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With 14% of its population speaking a language other than English at home and substantial investments from international corporations, the state of Georgia is globally connected and increasingly multilingual. New career opportunities are opening up every day for graduates in any major who have a background in languages and the ability to work effectively across cultures. Our certificate program offers students an opportunity to reflect on and build connections between their study of languages and culture, other disciplines, and various professional and/or academic paths in the southeastern United States and beyond. This is a great way to explore the professional applications of your study of French, German, or Spanish.

Program Location

Carrollton Campus

Method of Delivery

Face to Face


The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Credit and transfer

Total semester hours required: 15

This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

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UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.


  • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
  • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
  • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
  • Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
  • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
  • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
  • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Student Accounts and Billing Services website

There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.


Requirements for a Certificate in Global Languages and Cultures (15 credit hours)

  1. FREN 2001 or GRMN 2001 or SPAN 2001
  2. 6 additional hours of FREN, GRMN, or SPAN
  3. FORL 3000
  4. One 3-hour 3000 or 4000-level elective. All FREN, GRMN, FORL, and SPAN classes are approved. Contact Robert Kilpatrick ( for a full list of approved courses.

Major Required

Within the framework of intercultural competency, this course will focus on the applicability of language study beyond the undergraduate classroom in future professional career paths. Students will learn how to highlight and market their developing language skills to future employers, and will gain firsthand knowledge about the relevancy and competitive edge their language skills provide as tools of intercultural communication. The course will also examine the historical and contemporary presence of language diversity in Atlanta, Georgia, and the South East, and will situate these regions within an international and transnational network of economic and cultural exchange

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A continuation of FREN 1002, FREN 2001 provides a solid base of thematic vocabulary and grammar structures together with a varied sampling of literary readings, communicative activities, and cultural information.

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This is the third course in a four-course sequence and is open to students with three years of high school or two semesters of college German or the equivalent.

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A rapid review of grammar with continued use of listening, speaking, and reading and writing skills, all with a cultural emphasis.Prerequisites: SPAN 1002 or equivalent.

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