Geographic Information Science Certificate:  Geographic Information Science (GISc) involves the application of spatial information and mapping technologies to solving complex problems which exist over space.  Since most human pursuits and environmental events of interest occur on the surface of Earth, GISc applies to many fields of academic inquiry, from geography and ecology to marketing, sociology, public health, and political science. 

For more information:http://catalog.gcsu.edu/2019-2020/Undergraduate-Catalog/Colleges-and-Majors/College-of-Arts-and-Sciences/History-and-Geography/Geographic-Information-Science-Certificate


Sustainability Certificate: The sustainability certificate gives students an additional accreditation, along with their degree, to enter dynamic worlds of commerce, science, social work, and policy that will continue to be developed in the near future as the global environment becomes more prominent on everyone’s agenda.  As we seek to train the engaged citizens of tomorrow, we hope to prepare them for a rapidly changing environment, with economic opportunities based on technologies that don’t exist today, and with an ever stronger commitment to social solutions that do not exclude sub‐groups or sub‐species. This certificate supports the goals of the GC Sustainability Council to “encourage the attitudes, choices and habits that support sustainability at the institutional and personal level in the Georgia College community and connect civic responsibility to learning experiences, both inside and outside the classroom through community service, education and outreach.”  

For more information: http://catalog.gcsu.edu/2019-2020/Undergraduate-Catalog/Colleges-and-Majors/College-of-Arts-and-Sciences/Philosophy-and-Liberal-Studies/Sustainability-Certificate

Certificate in Global Foodways Studies Program Certificate 

The Department of History and Geography offers a special certificate in global foodways studies starting in the fall semester 2020. This is an excellent addition to your portfolio and can help you find a job in a food-related industry. Although there are many food studies programs around the country at schools like the University of Oregon, University of Arizona, and George Mason University this is the first foodways study program in the University System of Georgia.

The requirements for the GC Global Foodways Program Certificate are 15-18 credit hours in approved foodways program courses that include: HIST 3400-Introduction to Global Foodways Studies; 9-12 hours of electives; and 3-6 hours of a capstone experience (internship). Further down in this email is a preliminary class schedule for the next couple of years. We are adding additional course to the program schedule from different disciplines as we continue to build our offerings. Some course in development are Food History & Culture of East Asia, Jewish Foodways, Pitmastery: Race & Barbecue in the Slave South, Mexican Foodways and Celebrations, and Foods of the Nuevo South.

So, why a certificate in foodways studies? Earning a certificate in foodways studies will help you find employment with government agencies dealing with food and agriculture issues, food-oriented non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that work on sustainability and food security issues, and food processing, preparation, and distribution firms. Students can also focus on international and national food policy and local food governance systems and food enterprise management for careers. And there are many different career paths for students like:

Documentary producer or director for food related films
Culinary tourism
Food studies academic careers
Food research and development
Work with farmers to bring their products to market
Work to support agricultural biodiversity, sustainability, and independent farming
Curate museum exhibits focused on food
Program coordinator, Community agencies like food banks
Community advocate for Non-profit food councils
Agricultural market research analyst
Social media-blogging, food-related online and print media, ‘influence marketing,’ and television