Language Requirement

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

Language Requirement for Bachelor of Arts 

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires students to reach an intermediate level of study for a single foreign language. To fulfill this requirement students can take classes in one of the ten languages offered by the Department of Classical & Modern Languages. Each language has different intermediate level classes that will meet the language requirement. 

Language Required Level of Study Hours
Arabic  Course 123, 142, or higher 12
American Sign Language Course 202 or higher 12
Chinese Course 202 or higher 12
French Course 123,142, or higher 12
German Course 123, 142, or higher  12
Greek & Latin Course 202 or higher  12
Japanese  Course 202 or higher 12
Russian  Course 123, 142, or higher 12
Spanish Course 123, 142, or higher  12

*Hours are approximate


Language Requirement for Bachelor of Science 

The Bachelor of Science degree requires students to study a foreign language for two complete semesters. To fulfill this requirement students can take classes in one of the ten languages offered by the Department of Classical & Modern Languages. Each language has different course levels that will meet the language requirement. 

Language Course Level Required Hours
Arabic Course 122, 141 or higher 6-8
American Sign Language Course 102 or higher 6-8
Chinese Course 102 or higher 6-8
French Course 122, 141 or higher 6-8
German Course 122, 141 or higher  6-8
Greek & Latin Course 102 or higher  6-8
Japanese Course 102 or higher 6-8
Russian Course 122, 141, or higher 6-8
Spanish Course 122, 141, or higher 6-8

 *Hours are approximate


How to Meet the Language Requirement

There are different ways to fulfill the language requirement. Choose from the options below to find out the different ways to fulfill the language requirement. 

1. FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT PREVIOUSLY STUDIED A SECOND LANGUAGE 

Students who have no previous knowledge of a foreign language will meet the language requirement by taking classes with the Department of Classical and Modern Languages. Students may choose to take classes in one of eleven languages. For more information about different languages offered by the Department of Classical & Modern Languages, please visit this link

Students will need to start with the first semester and continue until they have fulfilled the requirement for their degree program.

2. FOR STUDENTS WITH SOME FORMAL STUDY IN A SECOND LANGUAGE

Students who have previously studied a foreign language may be able to move more quickly through the language requirement by taking the Placement exam and placing into a second semester course or higher. They may also take one of several exams to test out of the requirement completely. 

3. FOR STUDENTS WHO SPEAK LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH

Students who are native speakers of a language other than English may be able to fulfill the language requirement by testing out or getting a language waiver. 

4. SPANISH HERITAGE LEARNERS

Students who are heritage learners of Spanish can be placed into Spanish heritage courses. Follow the link to find out if you are a Spanish heritage speaker and learn more about heritage courses.