Romance and Classical Studies
Language Placement Guidelines
Certain lower-level courses in French, Italian, Latin and Spanish fulfill the University's General Education requirements in Arts and Humanities with an International Perspective. These courses also fulfill foreign language requirements as determined by each college.
Foreign language requirements vary among colleges, therefore students who had foreign languages in high school need to consult with their college advisor prior to enrollment in their first language course at BGSU. The advisor will help the student select the appropriate courses to fulfill their college requirements. All students should be encouraged to start at the highest level for which they qualify.
For Students within the College of Arts and Sciences who need to fulfill their foreign language requirements, the following information is offered as a general guideline:
The Language Track
Students in the College of Arts and Sciences may complete the 1010-1002-2010-2020 course sequence on campus for any language offered through the Department of Romance and Classical Studies. Students in French or Spanish have the option of completing the sequence through an intensive "cluster" summer program abroad offered by the Department in France or Spain. For more information about the summer abroad programs, please contact the University's Education Abroad office at (419) 372-7680.
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Standard language courses teach the communication skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The content is culturally oriented so that students may learn about the people and places associated with the language being studied.
The Culture Track
There is an option available beyond the 2010 level in French and Spanish for students who prefer an alternative approach, provided they have no need or intention to study the language beyond the requirement. The alternative course, 2120, is generally referred to as the “culture course” because there is considerable emphasis on reading in the foreign language, translating, and discussing in English materials about the customs, values, and culture of the people whose language is being studied. There are no alternatives to the 1010-1020-2010, but at the intermediate level, French and Spanish regularly offer the culture course of 2120 as an option for 2020.
A student of Latin, after having two years of high school Latin or after taking 1010 and 1020 here, may choose between Latin 2010/2020 and CLCV 2410/2420 to complete the Arts and Sciences requirement level. No culture track options are available in Italian.
A student who has had foreign language experience through home life or considerable foreign residence should consult the chair of the Department of Romance and Classical Studies or the Department’s undergraduate advisor for the language in question about appropriate course selection, or completing a Credit by Examination.
For quick reference, the chart shows options for a continuing language student.
|No. of Years of Foreign Language Credited in|
Level to Begin
|Arts & Sciences|
Students may Take and Receive Credit for Foreign Language Requirement
LAT 2010 or
|2010, 2020 or|
FOR MAJORS AND MINORS:
A student who is ready for 3000-level courses normally should begin with a conversation/composition course (preferably SPAN 3510 or FREN 3560), and should consult with the appropriate advisor within the Department.
A student planning to begin any language at the 1000 level should be encouraged to do so at the earliest possible time, in order to be able to complete the major or minor sequences in four years.
The Advanced Placement Program is a service that enables qualified entering students to earn credit for college level courses taken in high school, based upon the scores achieved in high school and scored by the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB). The results must then be forwarded to BGSU for credit determination.
Depending on credit determination, students may be exempted from certain University courses. Students granted exemption may begin studying at higher levels, pursue a minor or second major or even graduate early. Students earning a total of 30 credits through Advanced Placement are automatically granted sophomore standing.
Advanced Placement in French, Latin or Spanish Language
|Score of 5:||Advanced Placement in French, Latin or Spanish Language|
Three hours of credit for French, Latin or Spanish 2020; possible credit for French 3560, Latin or Spanish 3510 based on essay review and student conference with the departmental undergraduate advisor.
|Score of 4:|
Three hours of credit for French, Latin or Spanish 2020.
French and Spanish Literature Exam
|Score of 5:||Three hours of credit for French or Spanish 2020; possible credit for a 3000 level literature course based on essay review and student conference with the departmental undergraduate advisor.|