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2017-2018 Shepherd University Catalog 
2017-2018 Shepherd University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

B.A. Foreign Language Requirement


FOREIGN LANGUAGE-12 semester hours

required for Bachelor of Arts degrees (except education)

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree (not including education) are required to complete 12 semester hours in the same foreign language, except music students whose requirements must be approved by the chairs of the Music and English and Modern Languages departments. Two years of German or French or both are recommended for students who anticipate going to graduate or professional school. The foreign language requirement for the B.A. degree can be satisfied in any of the following ways:

  1. By successfully passing the University Foreign Language Placement Test.
    Beginning in the fall semester 1990, all students who have had coursework in a foreign language and who wish to fulfill the foreign language requirement for the Bachelor of Arts degree will take a placement test to determine their competency in that language. Placement tests in French and Spanish will be administered by a member of the foreign language faculty during registration for the fall and spring semesters. Performance on placement tests will be evaluated by a member of the foreign language faculty who, with the approval of the chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages, will determine the course level at which the student must begin his or her language study at Shepherd University.

    A strong performance on the Foreign Language Placement Test may entitle the student to waive three, six, nine, or twelve credit hours, corresponding to one, two, three, or four semesters of foreign language study at Shepherd University. A student receives no credit for waived courses. Permission to retake a Foreign Language Placement Test rests with the chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages.
  2. By receiving advanced placement credit for foreign language examinations.
    A score of four on the advanced placement tests in French, German, or Spanish entitles a student to three hours credit in the same language, while a score of five entitles a student to six hours credit. No credit will be awarded for scores of three, two, or one.
  3. By successfully completing CLEP tests in French, German, or Spanish.
    For the university’s policy on taking CLEP tests, see the section titled Miscelleneous Admission Information.