(French/German/Japanese/Russian/Spanish)

The Department of World Languages and Cultures, in collaboration with the Global Studies Program, offers a Certificate in Foreign Language and Global Engagement (available in French, German, Russian, and Spanish). All coursework must be done in a single language. The Certificate is aimed at UAH students and members of the larger community who wish to acquire officially certified world language/culture skills appropriate for global engagement in a breadth of academic contexts (from research collaboration across the disciplines and professions to medical practice, global trade, the arts, and diplomacy). The Certificate also facilitates UAH's evolving study-abroad/research opportunities that require world language skills. Upon successful completion of the Certificate, the students will have acquired intermediate world language proficiency in both oral and written communication appropriate in a variety of everyday situations and professional environments. They will also have gained basic knowledge in the cultural, economic, political, and historical ramifications of globalization.

The requirements for the Certificate are:

WLC 101FINTRO FOREIGN LANG I:FRENCH3
or WLC 101G INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:GERMAN
or WLC 101J INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:JAPANESE
or WLC 101R INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:RUSSIAN
or WLC 101S INTRO FOREIGN LANG I: SPANISH
WLC 102FINTRO FOREIGN LANG II:FRENCH3
or WLC 102G INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:GERMAN
or WLC 102J INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:JAPANESE
or WLC 102R INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:RUSSIAN
or WLC 102S INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:SPANISH
WLC 201FINTERM FOREIGN LANG:FRENCH3
or WLC 201G INTERM FOREIGN LANG:GERMAN
or WLC 201J INTERM FOREIGN LANG: JAPANESE
or WLC 201R INTERM FOREIGN LANG:RUSSIAN
or WLC 201S INTERM FOREIGN LANG:SPANISH
WLC 202FINTERM FOREIGN LANG II:FRENCH3
or WLC 202G INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:GERMAN
or WLC 202J INTERM FORGN LANG II:JAPANESE
or WLC 202R INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:RUSSIAN
or WLC 202S INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:SPANISH
WLC 301FCONVERSATION:FRENCH3
or WLC 301G CONVERSATION:GERMAN
or WLC 301J CONVERSATION:JAPANESE
or WLC 301R CONVERSATION:RUSSIAN
or WLC 301S CONVERSATION:SPANISH
GS 200GLOBAL SYSTEMS AND CULTURES3
Total Semester Hours18

To qualify for the Certificate, a "B" average or higher is required for the world language courses; a grade of "B" or higher is required for GS 200. Students majoring or minoring in world languages can also pursue this Certificate. Native speakers of French, German, Russian, or Spanish cannot pursue the Certificate in their own language but are encouraged to pursue the Certificate in one of the other languages. Since the Certificate is not a Major/Minor, it does not presuppose GER courses or any other coursework prior to the Certificate sequence. It can also be earned as a post-Baccalaureate certificate. Standard UAH admission procedures for degree-seeking students apply.

Students with some prior knowledge of the language can test out of lower courses and be placed into higher courses. For the courses they test out of, students receive credit hours, but no grades or quality points towards completion of the Certificate.