Modern Standard Arabic II
Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic I
Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic II
Elementary Chinese I
Elementary Chinese II
Intermediate Chinese I
Intermediate Chinese II
Elementary French I
Elementary French II
Intermediate French I
Intermediate French II
Elementary German I
Elementary German II
Intermediate German I
Intermediate German II
Elementary Japanese I
Elementary Japanese II
Intermediate Japanese I
Intermediate Japanese II
Elementary Latin I
Elementary Latin II
Intermediate Latin I
Intermediate Latin II
Elementary Russian I
Elementary Russian II
Intermediate Russian I
Intermediate Russian II
Elementary Spanish I
Elementary Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
Total Hours16-20

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Cultural Studies Requirement

Note: The course meeting this requirement should be in the language or the area of expertise, taught either in English or the target language. 

Complete one of the following courses:3
Arabic Studies
The Arab World
Chinese Studies
Chinese Poetry in Translation
Chinese Folktales
French Studies
Intro to Literature in French
French Literature and Culture: Middle Ages and Renaissance
French Literature and Culture: 17th 18th Centuries
French Literature Culture: Long 19th Century
Literature and Culture III: French and Francophone Literatures and Cultures of the 20th Century
The French Cinema
Survey of African Cinema
Studies in French Prose
Studies in French Drama
Studies in French Poetry
German Studies
Introduction to German Culture and Civilization
Introduction to German Literature
Introduction to Multicultural Literature in Contemporary Germany
Survey of German Cinema
Nature and the Environment in German Literature and Film
German Culture & Civilization
German Culture: Beginnings to Romanticism
Germ Culture: Romanticism to the Present
German Literature 1760-1832
19th Century German Literature
20th and 21st Century German Literature
Japanese Studies
Advanced Japanese
Advanced Japanese
Japanese Film and Anime
Modern Japanese Writers and Thinkers
Introduction to Classical Japanese
Advanced Japanese for Professionals
Post-War Japanese Literature
Latin/Classical Studies
Classical Mythology
The Epic
Greek Drama: Politics on Stage
Ancient Greece
Ancient Rome
Russian Studies
Russian Cinema and Culture
Russia to 1881
Russia Since 1881
Intro to Russian Culture
Evil and the Supernatural in Russian Literature
Beauty, Power and Pride in Russian Literature
19th-Century Russian Authors
20th-Century Russian Authors
Russian Short Story
Russian Poetry
Spanish/Latin American Studies
Spanish: Oral and Written Expression
Topics in Hispanic Culture
Contemporary Spanish Lit
Cultures and Societies of Latin America
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Global/Regional Issues Requirement

Note: Other courses may fulfill this requirement at the discretion of the certificate advisor.

Complete one of the following courses:3
Intro to South & S. East Asia
The Silk Road
Central Asian Culture and Civilization
Intro to Archaeology
Foundations of Civilization
Archaeological Wonders of the World
Peoples and Cultures of World
Art of World Civilization: 1400 to Present
International Business
Nature and Society
Human Geography
Geography of World Regions
Regional Geography (Multiple Regions)
Western Civilization I
Western Civilization II
Honors Western Civilization I
Honors Western Civilization II
Colonial Latin America
Modern Latin America
East Asian Civilizations
Islamic Civilization: Classical Age
Terrorism: Violence in the Modern World
Latin America: Reform & Revolution
Iran Between Two Revolutions
Nationalism and the Modern Middle East
The Irish
Literature in the Irish Lang
Irish/N Irish Literature
Medieval Literature
British Romanticism
Intro to Comparative Government
Intro to International Relations
Revolution & Reform in Modern China
Politics of Europe
Politics of Latin America
Politics of Africa
Politics of Mexico
Politics of China
International Security
European Union
Model United Nations
State Formation
Social Issues Southeast Asia
Social Stratification
Population and Society
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Activities Requirement

Note: Students are required to retain documentation tracking participation/attendance of such activities, which will be signed by the MCLL chair.

• Participation in eight (8) campus activities with an international focus (these activities are not for credit). Examples of such activities could include participating club events; attending campus lectures that have an international focus; volunteering for Foreign Language Day; or going to cultural events (art exhibit, theater performance) that have an international theme.