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Certificate in Foreign Language and Global Engagement

The Certificate in Foreign Language and Global Engagement (FLGE) is designed to provide students with an intermediate proficiency in their chosen language and the ability to communicate effectively in both casual and professional settings. Students who successfully complete the certification program will also gain a basic knowledge of the cultural, economic, political, and historical ramifications of globalization.

The FLGE Certificate is available in French, German, Russian, and Spanish. It may be available in Arabic and Japanese depending on current course offerings. Students may also complete the certificate through study abroad programs in their language of choice if advanced courses are not available on campus. If you are interested in pursuing a certificate in Arabic or Japanese, contact our department to find out more about course offerings.

Since the Certificate is not a Major or Minor, it does not presuppose GER/Charger Foundations courses or any other coursework prior to the Certificate sequence. Therefore, it can also be earned as a post-Baccalaureate certificate. Standard UAH admission procedures for degree-seeking students apply.

Certificate Requirements (18 credits)*
  • WLC 101 Introductory Foreign Language I
  • WLC 102 Introductory Foreign Language II
  • WLC 201 Intermediate Foreign Language I
  • WLC 202 Intermediate Foreign Language II
  • WLC 301 Conversation
  • GS 200 Global Systems and Cultures
Rules and Procedures for the FLGE Certificate
  • All coursework must be completed in a single language.
  • Students must have an average of B or higher in WLC courses and earn at least a B in GS 200.
  • Certificate students who place via testing into WLC 102 or 201 are eligible for 3-6 hours of departmental credit to be applied to the certificate once they have passed the higher-level course.
  • Post-Baccalaureate students are not eligible for departmental credit, but if they have prior language experience, they may take the placement exam and begin with a higher-level course, up to WLC 202. To complete the remainder of the certificate, such students may substitute higher-level WLC courses (WLC 302, 303, 304, 305 or 404). This option is not available in Arabic or Japanese.
  • The total number of credit hours (18) for the certificate must be fulfilled. No hours may be waived, and course substitutions must be approved by the WLC department chair.
  • Students must declare their intent to pursue the certificate with the WLC department, and with their college advisor to have it added to their program of study. Sign up here with the WLC department: WLC Certificate Intent Form.
  • Students must apply for an audit of their certificate courses prior to graduation. This should be done at the same time that the student applies to graduate and receive and official degree audit.
Exclusions
  • Native speakers of a world language cannot pursue the Certificate in their own language, but are encouraged to pursue the Certificate in one of the other languages available.
  • Intermediate or advanced non-native language learners who place higher than WLC 201 through the placement exam or AP credit should pursue a minor in their language of choice rather than the certificate.

For more information, contact Dr. David Johnson

Global Professional Pathways Certificate

The Global Professional Pathways (GPP) Certificate provides students a clear path to combine foreign language study with experiential learning abroad opportunities such as internships, co-ops, and research opportunities. This combination will helps students build the competency and confidence to be effective in their chosen career fields and to contribute to the performance of companies and employers in a global context.

The GPP Certificate is available in French, German, Russian, and Spanish. Since the Certificate is not a Major or Minor, it does not presuppose GER/Charger Foundations courses or any other coursework prior to the Certificate sequence. Therefore, it can also be earned as a post-Baccalaureate certificate. Standard UAH admission procedures for degree-seeking students apply.

Certificate Requirements (16 credits)
  • Five WLC Courses in the target language, including WLC 303: Language for Life and Professions
  • GS 450 Portfolio (1 credit)
  • Minimum of 4 weeks abroad in an approved program in a country where the target language is spoken.
Rules and Procedures for the GPP Certificate
  • Students must have an average of B or higher in WLC classes and earn at least a B in GS 450.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 4 weeks abroad in study, research, and/or internship.
  • A minimum of three WLC courses must be taken at UAH
  • Certificate students who place via testing into WLC 102 or 201 are eligible for 3-6 hours of departmental credit to be applied to the certificate once they have passed the higher-level course. Post- Baccalaureate students are not eligible for departmental credit.
  • Students placing higher than WLC 201 via placement testing, AP credit, or transfer credit must take additional WLC courses to ensure that they meet the required 15 credit hours and take 3 WLC courses at UAH. However, advanced students are encouraged to consider a major or minor instead of, or in addition to, the certificate.
  • The total number of credit hours (16) for the certificate must be fulfilled. No hours may be waived, and course substitutions must be approved by the WLC department chair.
  • Students must declare their intent to pursue the certificate with the WLC department, and with their college advisor to have it added to their program of study. Sign up here with the WLC department: WLC Certificate Intent Form.
  • Students must apply for an audit of their certificate courses prior to graduation. This should be done at the same time that the student applies to graduate and receive and official degree audit.

For more information, contact Dr. David Johnson

Other Courses

Arabic and Japanese

The Department of World Languages and Cultures offers a growing program of introductory and intermediate courses in Arabic and Japanese. Majors and minors are not available in these languages, but the Certificate in Foreign Language and Global Engagement may be available depending on current course offerings. Some students also go on to complete a certificate through study abroad programs in their language of choice. If you are interested in pursuing a certificate in Arabic or Japanese, contact our department to find out more.

WLC 204: International Cinema

International Cinema is a requirement for world languages and FLIT majors, but it is also a popular humanities elective for students across the UAH campus. The course is taught in English and includes films from our four major languages —- French, German, Russian, and Spanish —- as well as films from non-Western cultures all over the world, including Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Various world languages faculty members teach the course and bring to it their own expertise and thematic approaches. Recent course themes include gender and sexuality, the Other, and memory, mourning, and desire. WLC 204 is available during the academic year in a traditional course format, and online during the 10-week summer session. Contact our department to find out more.

WLC 199S: Introduction to Medical Spanish

The Department of World Languages and Cultures offers a one-semester Introduction to Medical Spanish course to serve nursing and pre-health students as well as language students who are interested in working in interpretation and translation. The course has no prerequisites and is open to students from the novice level through the intermediate level (WLC 202S). Students in the course receive a foundation in basic Spanish grammar and vocabulary and learn to complete tasks associated with routine medical care: collecting personal information and medical history, asking about patient complaints and symptoms, conducting a physical exam, and giving medication instructions and health-related advice. Contact Dr. Leslie M. Kaiura for more information.