The Certificate in Critical Cultural Competence is offered for undergraduate students in any major and is administered by the School of Social Work.

Study in Critical Cultural Competence is designed to help you learn how to appreciate your own cultural identity while developing the ability to examine and understand your orientation to other people's cultural identities, such as class, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation.

The certificate program will help you acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes you'll need in order to relate effectively across cultures in diverse environments, both domestic and international.

Students who complete the certificate program develop an awareness of treating people fairly, equitably, and thoughtfully and being concerned with issues of power, privilege, and social justice; an understanding culture-related privilege and disprivilege, and a greater appreciation for cultural differences.

The program will help you prepare for work in all sorts of fields, such as business, communication, education, health, psychology, and social work.

Review Critical Cultural Competence in the UI General Catalog for more details about admission and course requirements.

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Undergraduate certificate programs are available to students once they are enrolled in a degree program at Iowa, or after they have completed a bachelor's degree. Review our Areas of Study to select a major.


Critical Cultural Competence