Placement exams

All undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (except those pursuing a bachelor of public affairs degree) must successfully satisfy the CLAS group language requirement.

Students can do so by completing two courses in a single foreign language OR by taking and passing a language proficiency exam. A third semester of a foreign language satisfies the university's global learning requirement.

Bilingual students

Bilingual students who were born in and completed their secondary education in a country whose national language is not English automatically fulfill the language requirement. However, no credit (through coursework or by examination) will be granted for elementary- or intermediate-level courses in that language.

Bilingual students who satisfy the foreign language group requirement in this manner will simultaneously fulfill the university's general education requirement in foreign culture.

Contact our academic advisor Chris Clark to have your student record adjusted to indicate you have completed these requirements through being bilingual.

Basic language sequence option

Under this option students must take and pass two courses in a single foreign language. Proficiency is proven by completing courses numbered 1010 and 1020 (or 1060, where it is offered) in one of the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Ancient Greek, Modern Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Polish, Russian, Spanish, or Swahili.

If you studied a foreign language in high school or at another college or university, you can potentially start at a higher course level by taking a placement examination (see the next section). The foreign language requirement will be considered satisfied by those students whose test scores place them beyond the basic (1020) level.

Language proficiency exam/placement exam

Students can take a Language Proficiency Exam to fulfill the Foreign Language Requirement. We offer exams in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Modern Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Italian, Latin, Polish, Romanian, Russian, and Spanish. For more information on Latin and Spanish, please review the special notes for the Latin and Spanish placement exams. 

For more information please contact our academic advisor Chris Clark.

Graduate language requirement for Ph.D. students in CLAS departments

Ph.D. students in liberal arts departments can satisfy their departmental foreign language requirement through an examination in a language offered by CMLLC that satisfies the requirements of their degree-granting department. Please consult with your graduate director/advisor as to the requirements of your degree.