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Foreign Language Requirement

Foreign Language Requirement


All Carroll School of Management students must satisfy a foreign language requirement.  There are many routes to this goal:

  • Achieving a score of 3 or better on the A.P. exam (French, German, or Spanish) or a score of 550 or better on the SAT II (French, German, Italian, or Spanish) reading exam.
  • Achieving a score of 4 or 5 on the A.P. exam or of 600 or better on the SAT II reading exam in Latin or Greek.
  • Passing four years of high school language study (which need not be the same language, e.g., two years of Latin and two years of French would fulfill the language requirement.)
  • Being fluent in another language that is spoken in the student's home.  A student must be able to read, write, and speak fluently in this language.
  • Successfully completing course work through the second semester at the intermediate level or one semester above the intermediate level at Boston College.
  • Taking one year of a new language if the Carroll School of Management student enters Boston College with three years of a foreign language (e.g. A student can complete Elementary French 1 & 2 at Boston College if in high school, he or she took Spanish.)

Students wishing to demonstrate proficiency in a language other than those listed above and those for whom English is not their first language, should consult the Associate Dean.

Language courses will count as Arts and Sciences electives. Students with documented learning disabilities may be exempt from the foreign language requirement and should consult with the Associate Dean. Fulfillment of the proficiency requirement by the examinations listed above does not confer course credit.