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Office of the University Registrar

2005-06 Undergraduate Catalog

Certificate Programs

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African American Studies

This is an interdisciplinary program that explores the experiences of people of African origin in the United States and the African American Diaspora. It is holistic in focus and seeks to establish the interconnectedness of past and present ideologies with cultural practices, social processes and institutions that affect Black life in contemporary society.

Students must complete a minimum of 15 credits of approved courses with a total of nine credits in African American Studies and two courses outside the major.

Please contact the program director, 3323 Turlington Hall, 352-392-5724, for information.

Asian American Studies

This is an interdisciplinary program that examines the history and experiences of people of Asian descent in America. Students must complete 12 credits of approved courses with a grade of C or better to earn a certificate. Courses are offered by the departments of English, History, Political Science, Sociology, and the Center for Womenís Studies and Gender Research.

For advice or information, contact Dr. Malllini Schueller, faculty adviser,; 4008 Turlington Hall, 352-392-6650.

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Dance in Healing

The dance area, in conjunction with the Center for the Arts in Healthcare Research and Education (CAHRE) offers this certificate that recognizes studentsí special competencies and achievements in the use of movement to enhance health and healing.

Students who complete the requirements for this certificate leave UF with unique capabilities and experiences. This certificate can serve as a credential for developing complementary career options and will encourage healthcare facilities to expand or initiate arts programs.

Students interested in obtaining this certificate should apply by their junior year. The student must attain a 3.0 GPA in the courses listed below, all of which have prerequisites:

    • Intermediate or Advanced Modern Dance, 2 credits
    • Composition 1, 2 credits
    • Improvisation or Dance Composition 2, 2 credits
    • Dance in Medicine, 2 credits
    • DAN 4930 Dance Clinical Practice, 3 credits

Students should contact the coordinator of dance,, who will provide additional information on certificate requirements and arrange the clinical work through CAHRE.

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Environmental Studies

A certificate program is available to students concerned with environmental issues. Electives can be structured around an environmental theme, giving experience in an area that may expand career opportunities and increase the studentís knowledge of the physical environment.

A number of environmentally related courses requiring no prerequisites are included for non-science majors. Science majors can relate their major to current environmental problems through more advanced course work.

The environmental studies certificate requires a minimum of 12 credits of approved courses with at least one each from the social, physical and biological sciences to total 9-12 credit hours. An inventory of approved courses is available in 210 Carr Hall, 352-392-1566.

European Union Studies

The European Union Studies Program Certificate (EUSP-C) in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is designed to give UF students the opportunity to gain multidisciplinary expertise as well as practical hands-on experience in EU-related affairs through course work, internship and study abroad opportunities. The EU Studies certificate is open to all UF undergraduates.

To be eligible, students must have an overall GPA of at least 2.5 with a 3.0 in their chosen major. Completion of the certificate requires a total of 12 hours of course work, as well as participation in either an EU-related internship or the summer abroad in Brussels program, Salzburg program or Prague program (3 credit hours). To count for certificate credit, all courses must be completed with a grade of C or better and the combined GPA for all certificate course work must be at least a 3.0.

For advice or information, contact Amie Kreppel, director,

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Human Services and Aging

The Center for Gerontological Studies offers a specialty certificate in human services and aging. This certificate is designed for students interested in careers in human services after completion of the B.A. or B.S. degree, and for students who plan to complete advanced degrees in fields related to counseling, social work or health.

The certificate program has four required courses, one of which is a three-credit internship. Additional electives may be taken in human services courses or courses in aging. For information regarding gerontology courses and programs, refer to Gerontology or call 352-392-2116.

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International Relations

The certificate program includes two courses in the international relations theory core, along with introductory and advanced course work in four major subfields: international political economy, global security, foreign policy and international organization.

To qualify for this certificate, students must successfully complete INR 2001 and International Relations Theory (INR 3603), at least three sub-field courses (INR 3034, 3084, 3102, 3333, or 3502), and at least one advanced sub-field course (INR 4035, 4083, 4204, 4244, 4303, 4531 or 4350).

While successful completion of this 18-credit program will qualify students for the IR certificate, most graduate programs, foreign service organizations and private corporations will be looking for individuals with broad training. Therefore, students should pursue related study in other political science fields and other departments. Students interested in U.S. foreign policy, for example, should consider taking courses in American government. Likewise, students interested in international trade or finance would do well to pursue course work in economics.

In addition, students interested in the international relations of a particular geographical region would benefit from learning about the comparative domestic political systems and/or cultures of those regions and may find courses in comparative politics, geography, anthropology or foreign languages and literatures to be helpful. Many other opportunities for enrichment through interdisciplinary work are available on campus. Additional information is available from international relations faculty and Political Science.

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Latin American Studies

The Center for Latin American Studies, in cooperation with the colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Agricultural and Life Sciences, Business Administration, Design, Construction and Planning, Education, Fine Arts and Journalism and Communications, offers an undergraduate certificate in Latin American studies. Through special arrangements, students in other colleges also may obtain the certificate.

The program is designed to supplement a major with broad cultural and language training appropriate for graduate work or a Latin America-related career in business, government or teaching. In general, it is for students who plan to live in Latin America, work with Latin Americans or interpret Latin American culture to others.

General requirements for the certificate are 24 credit hours in courses with Latin American emphasis. For additional information, specific requirements and a list of courses, students should contact Dr. Deborah Pacini, Center for Latin American Studies, 319 Grinter Hall, 352-392-0375.

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Public Affairs

The certificate in public affairs is designed for those students interested in a career in government. Students are required to earn a grade of C or better in 15 hours of public policy and public administration courses. Students take the core courses in public administration (PAD 3003) and public policy (PUP 3002), and three additional courses on the policy process (e.g., bureaucratic politics), and a course in a substantive policy area (e.g., health politics and policy or politics and ecology). Students are encouraged to serve an internship in government and complete an honors thesis in the area of public affairs.

Credits earned toward the certificate also count toward the political science major. The certificate is open to non-majors as well. Additional information is available from the political science undergraduate coordinator and Political Science.

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Russian and East European Area Studies

The program in Russian and East European area studies provides a broad foundation for graduate work in the field and careers in government service. The program is based on a major in economics, geography, history, philosophy, political science, religion or foreign languages.

Students must complete a total of 24 semester hours in the area, including 10 hours of Russian or an East European language, or demonstrate an equivalent reading knowledge of a language in the area. The program must include at least 14 additional hours selected from relevant courses approved by the program adviser. A maximum of 10 hours from the major may be used to fulfill the 24-hour area requirement.

Students are encouraged to diversify their program to include at least one course in economics, history, political science and Russian or East European culture or literature. Students are also encouraged to participate in an overseas study program.

Interested students should contact Dr. Michael S. Gorham,; 257 Dauer Hall, 352-392-2101, ext. 206.

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Translation Studies

This program prepares students for careers in translation in government, business, law, health care and other fields. It focuses on text translation. To enter the program, students must have intermediate-to-native speaker proficiency in the source language and advanced-to-native speaker proficiency in the target language. The program is open to translators who work in any language pair, pending the availability of faculty mentors in less commonly taught languages (LCTLs). The program has faculty support from the departments of Romance Languages and Literatures, Germanic and Slavic Studies, and African and Asian Languages and Literatures.

Students must complete 15 credits for the certificate, including a practicum and instruction on the use of state-of-the-art technology that assists the practice of translation. For advice and information, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Lowe, faculty adviser,; 368 Grinter Hall, 352-392-0375, ext. 809.