Certificate in Language and Culture
To encourage the wider study of French and Italian throughout the student body, the department also offers the certificate in French or Italian language and Culture. Completion of the certificate requires four departmental courses in the language (at least three of which must be at the 300- or 400-level), and the writing of an appropriate piece of independent work using sources in the language and focusing on some aspect of its culture, history, or literature. In many cases (especially if the student’s concentration is in departments such as History, Politics, Art and Archaeology, Music, or WWS), this independent work may be a junior paper or a senior thesis.
Although not required, it is strongly recommended that students spend some time in the country, or one of the countries, whose language and culture they are studying. This may be done through a study abroad program approved by the Department or through a similarly approved summer program of work and/or study. NOTE: One course taken and passed in an approved program of study may be counted toward the requirements for the Certificate.
For more detailed information consult the current Certificate Guidelines.