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Language Certificate: Samoan



The IPLL Language certificate consists of a minimum of 15 credits from 201 or above, of which 9 credits must be upper level (300-400 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.


John Mayer,

Course Catalog:

SAM 201-202: Intermediate Samoan (HSL, WI)
SAM 227: Overview of Samoan Literature in English
SAM 301-302: Third-Level Samoan: Traditional Culture & Contemporary Culture (WI)
SAM 321-322: Samoan Conversation: Traditional Contexts & Contemporary Contexts (O)
SAM 421-422: Samoan Ceremonial Speech (O, WI)
SAM 431-432: Samoan Oral Traditions I & II (WI)
SAM 452: Structure of Samoan (WI)
SAM 461: Traditional Samoan Literature (WI)

ART 475C: Art of Pacific: Polynesia & Micronesia
ANTH 350: Pacific Island Cultures
GEOG 365: Geography of the Pacific
HIST 288: Survey of Pacific Islands History
HIST 481-482: Pacific Islands I
HIST 482: Pacific Islands II
IP 273D: Introduction to Indo-Pacific Language & Culture: Polynesian
IP 369B: Study Abroad: Samoan

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