Language Requirement

Students are encouraged to plan ahead regarding the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences language proficiency requirement. Non-fulfillment of the language proficiency requirement is a leading reason Seniors often fail to graduate on time. All Morrissey students must, prior to graduation, demonstrate proficiency at the intermediate level in a modern foreign language or in a classical language. The Department Eastern, Slavic, and German Studies certifies fulfillment of the Morrissey language proficiency requirement in all the modern foreign languages and classical languages taught in the department. “Heritage” students “fluent” in their parents’ languages need to demonstrate ability to function at an academic Intermediate level in those languages, not merely a “colloquial” “familial” one. This means that students need to test successfully in all language skills (Reading, Speaking, Writing, Listening Comprehension, and Grammar.) If after taking the placement test students do not demonstrate proficiency at the Intermediate Level, they may be required to take the appropriate language course(s) for a letter grade, in order to fulfill the university language requirement.

Proficiency Requirements and Placement Exams