Undergraduate Catalog 2012-2013

Foreign Language Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree must demonstrate minimum proficiency at the level of a fourth university course in one foreign language. This proficiency can be demonstrated in one of two ways:

  1. Coursework. Students who have had two years of high school foreign language and who wish to continue that language must enter the sequence at the 1002 level. They may audit the 1001 course without credit. Students with three or more years of high school language are urged to choose the most advanced possible language course appropriate for their language competence, upon consultation with the Chair of the Department of Modern Languages & Cultures. The 1001 course of a foreign language will not be accepted for credit if the student has taken two years of that same language in high school.
  2. Testing. Students may also demonstrate proficiency and possibly exempt one or more courses by (a) submitting an appropriate score on an approved national test, such as a CLEP exam, or (b) by challenging the appropriate course(s) beyond 1001 when an approved national test is not available, for which they must consult with the Chair of the Department of Modern Languages & Cultures. Students who successfully meet the course requirement receive credit hours but no letter grades.

International students with non-immigrant visa status must complete the foreign language requirement unless granted a waiver as specified in the International Students Admissions section of this Catalog.

In some majors, the language requirement may be fully or partly counted in Area F.

See also: Challenging Courses