FHSU gives students a chance to broaden their knowledge base through certificate programs
12/03/2003

Several academic departments at Fort Hays State University offer both degree seeking and non-degree seeking students the opportunity to earn certificates in specified areas of study.

FHSU instructor of communication studies, Howard Peters, encourages students to obtain as many academic credentials as possible.

"Certificate programs are a great way to show potential employers the breadth of your knowledge and training," Peters tells students. "The 21st-century workplace calls for employees with a broad knowledge base to face the ever-changing, fast-paced needs of our culture."

FHSU's inventory of certificate programs is diverse and extensive. Certificates are listed first by their respective academic colleges and next by the department in which they are offered.

College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences offers the Ethnic Studies Certificate Program, a nine-hour program for students interested in increasing their understanding of and support for the diversity of America's ethnic heritage. The program can be attached to any degree program and, according to the FHSU Provost's Web listing on the FHSU Web site, "helps students understand themselves better in relation to others and provides the base for positive, personal interactions with people of differing ethnicities and maximizes their cross-cultural skills so necessary for the 21st-century workplace."

Seven certificate programs, each nine credit hours, are offered by the Department of Philosophy.

General Philosophy -- explores knowledge, doubt, God, freedom, necessity, good and evil, immortality, time, the cosmos, the meaning of life and the most noteworthy attempts of philosophers to address these topics.

Philosophy of Values -- concentrates on the nature of good and bad, virtue and vice, love and hatred, the beautiful and the ugly, the inspiring and the shallow, and the proper aim of education with respect to these values.

Biblical Studies -- focuses on Jewish and Christian scripture, with background information about the original languages, literary texts, formation of the canon, and biblical criticism.

Bioethical Studies -- studies ethical issues that result from reflection on our expanding biological knowledge, such as animal rights, reproductive technologies, genetic testing,
bioethical engineering, abortion, euthanasia, the impact of humans on the environment, and the just allocation of resources.

Logic and Epistemology -- develops skill in and understanding of the principles of good reasoning and contemplates questions about knowledge, such as whether it can be defined, whether it is one thing in sciences and something else in humanities or mathematics, and to what extent it is achievable by and desirable for human beings.

Philosophy of Religion -- questions beliefs and concepts central to the world's religions, such as how holiness should be understood, whether we have a personal soul, whether the doctrine of reincarnation makes sense, whether God's existence can be proven and whether religious faith is reasonable given the variety and extent of suffering in the world.

Philosophy of Public Life -- examines the nature of professions, communities, government and the law on the concepts of liberty, equality and justice and on challenges to personal integrity in the face of apparent conflicts of duty.

Through the Department of Political Science and Justice Studies, nine certificates are available. Five of the nine are offered through the Virtual College: Justice Networking Certificate (15 hours), Criminal Justice/Business Management Certificate (18 hours), Law Enforcement Certificate (13 hours), Corrections Management Certificate (18 hours) and Jail Operations Certificate (12 hours).

The on-campus programs are the Forensic Criminology Certificate (24 hours), the Law and the Courts Certificate (18 hours), the Paralegal Certificate (17 hours) and the Victim Advocate Certificate (15 hours).

Six certificates can be earned from the Department of Sociology and Social Work:

Applied Sociology (9 hours) -- studies the increasingly more complex communities and societies and how to use sociological knowledge and skills to solve real-world problems.

Community Development (9 hours) -- provides a base of community theory and vital technical skills, such as strategic planning, focus group research and small group dynamics, to address real world community issues and problems.

Core Mediation (3 credit hours and 15 clock hours) -- teaches the basics of the mediation process, interest-based bargaining, active-listening, how to facilitate communication and how to refocus disputants into a problem-solving mode.

Domestic Mediation (3 credit hours and 15 clock hours) -- addresses the benefits and techniques of applying the mediation process to divorced families and the divorce process and
how this process compounds the already difficult situation of parenting in two separate households.

Grant Proposal Writing (9 hours) -- guides students to be well-trained grant proposal writers.

Life Issues (12 hours) -- deals with major life passages such as marriage, remarriage, childrearing, aging and death and dying and provides students with a background to work in human services fields.

College of Business and Leadership
Through various prep courses, the Department of Accounting and Information Systems prepares students to obtain the Cisco Networking Certificate (accelerated 6 hours or 12 hours).

A certificate in Leadership Studies (9 hours) adds value to any academic program or career. Utilizing the small classroom format, this leadership program introduces the student to the basic components of leadership thinking, focusing on the what, how, and why of leadership. The program allows students to reflect and then act on what they have learned about leadership behavior.

From the Department of Management and Marketing, students may obtain certificates in the following areas: management (12 hours), human resource management (12 hours), production control (12 hours) and marketing (12 hours).


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