Foreign Language Requirements



Is there a foreign language requirement?

Each student must include a course in a foreign language at the intermediate level or higher; as an option, students may choose a new language, in which case they must complete a two semester sequence of the same elementary language. A new language is one in which a student has studied for not more than one full year of secondary school.

What if I can't take a foreign language because of a learning disability?

You must be registered with the Office of Student Disability Services and must have provided appropriate documentation of a disability that prevents you from learning a foreign language as it is taught at the college. Once you have done that, you must fill out a petition to the Committee on Academic Standing. The petition must be signed by the Director of Disability Services, your faculty adviser and your dean.

Petitions are available in your dean's office or in the Office of the Registrar, located on the first floor of Fanning Hall.

What if I am fluent in a language other than English?

If you are a native speaker of a language other than English and have received formal instruction in that language in school, you may petition the Committee on Academic Standing to waive the foreign language requirement. If you are claiming a disability, the petition must be signed by your faculty adviser and your dean.

Petitions are available in your dean’s office or in the Office of the Registrar, located on the first floor of Fanning Hall.

Is there a timeline for seeking a waiver?

The foreign language requirement may be waived upon the recommendation of the appropriate language department on the basis of one or more of the following: departmental tests, interviews or a College Board Achievement Test score of 560 or higher. Students must seek this waiver during the freshman year.

In general, if you know when you arrive that you will be seeking a waiver, you should petition the Committee on Academic Standing before the end of your first year.