2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    May 10, 2021  
2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Foreign Language Requirement


General Education Requirements

All undergraduate students must demonstrate proficiency in foreign language by fulfilling one of the following requirements:

  • successful completion of a one-semester college-level foreign language course (101) or the equivalent, such as CLEP or AP credits
    or
  • having earned a score of 85 or higher on the New York State Regents examination in a foreign language.

Additional Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Science Candidates

Students enrolled in a B.F.A., B.S. or B.S.Ed. program in the School of Arts and Sciences or the School of Professional Studies need only one semester of a foreign language with the exception of Speech and Learning Disabilities majors (SLD/SLDW), who must successfully complete the fourth semester (202) of a college-level foreign language sequence.

Students enrolled in the B.S. program in early childhood, childhood, early childhood and childhood, adolescence education, inclusive special education, and, the B.S. in Speech and Hearing Science must

  • successfully complete the second semester (102) of a college-level foreign language sequence 
    or
  • confirm proficiency equivalent to successful completion of the second semester (102) of a college-level foreign language sequence through a testing program approved by the International Communications and Culture Department.

Note: Some departments require specified courses in foreign language in support of their major program requirements in addition to those described above.

Bachelor of Arts Candidates

Students enrolled in a B.A. program must

  • successfully complete the fourth semester (202) of a college-level foreign language sequence 
    or
  • confirm proficiency equivalent to successful completion of the fourth semester (202) of a college-level foreign language sequence through a testing program approved by the International Communications and Culture Department.

Students with no previous college-level credit who plan to meet the bachelor of arts foreign language requirements through course work in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish will begin work at a level determined in consultation with an advisor according to guidelines established by the International Communications and Culture Department. The guidelines are based on criteria taking into account individual academic records.

Students who wish to begin foreign language study at a level below the level indicated by the guidelines may do so on an “audit” (no credit) basis. To begin foreign language study for credit either below or above the level indicated by the guidelines, students need the written consent of the International Communications and Culture Department chair.

When a student has achieved proficiency in a foreign language other than American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish, the student may arrange for a special assessment by an outside examiner, following guidelines established by the International Communications and Culture Department. Any financial burden for such assessment must be assumed by the student.

Students whose first language is not English may satisfy the foreign language requirement by special assessment or by presenting a transcript that attests to successful completion of secondary study in any language other than English. Contact the associate dean of arts and sciences for more information.

American Sign Language

American Sign Language can meet the SUNY Cortland foreign language requirement for the following programs only:

School of Arts and Sciences

   

Adolescence Education: Mathematics (7-12)
Adolescence Education: Physics (7-12)
Art - Art History
Art - Studio Art
Art Studio - B.F.A.
New Media Design
Political Science
Psychology

School of Education

   

Childhood Education
Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood/Childhood Education
Inclusive Special Education

School of Professional Studies

   

Athletic Training
Health Education
Health Science
Human Service Studies
Kinesiology
Kinesiology – Fitness Development
Outdoor Recreation
Physical Education
Recreation
Recreation Management
Speech and Language Disabilities
Speech and Hearing Science
Sport Management
Therapeutic Recreation