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The University of Kentucky's undergraduate certificate programs offer our students a convenient and flexible way to earn credentials for career advancement. All are cross-disciplinary clusters of courses integrated in a way that identifies a set of skills or knowledge that carry college credit and is applied to a student's undergraduate degree program. Students may declare their intent to complete a certificate program at any time. To do so they should contact the Student Services or Advising Office where their primary major is housed, but they are not required to see an advisor before adding the certificate. This is the same process a student would follow to add a minor or second program of study to their record.

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Appalachian Studies Undergraduate Certificate
An Appalachian Studies undergraduate certificate may be earned by students in any college at UK. The certificate is interdisciplinary (requiring coursework in at least two colleges) and combines critical analysis with experiential education in the Appalachian region. The coursework and practicum are tailored for each student in consultation with the program director to make the interdisciplinary certificate relevant to the student's major, interests, and career plans. A student planning a health science career might choose a practicum with the UK Center for Excellence in Rural Health in Hazard, KY, for example, and a student interested in sustainable agriculture or elementary education might do a practicum with Green Forests Work, a reforestation and public education program in central Appalachia. The Appalachian Studies faculty spans ten colleges at UK and there are diverse courses available each semester to students enrolled in the Appalachian Studies undergraduate certificate program.
Faculty Director: Professor Ann Kingsolver, Director, Appalachian Studies Program and Appalachian Center

Peace Studies
Peace Studies will benefit students by enhancing their understanding of personal, social, political, cultural and economic issues that reduce or promote prospects for peace. They should gain skills in the analysis of social problems and be introduced to an array of skills in communication, advocacy, conflict resolution, and collaboration that empowers them to become focused actors in promoting a more harmonious and sustainable world. A Peace Program must be able to answer the student's question, "What can I do to foster peace?" as an active citizen or leader or in my chosen vocation.
Faculty Director: Dr. Clayton Thyne, Department of Political Science


Global Scholars
This certificate gives students who have successfully completed the Global Scholars Program the recognition of this accomplishment on their transcripts. This program is designed to prepare those students accepted into the College for careers in international business.
Faculty Director: Dr. Scott Kelley, Department of Marketing and Supply Chain


Undergraduate Certificate in Health Communication
The Health Communication Undergraduate Certificate was created in conjunction with the Department of Communication, the School of Public Health, and the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion for undergraduate students. The certificate is designed to give students an enhanced education in communication skills critical to health-related professions, beyond what would normally be received from the UK Core. Upon completion of the certificate students will be able to determine how communication impacts the major contributors for disease prevention and control as well as how to identify and analyze communication strategies that are most effective for health promotion and wellness.
Faculty Director: Dr. Donald Helme, Department of Communication

Undergraduate Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurial Thinking
This interdiscilpinary undergraduate certificate is for students from all majors who want to change their thinking about innovation as a catalyst for creating social and economic wealth in Kentucky and across the globe. Students complete four courses, including two approved elective courses from the student's college. A capstone experience allows students to gain experience and apply entrepreneurial processes to develop their own ideas and projects.
Faculty Director: Kimberly Parker, School of Journalism and Telecommunication


Leadership Studies
The Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies will allow students to demonstrate their preparedness to lead, live, and work in an interconnected and interdependent global community. Students will improve their understanding of leadership and develop the skills needed to lead in their particular field through a series of courses designed to provide a rich leadership focus. Students who participate in this certificate will master these skills and benefit from an additional degree credential, that alongside with their major(s) and/or minor(s) demonstrates their dedication to and experiences with leadership.
Faculty Directors: Dr. Jayson W. Richardson, Educational Leadership Studies (College of Education), & Dr. Kris Ricketts, Community and Leadership Development (College of Agriculture, Food and Environment)


Power and Energy
This certificate gives students the recognition of competency in the power and energy field. Successful completers of this certificate will have an understanding of global energy issues, knowledge of electric power in an area that best fits their particular discipline (focusing particularly in power generation, transmission and distribution, or economics and public policy).
Faculty Director: Dr. Joseph Sottile, Department of Mining Engineering


Musical Theatre Certificate for Voice Majors and Musical Theatre Certificate for Theatre Majors
These two interdisciplinary certificates are offered jointly by the Department of Theatre and the School of Music. They will provide an opportunity for students in both units to gain knowledge in an area of study that includes acting, dance, voice and musical theatre techniques. Successful completers of this certificate will be able to synthesize acting, singing and dancing in a musical theatre performance.
Faculty Co-Directors for the Musical Theatre Certificate for Voice Majors: Nancy Jones, Department of Theatre, and Noemi Lugo, Department of Voice in the School of Music


Clinical Healthcare Management
Successful completion of this certificate program will demonstrate that the graduate is prepared to function successfully in a clinical leadership and management role in a health care institution. The program is useful for any currently enrolled UK student interested in obtaining clinical management skills; and, in addition, the program is useful for practicing clinical professionals (non-degree-seeking) such as nurses, physicians, dentists, physician assistants, physical therapists, respiratory therapists and other interested in enhancing their management skills.
Faculty Director: Dr. Ray Hill, Division of Clinical Leadership and Management within the Department of Clinical Sciences

Undergraduate Research in Human Health Sciences
(more information coming soon)
Faculty Director: Dr. Gilson Capilouto, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences


UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES (Note: the Dean of Undergraduate Studies is the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education)

Global Studies
This certificate is designed to show collaboration across all the undergraduate colleges in creating a focus for students' scholarly work in international settings. Successful completers of this interdisciplinary certificate have demonstrated their preparedness to live and work in a global community. There are four components: globally focused coursework, second language coursework, credit-bearing education abroad experience, and co-curricular programming.
Faculty Director: Monica Blackmun Visoná, Associate Professor Art History, School of Art and Visual Studies