Language

Language Requirement
The Academic Advisory Board of the International Studies Program has approved a policy change that affects all students in the IS minor or major, applying to those students starting in Fall 2017.

The IS minor now requires that all undergraduate students in all BC schools (CSOM, LSOE, LSON, and MCAS) must meet the intermediate proficiency requirement set by the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences by the time of their graduation, but it must be in a modern foreign language (i.e., Latin, Classical or Biblical Greek, etc., will not count). Students entering the minor before Fall 2017 must demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency in a modern or classical language as required by the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences.

All IS majors, regardless of their school, must demonstrate advanced proficiency in one modern foreign language or intermediate proficiency in two modern foreign languages by the time of their graduation. Advanced proficiency will be met by taking at least two courses beyond the intermediate level of a modern foreign language. This policy affects all students entering the major starting in Fall 2017. Students entering the major before Fall 2017 must demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency in a modern foreign or classical language as required by the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences.


IS MINOR

 

I am a non-MCAS (e.g., CSOM) student with 4 years of language in high school.  Does the language requirement still apply to me?

Yes, the requirement applies to all students minoring in International Studies.  You must meet the intermediate proficiency requirement set by the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, but it must be in a modern foreign language.  Students can meet the requirement as follows:

The SAT II Subject and AP test scores below demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency at Boston College.

Subject Test

SAT Score

AP Score

Requirement Fulfilled

Chinese

650

4

Demonstrates Language Proficiency

French

550

3

Demonstrates Language Proficiency

German

600

4

Demonstrates Language Proficiency

Italian

550

3

Demonstrates Language Proficiency

Japanese

650

4

Demonstrates Language Proficiency

Korean

650

4

Demonstrates Language Proficiency

Modern Hebrew

650

4

Demonstrates Language Proficiency

Spanish

550

3

Demonstrates Language Proficiency

OTHER EXAMS AND EXAM SCORE MINIMUMS

  • British A levels: Languages other than English A/B/C levels
  • International Baccalaureate: Higher level foreign language 6 or 7
  • General Certificate of Education: German A level
  • Successful completion of one of Boston College’s language tests (for languages other than French, Italian, and Spanish).
  • Successful demonstration of native proficiency by documentation or testing by one of Boston College’s language departments.

COURSE WORK MEETING LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENT

  • Successful completion of the second semester of an intermediate-level Boston College modern foreign language course.
  • Successful completion of one Boston College modern foreign language course beyond the intermediate level.

Students may not take foreign language courses on a pass/fail basis until they have completed the language proficiency requirement.  Language courses will count as Arts and Sciences electives.

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IS MAJOR

Can I meet the language requirement of advanced proficiency by a score on an exam?

You can meet the language requirement by a score of “5” on an AP exam for a modern foreign language OR by score of “700 or above” on an SAT II exam for a modern foreign language.

What if I am already fluent in a language?  How do I meet the language requirement of advanced proficiency?

You can meet the language requirement in the following way:

  • Successful demonstration of native proficiency by documentation or testing by one of Boston College’s language departments.

 

How do I meet the alternative requirement of intermediate proficiency in two modern foreign languages?

You would need to satisfy the criteria for intermediate proficiency indicated above under the IS minor for each of the two languages.

 

COURSE WORK MEETING LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENT for IS major

  • Successful completion of the second semester of an advanced-level Boston College modern foreign language course.
  • Successful completion of one Boston College modern foreign language course beyond the advanced level.
  • Successful completion of the second semester of two intermediate-level Boston College modern foreign language courses.
  • Successful completion of one Boston College modern foreign language course beyond the intermediate level in each of two languages.