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Global Readiness History


Launched in Spring 2021, the Global Readiness Certificate is open to all undergraduate students at Texas Tech University. It can be combined with any major and provides the opportunity to boost your employability by providing you with many of the skills that are valued by employers, such as cross-cultural competency and increased analytical ability. This certificate pairs especially well with a professional or technical degree to make you a highly competitive candidate on the job market and an effective intercultural communicator, both at home and abroad. Whether you pursue a career in Texas, in the U.S., or somewhere else in the world, the Global Readiness Certificate will set you up for success!  
The Global Readiness Certificate emerged out of the Global Readiness Through Language and Culture (GRLC) Project, which was funded by the Center for Global Communication during the academic years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021and led by 30 faculty and graduate students in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures at Texas Tech University. The faculty leading this initiative laid the foundation for the Global Readiness Certificate by implementing curricular and co-curricular activities designed to raise students' awareness of the value of a degree in languages and cultures. These activities enabled students to identify and articulate the linguistic, analytical, and professional skills that language and culture courses are uniquely positioned to provide. Students were challenged to reflect on the connections between these skills and their own career aspirations through a structured career exploration activity with a focus on global challenges related to climate change, economies, resources, technology, information, and population 
GRLC Lecture Series 
Participating faculty made targeted changes to their language and culture courses to help students understand the value these courses provide and prepare students for careers in business, state and civil service, education, industry, and translation interpretation. Between 2019 and 2021, nine professionals visited Texas Tech to speak with students about employment opportunities in these areas and how the study of languages and cultures enabled them to launch their career. The guest speakers also shared with students how their work contributes to addressing global challenges.  
Undergraduate Research 
Students enrolled in participating courses showcased their research on a global challenge by drawing on the cultural and linguistic knowledge and transferable skills obtained in their language and culture classes. Students presented their undergraduate research in Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021.  

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