Samoan Language Certificate
Basics: The Samoan Language certificate consists of a minimum of 15 credits beyond the introductory (100-) level. Intermediate- (200-) level language courses may count for both HSL and the Language Certificate when courses are taken for a letter grade. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in all courses counting toward the Certificate. All courses must likewise be taken for a letter grade; CR/NC and Back Credits cannot count toward the Language Certificate.
Proficiency-level and nature of the coursework: 3rd-year-level language proficiency is the minimum standard for receiving the certificate. Thus, the certificate coursework must include a minimum of 3 credits of language study at the 300-level or above. However, substitution of subject-relevant non-language courses in the relevant subject area is allowed for students who already have advanced proficiency in the language (e.g. native/heritage speakers), subject to availability and advisor approval. There is in principle no limit to the number of substitutions. The substitutions can be courses taught either within IPLL—where the greatest concentration of subject-relevant “IP” courses are housed—or in another department, subject to advisor approval. In addition, substitution of Directed Reading courses (IP 399, IP 499, and/or IP 699) is permissible for students who have special academic interests not covered in existing Samoan courses.
Students may also create a major in Samoan through the Interdisciplinary Studies Program.