Wayne State University to offer new certificate programs in cannabis chemistry, Arabic, French

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Launching fall 2023, the five new programs offer unique credentials for career advancement

This fall, Wayne State University will launch five new undergraduate certificates, offering students specialized skills in the cannabis industry, health care and international business.

The certificates, which are offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), include:

  • Cannabis Chemistry
  • Arabic for the Health Care Professions
  • Professional Arabic
  • Conversational and Professional French
  • Practical French
  • In addition to current Wayne State students, individuals who have completed an undergraduate degree at another university can also earn a certificate from WSU. This is a great option for those who want to advance or pivot their careers as it allows them to add a unique certification to their résumé.

    "We're thrilled to be able to offer these new certificate programs," said College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean Stephanie Hartwell." They are each specifically tailored to help our students develop the skill sets needed for competitive job markets."

    The Certificate in Cannabis Chemistry will cover the fundamentals of separation science, laboratory techniques, and the legal and regulatory requirements for the cannabis industry. In addition to the ethics, law and regulation of the cannabis industry, students will learn how to test cannabis products for potency and purity.

    From business to health care, the new programs in Arabic and French were developed to give students an edge in a wide range of global industries.

    "Employers and graduate programs increasingly seek candidates with language skills and intercultural competencies," said Vanessa DeGifis, chair of WSU's Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures." This is especially true in Michigan, a state that borders Canada and has a large Arabic-speaking population. Certification through one of these new programs enhances a student's professional profile and helps them gain a huge advantage in regional and global job markets."

    Individuals interested in the certificates (or any CLAS program) can explore pathways with the help of Erica Searcy, the college's recruitment and retention specialist.

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