Language, Literature and Culture

Greek Tablet

Language Placement Guidelines

Please use the chart below to determine what course level is a good starting point for you, depending on how many previous years of the language you've had.

Our rule is that regular beginning courses (101-102) are closed to anyone who has had two years of that language. The University reviews high school transcripts to make sure you're not over-qualified for a course. However, in Spanish, we do offer an intensive, one-semester beginning course that builds on the experience you've had in high school. Students in these intensive courses have studied the material in the past but may have forgotten much of it. Since their purpose is to refresh knowledge, these one-semester courses move at a faster pace than the two-semester beginning courses.

Students with native or near-native fluency in a language cannot take a lower-level course in that language. Native speakers should consult with the coordinator for each language.
Guidelines for higher level courses:

Previous Years
Language  Stud
y

SPANISH
0-1
011
2
103 Intensive
3
105
4
106
5 + more
127 + above
Native Speakers
Spanish 131 or above (except Spanish 140). Consult Program director.


Previous Years
Language Study
FRENCH
GERMAN
0-1
101-102*
101-102*
2-3
105
103
4-5
106
See Instructor
5 +
120, 124* +
See Instructor
Native speakers
 French 131 or above.
Consult program director.
Consult Program Director.


Previous Years
Language Study
JAPANESE
CHINESE
LATIN/GREEK
none
101-102
101-102
101-102
0-1
101-102
101-102
101-102
1-2
See Instructor
See Instructor
2-3
103
103
103
3-4
104
   

*102 must be completed to fulfill the Program of Liberal Studies language perspective (LP).

*Students enrolled in a 101 course , must complete 102 to earn LP designation.

**Oral and Written SPAN 127 / Ways of Writing: FREN120, are designed for students with a strong high-school background or who have had an advanced placement (AP) class.

* + FREN 120/124 and SPAN 127 are designed for students with a strong high-school background or who have had an AP class.

Students who wish to discuss or change their initial placement by moving up or down a level should go directly to the instructor of the course in which they wish to be placed to get permission  to enroll in the course. First-year students should not take literature courses unless they are completely confident about their mastery of the language. They should go directly to the instructor of the literature course to determine if they are qualified to take the course.

Students considering a minor or major in a foreign language who are blocked from their chosen class should make an appointment with the Coordinator of the language before classes begin.

To speak with a representative of the Department regarding these language guidelines see:

Japanese or Chinese: Alice Valentine x 7726
French: Odile Ferly x 7723
Hebrew: Everett Fox x 7355
German: Robert Tobin x 7353
Spanish: Maria Acosta Cruz x 7677
Greek: Beth Gale x 3781