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  • Which class is for YOU? See our grid!
  • CSUSM offers Spanish, French, German and Arabic
  • While High School classes don't meet it (unless you took an AP exam), they DO place you into the next class in the series.
  • Prerequisites from HS expire after 2.5 years.
    Example: Last language class as a HS Junior? Must take next class by Sophomore Spring.
  • Prerequisites from College do not expire. Take the next class in the series. If you would like to repeat a passed class for your own education, you must do that at another college and the grades and credits will not count.
  • For Spanish, try this self-test of what is covered in 101102, and 201
  • How to: crash, drop, late enroll, waitlist,withdraw, search for a winter class, run your ARR, declare a Spanish major, declare a minor in Spanish, French or German, or run a "what if" report!

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CSUSM classes that have been approved for students who are: a)graduating in Summer 2019 who need the LOTER, and b)arriving on campus as of Fall 2019 and are one of the 19 CHABSS majors with the new major-specific foreign language requirement

  • 201 or higher: Arabic, French, German, Mandarin, Spanish (except Spanish 205, 398, 399, and maybe 395)
  • Spanish 250: Spanish for Native Speakers, in just one semester
  • Spanish 201C "Intermediate Spanish for the Medical Field", often offered online
  • Spanish 201 in Winter or Summer, through Extended Learning
  • Spanish-language study abroad, if the course is equal or higher to 201
  • OR.... test out
  • OR... take a non-CSUSM Course
  • NOTE: Global Studies majors have a fourth-semester requirement: Native/Heritage Spanish-speaking students should take 301B. Non-native Spanish-speaking students should take SPAN 202 or 301A. Other students should take a French or German 300-level course. Or test out!

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Guidelines for what to take to take next at CSUSM 

If you... Choose one...

are RN to BSN through Extended Learning and your program ended by December 2018

Proficiency Exam  either at CSUSM or remotely.
or
Third class in a foreign language at another institution

want to learn a new language

101

speak Spanish at home and would like to learn written grammar

SPAN 250 “Spanish for Native Speakers”

speak Spanish at home and are interested in to minoring/majoring in Spanish

SPAN 250 “Spanish for Native Speakers”, then SPAN 301B and other 300-level classes!
or
CSUSM Spanish Placement Exam, to get right into  301B.

are interested in minoring/majoring in Spanish

Detailed Information Sheet for the Spanish Minor
Major worksheet
Minor worksheet

are interested in minoring in French

Minor worksheet

are interested in minoring in German

Minor worksheet

took 1-3 years in high school only, more than 2 years ago

101, then 102, then 201
or
Second- and/or third-semester class at a community college at which prerequisites do not expire (for example, historically Palomar has accepted high school prerequisites no matter how long ago the course was taken). If you take the second-semester class at a CC, you can take the third-semester class at the CC or back at CSUSM. Know yourself, if you choose this option!
or
CSUSM Spanish Placement Exam, to get right into 102, 201 or higher.

passed the 1st year of language in high school, no more than 2 years ago

102 (for new material), then 201 
or
101 (for review), then 102 and 201

Here is a self-test of what is covered in 101 and 102, to see if you want to back up or continue!

passed the 2nd year of language in high school, no more than 2 years ago

201 (for new material)
or
201C "Intermediate Spanish for the Medical Profession" (online, for new material)
or
102 (for review), then 201

Here is a self-test of what is covered in 101 , 102, and 201, to see if you want to back up or continue! 

passed the 3rd year of language in high school, no more than 2 years ago

SPAN 202, FREN 300-level classes, or GRMN 300-level classes (for new material)
or
201 (for review)
or 
201C "Intermediate Spanish for the Medical Profession" (online, for review)
or
Proficiency Exam 

Here is a self-test of what is covered in 101 , 102, and 201, to see if you want to back up or continue! 

passed the 4th year of language in high school, no more than 2 years ago

300-level classes (for new material; starts Spanish major; starts minor in Spanish, French or German
or 
SPAN 202, FREN 300-level classes, or GRMN 300-level classes (for review)
or 
Proficiency Exam

took the AP, IB, CLEP or TOEFL

See Other Exam Information.

passed with a C or higher the 1st semester class at another college

102, then 201

passed with a C or higher the 2nd semester at another college

201
or
201C "Spanish for Medical Professionals" (online)

passed with a C or higher the 3rd semester class at another college

SPAN 202, FREN 300-level classes, or GRMN 300-level classes
or 
Proficiency Exam 

I took three semesters in college but the requirement is not showing as MET.

If your transcript was part of your admissions packet to CSUSM, email registrar@csusm.edu .

If your transcript was NOT part of your admissions packet, have that institution send an official transcript online or to:
Office of Admissions and Recruitment
California State University San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd.
San Marcos, California 92096

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