2020-2021 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    May 18, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Course Catalog

Language Skills Requirement

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Students satisfy the Language Skills option of the Liberal Skills Requirement by demonstrating that they have achieved a certain level of competence in a language other than English by either

  1. completing a 4-credit language course numbered 201, or a 3- or 4-credit language course numbered 202 or higher (see Advanced Language Work under Exemptions and Alternatives on page 14); or
  2. satisfying one of the requirements listed under “Exemptions and Alternatives.”

Beginners can complete the language requirement with a sequence of three, 4-credit courses numbered 101, 102, and 201.  Each of these courses includes four hours of class and two hours of independent laboratory work in a computer or audio/visual cluster weekly. 

Courses numbered 101, 102, and 201 are available on a regular basis in Ancient Greek, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi/Urdu, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish. 


The following options are also available to fulfill the requirement. 

Advanced Placement.  Students who receive 4 credits in French or Spanish Literature by the CEEB Advanced Placement examination thereby demonstrate a competency equivalent to Syracuse University language courses numbered 201.  Such students thereby satisfy the Language Skills Requirement. Students who score a four in the following examinations thereby demonstrate a competency equivalent to Syracuse University language courses numbered 201 and satisfy the Language Skills Requirement: Chinese Language and Culture; Japanese Language and Culture, Latin, Spanish Literature.

Demonstrated Competence. Students who successfully complete an approved examination testing aural, reading, and composition skills meet the requirement. Petitions for an examination should be submitted to the language coordinator. 

Advanced Language Work. One may fulfill the requirement by completing with a grade of C or better any 3- or 4-credit course taught in a language other than English numbered 202 or above offered by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.

International Students. Students whose native language is not English may petition to have the language requirement fulfilled by their knowledge of their natural language.

Study Abroad. Programs of Syracuse University Abroad (SUA) in Chile, China, France, India, Italy, and Spain offer the same courses that are available on campus for satisfying the language requirement. 

Transfer Credit. Transfer credit for foreign language courses will not be considered for approval until it has been evaluated by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics at Syracuse University to determine the appropriate course equivalent. Credit will be considered for acceptance by the College if taken at an accredited institution.