Foreign Language Requirement

Definition:Students whose majors lead to the baccalaureate degree must satisfy a requirement in a language other than English as outlined in the policy.
Authority:Academic Senate recommendation.
Scope:This policy applies to all students enrolled in CSUSM.
Responsible Division:Academic Affairs
Approval Date:02/12/1992
Implementation Date:02/12/1992
Originally Implemented:02/12/1992
Related Documents and Forms:Document 1
Document 2


Procedure

Foreign Language: Students whose majors lead to the baccalaureate degree must satisfy a requirement in a language other than English as outlined below. It is recommended that students consult the CSUSM foreign language proficiency assessor or any CSUSM foreign language faculty member concerning implementation of this requirement.

A. Before graduation, the student must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English in any one of the following ways:

  • having completed the equivalent of at least nine CSUSM semester units (or quarter units equivalent) in a sequence of courses of a single language other than English, with a 2.0 average or better in the courses specifically applied to the language requirement;
  • demonstrating Stage 3 proficiency according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) guidelines;
  • having successfully received a score of 3 or better on the Advanced Placement Foreign Language Examination


B. Courses used to meet this requirement may be applied to the General Education requirement.

This will require students with high school study to take a proficiency exam or placement exam which will determine the equivalency rather than relying on high school courses of greatly varying scope and difficulty. It is our understanding that this change would be "grandfathered" in so that students who have begun their college study and can claim to be covered by a current catalog will still be able to use the old language.