Foreign language requirement

(from page 80-81 - 2007-2010 U/G Bulletin)

As part of the core curriculum, all baccalaureate students are required to complete one course in a foreign language at Level 3 (the third semester of study at the college level) or to demonstrate an equivalent proficiency by examination, except as modified as follows.
  1. Students who have successfully completed three years of one language in high school and have passed the Regents Level 3 are exempted from the core language requirement.
  2. The foreign language requirement presupposes two years of secondary school language study. Students who offer only one year of foreign language study (or none at all) are required to take one or two semesters of college study (Levels 1 and/or 2) before they can take Level 3. A student who has studied a language in high school for at least two years and wants to study a different language at the college level may do so, but this student must complete a minimum of two terms of the new language at the college level to fulfill the core requirement.
  3. Students whose native language is not English may be exempted from this requirement by passing one of the competency examinations administered by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.
  4. Neither blanket nor equivalent credits will be given for introductory courses in a foreign language from which a student has been exempted by examination, whether given by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures or an approved outside institution. Students who have completed part of the language requirement in high school are strongly advised to continue further language study in the first year.