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Language Requirement

International Studies students have two options for completing the language component of the major.

Three Years of a Language

The most common is for students to show third-year, third-term proficiency in a language which coincides with their geographic focus. Since this is a proficiency requirement, students are not required to take courses if they can meet the requirement through other means. If students choose to take language classes to fulfill the requirement they must complete three terms of at least 300-level courses.

“2+2” Option

Students may also fulfill the language requirement by taking two years of a language, and two years of a less-commonly-taught language. This option has been developed to encourage students to explore less-commonly-taught languages. As such, only one of the two languages can be French, Spanish, German, or Italian (not both!). Proficiency for the 2+2 option can be fulfilled either through coursework or taking a placement exam.


Please speak with our Undergraduate Advisors if you have any questions or concerns about this requirement!