Academic Certificate in Language Studies

Certificate Information

Academic Plan

Language Studies

Academic Plan Type

Academic Certificate (AC)

Academic Plan Code




MCCCD Official Curriculum Details

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Culture and Society


This certificate has associated pathway maps with course sequence(s). We recommend using them as reference instead of the list below.


This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.
Students may qualify to enter higher level Spanish courses by placement or may qualify to exempt out of taking any Spanish courses by assessment. Students wishing to earn credit for any course of which they are exempt by assessment should take the CLEP examination or apply credits earned through the Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams.

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.

What You’ll Learn

This certificate will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Examine the nature, diversity and variation of language.
  2. Describe linguistic concepts and the process of language acquisition.
  3. Demonstrate communication skills in selected foreign language courses.
  4. Apply knowledge of cultural norms, values, beliefs, and regional variations to settings where the target language is used.

Program Prerequisites

Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits
201-level proficiency in a language other than English as indicated by assessment or coursework.

Required Courses

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
SLC201Introduction to Linguistics3
Students must choose 3-5 credits in 202 or higher-level coursework in the language used to satisfy the program prerequisites.

Restricted Electives

Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students must choose two (2) courses from the list below. Prerequisites may not be used to satisfy the Restricted Electives:
AFR/ASB/CCS202Ethnic Relations in the United States (3) OR
SOC241Race and Ethnic Relations (3)3
COM163Intercultural Communication in Everyday Life3
COM263Elements of Intercultural Communication3
AHU+++ Any AHU Arabic Humanities course(s)
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FLA+++ Any FLA Foreign Language Acquisition course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
GRK+++ Any GRK Greek course(s)
HBR+++ Any HBR Hebrew course(s)
HEB+++ Any HEB Hebrew course(s)
IPP+++ Any IPP Interpreter Preparation Program course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
ITH+++ Any ITA Italian Humanities course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
LAT+++ Any LAT Latin course(s)
NAV+++ Any NAV Navajo course(s)
NVH+++ Any NVH Navajo Humanities course(s)
PIM+++ Any PIM Pima course(s)
POR+++ Any POR Portuguese course(s)
RUS+++ Any RUS Russian course(s)
SLC+++ Any SLC Studies in Language and Culture course(s)
SLG+++ Any SLG Sign Language course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
SPH+++ Any SPH Spanish Humanities course(s)
TRS+++ Any TRS Translation and Interpretation course(s)

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Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out a program and career path that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.

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Award Details

First Term
2020 Fall
Final Term
Total Credits
CIPS code
SOC codes
25-1124.00, 27-3091.00
Program Availability
Occupational Area
Not Applicable
Last Updated
Financial Aid Eligible?
This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.