To complete the Multicultural Certificate, students are required to complete a coherent program of 15 credit hours from our list of approved courses. Courses approved for the MCC critically evaluate and examine issues such as gender, race, ethnicity, religion, region, sexuality, and class inequality globally and in the United States. Coursework from a student’s major, minor, or general education requirements can all count toward the certificate.

These 15 credit hours must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Courses must be chosen from at least two different departments or programs.
  • At least 6 credits must be completed at the 3000 level or above. Note: Honors courses at the 2000 level or above can also be used to fill this requirement.
  • Up to 6 credit hours maximum may include an applied experience of cultural difference: approved research-based undergraduate courses, transcripted Study Abroad and other experiences approved through the International Center, and transcript-designated Service-Learning fall under this category.
  • Foreign language courses must be numbered above 2150 and on our list of approved courses. There is a 6-hour maximum for applying foreign language classes that pertain to linguistics, grammar, conversation and composition.
  • A grade of C- or higher must be earned in each course, and students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 overall for coursework counting toward the certificate.
  • Consistent with MU policy on certificates, the MCC can only be awarded simultaneously with an undergraduate degree. This means that only undergraduate students working towards an undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia are eligible to earn the MCC.
  • Up to 3 hours of transferred credit can be applied toward fulfilling MCC requirements. This class must be comparable to currently approved courses. A course syllabus from a transfer course must be presented for credit to be earned for transferred classes. At least 12 hours must be completed through MU coursework.

If you’d like to submit a course that’s not on our list for approval, please see our course approval submission form.