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Language Placement Guidelines and Credit Transfer

Learn about transferring credit for previous work as a domestic or international student.

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.

Students with native or near-native fluency in a language cannot get credit for a lower-level course in that language. Native speakers should consult with the coordinator for the language to decide which upper-level course in their native language to take.

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

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).

**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 that 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
508-739-7726

French
Odile Ferly x
508-739- 7723

Hebrew
Everett Fox x
508-739- 7355

German
Robert Tobin x
508-739- 7353

Spanish:
Maria Acosta Cruz x
508-739- 7677

Greek
Beth Gale x
508-739- 3781