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Academic Regulations & Procedures

Language Requirement

Students may meet the language requirement in four different ways:

  1. by testing out with an appropriate score in the CEEB Advanced Placement examination, International Baccalaureate examination, or in another standardized examination selected by the faculty of a particular language in consultation with the Associate Dean of the College; or
  2. by satisfactory completion (grade of S, C- or better) on the fourth-level courses (fifth-level in the case of Arabic, Japanese and Chinese); or
  3. by passing a proficiency examination designed or selected by the faculty of the particular language in consultation with the Associate Dean of the College; or
  4. by passing a special examination with speaking and reading components (if a written language), prepared by an expert for those languages not taught at Carleton. Arrangements are made by the Associate Dean of the College Andrew Fisher.

Language Progress

Students who receive advanced placement in a language and wish to use that language to satisfy the language requirement should begin with that level of placement when it becomes available in the first year, unless otherwise counseled by their academic adviser.

A student must begin to fulfill the language requirement before the fifth term at Carleton. In sequential language courses, a student must earn a C- or better to progress to the next course.

The College expects all students to complete the language requirement. The Academic Standing Committee (ASC) may grant an exemption to the language requirement on the basis of a documented language learning disability. For any student granted an exemption, the ASC has the authority to waive additional courses or require from one to three courses in linguistics, literature and/or culture.

Students experiencing inordinate difficulty in mastering a language in the classroom, with no history of a language disability, may be eligible for a referral for testing. In addition to evidence of difficulty in language study, the ASC expects students to have made a good faith effort, to have attended class regularly, and to have sought help from the various resources available at Carleton (i.e., instructors and tutors). More information on the exemption procedure.

Students deficient in credits who attempt to make progress in fulfilling the requirement may petition to earn credits for summer language study.

See also summer study.

Last revised June 25, 2013
Keywords: language requirement, summer study

Last Reviewed: Nov 7th, 2018

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