Foreign Language/Foreign Culture

State of Florida Foreign Language Requirement

By action of the Florida Legislature, all undergraduate students who entered a Florida public college or university after August 1, 1989 must have completed two years of foreign language in high school. This requirement does not supersede the College of Arts and Sciences graduation requirement in foreign language/foreign culture. Therefore, students must still fulfill this requirement even if two years of foreign language was taken at the high school level.

Foreign Language/Foreign Culture Requirement
for Bachelor of Arts Majors

Foreign Language/Foreign Culture Requirement for Bachelor of Arts Majors

Before being certified to graduate, all Bachelor of Arts majors in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete the Foreign Language/Foreign Culture requirement. Students who have completed two years of a foreign language in high school are still required to complete the Arts and Sciences Foreign Language/Foreign Culture requirement.
Students may complete this requirement by choosing one of the following options. All courses must be completed with grades of "C" or above.  

1.       Study of a Foreign Language
Eight  semester hours of a sequential foreign language at the introductory level
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2.       Demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to at least 8 semester hours at the introductory level. Students may prove proficiency in a foreign language through successful scores on the foreign language area of the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP).  To prove proficiency in a heritage language other than English, students must submit a valid high school academic transcript from their home country.
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3.       Students who have completed two years of a foreign language in high school are still required to complete the Arts and Sciences Foreign Language/Foreign Culture requirement. Incoming Students with prior experience in French or Spanish must take a placement exam.  Students who place above the beginning level will satisfy this requirement by earning a “C” or above (Students who place beyond the beginning level in French, Spanish or Chinese may be eligible for retroactive credit as per the department retroactive credit policy.
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4.       Study of 6 semester hours of foreign culture courses that have the FC designation in the course title. A list of foreign culture courses is available each semester in the Advising Office, Building 51, Room 2500.
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5.       Eight semester hours of American Sign Language.   

What is a Foreign Culture Course?

The common goal of both foreign language and foreign culture courses is that students begin to think from a point of view beyond that of their own culture. In gaining an appreciation of the many ways humans live together, adapt to their environment, and express their values and aspirations, we also develop new insight into our own culture. The study of foreign languages gives us the key to another culture. Fluency provides direct access to the cultural, intellectual, technical and economic heritage of peoples beyond our own small circles. Foreign culture courses explore one or several cultures in depth, including the perspective of the people themselves. These courses are interdisciplinary in that culture is interpreted broadly — with aspects ranging from the economic to the religious — and emphasizing the culture’s internal diversity. Students will have the opportunity to compare other cultures to their own.