College of Arts and Sciences Language Requirement

The requirement itself is the achievement of fourth-semester (202 level) proficiency in a language other than English. Thus, passing a 202 course in the language of the student's choice satisfies the requirement.

Consult the College of Arts and Sciences Requirements Page for additional information.

The Department of Foreign Literature and Languages offers beginning and intermediate programs in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese and Arabic for students wishing to complete the College of Arts and Sciences language requirement. Students can complete the following courses within their selected language: 101, 102, 201, 202 (See Language Program Objectives). Spanish also offers an intensive beginning (SPA 103) and intermediate (SPA 203) course sequence for those wishing to complete their language requirement in one year.

For Portuguese language courses and placement exam, please contact the Department of Portuguese.

Other ways to fulfill the language requirement

Placement Tests. Incoming students who have studied a language in high school can take a placement test; if the student achieves the appropriate score, their language requirement class will be fulfilled. No academic credits are awarded for satisfactory performance on this test. Placement tests can be taken by going to the office of the Department of Foreign Literature & Languages (LArts 350) and speaking with the Department Secretary.

Advanced Placement Credits. A student may take AP classes in high school and NOT receive AP credits. Advanced Placement credits are only given when a student passes the Advanced Placement test. If a student passes, he or she will earn 6 credits at the literature level; this also satisfies the language requirement. These are accepted as transfer credits. It is the student's responsibility to have records of these credits submitted to the Registrar's Office.

CLEP (College Level Examination Program) credits are accepted as transfer credits. Any student can take a CLEP examination and have the results sent to the Registrar's Office (just like transfer credits). The results are evaluated by the Department of Foreign Literature & Languages and credit will be granted according to the scores.

Proof of Proficiency. If a student is proficient in a language that is not taught at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, the burden of proof of proficiency falls upon the student. A letter, on letterhead, from a business/ clergyperson/ faculty member/ member of the community may or may not be accepted as proof of proficiency; the letter should contain the student's name, student ID number and a contact number for the community member. This document becomes a permanent record in the Department of Foreign Literature and Languages and is kept there until the student graduates.

ASL (American Sign Language). Completion of American Sign Language certification at the intermediate (202) level will satisfy the language requirement for all candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree, including returning students and transfer students from other institutions of higher education.  Academic credits will be awarded for American Sign Language courses, provided they are taken at a regionally accredited institution of higher learning. If the student has completed the sequence of American Sign Language courses, the student will receive up to 12 transfer credits in the equivalent of foreign language elective credit at the corresponding level.

Passing the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI).  Documentation of a passing score is required, in which case, the student will receive six credits.