Language Proficiency Requirement

Global Competency and the WCAS Language Proficiency Requirement

It is the Universities goal that students be globally competitive by the time they graduate which includes being proficient in a language as expressed by the Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement.

The Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement insures a broad set of skills that include:

  • the ability to speak and understand a foreign language;
  • knowledge and understanding of the history and culture of the community or communities in which the foreign language is spoken;
  • the ability to function in culturally-appropriate ways within a community or communities in which the foreign language is spoken.

Fulfilling the WCAS Language Proficiency Requirement

The level of proficiency required to show foreign language proficiency in WCAS (this may vary from school to school) is equivalent to two years of college-level language instruction. For German this means, that you will have to pass German 102-3 with a grade of C- or equivalent course work as outlined below.

All incoming freshmen or transfer students who intend to register for a German course (either to satisfy the WCAS Language Proficiency Requirement or to simply continue studying German), MUST take the online German Placement Exam unless they fall into one of the categories outlined below.

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Placement

If you have  a score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced German Placement Examination (AP Exam):

Congratulations! You have satisfied the WCAS Language Proficiency Requirement in German. To continue your studies in German, you may place yourself into a 200-level language class (AP 4) or a 200-level literature/culture class or 300-level language class (AP 5).  Contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies (/about/key-faculty-staff.html) with questions.

If you have a score of 3 on the Advanced German Placement Examination (AP Exam):

Great! You will only need one more course to satisfy the WCAS Language Proficiency Requirement in German. You may place yourself into one of the following four courses:

  1. 102-3 Intermediate German (only given in the Spring)
  2. 205 Focus Writing
  3. 211 Introduction to German Film
  4. 221-3 Introduction to German Literature

If you had just one year of High School German or less or never learned any German before:

You may place yourself into 101-1 Beginning German (Fall or Winter Quarter).