Language Requirement for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science and SPHIS Students
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree requires students to reach an intermediate level of study for a single foreign language. Bachelor of Science (BS) students and students in the School of Public Health and Information Sciences (SPHIS) require study of 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. Please refer to the charts below to determine which course you need to meet your degree requirement.
BS Arts and Sciences
|BA Students- Arts and Sciences|
|Arabic||ARAB 122 or higher||ARAB 123 or higher|
|American Sign Language||ASL 102 or higher||ASL 202 or higher|
|Chinese||CHNS 102 or higher||CHNS 202 or higher|
|French||FREN 122 or higher||FREN 201 or higher|
|German||GERM 122, 141 or higher||GERM 123, 142 or higher|
|Greek & Latin||GR or LAT 102 or higher||GR or LAT 202 or higher|
|Japanese||JAPN 102 or higher||JAPN 202 or higher|
|Russian||RUSS 122 or higher||RUSS 123 or higher|
|Spanish||SPAN 122, 141 or higher||SPAN 123 or higher|
*Hours are approximate
Students Who Have Not Previously Studied a Language
Students who have no previous knowledge of a foreign language will meet the language requirement by taking classes with the Department of Classical & Modern Languages. Students may choose to take classes in one of nine languages. For students who have no prior study or experience with French or Spanish languages, they can request an override of the placement exam by emailing Dr. Regina Roebuck at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Students who Speak Languages Other than English (ACTFL)
Students who are native speakers of a language other than English may be able to fulfill the language requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences by testing out via the ACTFL OPI Exam.
Spanish Heritage Learners
Students who are heritage learners of Spanish can be placed into Spanish heritage courses. The Spanish Heritage Track has been created to help bilingual students expand their Spanish skills and knowledge of their cultural heritage in a rich, confidence-building environment. The mission of the program is to promote Spanish language development and maintenance in the target language. We believe that every heritage student has rich linguistic resources and cultural understandings that are welcome and nourished in the classroom context.
Students who participate in the program will benefit in the following ways:
- Use Spanish confidently in their home, work, or community.
- Find more connections with friends and colleagues in the Spanish-speaking world.
- Improve their writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills in Spanish.
Students with Previous Study in a Second Language
Students who have had some formal study in a foreign language have several paths to meeting the language requirement. Some students who take foreign language in high school may fulfill the requirement via , or the .
Students who did not take a test in high school may also be able to place into a second semester course or higher by taking the Placement Exam. They may also fulfill the language requirement by taking the CLEP Exam.
A Placement exam is used to place students into the appropriate level of a language course. The exam may be taken in the following languages: Arabic, American Sign Language, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. In order to be placed at the appropriate level, all students who have studied Spanish and French in high school will be required to take the Placement Exam. Students who have prior study in our other languages are encouraged to take the placement as so they can begin in the best course for them. All students who take the Placement Exam and the course they placed in could qualify for language credit. To learn how to take the Placement exam, you can either click on the exam link or reach out to the contact listed below.
|Please consult with email@example.com for Arabic placement|
|American Sign Language||
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 502-852-4607
(Once you have completed the exam, please contact email@example.com to discuss your placement)
(Once you have completed the exam, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
|Latin||University of Louisville Testing Services Center|
|Spanish as a Second Language||WebCAPE Exam|
|Spanish as a Heritage Language||
Students should consult first with Dr. Samia Mathew
Application for Language Credits
Students who take the placement exam and take courses based on their placement may qualify for language credits. If you have been advised to apply for language credit, please click here.