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World Languages and Cultures

Placement Policy in World Languages

Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Irish, Italian, Latin, Spanish



No more than two years of the language in high school


Three years of that language in high school or having completed 101


Four years of that language in high school or three years if final year at advanced level or having completed 102 or AP with a score of 2 or less


Having completed 201 or AP with a score of 3


Five or more years of that language or AP with score of 4 or 5


Native speakers (students who speak Spanish, Italian, etc. as their first language) may not register in a class below the 201 level.

Heritage speakers (students who verbally interacted with at least one parent in Spanish, Italian, etc.) may register in any course from 101 on upon consultation with the chair of the Department of World
Languages and Cultures
, extension 5390.

Any student who registers for a language class not following this policy will be administratively dropped and placed into the appropriate level.

Courses 101-102-201-202 are sequential and may not be taken out of order.

For any questions or concerns regarding this policy, please contact the:

  • World Languages and Cultures DAC, Dr. Alison Maginn, extension 3612,;
  • Department Chair, Dr. Mirta Barrea-Marlys, extension 5390,;
  • or the department administrator, Eileen Jones, extension 5493, who will put you in touch with a world languages faculty member.
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