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The College of Arts and Sciences requires foreign language study for both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.

Bachelor of Arts Degree:

Completion of the intermediate level of a single foreign language:

  • For Arabic, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish, students must complete at least 123 or 142 or higher. (Typically 12 hours)
  • For ASL, Chinese, Greek, Latin, Japanese and Portuguese, students must complete 202 or higher.
    (Typically 12 hours)

Bachelor of Science Degree:

Completion of the second semester of a single foreign language.

  • For Arabic, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish, students must complete at least 122 or 141 or higher. (Typically 6-8 hours)
  • For ASL, Chinese, Greek, Latin, Japanese and Portuguese, students must complete 102 or higher.
    (Typically 6 hours)

HOW CAN I SATISFY THE LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT?

PLACE IN!

A Placement Exam is used to place students into the appropriate level of a language course.   The Exam is required of all incoming students who have studied a foreign language in high school.  The Placement Exams for French, German, Russian and Spanish are administered online and free of charge.

  • If you take and pass the course  that you place into, you may be able to receive credit for the course(s) by-passed.  However, you cannot be awarded credit if you  do not take a course. 
  • If you place in a course below what is required for your degree, you should take that course and then continue until you have fulfilled the requirement for your degree program.
  •  If you place into a course that is above what is required for your degree, just take the course you place into in order to complete the requirement for your degree program.
  • If you place into Spanish 201 or French 320 (beyond the requirement for either the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science) and do not wish to take a language class, you might consider testing out of the requirement completely with the CLEP exam (see below). 
  • After you have completed the course you placed into, submit an application to receive credit for the course(s) you skipped.  Download the application form.

TEST OUT!

Credit can be awarded based on scores from the CLEP exam for French, German, or Spanish.  Contact the Office of Testing Services to arrange to take the CLEP.  Contact REACH for information on tutoring sessions for CLEP exams.

Who should take the CLEP exam?

  • Students who place into Spanish 201 or French 320, or higher and wish to satisfy the requirement without taking a language course.   (Students who test into lower levels may have a harder time achieving a score that will grant them credit.)
  • Students with a native background or other significant experience in French, German, or Spanish.

Please note:  Achieving a credit awarding score on the CLEP exam does not preclude a student from taking the next language course in the sequence.

AP and IB credit

Credit awarded for scores on the AP (French, Latin and Spanish) and IB (French and Spanish) exams may also be used to satisfy some or all of the language requirement.

Speakers of other languages

Students with a native background or other significant experience in another foreign language contact the chair of the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, (502) 852-6686 for information on placement or exemption.

BEGIN STUDY OF A NEW FOREIGN LANGUAGE!

The Department of Classical and Modern Languages offers courses in over a dozen different languages! 

Arabic, ASL, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish

Start with the first semester and continue until you have fulfilled the requirement for your degree program.

 

 

 


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