CWIS Certificate Program

CERTIFICATE PROGRAM support your professional aspirations
Fourth World Institute
(Geopolitical, economic, cultural and social studies of Fourth World Nations)
(Cross Cultural Healing Arts and Sciences)

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Program DescriptionThe Center for World Indigenous Studies offers certificates through the Center for Traditional Medicine and the Fourth World Institute - under our Education Program. Certificate programs are designed for highly motivated individuals who want to focus their education under the tutelage of scholar-practitioners in the fields of inquiry. Indigenous and and all other participants from around the world enroll in the Certificate Program to work closely with an expert in their field(s) of interest to further their educational and career objectives.

Partial program option: Participants in the CWIS Fourth World Institute Certificate Program may choose to enroll in as few as 3 credits of the 18 credit program at any one time. This permits you the opportunity to take those courses you want incrementally to accumulate the full 18 credits over time. (*) Once enrolled in the Certificate Program you will be asked to download SKYPE™ from and attach video and audio capabilities to your computer if these are not built in.

Certificate-Support Participants who are active professionals, hold advanced degrees, engaged in life-long learning pursuits or who wish to obtain specific training prior to matriculation for a university degree also enroll. The tuition per credit is $570 USD (pay on our donation page). Taking one course at a time stretches the overall cost to match your budget

Philosophy and Focus: The essence of the program is individualized, interdisciplinary study providing an integrative approach to thinking, writing, research, clinical practice, policy development and critical analysis. All programs emphasize the role of culture, personal and community health and social change as an underlying foundation of activities. Participants receive close guidance in the design, development, and implementation of their programs and have the opportunity to conduct independent research or assist in on-going projects of the Center for World Indigenous Studies or Center for Traditional Medicine. Internships are offered in Olympia, Washington, USA at the Center's offices.

Program Online: Students elect either online/on-site learning or online/distance learning only (*) programs. All students undertake coursework online and have direct online and/or phone contact with their core adviser. Students electing online-onsite incorporate travel to the centers' locations for seminars, tutorials and internship-fieldwork opportunities.For students undertaking the distance-only certificate, internship hours are undertaken in their locale by arrangement with their adviser.

Coursework and Syllabi: Students may draw from existing Center for Traditional Medicine or Fourth World Institute seminars outlined in course syllabi or create their own with the approval of their core adviser.

Application: Prior to a formal application, you are encouraged to write a preliminary letter of interest to either Dr. Leslie Korn for Traditional Healing Arts and Sciences or to Dr. Rudolph C. Rÿser for Fourth World Studies.

Program Structure
  • Students work with faculty intensely to define and outline their course of study. These activities may include seminars, workshops, self-designed courses, internships/practicum and travel.

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