Language Requirement

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, Hebrew, 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, Hebrew, Latin, Japanese and Portuguese, students must complete 102 or higher.
    (Typically 6-8 hours)

 

Ways to satisfy the language requirement

 

BEGIN STUDY OF A NEW FOREIGN LANGUAGE!

The Department of Classical and Modern Languages offers courses in over a dozen different languages! Start with the first semester and continue until you have fulfilled the requirement for your degree program.

 

TEST OUT!

The College awards credit on the basis of scores from the following

These exams may be used to earn college credit in a language, without taking a language course at UofL.

 

DEMONSTRATE PROFICIENCY!

 

Students may demonstrate proficiency in a world language without taking a course or receiving credits by the followings means:

    • STAMP 4s exam (Spanish only). If you took the STAMP 4s test for Spanish in high school, you may use a score of 3 or higher to satisfy the language requirement for the BS or score of 4 or higher to satisfy the language requirement of the BA without earning any language credit.   A STAMP 4s score does not preclude you from taking a Spanish course or for taking the CLEP for credit.
    • Graduation from a foreign high school (or equivalent institution) in which the language of instruction is not English. An official transcript showing dates of attendance and/or degrees received is required.
    • Native or heritage speakers of a language not taught at UofL may request a waiver of the language requirement following an approved examination.  For more information, contact Syd.bishop@louisville.edu

 

PLACE IN!

A Placement Exam is used to place students into the appropriate level of a language course.   The placement is required of all incoming students who have studied a second language in high school.