CLASS Advising Center

Important Information

Foreign Language or Foreign Culture Requirement

The state entrance requirement, called the Foreign Language Deficiency, is two years of a single foreign language in high school or the equivalent (one year of university study). Students who graduated from high school prior to 1987 are exempt from this state requirement.  See the section on Foreign Language Deficiency below.

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences has an additional language requirement called the Foreign Language Requirement.  Students completing three years or more of a single foreign language in high school will have fulfilled this requirement.  See below for completion options.

Bachelor of Arts:

All students seeking the B.A. degree must complete two courses in a single foreign language beyond the state entrance requirement. (See above). Students who graduated from high school prior to 1987 without taking a foreign language who are exempt from the state Foreign Language Deficiency may fulfill the college requirement by completing two foreign culture classes. Students should contact the CLASS Advising Center (Chester Building Room 279; 216-687-5040) for more information.

The two courses used to fulfill the College requirement may be intermediate-level foreign-language courses in the same language used to meet the state entrance requirement. Or, students may complete two introductory-level foreign language skills courses in a single foreign language which is different from the one used to meet the state entrance requirement. Students should begin their language study at a level that reflects their current level of competency. Placement tests in French and Spanish and advising from Modern Languages faculty can help determine the appropriate level. Students who repeat language courses taken in high school can count those credits toward graduation, but not toward the CLASS Foreign Language Requirement.

Bachelor of Music:

All students seeking a B. Mus. degree must complete two approved foreign culture courses or two courses in a foreign language beyond the state entrance requirement.

Foreign Language Deficiency

The Foreign Language Deficiency (the state requirement) applies to all undergraduate students, including those who are not native speakers of English and students for whom English is a second language (unless specifically exempted in the policy on Foreign Language Requirement; for example, post-baccalaureate students). Such students, if deficient in foreign language studies credits upon admission to Cleveland State University, may remove the deficiency by completion of appropriate courses at Cleveland State (see policy on Foreign Language entrance requirement) or by verification of appropriate knowledge of the language through the Department of Modern Languages at the university.

Verification of the student’s knowledge of language and culture to remove the deficiency status will be assessed by a faculty member of the Department of Modern Languages who is proficient in the applicable language. In the event no faculty member is proficient in the student’s non-English language, the student may request assessment by an individual outside the Department of Modern Languages who has been deemed qualified by said department to assess the student’s knowledge of language and culture. Students should consult with the Department of Modern Languages for more information about criteria and guidelines for language and culture assessment.

For more information visit the undergraduate catalog.

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Mailing Address
Cleveland State University
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Advising Center
2121 Euclid Ave., CB 279
Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2214
Campus Location
Chester Building Room 279
2300 Chester Avenue
Phone: 216.687.5040
class.advising@csuohio.edu


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