Recommended Placement in Foreign Languages
Students are placed in foreign language classes based on their background preparation and/or experiences in the language. Those with two or more years of high school credit in the appropriate language are not required to take courses numbered 101 or 111. Instead, the student may audit the lower level course or begin at a higher level course, depending on the recency of the high school experience, comfort-level with the language, quality of background preparation, or skill/ability with the language. In such cases, credit can be attained by petition for any lower level course that was audited or skipped upon satisfactory completion (''C-'' or better) of the next higher level course. Such ''proficiency'' credit will be noted on the transcript with a grade of ''K,'' and will be charged at the rate of $50 per credit hour.
Students with four years or more of the same high school foreign language satisfy the foreign language/international culture general education requirement upon petitioning through the Registrar's office and verifying the credits on the high school transcript. Such students are, however, encouraged to pursue additional studies in the language, possibly completing a minor or major in the language. In such cases, placement generally would start in either FREN 201 or SPAN 211.
Native speakers generally are encouraged to begin with 200-level courses, pending approval of the language instructor.