Certificate Information

Beginning with Class of 2022 (Class of 2020 and 2021 may elect to follow these new guidelines, or follow this link for your class year guidelines: PDF icon2020 and 2021 guidelines)

CERTIFICATE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 20-21 SENIORS: TBA

Students pursuing area studies certificates may earn the certificate in language and culture provided that (a) the courses they elect to satisfy the requirements of the area studies program are different from those they elect to satisfy the requirements of the language and culture certificate program (in agreement with the Program in Latin American Studies, one course can be used towards both a certificate in Spanish or Portuguese and PLAS); and (b) they submit a piece of independent work in addition to the independent work that satisfies the requirements of each area studies program.

Students wishing to complete a certificate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures must fill out thePDF iconCertificate Application form and bring it to Beth Heisler, the Undergraduate Administrator, 359 East Pyne, after completing or enrolling in the courses by senior year. Seniors must submit an application by (date TBA). (A separate application needs to be completed for each language in which a certificate will be pursued.) Attach a copy of your internal transcript from TigerHub and any study abroad transcripts. Please email the Undergraduate Administrator with general questions, and the Director of Undergraduate Studies regarding study abroad or summer courses.

THE INDEPENDENT WORK DEADLINE FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 20-21 SENIORS IS TBA. Please plan your senior year work accordingly. There are no extensions other than for medical reasons which must include a letter from a doctor. (Students may submit applications before their senior year, provided the course requirements have been completed.)

Spanish Certificate Requirements

  1. Four department-based or cross-listed SPA courses above SPA 209, at least three of which must be 300-level (or higher) in Spanish language, literature, or culture. Courses must be taken for a letter grade, no Pass/D/Fail or Audit. At the discretion of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, students who study abroad during the academic year may count one pre-approved course per semester abroad towards the certificate. One Princeton summer abroad course offered through the department would also count. Two pre-approved courses in a summer program abroad other than Princeton's can count as one course towards the certificate. In no case, however, can more than two courses taken abroad count toward the certificate. A maximum of one course taught in English may be counted towards the certificate, provided that all written work is submitted in Spanish.
  2. Independent work. During their senior year, students are required to submit a paper on the topic designated on their application. (See deadline information above.) The paper must be written in Spanish; be at least 6,000 words in length (title page); and be an extension of a paper written for one of the courses taken towards the certificate. Advisers are not assigned. One additional 300-level (or higher) SPA course may be substituted for the independent work. 
  3. Students interested in earning a certificate in another department's Program and in Spanish may earn both certificates provided that: a) different courses are used to fulfill the requirements for each certificate* and; b) the student produces two different pieces of independent work. *In agreement with the Program in Latin American Studies, one course can be used towards both a certificate in SPA and PLAS.

Portuguese Certificate Requirements

  1. Three department-based POR courses above the 100-level on the literature and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. At least one of these three courses must be at the 200-level. No course taught in English can count towards the certificate. Courses must be taken for a letter grade, no Pass/D/Fail or Audit. At the discretion of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, students who study abroad during the academic year may count one pre-approved course per semester abroad towards the certificate. One Princeton summer abroad course offered through the department would also count, provided that it is taught in Portuguese. Two pre-approved courses in a summer program abroad other than Princeton's can count as one course towards the certificate, provided that they are taught in Portuguese. In no case, however, can more than one course taken abroad count towards the certificate.
  2. Independent work. During their senior year, students are required to submit a paper on the topic designated on their application. (See deadline information above.) The paper must be written in Portuguese; be at least 6,000 words in length (title page); and be an extension of a paper written for one of the courses taken towards the certificate. Advisers are not assigned. One additional upper-division POR course (above the 100-level)  may be substituted for the independent work.
  3. Students interested in earning a certificate in another department's Program and in Portuguese may earn both certificates provided that: a) different courses are used to fulfill the requirements for each certificate* and; b) the student produces two different pieces of independent work. *In agreement with the Program in Latin American Studies, one course can be used towards both a certificate in POR and PLAS.

Students who are pursuing a certificate in Spanish and/or Portuguese must also become familiar with the certificate rules established by the Program in Language and Culture.

Upon graduation, students who have met all of the program requirements will have the certificate noted on their record and receive a Certificate of Proficiency along with their diploma.

Contacts

Director of Undergraduate Studies:
Christina Lee

Undergrad. Administrator:
Beth Heisler