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FAQs


How do I declare a Certificate in German Studies? What are the requirements?

The Certificate in German Studies provides an understanding of the intellectual history of German-speaking countries through a selection of courses focusing on the establishment and evolution of German Humanism from the Reformation to Modern times. This program is intended for both full and part time students who have been admitted to Simon Fraser University. These students may major in a variety of areas including History, Humanities, Linguistics, Philosophy and Political Science.

The Certificate requires basic proficiency in German language (writing, reading, listening, and speaking) and a set of courses dealing with the cultural heritage of German-speaking countries. It may be taken in conjunction with a degree program. Those students planning to obtain a B.A. within the Faculty of Arts and Social Science may complete the Certificate in such a way that some of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences breadth requirements are fulfilled by the same courses. Courses used towards the Certificate may also be used towards Majors and Minors.

If you have met the lower division requirements of the Certificate, please see the Language Training Institute’s Manager to fill out a Program Approval form. Once the form is completed by the student, the Manager will look over the student’s record to ensure that the Certificate requirements have or will be met. Once the Certificate program is approved by the Department, the Certificate program will appear on your advising transcript on GoSFU.

GERMAN STUDIES CERTIFICATE PROGRAM PLANNERS


How to I declare a Certificate in Spanish Language Proficiency? What are the requirements?

The Certificate in Spanish Language Proficiency is intended for elementary and secondary school teachers and undergraduate students who wish to improve their oral and written proficiency in Spanish. It is also intended for any individuals who want to enhance their knowledge for cultural reasons, professional needs, or who, for employment purposes, desire official certification of their proficiency in Spanish. This program, however, is not intended for native speakers of Spanish.

If you have met the lower division requirements of the Certificate, please see the Language Training Institute’s Manager to fill out a Program Approval form. Once the form is completed by the student, the Manager will look over the student’s record to ensure that the Certificate requirements have or will be met. Once the Certificate program is approved by the Department, the Certificate program will appear on your advising transcript on GoSFU.

CERTIFICATE IN SPANISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY PROGRAM PLANNERS


Which language courses may apply to the Certificate of Liberal Arts?

The following courses may be applied to the Certificate in Liberal Arts: 

  • CHIN 100 Mandarin Chinese I
  • CHIN 101 Mandarin Chinese II
  • CHIN 151 Spoken Mandarin for Speakers of Other Chinese Dialects I
  • GERM 102 Introductory German I
  • GERM 103 Introductory German II
  • JAPN 100 Introduction to Japanese I
  • JAPN 101 Introduction to Japanese II
  • PORT 102 - 3 Introductory Portuguese I
  • PORT 103 - 3 Introductory Portuguese II
  • SPAN 102 Introductory Spanish I
  • SPAN 103 Introductory Spanish II

CERTIFICATE IN LIBERAL ARTS CHECKLIST 

Students interested in applying for the Certificate in Liberal Arts and having their status within the program reviewed should contact Susan Cowan, Program Assistant at (778) 782-5426.


Which courses may be applied to the Certificate in Chinese Studies or the Asia-Canada Extended Minor?

The following courses may be applied to the Certificate in Chinese Studies:

  • CHIN 100-3 Mandarin Chinese I
  • CHIN 101-3 Mandarin Chinese II OR
  • CHIN 185-6 Intensive Mandarin Chinese in the China Field School*
  • CHIN 200-3 Mandarin Chinese III (was 201)
  • CHIN 201-3 Mandarin Chinese IV (was 202) 
    *When topic is China-related

The following courses may be applied to the Asia-Canada Extended Minor:

  • CHIN 100-3 Mandarin Chinese I
  • CHIN 101-3 Mandarin Chinese II
  • CHIN 151-3 Spoken Mandarin for Speakers of Other Chinese Dialects I
  • CHIN 152-3 Spoken Mandarin for Speakers of Other Chinese Dialects II
  • CHIN 153-3 Spoken Mandarin for Speakers of Other Chinese Dialects III
  • JAPN 100-3 Introduction to Japanese I
  • JAPN 101-3 Introduction to Japanese II

For more information on the Asia-Canada Extended Minor or the Certificate in Chinese Studies, please contact Alice Hartley, Departmental Advisor of the Asia Canada Program at 778-782-4094 or ahartley@sfu.ca.


Where can I find Program Planners for German, Spanish, and Chinese?