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The Core Curriculum

Foreign Language Requirement

Foreign Language Requirement Bulletin

The foreign language requirement forms part of Columbia College’s mission to prepare students to be tomorrow’s conscientious and informed citizens. Knowledge of another’s language and literature is the most important way to begin to know a country and people. The study of a foreign language:

  1. Sensitizes students to world cultures, simultaneously making them aware of their own culture within that context;
  2. Introduces students to the differences in structure, grammar, and syntax that distinguish two languages, and to the intimate links between language and cultural meaning; and
  3. Contributes to the development of students’ critical, analytical, and writing skills.

The requirement may be satisfied in one of the following ways:

  1. Satisfactory completion of the second term of an intermediate language sequence.
  2. Demonstration of an equivalent competence through the appropriate score on the SAT II Subject Test or Advanced Placement Tests.
  3. Demonstration of an equivalent competence through the College’s own placement tests (consult the department through which the language is offered).
  4. The successful completion of an advanced level foreign language or literature course that requires 1202 or the equivalent as a prerequisite. This course must be taken for a letter grade.
  5. Students whose native language is not English are not required to take an additional foreign language or an achievement test if they have completed the secondary school requirement in the native language.

Because success in learning a foreign language is dependent on the full engagement of the students enrolled in a language course all terms of language instruction/conversation courses, whether being used toward fulfillment of the foreign language requirement or not, must be taken in order and for a letter grade. These courses may not be taken for a grade of Pass/D/Fail. For courses and other details see the Bulletin.