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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. Also, using the degree audit system will help determine progress to certificate completion - use the "What-If" feature and choose US CERT for the "College" then choose the particular certificate program from the dropdown menu for "Program/Minor."

The staff who add the certificate to the student's record in MyUK (SAP) should be sure to add the certificate as:

  1. An additional (2nd) program of study if the student is a current degree seeking student
  2. As the primary (1st) program of study ONLY if the student is non-degree seeking and has previously earned a University of Kentucky undergraduate degree. NOTE: Students pursuing only a certificate program (Undergraduate or Graduate) are NOT eligible for federal financial aid.

See the IRIS help site for how to add a program of study in a student's record. Advisors need also to use the University's degree audit system (APEX) in order for the requirements to appear on a student's` degree audit once the student has declared for the certificate. This process should be completed immediately after the information is added in SAP so that all advisors and students can keep track of the requirements. Please contact the APEX team if there are any questions on this important component for student success.

List by Academic Home Per College

Agriculture, Food and Environment Engineering
Arts & Sciences Fine Arts
Business & Economics Health Sciences
Communication & Information Undergraduate Education


Distillation, Wine and Brewing Studies (DWBS)
This certificate is inclusive of students from all departments and colleges at UK. The Departments of Animal and Food Sciences; Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering; Chemistroy; Chemical and Materials Engineering; History; Horticulture, Plant and Soil Sciences; Retailing and Tourism Management; and Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies are all engaged in DWBS. Three key student learning outcomes comprise the DWBS and are accomplished through a cluster of courses. Approved by University Senate Spring 2015.
Faculty Director: Dr. Seth DeBolt, Department of Horticulture (CAFE); and, Dr. Bert Lynn, Department of Chemistry (College of A&S)


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. Approved by University Senate Fall 2013.
Faculty Director: Dr. Shaunna Scott, Director, Appalachian Studies Program

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. Approved by University Senate Spring 2013.
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. Approved by University Senate Fall 2012.
Faculty Director: Dr. Scott Kelley, Department of Marketing and Supply Chain


Undergraduate Certificate in Directing Forensics
This undergraduate certificate will prepare students to teach and coach competitive forensics at the middle school, high school, and collegiate levels and serve the growing demand for forensics coaches. Currently, over 300 colleges and universities sponsor this activity at the state, regional, and national level. Over 100,000 students and 3,500 coaches also compete annually in high school competitions across the nation. This certificate serves both current undergraduate students who wish to enhance their ability to teach public speaking and post-baccalaureates seeking additional training or continuing education credits. Approved by University Senate Spring 2015.
Faculty Director: Dr. Will Buntin, School of Information Science

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. Approved by University Senate Spring 2014.
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. Approved by University Senate Fall 2014.
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. Approved by University Senate Spring 2014.
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). Approved by University Senate Spring 2013.
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. Approved by University Senate Spring 2013.
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. Approved by University Senate Fall 2013.
Faculty Director: Dr. Ray Hill, Division of Clinical Leadership and Management within the Department of Clinical Sciences

Undergraduate Research in Human Health Sciences
The Office of Research in the College of Health Sciences in collaboration with the Departments of Rehabilitation Sciences and Clinical Sciences is offering an undergraduate certificate in Research in Human Health Sciences. This certificate will enhance the educational goals of any University of Kentucky student interested in obtaining experience in health-related research to benefit the pursuit of a health care career. The purpose of the program is to encourage and recognize undergraduate students who devote a significant portion of their undergraduate education in scholarly and research pursuits within the College of Health Sciences. Approved by University Senate Spring 2015.
Faculty Director: Dr. Gilson Capilouto, Professor & Director of Undergraduate Research, College of Health Sciences


UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES (Note: the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, serves as head of the academic unit - additional administrative support is provided by the Honors Program)

Global Studies
Open to students in all majors and colleges, this certificate acknowledges a student's ability to live and work in a global community. It documents four components of an internationally focused education: globally oriented courses, study abroad, experiences communicating in more than one language, and cross-cultural activities in the United States. Two short essays allow students to reflect upon all of these experiences. Approved by University Senate Fall 2012.
Faculty Director: Monica Blackmun Visoná, Associate Professor of Art History, School of Art and Visual Studies, College of Fine Arts

See more about Undergraduate Certificates on the University Senate website.