Other Degree Requirements

Foreign Language Requirements

  1. Requirements for Students Subject to RHSC (Required High School Curriculum) formally CPC (College Preparatory Curriculum)-High School Graduation less than five years ago:
    Students graduating from high school are subject to RHSC. These students are required to complete two years of the same foreign language in high school to satisfy RHSC requirements. If the RHSC requirement in foreign language is not met at the time of enrollment, the student must enroll in a first foreign language course (1001) which will count toward college graduation.
  2. Requirements for Students Not Subject to RHSC-High School Graduation more than five years ago: Students graduating from high school more than five years ago are not subject to RHSC. These students may count the foreign language toward graduation even though they may have completed these levels of the same language in high school.

Students who graduate from high schools outside the United States are not subject to the RHSC requirements. Students whose native language is not English and have graduated from a high school in the U. S. and who have not satisfied RHSC in high school may take a proficiency exam in their native language and satisfy their RHSC requirement, if they are proficient at the Elementary II (1002) level of their language.

Foreign Language Degree Requirements

B.A. Degree Requirements in Foreign Languages

B.A. degree students must complete through an Intermediate II course or its equivalent. Equivalence may be demonstrated by one of the following:

  1. Secondary school background showing four (4) years or more of preparation in a single language;
  2. Taking and passing a placement test which grants credit through the Intermediate II course;
  3. Written certification by the Department of Foreign Languages that the student’s residence abroad, family background, or other non-academic circumstance has provided the equivalent of Intermediate II proficiency.

Students who continue the language which they began in high school may do one of the following:

  • Enroll in Intermediate I (2001) or higher and complete the foreign language sequence through Intermediate II (2002). Students who are admitted with three or more years of preparation in a single language may want to seek higher placement through testing or advisement.
  • Take a placement test for credit for Intermediate I (2001) and/or Intermediate II (2002). Students who receive credit for Intermediate I (2001) but not Intermediate II (2002) may then enroll in Intermediate II (2002).
  • Enroll in one or more elementary foreign language course(s) (1001/1002) as well as the two Intermediate level courses (2001/2002). All Accelerated Elementary and Intermediate (1060 and 2060) courses count toward graduation.

The four basic sequence courses (1001, 1002, 2001, and 2002) will count toward graduation for B.A. degree students who take all four courses. The accelerated sequence (1060, 2060) allows students to complete the B.A. requirement in two semesters.

B.S. Degree Requirements in Foreign Languages

B.S. degree students whose programs specify a foreign language or allow for the option of a foreign language must complete through the Intermediate I (2001) course or equivalent. Equivalence may be demonstrated by one of the following:

  1. Secondary school background showing three (3) years or more of preparation in a single language;
  2. Taking and passing a placement test which grants credit through the Intermediate I (2001) course;
  3. Written certification by the Department of Foreign Languages that the student’s residence abroad, family background, or other non-academic circumstance has provided the equivalent of Intermediate I proficiency.

Students who continue the language which they began in high school may do one of the following:

  • Complete course work through Intermediate I (2001).
  • Take a placement test for credit for Intermediate I (2001). Students who are admitted with three or more years of preparation in a single language may want to seek credit for Intermediate I (2001) or higher placement through testing or advisement.
  • Enroll in one or more elementary foreign language course(s) (1001/1002), as well as the Intermediate level course Intermediate I (2001). All Accelerated Elementary and Intermediate courses count toward graduation.

B.S. degree students who choose to start a language will take all three basic sequence courses (1001, 1002, 2001) and they will all count toward graduation.

NOTE: Intermediate I (2001) and Intermediate II (2002) may be taken concurrently with permission from the Foreign Language Department.