Certificate / Minor
Not everyone has time to major in a language. At Carleton, that doesn't mean you can't do advanced work in one.
In most languages we offer a minor, which goes by the name of the Certificate of Advanced Study.* The Certificate is for students who want to do advanced work in languages while pursuing another major. For many students, the majority of the Certificate can be completed during a single off-campus program.
The Certificate of Advanced Study is an excellent way to demonstrate a high level of proficiency in a language, and will be recorded on your transcript.
To achieve the certificate, students must complete with a grade of C- or better six courses in the chosen language or area studies group beyond 103 (204 in Asian Languages). Although courses for the certificate may be taken on an S/CR/NC basis, “D” or “CR” level work will not be sufficient to satisfy course requirements. Students who place out of 204 must still complete the six-course requirement. Courses that count toward the certificate and their distribution are indicated in the descriptions of the respective language department offerings in the Catalog. In order to be certified as having fulfilled the requirements, students must submit an application listing courses completed and intended no later than fall of the senior year. Applications are available in the department offices.
* The Certificate is "the equivalent of a minor field of specialization in the indicated language" -- Carleton College Catalog.