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Language Requirement

Language Requirements

Information on Language Placement from the Admission website.

1. Guidelines for Placement in Courses
2. Restrictions in Enrollment
3. Hitchcock Language Resource Center
4. Language Requirement for students in the College of Arts and Sciences
5. Requirements for students in the College of Business
6. Testing Out of the Language Requirement
7. Helpful Advice
8. More Information

1. Guidelines for Placement in Courses:

Students who have had no previous study in high school of the foreign language they wish to pursue should enroll in the 101/102 course for that language.

Students who are enrolling in French, German, or Spanish should take the  Placement Exam which is available online (see link below).

https://people.creighton.edu/~bjk79676/Scheduler/LangPlaceTestEnrollForm.php

For ALL OTHER LANGUAGES, students who have completed one year of a foreign language other than French, German, or Spanish, in high school should enroll in the 101 or 102 course for that language, depending on how demanding their high-school course was and how well they did in their high-school course.

Students who have completed two years of a foreign language other than French, German, or Spanish, should generally enroll in the 102 course for that language, although they may be able to enter the 201 course, if their high school course was demanding and they did well in their high-school course.

Students who have completed three years of a foreign language other than French, German, or Spanish, in high school should enroll in the 102 or 201 course for that language, depending on how demanding their high-school course was and how well they did in their high-school course.

Students who have had four years of a foreign language other than French, German, or Spanish, in high school should enroll in the 201 or 202 course for that language, depending on how demanding their high-school course was and how well they did in their high-school course.

Students with further questions about placement may contact the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies (280-2508).

Students with special circumstances should consult with the chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures or the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies (280-2508).

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2. Restrictions in Enrollment

Students who have completed two or more years of a foreign language in high school are not allowed to enroll for credit in the 101 course for that language.

Students who have completed four or more years of a foreign language in high school are not allowed to enroll for credit in the 101 or 102 course for that language.

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3. Hitchcock Language Resource Center:

Students who wish to review their language skills prior to entering a particular course and/or prior to taking the Language Competency Examination may make use of the Language Resource Center, located in Room HC 215 of the Humanities Center. Call 280-2505 or visit other areas of this website for more information on the facility.

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4. Language Requirement for students in the College of Arts and Sciences:

Students beginning study in a language they have not previously studied meet the requirement by successfully completing a full year at the beginning level (courses numbered 101 and 102 or 115) with at least six credits.

Students continuing study of a single foreign language from high school must show competence at the intermediate level (courses numbered 201). This can be accomplished by attaining a passing score on the competency examination or by passing a course at the intermediate 201 level or at a higher level. Admission to Creighton University is based on the expectation that students will have had 2 units (a unit represents a year's study of a subject in a secondary school) of a foreign language in high school. If a student's high school units are not both in the same language and the student wants to continue the study of one of the languages begun in high school, the student can consult with the Associate Dean regarding the language requirement (280-3990).

International students coming from a country in which English is not the native language and who are thus fluent in a language other than English are exempted from the language requirement.

Students who are graduates of American high schools but whose primary language is other than English may request an exemption from the language requirement. The student is required to submit this request in writing to the Associate Dean. These requests are considered on a case by case basis and evidence of formal training in vocabulary, grammar, syntax, etc. will be a critical consideration.

There is no foreign language requirement for students planning to transfer to programs in the School of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, including programs in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy and Emergency Medical Service. There is no foreign language requirement for students in the School of Nursing. Students planning on careers in these fields should consider the obvious professional advantages which foreign language ability confers.

Students in the College of Arts and Sciences may consult with the Dean's office of that College or the College's website for more detailed information about the foreign language Core requirement.

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5. Requirements for students in the College of Business Administration:

In accordance to the General Curriculum published by the College of Business, language courses may be used to fulfill the International Culture component of the Domestic and International Environment of Business section of that curriculum. In particular, the International Culture component may be fulfilled (1) by any two Modern Language courses, at least three hours of which must be at the intermediate level; or (2) by one international studies course and one course in a language native to that region, one of which courses must be at the intermediate level; or (3) by two international studies courses selected from those approved by the College of Business for this purpose, one of which courses must be at the intermediate level.

For students in International Business, the International Culture Requirement must be met through six hours of intermediate level course work in a language.

Students who are fluent in a language other than English are deemed to have met the international culture requirements. Such students must provide documentation to support a request for an exemption.
 

Students in the College of Business may consult with the Dean's office of that College or the College's website for more detailed information.

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6. Testing Out of the Language Requirement

Students who believe that they have competency equivalent to having completed the 201 course may take a Language Competency Examination. Students who receive a passing score on this Examination will have fulfilled the language requirement and will not need to take any further language courses. This Examination is administered during Welcome Week and once each semester--usually shortly after the semester break. For more information, contact the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures or the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies (280-2508).

Competency Examinations are available in French, German, Japanese, Latin, and Spanish. Waiver examinations may be arranged in some additional languages. However, the College cannot guarantee that it can assess language ability in every language. The absence of a Competency Examination is not grounds for a waiver of the requirement.

Students who have completed a language course at a level higher than 201 are considered to have completed the language requirement.

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7. Helpful Advice:

It is important for students to make progress on a foreign language requirement relatively early in their program at Creighton. If a full year of study is necessary, waiting until the junior and senior year can create scheduling difficulties and time conflicts. Also, if continuing a language started in high school, the sooner one gets started the better, since studies are fresher in the mind when there is a shorter break in continuity.

Students who do not have a language requirement because of their plans to enter a professional program without such a need, might still wish to consider taking a language. There are professional advantages to having competency in a foreign language, and it is also possible that your plans will change or you may not be admitted to a professional school. If you decide to complete a four-year degree in the College of Arts and Sciences you will need to meet the foreign language requirement.

Students wishing to take a foreign language at an institution other than Creighton over the summer may do so, but must submit a transient study form to the Arts and Sciences Office to have the course approved before taking it. Once the course is completed, an official transcript must be sent to Creighton for the course to be entered for credit.

Students who have taken Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations may receive up to 6 credits which is equivalent to the 101 and 102 course sequence. Such students still need to complete the intermediate level of the foreign language or pass the Language Competency Examination.

Students planning study abroad should begin the study of foreign language as soon as possible.

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8. More Information

Information about language requirements is also found on the websites of the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business.

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