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BINATIONAL CENTER

The Binational Center enhances relationships between the United States and other countries by promoting civic and social organizations and institutions through research, education, leadership, and public service. Selected Activities of the Binational Center include:

· Designing educational venues that will contribute to the successful development of international relationships between practitioners and government.
· Creating communication streams between American and Mexican universities and other organizations, as well as highlighting public service with specific programs geared to train or enhance the management of local and international non-profit organizations.
· Enhancing the development of binational community service programs.
· Training, developing, and educating the next generation of leaders through diverse campus resources.
· Providing grant writing resources for non-profit organizations through our regional Cooperating Collections Library.

Texas A&M International University
5201 University Boulevard
Pellegrino Hall #301 and Student Center #118
Laredo, Texas 78041-1900
Tel: 956-326-3067 and 956-326-2834
Fax: 956-326-2836
Email: binationalcenter@tamiu.edu

CONTINUING EDUCATION
The Office of Continuing Education offers the opportunity to continue learning through our exciting programs for professional development, adult learning courses, and stimulating children summer camps that enrich and enhance their professional and personal life.  It offers local conferences, institutes, and seminars to further the continued professional development related to discipline specific topics, such as Advanced Placement Certification for teachers. The Office of Continuing Education also provide training resources for the continuing education units of professional occupations that require licenses, certificates, and credentials such as the GRE, SAT, ACT, and paralegal certification courses. Additionally, it offers enrichment programs of non-traditional courses and camps for individuals of all ages, such as academic, robotics, fine arts, and dance camps for children, to name a few. There are adult seminars for varying interests such as computer classes and dance classes.

Continuing Education
5201 University Boulevard, Pellegrino Hall 302C
Laredo, TX  78041
Tel. 956.326.2765 — Fax 956.326.2909
Email: kim.martindelcampo@tamiu.edu
Office Hours: Mon - Fri, 8 am - 5 pm
http://www.tamiu.edu/dip/ContEducationIndex.shtml

CERTIFICATE IN INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
This Certification is intended for undergraduate students in various disciplines across TAMIU who are interested in pursuing careers in the foreign service, international institutions, non-governmental international organizations, and multinational corporations as well as those who recognize the importance of understanding international issues to virtually any career field. The undergraduate Certificate in International Studies allows students to enhance their degree program with a concentration in international studies. Completion of the requirements is certified by the Binational Center for Research, Education, Leadership, and Public Service (BINC) and the Office of the Registrar.

Internationalization is a process which focuses on the social, legal, economic, political, and technological aspects of countries other than the United States. It often involves working with people from several disciplines to define a common goal. No single discipline can provide a thorough understanding of the globalization process. Rather, students must be exposed to several disciplines to obtain the holistic perspective required to analyze its complexity.

The Certificate in International Studies integrates a wide variety of junior and senior level courses and encourages a multidisciplinary approach. The student declares a major in an established academic department and then focuses in international studies as laid out in this certification. The Certification in International Studies meets the needs of the students and proves useful both in terms of career opportunities and contribution to international issues.

Criteria for Admission and Qualification
The student must:

· have completed 60 or more semester credit hours of coursework
· be accepted in an established academic program at TAMIU
· submit an application for the CIS program to the Binational Center

Criteria for Earning the Certificate in International Studies
The student must:

· successfully complete a minimum of four courses herein listed as Approved Courses
· attain at least a 2.75 GPA in the selected courses with no less than a C in any course
· participate in a focus group scheduled by the Binational Center after completion of required CIS courses

Each 3-credit course has been selected based on its global context and relevancy for fostering cross-national understanding. It is not an exclusive list. Other courses such as an international capstone seminar or those taken under a study abroad experience may be accepted as alternatives to the ones listed below, subject to the approval of the International Programs Advisor.


College of Arts and Sciences
ANTH3304 ENGL4397 HIST3394 PSCI4309
ANTH3306 GEOG3351 HIST4342 PSCI4335
ANTH3308 GEOG3352 HIST4391 PSCI4340
ANTH4302 GEOG3353 MATH4385 PSCI4350
ANTH4351 GEOG4395 PORT3324 SOCI3308
ARTS3310 HIST3330 PSCI3305 SOCI4318
COMM4320 HIST3351 PSCI3308 SPAN4317
ENGL3326 HIST3352 PSCI3310 SPAN4371
ENGL4326 HIST3380 PSCI3340 SPAN4397
ENGL4334 HIST3392 PSCI3353 Study Abroad
ENGL4355      
A. R. Sanchez, Jr. Scholl of Business
BA3320 ECO4340 ECO4390 TIL3311
BA4390 ECO4350 FIN4380 Study Abroad
ECO3325 ECO4370 MKT4310  
College of Education
EDBE3322 EDBE3340 EDBE4336 EDRD3302
EDBE3325 EDBE4310 EDBE4399 EDRD4317
EDBE3326 EDBE4334 EDDP4324 Study Abroad
EDBE3338 EDBE4335 EDHW3341  
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
NURS1302 NURS4340 Study Abroad  

Students interested in pursuing the Certificate in International Studies should register with the BNC and meet with its faculty advisor. Students must complete the appropriate form with the BNC as soon as possible, but no less than one semester before completion of their degree, The BNC and the Office of the Registrar will provide, at graduation, the documentation certifying the completion of the certification.

CERTIFICATE IN LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES
Awareness of Latin America is a must for students interested in pursuing entry-level careers in the foreign service, international organizations, or multinational corporations. A Certificate in Latin American Studies allows them to enhance their skills and expertise with a broad knowledge of this primary geographical region. Completion of the requirements is certified by the Binational Center for Research, Education, Leadership, and Public Service (BNC) and the Office of the Registrar.

The rapid growth in relations between the United States and Latin America has created the need for professionals who are able to bridge both cultures. TAMIU’s international faculty and the university’s location on the US-Mexico border make a Certificate in Latin American Studies an especially attractive option for students.

This Certificate in Latin American Studies provides undergraduate students with specialized expertise for a variety of careers in business, government, and public service related to Latin America. It allows integration of an assortment of junior and senior level courses and encourages a multidisciplinary approach to meet the needs of the students. The broad offering of courses allows students to select those most appropriate to complement their major course of studies. This Certificate in Latin American Studies proves useful both in terms of potential career opportunities and contribution to the issues the region faces.

Criteria for Admission and Qualification
The student must:

· have a Junior or Senior standing
· be accepted in an established academic program at TAMIU
· submit an application for the certificate program to the Binational Center

Criteria for Receiving the Certificate in Latin American Studies
The student must:

· successfully complete a minimum of four courses herein listed as Approved Courses
· attain at least a 2.75 GPA in the selected courses with no less than a C in any course
· participate in a focus group scheduled by the Binational Center after completion of CLS required classes

Each 3-credit course has been selected based on its context and relevancy for fostering understanding of the Latin American region. It is not an exclusive list. Courses that also offer a regional perspective or those taken under a study abroad experience may be accepted as alternatives to the ones listed below, subject to the approval of the Binational Center advisor.

College of Arts and Sciences
ANTH3304 HIST3385 SOCI3308 SPAN4309
GEOG3352 PORT3324 SOCI4317 SPAN4317
HIST3301 PSCI3308 SOCI4318 SPAN4371
HIST3330 PSCI4309 SPAN3323 URBS4302
HIST3352 SOCI3307 SPAN3326  
A. R. Sanchez, Jr. Scholl of Business
ECO3325
ECO4370
Study abroad in a Latin American Country

Students interested in pursuing the Certificate in Latin American Studies should register with the BINC and meet with its faculty advisor. Students must complete the appropriate form with the BINC as soon as possible, but no less than one semester before completion of their degree, The BINC and the Office of the Registrar will provide, at graduation, the documentation certifying the completion of the certification.

CERTIFICATE IN INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP
TAMIU’s international focus that brings together students and faculty from around the globe, along with the university’s unique location on the US/Mexico border, provides a unique opportunity for students to discover and enhance their leadership skills in a setting that foreshadows the demands of the 21st Century community and workplace. In all degree fields, students’ potential for success will be enhanced through the intentional building of leadership skills. Through offering the opportunity to all students to develop the ability to lead, the university will graduate students fully prepared to become leaders in their chosen fields, in their community, in the state of Texas and in the national and international arena.

Criteria for Admission
The student must:

· have a completed at least 30 of 42 SCH core curriculum and have at least sophomore standing
· be pursuing an academic major at TAMIU
· submit an application for admission to the program to the Binational Center

Criteria for Earning the Certificate
The student must:

· successfully complete a minimum of four required courses noted below
· attain at least a 2.75 GPA in the selected courses with no less than a C in any course
· present a portfolio of work completed to the Binational Center in conjunction with the capstone course.

Each 3-credit course has been selected based on its context and relevancy for fostering understanding of the identified learning outcomes. It is not an exclusive list. Other courses that address the learning outcomes may be substituted with approval of the Binational Center advisor and the instructor offering the course. The introductory Foundations of Leadership course and the capstone course cannot be substituted.

Group 1 - One course from
COMM 4320 Transnational Trends in Communication OR
COMM 4340 Intercultural, Professional and Personal Ethics

Group 2 - One course from
ANTH 4351 Cultural Anthropology
ENGL 4355 History of Literary Thought
SOCI 4317 Race and Ethnic Relations
SOCI 4318 Globalization

Group 3 - Completion of the following
UNIV 2301 Foundations of Leadership
UNIV 4301 International Leadership Capstone
Successful service learning experience
Forty hours of documented community service

 

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