Bachelor of arts and bachelor of science candidates must have completed at least eight semester hours of work in a modern or classical language. Normally, completing courses 1010 and 1020 (first and second semester) in a single language satisfies this requirement. The requirement may also be satisfied by appropriate scores on the placement test given each semester by the department or suffiently high scores on nationally administered language tests, such as CLEP.
Students who have done satisfactory work in high school language courses may be granted college credit after taking a written examination administered by the department; please see the Credit by Exam page for more information.
Those who do not wish college credit for previous language study should register in classes appropriate to their level of training. Normally, those with two years of a foreign language in high school enter 1020 (second semester) of that language, while those with three years of such study enter 2030 (third-semester).
Students registered in the College of Arts and Sciences may obtain teaching certification by electing certain courses in the College of Education. Such students should consult with the head of the language department during their sophomore year to make the necessary course selections.
Students with a native language other than English will not receive University credit for language courses below the 4000-level in their native language.
Growing numbers of degrees combine languages with such fields as political science, business, engineering, agriculture, economics and computer science.
Undergraduates contemplating advanced work in all fields should remember that some graduate schools require a reading knowledge of at least one foreign language for admission. Therefore, they should plan to study a foreign language in their undergraduate years to avoid delaying progress toward an advanced degree.
Graduate schools routinely accept French, German or Russian; substitution of another language is sometimes permitted.