This certificate is issued by the Center for Languages and Cultures, and certifies the students’ language skills in at least two foreign languages.
It promotes the study of languages beyond the foreign language requirement (FLAN III) in two main ways: 1) through more advanced courses in a language that can then count towards the major or minor and 2) through the study of additional languages.
Students meet the foreign language requirements (FLAN III) in two or more foreign languages.
At least two certificate courses must be taken at USC and receive a letter grade of B or better.
Students are required to take at least two of the certificate courses at USC, with a letter grade of B or higher. Qualifying courses counting towards the certificate must be in the target language (not English) and can be one language or multiple languages as long as students pass FLAN III in all languages for which the certificate is granted. Note that students can meet the FLAN III requirement in either language through the USC Placement Test.
Students interested in earning this certificate should email a copy of their STARS report to [email protected] once the requirements have been met. Senior graduates must submit both a STARS report and a grades report after completing the requirements by May 15 (date subject to change). The certificate will list the languages. For example: “Certificate of proficiency in Chinese and Persian” and, if a student passes FLAN III in three languages, all three will appear on the certificate: “Certificate of proficiency in Japanese, Russian and Spanish”.
A PDF of the certificate will be emailed to students by the Center for Languages and Cultures and students are encouraged to add this information to their resume.