(French/German/Russian/Spanish)

The Department of World Languages and Cultures, in collaboration with the Global Studies Program, offers the Global Professional Pathways Certificate in French, German, Russian, and Spanish.

This certificate program provides students a clear path to combine foreign language study with experiential learning abroad opportunities such as intensive foreign language study, internships, and research opportunities. This combination will help students be able to integrate cross-cultural communication skills into their chosen careers and provide them invaluable skills to advance in their careers.  

The requirements for the Certificate are sixteen (16) hours of course work and participation in a UAH-approved education abroad program for a minimum of four continuous weeks in a country where the target language is spoken as a major language. Students are encouraged to study abroad for at least a semester and seek to integrate an internship or research abroad experience into their time abroad.

Required Courses: 

Required Courses
GS 450GLOBAL PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO1
WLC 303FFOREIGN LANG LIFE & PROF:FRENC3
or WLC 303G FOREIGN LANG LIFE & PROF:GERMA
or WLC 303R FOREIGN LANG LIFE & PROF:RUSSI
or WLC 303S FOREIGN LANG LIFE & PROF:SPANI
And any four from the following (all in the same language):
WLC 101FINTRO FOREIGN LANG I:FRENCH3
or WLC 101G INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:GERMAN
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 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 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 202R INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:RUSSIAN
or WLC 202S INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:SPANISH
WLC 301FCONVERSATION:FRENCH3
or WLC 301G CONVERSATION:GERMAN
or WLC 301R CONVERSATION:RUSSIAN
or WLC 301S CONVERSATION:SPANISH
WLC 302FCOMPOSITION:FRENCH3
or WLC 302G COMPOSITION:GERMAN
or WLC 302R COMPOSITION:RUSSIAN
or WLC 302S COMPOSITION:SPANISH
WLC 304FCULTURE:FRENCH3
or WLC 304G CULTURE:GERMAN
or WLC 304R CULTURE:RUSSIAN
or WLC 304S CULTURE:SPANISH
WLC 305FINTRO TO LITERATURE:FRENCH3
or WLC 305G INTRO TO LITERATURE:GERMAN
or WLC 305R INTRO TO LITERATURE:RUSSIAN
or WLC 305S INTRO TO LITERATURE:SPANISH
WLC 404FTEXTS & CONTEXTS:SEM LIT:FRENC3
or WLC 404G TEXTS & CONTEXTS:SEM LIT/GERMA
or WLC 404R TEXTS & CONTEXTS:SEM LIT:RUSSI
or WLC 404S TEXTS & CONTEXTS:SEM LIT:SPANI

Additional Requirements:

  • All foreign language coursework must be done in a single language.  

  • At least three of the five WLC courses must be taken at UAH.

  • Average grade of B or higher is required for all language courses, and a grade of B or higher for GS 450.

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) departmental credit hours, but no grades or quality points, towards completion of the Certificate. If the student tests out of more than six (6) hours of courses, they are encouraged choose a language Minor or Major in conjunction with the Certificate. Also, if the student tests out of more than (6) hours, they must complete coursework for the remaining 10 hours of the certificate. Unlike Major and Minor programs, no coursework/hours may be waived from the 16 hours required for the Certificate. Post-Baccalaureate students are not eligible for department credit.