Cultures and Communities Certificate

Education for the 21st Century

The ability to make connections across local and global communities is a critical tool for success in the 21st century. What makes CC special is the interdisciplinary range of the classes we offer and the opportunity to engage in projects with people from many backgrounds and walks of life. The Service Learning component of many CC courses connects what you’re learning in the classroom with unique hands-on experiences in the community. Through your CC courses, you will gain unique personal and academic insights as you connect with the diverse cultures of Milwaukee, the United States, and the world. 

By taking at least 15 credits of courses that are affiliated with the Cultures and Communities Program, you can meet most of your General Education Requirements (GER) PLUS earn an additional Certificate (the equivalent of an Interdisciplinary Minor). CC students may also pursue study abroad opportunities that can be used to fulfill their global perspectives requirement.

In the Cultures and Communities Program, students focus their GER courses around U.S. multicultural studies, global and international analysis, and the community and cultural contexts of art, science, health, and technology. The Certificate tells future employers or graduate admissions committees that you have a substantial competence in these areas. By earning the CC Certificate, students can strengthen their preparation for careers in education, business, law, government, and health care, among many others, since these professions now increasingly demand multicultural awareness, intercultural communication skills, and an understanding of how globalization affects us all.


The Cultures and Communities Certificate Program Advisor can provide guidance with course requirements, course selection and ensure that students get the most out of their Cultures and Communities Certificate experience. Students who have decided on a major or are still exploring their options, are encouraged to meet with the CC Advisor.

Advising is available by appointment. To schedule an appointment please contact Professor Robert Smith at 229-6327 or via e-mail at