Other Degree Requirements

Foreign Language Requirements

  1. Requirements for Students Subject to Required High School Curriculum (RHSC)-High School Graduation less than five years ago:
    Students graduating from high school are subject to RHSC. These students are required to complete the second year of a 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 beginning 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 beginning foreign langauges courses 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 who have graduated from a high school in the U.S. and have proficiency in one of the languages offered by the Department of World Languages and Cultures but who have not satisfied RHSC in high school may take a proficiency exam in the language and satisfy their RHSC requirement, if they are proficient at the Elementary II (1002) level of the language (note that this does not grant the student credit).

World Languages and Cultures Degree Requirements

B.A. Degree Requirements in World Languages and Cultures

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

  • Completion with a grade of "C" or better of a fourth-year language course at the secondary level (note that this satisfies the BA Language requirement, but it does not grant the student credit);
  • Receive the GaDOE Seal of Biliteracy (either Tier 1 or Tier 2; note that students receive credit through Intermediate II for the language);
  • Taking and passing the CLEP/AP/IB test with a score high enough to place out Intermediate II (note that students do receive credit for passing these tests with a high enough score);
  • Written certification by the chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures that the student has the equivalent of Intermediate II proficiency or higher (note that this satisfies the BA Language requirement, but it does not grant the student credit);
  • Complete the language sequence for a single language through Intermediate II (1001, 1002, 2001, 2002). Students with prior experience in a language must visit with a language instructor in order to be placed into the correct level. Once a student has passed the course that they are placed into, they may petition for credit for the courses they skipped (see https://cah.georgiasouthern.edu/foreign-languages/languages/credit-by-proficiency/). Although students are not required to purchase the credit for the courses they skip, if they do, the courses count toward graduation..

Students transferring to Georgia Southern without sufficient course work to meet a program's foreign language requirement will be required to satisfy the requirement in order to graduate.

B.S. Degree Requirements in World Languages and Cultures

B.S. degree students whose program specifies a foreign language or allows for the option of a foreign language must complete through Intermediate I (2001) or its equivalent. Equivalence may be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • Completion with a grade of "C" or better of a third-year language course at the secondary level (note that this satisfies the BS Language requirement, but it does not grant the student credit);
  • Receive the GaDOE Seal of Biliteracy (either Tier 1 or Tier 2; note that students receive credit through Intermediate II for the language);
  • Taking and passing the CLEP/AP/IB test with a score high enough to place out of Intermediate I (note that students do receive credit for passing these tests with a high enough score);
  • Written certification by the chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures that the student has the equivalent of Intermediate I proficiency or higher (note that this satisfies the BS Language requirement, but it does not grant the student credit);
  • Complete the language sequence for a single language through Intermediate I (1001, 1002, 2001). Students with prior experience in a language must visit with a language instructor in order to be placed into the correct level. Once a student has passed the course that they are placed into, they may petition for credit for the courses they skipped (see https://cah.georgiasouthern.edu/foreign-languages/languages/credit-by-proficiency/). Although students are not required to purchase the credit for the courses they skip, if they do, the courses count toward graduation..

B.S. degree programs may require a course with significant international content in lieu of a foreign language requirement.