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Certificate Information

*CERTIFICATE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR SENIORS IS FEBRUARY 10, 2015*

Departmental Representative: Germán Labrador Méndez

Undergraduate Administrator:  Beth Heisler
 

Students pursuing area studies certificates may earn the certificate in language and culture provided that (a) the courses they elect to satisfy the requirements of the area studies program are different from those they elect to satisfy the requirements of the language and culture certificate program (in agreement with the Program in Latin American Studies, one course can be used towards both a certificate in Spanish or Portuguese and PLAS); and (b) they submit a piece of independent work in addition to the independent work that satisfies the requirements of each area studies program.

Students wishing to complete a certificate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures must fill out an application form and bring it to the Undergraduate Administrator, 359 East Pyne. Seniors must submit an application by February 10, 2015. (A separate application needs to be completed for each language in which a certificate will be pursued.) Attach a copy of your internal transcript from SCORE and any study abroad transcripts. Please email the Departmental Representative if you have any questions regarding courses counting towards the certificate.

The independent work deadline for seniors is April 16, 2015. Please plan your senior year work accordingly. There are no extensions. (Students may submit applications before their senior year, provided the course requirements have been completed.)

Spanish Certificate Requirements

  1. Four courses beyond SPA 209, at least three of which must be 300-level (or higher) departmental courses in the Spanish language, literature, or culture. The department strongly recommends SPA 222, 224 or 227 as an entryway into the Certificate Program. Courses must be taken for a letter grade, no Pass/D/Fail or Audit.  At the discretion of the Departmental Representative, students who study abroad during the academic year may count one pre-approved course per semester abroad toward the certificate.  Also, two pre-approved courses in a summer program abroad can count for one course towards the certificate. In no case, however, can more than two courses taken abroad count toward the certificate.  Any upper-level Spanish course taught in English will require all written work to be completed in Spanish in order to count toward the certificate.
     
  2. Independent work. During their senior year, students must write a paper on a topic agreed upon with the Departmental Representative. The paper must be written in Spanish and be at least 6,000 words in length (title page).  This paper must be an extension of a paper written for one of the 300-level courses used towards the certificate.  Please contact the departmental representative by e-mail in the fall semester of your senior year for approval of the topic. One additional 300-level (or higher) departmental Spanish course may be substituted for the independent work. 
     
  3. Students interested in earning a certificate in another department's Program and in Spanish may earn both certificates provided that: a) different courses are used to fulfill the requirements for each certificate* and; b) the student produces two different pieces of independent work. *In agreement with the Program in Latin American Studies, one course can be used towards both a certificate in SPA and PLAS.

Portuguese Certificate Requirements

  1. Three 300-level (or higher) departmental courses in the Portuguese language, literature, or culture.  Courses must be taken for a letter grade, no Pass/D/Fail or Audit. At the discretion of the Departmental Representative, students who study abroad during the academic year may count one pre-approved course per semester abroad towards the certificate. Also, two pre-approved courses in a summer program abroad can count for one course towards the certificate. In no case, however, can more than two courses taken abroad count towards the certificate. Any 300 or 400-level Portuguese course taught in English will require all written work to be completed in Portuguese in order to count towards a certificate.  With the approval of the Departmental Representative, two 200-level courses in Portuguese literature or culture may count as one 300-level Portuguese course. 
     
  2. Independent work. During their senior year, students must write a paper on a topic agreed upon with the Departmental Representative. The paper must be written in Portuguese and be at least 6,000 words in length (title page). This paper must be an extension of a paper written for one of the courses used towards the certificate. Please contact the departmental representative by e-mail in the fall semester of your senior year for approval of the topic. One additional 300-level (or higher) departmental Portuguese course may be substituted for the independent work.  
      
  3. Students interested in earning a certificate in another department's Program and in Portuguese may earn both certificates provided that: a) different courses are used to fulfill the requirements for each certificate* and; b) the student produces two different pieces of independent work. *In agreement with the Program in Latin American Studies, one course can be used towards both a certificate in POR and PLAS.

Students who are pursuing a certificate in Spanish and/or Portuguese must also become familiar with the certificate rules established by the Program in Language and Culture.

Upon graduation, students who have met all of the program requirements will receive a Certificate of Proficiency along with their diploma.