III. Global Language Proficiency
The study of a world language fosters communication skills while helping students understand cultural patterns other than their own and gaining a broader outlook on historical and contemporary issues. The precise requirements differ by area as follows.
Students whose first language is English may satisfy this requirement in any of the following ways:
- Completion of a 211 course in a modern or classical language (or 116 for Greek).
- Completion of a Hispanic Studies or Languages and Cultures Department 212 course (HM).
- Successful completion of a departmental language proficiency test.
Incoming students who have studied a global language previously will take a placement test which will indicate whether they should enroll in 111, 112, 211 or above. Students who place above 211 may fulfill the global language requirement by taking 212 in a language (which also fulfills one of the two humanities requirements for the Common Curriculum) or by successful completion of a proficiency test administered by the Hispanic Studies or Languages and Cultures Department throughout the academic year. No student will fulfill the global language proficiency requirement simply on the basis of the placement test.
The requirement for bilingual/multilingual students (when English is not the student's first or strongest language) may be satisfied by successful completion of one of the following:
- At least four credits from ESL 101 to 108 (English language);
- Sufficiently high score on a departmental language proficiency exam;
- Sufficiently high standard English test score (e.g. 80 on the internet-based TOEFL or 550 on the paper TOEFL), and an interview with the English as a Second Language Coordinator to demonstrate speaking proficiency.