(French/German/Russian/Spanish/Arabic/Japanese)

The Department of World Languages and Cultures, in collaboration with the Global Studies Program, offers a Certificate in Foreign Language and Global Engagement in French, German, Russian, and Spanish. The Certificate may be also be earned in Arabic or Japanese if all of the required courses are available, which may be contingent on enrollment. If a student would like to pursue the Certificate in Arabic or Japanese, they should talk to World Languages and Cultures department chair about the availability of courses, possibilities for fulfilling requirements via study abroad, or potential course substitutions.

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 and 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
or WLC 101MS INTRO TO MEDICAL SPANISH
or WLC 101A INTRO FOREIGN LANG I: ARABIC
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
or WLC 102MS INTRO TO MEDICAL SPANISH II
or WLC 102A INTRO FOREIGN LANG II: ARABIC
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
or WLC 201A INTERM FOREIGN LANG I: ARABIC
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
or WLC 202A INTERM FOREIGN LANG II: ARABIC
WLC 301FCONVERSATION:FRENCH3
or WLC 301G CONVERSATION:GERMAN
or WLC 301J CONVERSATION:JAPANESE
or WLC 301R CONVERSATION:RUSSIAN
or WLC 301S CONVERSATION:SPANISH
or WLC 301A CONVERSATION: ARABIC
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, Spanish, Japanese, or Arabic 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 Charger Foundations 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.

To be awarded the Certificate upon graduation, students must officially declare the Certificate with a college advisor to have it added to their program of study. Then, they must request for it to be audited when they apply for graduation and go through the degree audit process. Certificate programs are not audited automatically. 

Students with some prior knowledge of the language can test out of lower level courses and be placed into higher courses. For the courses they test out of, students will receive up to (6) credit hours, but no grades or quality points, towards completion of the Certificate. Post-Baccalaureate students are not eligible for departmental credit.

If the student tests out of more than six (6) hours of courses, they should choose a language Minor or Major rather than or in conjunction with the Certificate. In the event that pursuing a Minor or Major is not an option, they should take additional courses in their language or a relevant Global Studies-approved course to fulfill any remaining hours required for the Certificate. Unlike major and minor programs, no coursework/hours may be waived from the 18 hours required for the Certificate. Any course substitutions must be approved by the World Languages and Cultures Chair or the Global Studies Director.