2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin

Global Affairs

Office: University College Student Support Center
Mail Code: 2211 S. Josephine St., Denver, CO 80208
Phone: 303-871-2291, 800-347-2042
Email: ucolsupport@du.edu  
Web Site: www.universitycollege.du.edu

Master of Liberal Studies in Global Affairs with a concentration in Global Health Program Management

The Global Affairs master’s degree concentration in Global Health Program Management is offered online to meet the needs of busy adults. This concentration is offered collaboratively with the Healthcare Leadership Master’s program. Delivery and support of healthcare in the global setting has increasingly emerged as a multinational, multi-organizational endeavor, pulling together individuals and groups from multiple locations and backgrounds to provide services. Individuals, organizations and corporations routinely come together, providing both emergency and long-term medical services. Individuals and groups engaged in management of direct healthcare service programs, as well as those responsible for the development and marketing of medical devices and products to support healthcare, require specialized skill when operating in the international market. This concentration builds on general knowledge of leadership in healthcare with a focus on global healthcare.

Students in this concentration will gain transferable skills across functions, assisting them in managing healthcare services, or developing and marketing of medical devices, pharmaceuticals and other products, within the international health care setting. Knowledge gained through this concentration will also be of assistance to those writing grants for global healthcare programming, services and product development. Curriculum includes topics such as working with remote teams, regional governance, employment and labor law, independent cross-functional decision making, customs and importation laws, regulatory compliance, and other management and legal concerns. Building on desirable areas of expertise identified by those hiring in these fields, this course of study is designed to create a portfolio of skills applicable to various aspects of global health management that can be applied in a multitude of settings throughout the world.

This degree prepares students to do the following:

  • Generate and analyze strategies to transfer management skills across a variety of organizational, geographic and/or cultural settings.
  • Create team management and communication plans for face-to-face, virtual, and remote teams.
  • Develop and evaluate decision-making strategies to integrate systems, processes, and procedures across various organizational functions.
  • Assess global legal, cultural, and governance issues and challenges in both delivery of healthcare services and marketing of products to determine most effective implementation strategies.
  • Examine regional attitudes, traditions, and cultural differences to apply understanding of those concepts to global-health-related critical thinking and decision-making skills.
  • Evaluate health delivery systems in developed and emerging countries in terms of successes, opportunities, and challenges to inform adaptation and application of lessons learned.
  • Assemble regulatory compliance requirements for research, development, and marketing of healthcare products in the international setting to recommend appropriate courses of action for an organization.
  • Appraise management principles for healthcare related Non-Government Organizations (NGO’s).

Master of Liberal Studies in Global Affairs with a concentration in Global Issues

The Global Issues master's degree concentration is offered on campus at the University of Denver in the evenings, online, or in a combination of both, to meet the needs of busy adults. The curriculum fosters the professional competencies students need to succeed in the ever-evolving, globalized marketplace of goods, services, and ideas. Focusing on practical analysis and problem solving, students explore and discuss the effects of culture and history on global public policy trends, geopolitical and economic issues, and international governance structures. There are ample opportunities for students to tailor their studies to meet individual needs and develop the skills most valuable to them. Courses cover the practical and professional issues involved in working across cultures, benefitting students in a variety of business, government, and nonprofit fields with global exposure.

Students who seek to expand their global skillset will learn to analyze contemporary issues and trends in a global context, viewing the influence of events and ideas on the world stage. Classes are taught by professional practitioners who work in the fields in which they teach and contend with global issues in their fields. From human rights to sustainable development, areas of focus in the Global Issues concentration explore contemporary issues and trends in a global context. Customize your Global Affairs master's degree through the innovative Professional Options Curriculum using our convenient online degree builder tool, which allows you to select courses that cater to your specific career needs.

This degree prepares students to do the following:

  • Compare and contrast issues, policies, and traditions across a variety of cultures
  • Analyze the legal, cultural, and political intricacies of human rights and recommend effective international polices for conducting business
  • Analyze and recommend processes, procedures, and policies for sustainable development
  • Formulate strategies to address to global challenges commonly encountered in professional roles by analyzing the influence of cultural and historical events and ideas on decision-making processes.

Master of Liberal Studies in Global Affairs with a concentration in Translation Studies

The Translation Studies master's degree concentration is offered entirely online to meet the needs of busy adults. Earning a master's degree with a concentration in Translation Studies provides students the knowledge and transferable skills to become effective translators or interpreters in a professional capacity, either from English to Spanish or Spanish to English. Translation students (must be admitted into the degree program with proficiency in Spanish and English) will gain a broad theoretical and practical background through translation studies, as well as practice in different types of translation—such as legal, medical, and law enforcement translation and interpretation, as well as Web and software localization and translation for the publishing industry.

Classes are taught online and are led by professional practitioners of translation and interpretation who work in the fields in which they teach. Students will learn what it takes to become a professional translator as they gain valuable communication training and experience by apprenticing as a translator in a professional setting. Translation Studies will cover essential terminology, computer applications for translators, and issues related to managing projects internationally in individual and team-based environments. Customize your Global Affairs master's degree through the innovative Professional Options Curriculum using our convenient online degree builder tool, which allows you to select the translation and/or interpretation courses that cater to your specific career needs.

This degree prepares students to do the following:

  • Utilize and apply translation and/or interpretation theories and methods to a variety of fields, which may include legal, commercial, medical, software and Web, law enforcement, and publishing specialties

  • Translate from English to Spanish and Spanish to English using essential terminology and appropriate computer applications to produce either written translations or live interpretation

  • Analyze the cultural, organizational, and structural contexts of source and target languages, to provide effective and accurate translations that meet client needs and requirements

  • Demonstrate project management and translation or interpretation skills in a professional setting

Master of Liberal Studies in Global Affairs with a concentration in World History and Culture

The World History and Culture master's degree concentration is offered on campus at the University of Denver in the evenings, online, or in a combination of both, to meet the needs of busy adults.

The master’s degree concentration explores international studies in an applied, practical manner for professionals and executives working across cultures and across industries. From competition and conflict, building community to cooperation, a broad range of topics will prepare students for an equally broad range of careers.

Students who seek to critically examine the history and culture of the world from a diverse range of perspectives will gain a firm grasp of international studies and the world at large as they study the historical, political, sociological, and economic factors that contribute to other nations’ cultures, identities, and history. Customize your Global Affairs master's degree through the innovative Professional Options Curriculum using our convenient online degree builder tool, which allows you to select courses that cater to your specific career needs.

This degree prepares students to do the following:

  • Analyze historic, political, sociological, and economic factors contributing to cultures and identities
  • Interpret world religious traditions
  • Develop strategies to address issues in working internationally
  • Evaluate the role of geography in globalization trends

Certificate in Global Affairs with a concentration in Global Issues

The graduate certificate in Global Issues concentration offered at University College focuses on current events and socio-political international affairs. Certificate students who seek to expand their skill set will learn to analyze contemporary issues and trends in a global context, viewing the influence of events and ideas on the world stage.

Classes are taught by professional practitioners who work in the fields in which they teach and contend with global issues in their fields. From human rights to sustainable development, areas of focus in the Global Issues concentration explore contemporary issues and trends in a global context. Students become immersed in the analytical and solutions−oriented mindset of an international relations expert and apply the transferable skills learned to their profession immediately. Credits earned through this graduate certificate may apply toward a master’s degree in Global Affairs.

Certificate in Global Affairs with a concentration in Translation Studies

The graduate certificate in Translation Studies concentration is offered entirely online to meet the needs of busy adults and help students expand their translator or interpreter skills and stay ahead of the curve in this competitive industry. Translation Studies concentration students will gain the knowledge and transferrable skills needed to become effective translators or interpreters in a professional capacity, either from English to Spanish or Spanish to English. Certificate students with proficiency in Spanish and English will gain a broad theoretical and practical background through translation studies, as well as practice in different types of translation and/or interpretation (legal, medical, law enforcement, Web and software localization, and translation for the publishing industry).

Classes are led by translation and interpretation experts who work in the field, are taught online, and are geared toward busy adults. Learn what it takes to become a professional translator and gain valuable translator training and experience by apprenticing as a translator in a professional setting. The online graduate translation certificate will cover essential terminology, computer applications for translators and interpreters, and issues related to working in a multi-cultural context. Credits earned through this graduate certificate may apply toward a master's degree in Global Affairs.

Certificate in Global Affairs with a concentration in World History and Culture

The World History and Culture graduate certificate is offered on campus at the University of Denver in the evenings, online, or in a combination of both, to meet the needs of busy adults. Explore international studies in an applied, practical manner through the certificate program, designed for professionals and executives working across cultures and across industries. From competition and conflict, building community to cooperation, a broad range of topics will prepare students for an equally broad range of careers.

Students who seek to critically examine the history and culture of the world from a diverse range of perspectives will gain a firm grasp of international studies and the world at large as they study the historical, political, sociological, and economic factors that contribute to other nations’ cultures, identities, and history. Credits earned through this graduate certificate may apply toward a master’s degree in Global Affairs.

Master's Degree Admission

Admission Criteria

A regionally accredited baccalaureate degree is required for admission. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) in their undergraduate work from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution for full admission. Applicants whom University College believes may successfully engage in graduate work, but who have not met the previously stated GPA requirement, may be admitted to a degree program on a provisional basis. The GMAT and GRE are NOT required.

Admission Process

Master's degree applications are reviewed for admission on a quarterly basis. Applications and all supplemental materials must be submitted online; with the exception of transcripts, which must be received by the stated application deadline (requests for accommodation may be granted). Applicants will be notified of a decision via email and standard mail approximately two weeks following the application deadline. Detailed application information and application deadlines are located on the University College website

  • Application: Applicants must complete the application online.
  • Application Fee: A $75 non-refundable application fee is required for an application to be processed. 
  • One Official Transcript from each Post-Secondary Institution: Applicants are required to submit an official transcript from each post-secondary institution they have attended, or are presently attending, where 2 quarter hours (or one semester hour) or more were completed. This includes transcripts for credit earned as transfer work and study abroad.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: Two confidential letters of recommendation are required.
  • Personal Statement: A personal statement (two pages double spaced) is required. The statement should include information on how the degree will enhance career plans and meet educational goals. Sharing personal experiences, abilities, achievements, and goals is encouraged.  This document has considerable influence in the decision to admit applicants with attention given to written communication skills. 
  • Résumé/Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • Degree Plan: The degree plan, detailing courses for the academic program, is required to complete the admission process and can be completed through the University College online Degree Builder tool.
  • Language Proficiency: Applicants whose native language is not English or who have been educated in countries where English is not the native language, regardless of citizenship, must provide official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. Applicants may be exempt from English proficiency test requirements if they have earned a post-secondary degree from a recognized/accredited university where the language of instruction and examination is English.
  • Proof of Permanent Residency: Permanent Residents must provide a copy of their Registration Alien Card (green card).
  • Admission Interview: An interview may be required at the program director’s request.
  • Translation Studies Applicants: Applicants must complete the required Language Pair Information and Assessment form.
  • International Applicants:  Additional requirements are listed below for international applicants.

Certificate Admission

Admission Criteria

A regionally accredited baccalaureate degree is required for admission. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) in their undergraduate work from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution for full admission. Applicants whom University College believes may successfully engage in graduate work, but who have not met the previously stated GPA requirement, may be admitted to a degree program on a provisional basis. The GMAT and GRE are NOT required.

Admission Process

Certificate applications are reviewed for admission on a quarterly basis. Applications and all supplemental materials must be submitted online; with the exception of transcripts, which must be received by the stated application deadline (requests for accommodation may be granted). Applicants will be notified of a decision via email and standard mail approximately two weeks following the application deadline. Detailed application information and application deadlines are located on the University College website

  • Application: Applicants must complete the application online.
  • Application Fee: A $50 non-refundable application fee is required for an application to be processed. 
  • One Official Transcript from each Post-Secondary Institution: Applicants are required to submit an official transcript from each post-secondary institution they have attended, or are presently attending, where 2 quarter hours (or one semester hour) or more were completed. This includes transcripts for credit earned as transfer work and study abroad.
  • Résumé/Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • Certificate Plan: The certificate plan, detailing courses for the academic program, is required to complete the admission process and can be completed through the University College online Degree Builder tool. 
  • Language Proficiency: Applicants whose native language is not English or who have been educated in countries where English is not the native language, regardless of citizenship, must provide official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. Applicants may be exempt from English proficiency test requirements if they have earned a post-secondary degree from a recognized/accredited university where the language of instruction and examination is English.
  • Proof of Permanent Residency: Permanent Residents must provide a copy of their Registration Alien Card (green card).
  • Admission Interview: An interview may be required at the program director’s request.
  • Translation Studies Applicants: Applicants must complete the required Language Pair Information and Assessment form.
  • International Applicants:  Additional requirements are listed below for international applicants. 

International Admission

International applicants must comply with all requirements set forth for domestic applicants and supplement their application with additional documentation. International applicant information, including admission deadlines and the International Applicant Checklist, is available on the University College website.

Admitted international applicants whose native language is not English are required to attend University College’s International Preparation Week prior to attending courses at University College.

University College will consider graduate applicants who have earned three-year baccalaureate degrees from 15-year education systems. The school from which the applicant has earned the degree must be a formally recognized or regionally accredited institution of higher learning, as determined by the University Of Denver Office Of International Student Admission. Admission policy and procedures for applicants holding three-year baccalaureate degrees is the same as for other international applicants with one exception: applicants with a three-year degree are not eligible for English Conditional Admission. Priority consideration will be given to those with a minimum of three year’s work experience.

Additional Admission Requirements for International Applicants

  • English Proficiency: All internationally educated applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit proof of English Language Proficiency regardless of citizenship and/or U.S. residency.
  1. TOEFL: A minimum score of 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), or 80 (Internet based) is required for admission consideration. Generally, applicants should achieve at least 20 in all TOEFL subscores on the internet-based exam. TOEFL score reports older than two years from the date of application are not acceptable for admission consideration.
  2. Academic IELTS: A score of 6.5 or higher is required to be considered for admission. Each individual band score must be 6.0 or higher. IELTS score reports older than two years from the date of application are not acceptable for admission consideration.
  3. Possible Exemptions: International applicants may be exempt from the TOEFL/Academic IELTS requirement if by the time of matriculation they have earned a post-secondary degree from a formally-recognized/accredited university where the entire language of instruction and examination is in English.
  4. English Conditional Acceptance (should this be Admission not Acceptance?) (ECA): Master's degree applicants who do not meet the required level of English proficiency may be considered for conditional acceptance if all other admission criteria are met. Prior to enrolling in any graduate-level coursework, ECA requires an evaluation by the University of Denver's English Language Center (ELC) and successful completion of intensive ELC English courses including the Graduate Preparation Program.. Academic classes may not be taken while students are enrolled at the English Language Center. Graduate certificate students may not be admitted through ECA. As an alternative to the English Language Center, an applicant may become fully admitted by submitting sufficient TOEFL/Academic IELTS scores.
  • Official Transcripts and Translations: International applicants should submit official transcripts printed in the official language of instruction of their institution. Certified English translations must accompany all transcripts except for those provided by institutions that issue documents in English.
  • Photocopy of Diploma/Degree Certification and Appropriate Translations: Applicants who have earned a degree outside the U.S. must submit proof of graduation through a degree certificate or diploma along with all appropriate official translations.
  • A Photocopy of Current Passport: Applicants must provide a copy of the photograph and legal name page of their passport. This is required before an I-20 can be issued by the University of Denver.
  • The Supplemental Information Form (SEVIS Supplement): Applicants who are not U.S. Citizens or permanent residents must complete the SEVIS form.
  • Financial Verification Form: Applicants seeking an I-20 student visa must submit financial verification documents.

Master of Liberal Studies in Global Affairs with a Concentration in Global Health Program Management

Degree Requirements

Core coursework requirements
GS 4010Global Players, Structures, and Trends4
GS 4020Cultural Positioning and Assessment4
GS 4030Issues in Working Internationally4
GS 4905Graduate Social Research Methods4
GS 4901Capstone Project4
or GS 4902 Capstone Seminar
or GS 4904 Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar
Concentration requirements (Choose four courses):
HC 4200Comparative Healthcare Systems4
HC 4500Operational Challenges in Global Health Management4
HC 4510Legal and Employment Issues in Global Health Management4
HC 4520Global Health NGO Management4
or HC 4530 Regulatory Compliance in Global Health Management
Elective requirements (Choose three courses):12
Hunger, Food, and Health
Sustainable Development
Terrorism and War in the 21st Century
Human Rights and the Role of Women
Total Credits48

Minimum number of credits required: 48

Students will work with their personal academic advisor to determine the best set of courses to choose for their electives.

A satisfactory quality of achievement with a grade point average of “B” (3.0) or better is required in graduate coursework accepted for the degree. The average is determined on the basis of the University’s grading system. In no case, may more than one-fourth of the hours accepted toward the degree be of “C” grade. A grade lower than “C” renders the credit unacceptable for meeting degree requirements. Students must earn a grade of B- or better in the Capstone Project or Capstone Seminar.

Master of Liberal Studies in Global Affairs with a Concentration in Global Issues

Degree Requirements

Core coursework requirements
GS 4010Global Players, Structures, and Trends4
GS 4020Cultural Positioning and Assessment4
GS 4030Issues in Working Internationally4
GS 4905Graduate Social Research Methods4
GS 4901Capstone Project4
or GS 4902 Capstone Seminar
or GS 4904 Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar
Concentration requirements
GS 4100Hunger, Food, and Health4
GS 4110Sustainable Development4
GS 4120Terrorism and War in the 21st Century4
GS 4130Human Rights and the Role of Women4
Elective requirements (Choose three courses):12
Globalization and Human Geography
World Religious Traditions
Competition and Conflict
Community and Cooperation
Total Credits48

Minimum number of credits required: 48

Students will work with their personal academic advisor to determine the best set of courses to choose for their electives.

A satisfactory quality of achievement with a grade point average of “B” (3.0) or better is required in graduate coursework accepted for the degree. The average is determined on the basis of the University’s grading system. In no case, may more than one-fourth of the hours accepted toward the degree be of “C” grade. A grade lower than “C” renders the credit unacceptable for meeting degree requirements. Students must earn a grade of B- or better in the Capstone Project or Capstone Seminar.

Master of Liberal Studies in Global Affairs with a Concentration in Translation Studies

Degree Requirements

Core course requirements
GS 4300Foundations of Translation: The Role of the Professional Translator4
GS 4310Foundations of Interpretation4
GS 4311The Language Services Business for Translators & Interpreters4
GS 4312Research for Translation & Interpretation4
GS 4901Capstone Project4
or GS 4902 Capstone Seminar
or GS 4904 Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar
Concentration requirements
GS 4301Written & Sight Translation for Translators & Interpreters4
GS 4302Computer Aided Translation (CAT): An Introduction to Software for Translators4
GS 4303Language Services Practicum4
GS 4308Introduction to Terminology for Translators & Interpreters4
Elective requirements (Choose three courses):12
Introduction to Legal Translation
Localization and Translation of Software and Web Pages
Translation of Medical Texts for the Health Care Industry
Translation Project Management
Translation for the Publishing Industry
Translation & Interpretation for Law Enforcement
Interpreting for Health Care
Total Credits48

Minimum number of credits required: 48

Students will work with their personal academic advisor to determine the best set of courses to choose for their electives.

A satisfactory quality of achievement with a grade point average of “B” (3.0) or better is required in graduate coursework accepted for the degree. The average is determined on the basis of the University’s grading system. In no case, may more than one-fourth of the hours accepted toward the degree be of “C” grade. A grade lower than “C” renders the credit unacceptable for meeting degree requirements. Students must earn a grade of B- or better in the Capstone Project or Capstone Seminar.

Master of Liberal Studies in Global Affairs with a Concentration in World History and Culture

Degree Requirements

Core coursework requirements
GS 4010Global Players, Structures, and Trends4
GS 4020Cultural Positioning and Assessment4
GS 4030Issues in Working Internationally4
GS 4905Graduate Social Research Methods4
GS 4901Capstone Project4
or GS 4902 Capstone Seminar
or GS 4904 Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar
Concentration requirements
GS 4200Globalization and Human Geography4
GS 4210World Religious Traditions4
GS 4220Competition and Conflict4
GS 4230Community and Cooperation4
Elective requirements (Choose three courses):12
Hunger, Food, and Health
Sustainable Development
Terrorism and War in the 21st Century
Human Rights and the Role of Women
Total Credits48

Minimum number of credits required: 48

Students will work with their personal academic advisor to determine the best set of courses to choose for their electives.

A satisfactory quality of achievement with a grade point average of “B” (3.0) or better is required in graduate coursework accepted for the degree. The average is determined on the basis of the University’s grading system. In no case, may more than one-fourth of the hours accepted toward the degree be of “C” grade. A grade lower than “C” renders the credit unacceptable for meeting degree requirements. Students must earn a grade of B- or better in the Capstone Project or Capstone Seminar.

Certificate in Global Affairs with a Concentration in Global Issues

Program Requirements

Concentration requirements
GS 4100Hunger, Food, and Health4
GS 4110Sustainable Development4
GS 4120Terrorism and War in the 21st Century4
GS 4130Human Rights and the Role of Women4
Elective requirements (Choose two courses):8
Globalization and Human Geography
World Religious Traditions
Competition and Conflict
Community and Cooperation
Total Credits24

Minimum number of credits required: 24 

Certificate in Global Affairs with a Concentration in Translation Studies

Program Requirements

Concentration requirements
GS 4300Foundations of Translation: The Role of the Professional Translator4
or GS 4310 Foundations of Interpretation
GS 4301Written & Sight Translation for Translators & Interpreters4
GS 4303Language Services Practicum4
GS 4308Introduction to Terminology for Translators & Interpreters4
Elective requirements (Choose two courses):8
Computer Aided Translation (CAT): An Introduction to Software for Translators
Introduction to Legal Translation
Localization and Translation of Software and Web Pages
Translation of Medical Texts for the Health Care Industry
Translation & Interpretation for Law Enforcement
Interpreting for Health Care
Total Credits24

Minimum number of credits required: 24 

Certificate in Global Affairs with a Concentration in World History and Culture

Program Requirements

Concentration requirements
GS 4200Globalization and Human Geography4
GS 4210World Religious Traditions4
GS 4220Competition and Conflict4
GS 4230Community and Cooperation4
Elective requirements (Choose two courses):8
Hunger, Food, and Health
Sustainable Development
Terrorism and War in the 21st Century
Human Rights and the Role of Women
Total Credits24

Minimum number of credits required: 24 

Courses

GS 4010 Global Players, Structures, and Trends (4 Credits)

In this course, globalization is studied from historical and contemporary perspectives. Structures of community and organizations, governmental and nongovernmental, are examined and compared. Students study cases of global conflict and cooperation. Global issues are introduced, and students examine the role of the United States in the world across issues, borders, and cultures.

GS 4020 Cultural Positioning and Assessment (4 Credits)

In building a global perspective, it is essential to be able to position oneself culturally and interact with people from other cultural backgrounds. This course addresses the question of how to learn about different regions and cultures and how to assess the similarities and differences with one's own. Students learn about how to define culture. They develop skills to research countries, regions, and cultures through history, human geography, religion, and artistic traditions. They use the knowledge gleaned through research to build cross-cultural communication skills.

GS 4030 Issues in Working Internationally (4 Credits)

In a global marketplace, working internationally is very common. There are many legal, corporate, and cultural issues that individuals and corporations in the international workplace encounter on a regular basis. This course addresses legal issues – such as contracts and agreements, import/export regulations, intellectual property, and human resources – that affect how business is done across national and cultural lines. In addition, workers need to be able to assess the business and social cultures in another country in order to navigate the business climate and networking protocols.

GS 4100 Hunger, Food, and Health (4 Credits)

A growing world population, climate change, and scarce resources have many implications on hunger, food, and health. Floods and droughts, conflict and migration affect food supplies, which create hunger. Cultural norms and practices, famine, forced migration, and conflict contribute to health concerns. New strains of disease threaten global pandemics. Students in this course examine current issues of hunger, food, and health in a global context. Social, political, cultural, and economic aspects of these issues are analyzed. The role of governmental and non-governmental organizations and agencies in issues of hunger, food, and health are discussed. Students debate the causes and solutions of global hunger, food, and health issues, using case examples to support their arguments.

GS 4110 Sustainable Development (4 Credits)

Economic development, ecology and democracy are three dynamic, powerful and volatile forces in the world today. Players in the tension between them include nations, large corporations, and a groundswell of farmers, workers, and ordinary people. This course looks at the model of sustainable development as a way for countries to make long-term and ethical decisions about how to use resources: earth, water, air, energy, as well as the most important resource, people. Contrasts are drawn between Western economies and the emerging world attempting the leap from an agricultural paradigm to industrialization, while trying to avoid falling into the Malthus trap of overpopulation. Students develop an understanding of the complex, intertwined relationship between economic growth, environment and humanity.

GS 4120 Terrorism and War in the 21st Century (4 Credits)

In the 21st century, the word "terrorism" is a part of the common vernacular used with multiple, and at times vague, meanings. This course prepares students to understand and explain the contexts and impacts of terrorism through interdisciplinary exploration of terrorism theories. Students investigate how these theories apply to both real world situations and responses to terrorism and how these theories contribute to our understanding of 21st century concepts of war and terror.

GS 4130 Human Rights and the Role of Women (4 Credits)

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948. With this international recognition of human rights is a responsibility to promote and protect those human rights. In this course, those rights and the organizations that promote and protect them are studied. The philosophical and theoretical bases for the concept of human rights is examined. In addition, students delve into women's human's rights and perspectives, including feminist perspectives on international human rights and issues such as trafficking, refugees, economic and social rights. The role of women in promoting and defending universal human rights is highlighted.

GS 4200 Globalization and Human Geography (4 Credits)

This course examines human-environment relations under globalization from the lens of human geography. Core concepts of human geography such as scale, place, and identity are used to examine current globalization trends, debates, and implications on human settlements and activities. Students examine the interconnection of economics, politics, migration, culture, trade, settlement patterns and development at different scales through the lens of geography. The course ends with an analysis of current resistance responses and alternatives for the future.

GS 4210 World Religious Traditions (4 Credits)

This course examines the religions of the world and their roles in defining cultures and societies. Major world religions are examined and discussed in this course, including their varied beliefs, rituals, and institutions. Comparisons and distinctions are drawn between the various Western and non-Western traditions. In addition to major religions, smaller religious movements and distinct religions from around the world are also discussed.

GS 4220 Competition and Conflict (4 Credits)

In this course, students study philosophies, cultures, and events of competition and conflict across the globe and throughout history. Theories of the dialectic, competition, and struggle for advancement are analyzed. Social and belief systems of nationalism, capitalism, and survival of the fittest are among those that create boundaries and encourage competition and, at times, conflict. Students delve into and analyze various conflicts and cultures throughout history marked by ideals of competition, individualism, and power.

GS 4230 Community and Cooperation (4 Credits)

In this course, students examine world cultures, ideas, and events across history through a lens of community and cooperation. Philosophies of community, social cooperation, and unity for societal progress are analyzed. The philosophies of socialism and communism, their various modes of implementation, and their success are assessed. International organizations that foster cooperation and community, such as the United Nations and the European Union are investigated. Social movements for change that create communities across borders are analyzed and discussed.

GS 4300 Foundations of Translation: The Role of the Professional Translator (4 Credits)

This course examines fundamental translation ideas and theories through assigned readings, lectures, and class discussions. It explores the links between linguistic and cultural factors and their relevance to translation. The course covers the different aspects of translation, surveys translation tools and reference materials, discusses professional roles of translators, analyzes the public perception of the profession, and examines standard business practices and professional codes of ethics. It also introduces the actual practice of translation through realistic exercises.

GS 4301 Written & Sight Translation for Translators & Interpreters (4 Credits)

This is an introductory course for translators and interpreters covering a variety of registers: commercial, journalistic, legal, literary, medical, and technical. Students learn to apply text analysis, text typology, and contrastive analysis of their working languages to identify, analyze, and resolve translation/interpretation problems while independently developing an efficient and rational approach to the process of translation or interpretation. In addition, course assignments include practice and graded exercises in translation and sight translation, utilizing authentic texts drawn from an extensive variety of text categories that include, but are not limited to, current events, general political economy, general legal documents, and scientific and technical topics for general audiences. Language-specific.

GS 4302 Computer Aided Translation (CAT): An Introduction to Software for Translators (4 Credits)

This course provides an introduction to various types of Computer-Assisted Translation (CAT) tools, including translation memory software and translation QA tools. Translation theory or field-specific terminology are not covered. Students become familiar with the concept of translation memory, learn to use the main features (create, import, export, analyze, clean up) of some of the applications available, and use translation memory in the translation process as necessary to create a translation project workflow from start to end. Students also learn to use translation QA tools to revise and perfect translations drafted using translation memory tools. This course may be taken concurrently with GS 4300: Foundations of Translation.

GS 4303 Language Services Practicum (4 Credits)

The Practicum helps students develop and establish an identity as professionals because it builds a practical knowledge of translation or interpretation as a profession. Its goal is to empower students to identify and pursue professional development opportunities and specializations. Students are expected to apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes attained in the translation and interpretation curriculum by apprenticing under qualified translators or interpreters, language agencies, law firms, government agencies (e.g., school districts, the IRS, police departments, social services agencies), and/or healthcare and community-based organizations in a variety of general work situations. Interns shadow their mentors and then move into actual translation or interpretation assignments in monitored situations. Initiation into the language industry through interaction with members of the profession, professional organizations, and institutions is encouraged. Students must prepare a final project based on their practicum experience, following the University College Internship Handbook. The practicum should be taken as one of the last two Translation Studies classes.

GS 4304 Introduction to Legal Translation (4 Credits)

Because a legal document bears legal liabilities, the translation of a legal document has the same legal effect as the original. As a result, the requirements for accuracy in legal translation (meaning, tone, and style) are quite high. This course provides an overview of the nature of legal translation and an introduction to the principles of comparative law, such as how to research legal issues in the countries of the language pair. The concepts of equivalence and zero equivalence are analyzed. Participants translate different types of agreements; certificates; and affidavits, as well as a wide array of documents focusing on probate, family, poverty, and criminal law. Students are given assignments on the research approach, steps, and skills needed to tackle a legal translation project from start to finish. Fundamental legal translation theory is emphasized at the beginning of the course and conveyed in the form of assigned readings, lectures, class discussions, and independent research. Language specific. Prerequisites: GS 4301 and admission to the Master of Liberal Studies in Global Affairs with a Translation Studies specialty of the Certificate of Advanced Study in Translation Studies.

GS 4305 Localization and Translation of Software and Web Pages (4 Credits)

This course provides students with a general overview of the field of web page translation and an introduction to software localization. Class topics range from technical discussions on computer architecture to tips for managing localization projects. Students gain a thorough understanding of the basic components of a localization project (web, software, online help, and documentation) and insight into the larger context of software/web localization and internationalization processes. Using real-life examples and hands-on exercises, students explore the cultural, technical, and organizational challenges in the adaptation of culturally sensitive elements. Language generic. Prerequisites: GS 4301 and admission to the Master of Liberal Studies in Global Affairs with a Translation Studies specialty of the Certificate of Advanced Study in Translation Studies.

GS 4306 Translation of Medical Texts for the Health Care Industry (4 Credits)

This course covers medical terminology involving patient education, medical research, drug development, the human body and systems, major diseases, as well as the most common injuries. Students translate documents used in general medical practice and are introduced to the common roots, prefixes and suffixes in medical terminology. Translation skills are reinforced by analyzing different levels of difficulty in medical texts, by translating, and by addressing requests for editing and rewriting translated materials for patient populations and audiences of different education levels. Students practice translating medical office correspondence, informational brochures, patient letters, discharge information, hospital intake questionnaires, living wills, patient outreach/educational materials, instructions for taking medications, laboratory tests, and medical disability reports, among others. Language-specific. Prerequisites: GS 4301.

GS 4307 Translation Project Management (4 Credits)

This course gives students the opportunity to address both translation and non-translation related issues associated with planning, executing, controlling, and delivering a final translation for a client (either direct or as an agency). Particular focus is given to hands-on practice of the various communications between the parties. The course outlines an effective project management methodology that can be applied to large or small translation/localization projects. Language generic. Prerequisites: GS 4301 and admission to the Master of Liberal Studies in Global Affairs with a Translation Studies specialty of the Certificate of Advanced Study in Translation Studies.

GS 4308 Introduction to Terminology for Translators & Interpreters (4 Credits)

Terminology is a fundamental part of both translation and interpretation, and knowing how to create and use terminology is a skill necessary both to translators and interpreters. This course will introduce what terminology is, how a termbase differs from a simple glossary or from a dictionary, and how terminology differs from allied fields such as lexicography. It will further introduce some tools used by translators, interpreters and terminologists in their work. Language generic.

GS 4310 Foundations of Interpretation (4 Credits)

This course examines the profession of interpreting, including employment opportunities, the role of the interpreter, administrative matters, and ethical considerations. In addition, an overview will be given of the three modes of interpretation (sight, consecutive, and simultaneous), as well as the different areas of interpretation, such as legal, medical, business, community, and conference interpretation.

GS 4311 The Language Services Business for Translators & Interpreters (4 Credits)

Translation and interpretation are professions that typically require their practitioners to set up businesses on their own. This course addresses the key issues involved in being an independent contractor in the language industry, including how to acquire clients, how to price professional language services, how to estimate different types of service, and how to manage different client relationships, from government entities to private individuals. The course also analyzes the differences between working directly for clients and working with translation agencies or as a staff translator or interpreter, where it is crucial to know how to work on a team with other language professionals and content experts. The course also covers basic standard business practices in the language industry and business codes of ethics.

GS 4312 Research for Translation & Interpretation (4 Credits)

Not so long ago, the only way for translators to conduct research for their assignments was to consult the reference works they happened to own, or (if they lived near a good library), go to the library and hope what they needed was available there. The Internet changed all that, revolutionizing the translation and interpretation professions. Now translators and interpreters have at their disposal a seemingly bottomless well of information. At the same time, the research skills needed for translation and interpretation also have changed. This course teaches students how to conduct research using a variety of online tools, how to distinguish between reliable and unreliable sources of information, how to take advantage of the research tools made available by libraries, and in particular how to leverage the various types of resources offered by different types of libraries. Language-generic.

GS 4313 Translation for the Publishing Industry (4 Credits)

Most professional translators work outside the publishing industry: they work as freelancers or staff translators in business, technical, medical, legal translation--or in some other translation specialization. But when people outside our industry think of translators, it is likely they think of book translators, i.e., translators who work for the publishing industry. Working as a translator for the publishing industry may be rewarding, but in many respects it is different from the kind of work most translators are accustomed to. This course will explore such themes as the difference between working on book-length projects and shorter projects, and the difference between translations performed as "work done for hire" and copyrighted translations. It will look at publishing contracts, and at the difference between translating non-fiction and fiction works. It will also survey the most prominent theories of translation, past and present, to see how they apply to the translation of literature. Language-specific.

GS 4314 Translation & Interpretation for Law Enforcement (4 Credits)

This course explores the scope and nature of translating and interpreting in a law enforcement context, including the kinds of documents a translator is likely to encounter and how an interpreter interacts with both law enforcement professionals and members of the public who lack fluency in English. Language-specific.

GS 4315 Interpreting for Health Care (4 Credits)

This course explores the general body of knowledge that serves as the context for the health care interpreting profession and covers the special skills and abilities health care interpreters must demonstrate. It addresses the health care interpreter code of ethics, essential health care terminology, and the different modes of interpreting used in health care settings. The course also covers how to interact effectively with other health care professionals and how to serve as an effective cultural broker between U.S. health care providers and patients with limited English proficiency.

GS 4701 Topics in Global Affairs (4 Credits)

The content of this course varies each time it is offered. Specific course content is detailed on quarterly schedule. Depending on the subject matter, students may be required to have completed prerequisite courses.

GS 4901 Capstone Project (4 Credits)

The Capstone Project provides students the opportunity to research a topic, problem, or issue within their field of study, and work individually with a Capstone advisor. Similar in weight to a thesis, but more flexible, this final project will synthesize and apply core concepts acquired from the program. The student will select an appropriate Capstone advisor who is knowledgeable in the field of study to work closely with and whom can guide the research project. Evaluation will be focused on the quality and professionalism of applied research and writing; critical and creative thinking; problem-solving skills; knowledge of research design, method, and implementation; and contribution to the field and topic of study. Please see the Capstone Guidelines for additional details. Prerequisites: A Capstone Proposal that has been approved by both the Capstone Advisor and the Academic Director, unconditional acceptance as a degree candidate, completion of at least 40 quarter-hours (including all core courses) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. A final grade of a B- or better is required to pass.

GS 4902 Capstone Seminar (4 Credits)

The Capstone Seminar is a graduate seminar in which students utilize the knowledge and skills gained through the degree program to create a culminating work that critically addresses a problem in their degree field of study. The students produces a Capstone of 7000-8000 words that presents a position on a relevant problem, supports the position with professional and academic literature, analyzes and tests the proposed solution, and discusses the findings as related to the field of study. The seminar is dependent upon quality, collegial discussion, and feedback of students’ research and work products, under the facilitation of a faculty member. The course structure guides the students through the process of independent, secondary research and writing of a Capstone. No primary research is allowed. Students generate the course content through ongoing discussion and peer feedback on the Capstone process and individual topic areas under investigation. Students professionally and academically communicate through written work and oral presentation . Students must have: Unconditional acceptance as a degree candidate, completion of at least 40 quarter-hours (including all core courses) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. A final grade of B- or better is required in this course to meet degree requirements. Students must complete the Capstone Seminar in one quarter; no incomplete grades are assigned.

GS 4904 Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar (4 Credits)

The Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar is a graduate seminar in which students utilize the knowledge and skills gained through the degree program to create a culminating work that critically addresses a problem or issue in the degree field of study. Members of the class will include students from various UCOL programs, representing multiple topics of study. On campus offerings of this course include required online components. The student produces a paper of 7000-8000 words that presents a position on a relevant problem or issue, supports the position with professional and academic work in the field, analyzes and tests the paper position, and discusses the role of the findings within the field of study. Students professionally and academically communicate their findings through written work and oral presentations. The seminar is dependent upon active and collegial discussion and critique of student research and work under the facilitation of a faculty member, and it is governed by the quality of participation and contributions of the students. Students must have: Unconditional acceptance as a degree candidate, completion of at least 40 quarter-hours (including all core courses) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. A final grade of B- or better is required in this course to meet degree requirements. Students must complete the Capstone Seminar in one quarter; no incomplete grades are assigned.

GS 4905 Graduate Social Research Methods (4 Credits)

Graduate Social Research Methods is an exploration of the methods and purposes of social science research from the perspective of the researcher as well as that of the informed professional and consumer of information. Students will learn about the process of research, including the development of research questions, the purpose of various social science research methods, the role of professional ethics, and general approaches to the analysis and interpretation of data. Students will develop the ability to read and critique basic social science research articles and to implement simple research designs. Students will develop and write a research proposal around a specific research question informed by a review of the literature. Technical requirements include the ability to read and modify Microsoft Excel documents. This course is required of all degree-seeking students and should be taken in the first three quarters of enrollment.

GS 4980 Internship (4 Credits)

The internship is designed to offer students a purposeful experience in a practical, industry related setting. The internship is an individualized learning experience and a training plan is created for each student in conjunction with the internship site to provide experiences related to the skills and knowledge covered in the certificate and master's programs.

GS 4991 Independent Study (1-5 Credits)

This is an advanced course for students wishing to pursue an independent course of study. The student must be accepted in a degree program, have earned a grade point average of 3.0 or better, obtained the approval of the department director, and have completed the Independent Study form and filed the form with all appropriate offices before registering for the independent study. Independent Study is offered only on a credit basis and only for degree candidates.

GS 4992 Directed Study (1-5 Credits)

This is an advanced course for students wishing to pursue a directed course of study. The student must be accepted in a degree program, have earned a grade point average of 3.0 or better, obtained the approval of the department director, and have completed the Independent Study form and filed the form with all appropriate offices before registering for the independent study. Directed Study is offered only on a for-credit basis.

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