Placement Exam & FAQs
1. What languages are available?
You can study French and Spanish right through the minor or major. Elementary and intermediate courses are offered in German, as well as elementary courses in Arabic, Hebrew, Latin, and Mandarin Chinese. The Critical Languages Program offers courses focusing on beginning speaking skills in Japanese, Irish Gaelic, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, and Russian. Intermediate speaking is available in certain languages. For a full list of languages and levels available each term through the Critical Languages Program, please contact the Department of Modern Languages & Classics (581-2072).
For a full list of languages and levels available each term through the Critical Languages Program, please contact the Department of Modern Languages and Classics.
2. I’ve had some language study in high school. How do I know what level of language to take?
You can take a free placement test online, which will let you know which level is best for you. This is available for French, German, and Spanish. You can also get a good idea of what level you should take by the assumption that one year of high school language is usually equivalent to one semester of college language study.
3. Are all languages available for me to begin and continue my language study in fall 2016?
For fall 2017, Elementary French and Accelerated French, Elementary Spanish and Accelerated Spanish, Elementary German, and Beginning Hebrew are available in the classroom. Elementary Latin is available online. Intermediate courses in French, German, and Spanish are also available in the classroom.
4. What about upper-level courses?
You can take upper-level courses in French and Spanish, but not all courses are available every semester. When you register, please consult the schedule of classes or the Department of Modern Languages and Classics to learn what courses are available.
5. What languages can I major in?
You can major in French and Spanish. You can also major in Romance Languages, a combination of upper level courses in French and Spanish.
6. What languages can I minor in?
You can minor in French, Spanish, Professional Languages, and Classical Studies. You may also wish to consider a certificate of proficiency, which is offered in French, Spanish, and German.
7. What about study abroad?
The department offers travel study courses, and the Office of International Programs can provide information about extensive opportunities to study in your target language for a semester, academic year, or summer program.