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2006-07 Undergraduate Catalog

Undergraduate Certificate Programs

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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, at; 4008 Turlington Hall; 352-392-6650.

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The School of Art and Art History (SAAH) certificate program with an emphasis in ceramics allows students with a major outside of the visual arts to take a series of classes within the studio arts where clay is used as the art material. Classes expose students to art-making practices within the field of ceramics, develop manual skills, increase visual understanding of content in art and allow the student to explore personal decision-making and creative problem-solving in art-making.

The course work includes 4-5 sequenced ceramics classes plus a required class in art theory and art fundamentals. Students will leave the program with the ability to throw on the potter's wheel, model and carve. They will have developed skills in a broad variety of hand-forming processes and gained knowledge of glaze-application techniques and kiln firing methods.

The certificate with an emphasis in ceramics is awarded by SAAH to acknowledge a concentration in ceramics within a student's external major and general course of study. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the 18-21 hours of classes. Students will be admitted based on a portfolio review by faculty in the ceramics.

For general information about this program, please contact the SAAH undergraduate adviser. Contact Nan Smith at or Linda Arbuckle at with questions about portfolios and course work.

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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 to recognize 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 can encourage healthcare facilities to expand or to initiate arts programs.

Students must attain a 3.0 GPA in the courses listed below, all of which have prerequisites:

    • DAA 3108 Intermediate Modern Dance or DAA 4100 Advanced Modern Dance, 2 credits
    • DAA 2610 Composition 1, 2 credits
    • DAA 2611 Dance Composition 2, 2 credits
    • DAN 3775 Dance in Medicine, 2 credits
    • DAN 4930 Dance Clinical Practice, 3 credits

Students should apply by their junior year and 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.

This 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 in EU-related affairs. The certificate program 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. To count for certificate credit, all courses must be completed with grades 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 Branislav Kovalcik, academic programs coordinator, Center for European Studies, at

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Human Services and Aging

The Center for Gerontological Studies offers a certificate in human services and aging 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, students must successfully complete

  • INR 2001 Introduction to International Relations and INR 3603 Theories of International Relations,
  • At least three subfield courses: INR 3034, 3084, 3102, 3333 or 3502, and
  • At least one advanced subfield course: INR 4035, 4083, 4204, 4244, 4303, 4350 or 4531.

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 the Political Science department.

International Studies

Undergraduate students who want to earn a certificate in international studies in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences must complete two steps:

  • The student must complete three credit hours as part of an approved College of Agricultural and Life Sciences study abroad experience. This may be either a UF sponsored program or one of the programs sponsored by the college.
  • Students must make a presentation (poster session, oral presentation or participation in a panel or other forum organized by college) about the study abroad program.

For more information on international study programs in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, visit

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Jewish Studies

There is no formal language or subject requirements for the certificate other than to take any four courses in Jewish studies.

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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 a certificate in Latin American studies for undergraduate students. 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 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 21 credit hours in courses with Latin American content, distributed as follows:

  • Nine credit hours of interdisciplinary core courses outside the major with 100% Latin American content.
  • Three credit hours of the required LAS 4935 undergraduate seminar in Latin American studies. To fulfill the core course requirements, students may repeat LAS 4935 for an additional six credits if the topics vary.
  • Nine credit hours of electives with at least 25% Latin American content, core courses with 100% Latin American content or any combination thereof.
  • Intermediate proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese or Haitian Creole.
  • Only courses at 2000 level or above will count toward the certificate. Advanced placement credits do not count. Overseas study credits can count as core or elective courses pending review by the undergraduate adviser at the Center for Latin American Studies.

A student must demonstrate high-intermediate proficiency in a Latin American language through course work (Spanish, SPN 2240; Portuguese, POR 3240; Haitian Creole, HAI 2210) or examination (Advanced Placement scores of 4-5 plus approval or SAT II score of 700). Language courses at the 2000 level taken to fulfill the language requirement can count as electives; those above the 3000 level can count as core courses.

Students with prior knowledge of a Latin American or Caribbean language must demonstrate proficiency through a written placement test (SAT II test for Spanish) or oral examination for speakers of Portuguese or Haitian Creole. Bilingual Spanish speakers are urged to take Spanish for bilingual speakers courses as their core course options. Course work in a second Latin American language counts as core or elective credits, depending on the level.

The certfifcate is awarded by the Center for Latin American Studies to acknowledge a Latin American and/or Caribbean area studies concentration within the B.A. or B.S. major and general course of study. All course work on Latin America and related fields, including courses in the major and/or minor, may count toword this certificate.

A list of core and elective courses counting toward the certificate is also available in 319 Grinter at the front desk.

For additional information, specific requirements and a list of courses, please refer to the Center for Latin American Studies, Grinter Hall, Room 319, 352-392-0375, Ext. 807. Students should also contact the center's undergraduate adviser, Richmond Brown at

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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 upper-division courses on the policy process (e.g., bureaucratic politics) or 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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Retailing Leadership

The Walgreens Certificate in Retailing Leadership is designed to stimulate interest in careers in retailing. The certificate requires a 2.0 UF GPA and completion of the courses listed below (most of which have prerequisites):

  • CGS 2531 Problem Solving Using Computer Software
  • FIN 3403 Business Finance
  • MAR 2290 Retail Management Seminar
  • MAR 3023 Principles of Marketing
  • MAN 3025 Principles of Management
  • MAR 3231 Introduction to Retailing Systems and Management
  • Students also must successfully complete the retailing internship program, which includes completion of MAR 4945, Retail Management Seminar.

For more information, contact Cecilia Schulz at

Russian and East European Area Studies

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

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. 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, at; 368 Grinter Hall, 352-392-0375, ext. 809.