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  • Which class is for YOU? See our grid!
  • NOT three-class requirement: 101, 102, and 201
  • IS third-class requirement: 201 or 250 or 300 level (starts minor)
  • CSUSM has: Spanish, French, German, Mandarin, 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, consider our free 101/102 Review.
  • For Spanish, try this self-test of what is covered in 101102, and 201.
  • Any course that lists a LOTER class as a prerequisite also meets LOTER
  • 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 Meet LOTER

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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

Proficiency Exam (meets LOTER) - either at CSUSM or remotely.
or
Take the third class in a foreign language at another institution
or
Take CSUSM EL's third-semester Spanish 201C "Intermediate Spanish for Medical Professionals", offered Fall II, Course #43441. (Enrollment Requirement: SPAN 102, offered Fall I,  Course #43430 - or the CSUSM Spanish Placement Exam. )

want to learn a new language

101 (then take 102 and 201 to meet LOTER). (Note: To enroll in CSUSM classes over summer, RN to BSN students should refer to these specific course numbers.)

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!

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 1-4 years in high school, more than 2 years ago

101 (then 102 and 201 to meet the LOTER) 
or
Spanish Placement Exam (to try to place into a higher Spanish class than 101)

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

102 (for new material. Then take 201 to meet LOTER. Spanish 102 Enrollment Requirement: Two years of high school Spanish with one year of high school Spanish taken and passed within the last two years, or completion of SPAN 101 with a grade of C (2.0) or better, or placement into SPAN 102 through the CSUSM Spanish Placement Exam administered by the Language Learning Center. French 102 Enrollment Requirement: FREN 101. German 102 Enrollment Requirement: GRMN 101. Arabic 102 Enrollment Requirement: At time of enrollment in course, basic knowledge of Arabic (equivalent to that demonstrated upon successful completion of ARAB 101) is mandatory. Chinese 102 Enrollment Requirement: CHIN 101.)
or
101 (for review. Then take 102 and 201 to meet LOTER.)

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; meets LOTER. Spanish 201 Enrollment Requirement: Two years of high school Spanish taken and passed within the last two years, or placement into SPAN 201 through the CSUSM Spanish Placement Exam administered by the Language Learning Center. French 201 Enrollment Requirement: FREN 102. German 201 Enrollment Requirement: GRMN 101 and GRMN 102. Arabic 201 Enrollment Requirement: Enrollment Requirement: ARAB 102, or two 2 years High School Arabic completed within the last two 2 years.  Chinese 201 Enrollment Requirement: CHIN 102.)
or
201C "Intermediate Spanish for the Medical Profession" (meets LOTER; always offered online. Enrollment Requirement: SPAN 102, or two years of High School Spanish.)
or
102 (for review. Then take 201 to meet LOTER. Spanish 102 Enrollment Requirement: Two years of high school Spanish with one year of high school Spanish taken and passed within the last two years, or completion of SPAN 101 with a grade of C (2.0) or better, or placement into SPAN 102 through the CSUSM Spanish Placement Exam administered by the Language Learning Center. French 102 Enrollment Requirement: FREN 101. German 102 Enrollment Requirement: GRMN 101. Arabic 102 Enrollment Requirement: At time of enrollment in course, basic knowledge of Arabic (equivalent to that demonstrated upon successful completion of ARAB 101) is mandatory.  Chinese 102 Enrollment Requirement: CHIN 101.)

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

202 (for new material; meets LOTER. Note: French does not offer 202; go right to 311.) 
or
201 (for review; meets LOTER. Spanish 102 Enrollment Requirement: Two years of high school Spanish with one year of high school Spanish taken and passed within the last two years, or completion of SPAN 101 with a grade of C (2.0) or better, or placement into SPAN 102 through the CSUSM Spanish Placement Exam administered by the Language Learning Center. French 102 Enrollment Requirement: FREN 101. German 102 Enrollment Requirement: GRMN 101 and GRMN 102. Arabic 201 Enrollment Requirement: Enrollment Requirement: ARAB 102, or two 2 years High School Arabic completed within the last two 2 years.  Chinese 201 Enrollment Requirement: CHIN 102.)
or 
201C "Intermediate Spanish for the Medical Profession" (meets LOTER; always offered online. Enrollment Requirement: SPAN 102, or two years of High School Spanish. (Note: To enroll in CSUSM classes over summer, RN to BSN students should refer to these specific course numbers.)
or
Proficiency Exam (meets LOTER)

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; meets LOTER; starts Spanish major; starts minor in Spanish, French or German
or 
202 (for review; meets LOTER. Enrollment Requirement: SPAN 201. Note: French and German do not offer 202; go right to 300s.)
or 
Proficiency Exam (meets LOTER)

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 take 201 to meet LOTER. Spanish 102 Enrollment Requirement: Two years of high school Spanish with one year of high school Spanish taken and passed within the last two years, or completion of SPAN 101 with a grade of C (2.0) or better, or placement into SPAN 102 through the CSUSM Spanish Placement Exam administered by the Language Learning Center. French 102 Enrollment Requirement: FREN 101. German 102 Enrollment Requirement: GRMN 101. Arabic 102 Enrollment Requirement: At time of enrollment in course, basic knowledge of Arabic (equivalent to that demonstrated upon successful completion of ARAB 101) is mandatory.  Chinese 102 Enrollment Requirement: CHIN 101. (Note: To enroll in CSUSM classes over summer, RN to BSN students should refer to these specific course numbers.)

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

201 (meets LOTER.Spanish 102 Enrollment Requirement: Two years of high school Spanish with one year of high school Spanish taken and passed within the last two years, or completion of SPAN 101 with a grade of C (2.0) or better, or placement into SPAN 102 through the CSUSM Spanish Placement Exam administered by the Language Learning Center. French 102 Enrollment Requirement: FREN 101. German 102 Enrollment Requirement: GRMN 101 and GRMN 102. Arabic 201 Enrollment Requirement: Enrollment Requirement: ARAB 102, or two 2 years High School Arabic completed within the last two 2 years.  Chinese 201 Enrollment Requirement: CHIN 102. (Note: To enroll in CSUSM classes over summer, RN to BSN students should refer to these specific course numbers.)
or
201C "Spanish for Medical Professionals" (meets LOTER; often offered online. Enrollment Requirement: SPAN 102, or two years of High School Spanish. (Note: To enroll in CSUSM classes over summer, RN to BSN students should refer to these specific course numbers.)

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

202 (meets LOTER. Enrollment Requirement: SPAN 201. Note: French and German do not offer 202; go right to 300s.)
or 
Proficiency Exam (meets LOTER) 

I took three semesters in college but my LOTER is not showing as MET.

If your transcript was part of your admissions packet to CSUSM, submit an ARR correction form.

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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