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Earn a Language Studies Certificate - online!

The Academic Certificate (AC) in Language Studies is designed to provide students with a foundation in the study of culture, language, and linguistic structures. Students will have the opportunity to develop oral and written communication skills in a language other than English.

CIPS Code: 16.0199

Academic Certificate (AC) in Language Studies

Program Prerequisites 0-15
Course # Course Title Credits

201-level proficiency in a language other than English as indicated by assessment or coursework. 0-15

Required Courses 6-8
SLC201 Introduction to Linguistics 3
Students must choose 3-5 credits in 202 or higher-level coursework in the language used to satisfy the program prerequisites.

Restricted Electives 6-10
Students must choose two (2) courses from the list below. Prerequisites may not be used to satisfy the Restricted Electives:
Ethnic Relations in the United States (3) OR
Race and Ethnic Relations Shared Unique Number Number SOC2215 (3)
COM263 Elements of Intercultural Communication 3
AHUxxx Any AHU Arabic Humanities course
ARBxxx Any ARB Arabic course
CHIxxx Any CHI Chinese course
FLAxxx Any FLA Foreign Language Acquisition course
FRExxx Any FRE French course
GERxxx Any GER German course
GRKxxx Any GRK Greek course
HBRxxx Any HBR Hebrew course
HEBxxx Any HEB Hebrew course
IPPxxx Any IPP Interpreter Preparation Program course
ITAxxx Any ITA Italian course
ITHxxx Any ITH Italian Humanities course
JPNxxx Any JPN Japanese course
LATxxx Any LAT Latin course
NAVxxx Any NAV Navajo course
NVHxxx Any NVH Navajo Humanities course
PIMxxx Any PIM Pima course
PORxxx Any POR Portuguese course
RUSxxx Any RUS Russian course
SLCxxx Any SLC Studies in Language and Culture course
SLGxxx Any SLG Sign Language course
SPAxxx Any SPA Spanish course
SPHxxx Any SPH Spanish Humanities course
TRS Any TRS Translation and Interpretation course


  • The total amount of credits required for this certificate is 12-18.
  • This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
  • Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses require within the program.
  • * indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.
  • xxx indicates any suffixed courses.

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