Placement in Language Courses and Credit for Advanced Placement
Please follow these guidelines in deciding which course to enroll in. There is no formal placement exam; the level you begin at is determined by your previous study of the language.
If you have no previous study or less than two years at the high school level
Enroll in 101
Advanced Placement for previous language study
If you have two or three years of high school language study, or one-year at the college level
Enroll in 201
(With three years in high school you may qualify for 311; please consult with instructor or Modern Languages dept)
If you have four or more years of high school study, or two years at the college level
Enroll in 311
Please do not enroll in 102, 202, or 312 (the second half of two-semester sequences) without prior permission from the department.
Credit for Advanced Placement
Enrolling at the highest level of which you are capable is greatly to your advantage. Completing two consecutive courses at the same level (201 & 202 or 311 & 312) with B's or better allows you to receive credit for the courses you passed over.
- If you complete 201 and 202, with a least a B in each, you will receive an extra 8 credits for 101-102.
- If you complete 311 and 312, with at least a B in each, you will receive 14 extra credits for having passed over both the elementary and intermediate levels.
- To receive these additional credits, the following conditions apply:
1. You must have no previous college-level credit in that language;
2. You must complete consecutively two courses within the same level, i.e. 201-202 (intermediate) or 311-312 (advanced); and receive a grade of B or better in each course; courses may not be taken pass/fail;
3. Upon successful completion of the second course taken, you submit a petition form obtained from the Department of Modern Languages, signed by the instructor and the department chair.
To request credit for previous language study:
Advanced Placement Credit Petition
NOTE: Please see course descriptions in the University Bulletin for required prerequisites. The following language courses do not require prerequisites: FREN 101, FREN 220, GERM 101, GERM 220, SPAN 101, and SPAN 303.