By Richard H. Miller, Global Campus

global-leadershipPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University’s new online certificate in global leadership combines leadership skills with cultural education, preparing recipients to effect change across intercultural backgrounds and diverse outlooks.

The certificate ( will be available in the fall. Applicants do not need to be enrolled in a degree program at WSU.

“This is an opportunity for all students to develop their leadership qualities and learn how to make a difference in the world,” said Christine Oakley, WSU professor and director of the global learning program.

Students will be equipped with three crucial competencies: intercultural understanding, civic engagement and leadership in a global context.

“As the world grows increasingly interconnected, we are all becoming global citizens,” said Oakley. “But to become global leaders – whether in business ventures or social movements – people need intercultural knowledge and enhanced communications skills.”

The 15-credit undergraduate certificate requires 12 credits from a wide variety of globally oriented courses and three one-credit courses:  leadership development, experiential learning and a capstone project. Students will work directly with a global learning advisor to create a course plan tailored to their goals.

The certificate is offered by WSU’s Office of Undergraduate Education in partnership with International Programs and Global Campus.


Richard H. Miller, WSU Global Campus senior marketing communications coordinator, 509-335-5711,