Language Requirement

Select undergraduate college to view foreign language requirement information:

College of Arts and Sciences

Arts and Sciences students must fulfill the Foreign Language requirement as a part of the Explorations level of the Magis Core Curriculum.  Students must successfully complete a language to the intermediate level, completing the 112 level course in a language, to fulfill the foreign language requirement.

If you are an Arts and Sciences student who intends to continue studying a foreign language, please reference the Modern Languages Placement Information page for recommendations regarding language placement.  There is an online placement test for French, German, and Spanish to determine at which level you should begin.  In other words, the exam will help you register for the correct class, depending on where you “place” according to the exam results. More information about the placement test can be found here.

Arts & Sciences students who want to completely test out of the foreign language requirement need to complete a competency exam; this will be evidence of proficiency in another language. Competency Exams in Spanish, French, and German will be administered at Summer Preview. Instructions for registering for a competency exam can be found here.

If you have studied a language other than French, German, or Spanish, please reference the Modern Languages Placement Information page for contact information regarding language placement and competency exams.  

If English is your second language, the foreign language requirement can be waived, please contact the Dean’s Office.

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Heider College of Business

Heider College of Business students must fulfill the Modern Languages or International Cultures requirement as a part of the Business Core curriculum (specific to Heider students only). Studying a language or completing international cultures courses may fulfill this requirement. Contact your advisor for course selection. 

If you are a Heider College of Business student and believe you are fluent in another language, you may take a language competency exam. If you receive a passing score on this examination, you will fulfill your Modern Language/International Cultures requirement. However, you are still responsible for taking 6 credits of unrestricted elective classes in the College of Arts and Sciences.  

Competency exams in Spanish, French, and German will be administered at Summer Preview. Instructions for registering for a competency exam can be found here.

If you plan to continue studying a foreign language, please reference the Modern Languages Placement Information page for recommendations regarding language placement. There is an online placement test for French, German, and Spanish to determine at which level you should begin. In other words, the exam will help you register for the correct class, depending on where you “place” according to the exam results. More information about the placement test can be found here.

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College of Nursing

There is not a foreign language requirement in the College of Nursing curriculum. Students enrolled in the College of Nursing should not take the Competency exam.

Nursing students who plan to continue studying a foreign language, please reference the Modern Languages Placement Information page for recommendations regarding language placement. There is an online placement test for French, German, and Spanish to determine at which level you should begin. In other words, the exam will help you register for the correct class, depending on where you “place” according to the exam results. More information about the placement test can be found here

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