The following text was approved by the UNF Faculty Association on January 26, 2017, as part of APC package.201608-43. This language applies to students entering UNF in catalog year 2017-2018 and later. Students who entered during a previous catalog year should consult the catalog archives for the appropriate language. In most cases, however, the language below, will function for all students, as it is largely a clarification of established, but previously undocumented policies.
The language underlined below reflect proposed changes to this policy, made 11/30/2017, which have not yet been formally approved. These modifications should be considered effective immediately, however, as they do not change the spirit of this policy and reflect current practice. This language has been added to prevent problems for students that can have financial consequences and in some cases have been known to result in delayed graduation dates.
Students pursuing the BA in International Studies must demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency in a language other than English. To do so, three options exist:
Students are expected to begin language coursework or make other arrangements for the completion of this requirement during their first semester after declaring the major in International Studies.
This requirement is oriented toward the demonstration of a minimum competency for language learning, and students should realize that intermediate-level language skills, and the degree of cultural fluency that can be gained in four semesters of language coursework, are generally not sufficient for the professional situations in which those pursuing this degree may find themselves. International Studies students therefore are encouraged to minor or double-major in a foreign language. A minor in Chinese, French or Spanish at UNF requires three courses beyond the intermediate level, and those double-majoring in French Studies or Spanish may count up to 12 upper-level credits towards both degrees.
The language requirement may be waived for students who can provide evidence of having completed high school outside the US at an institution in which English was not the language of instruction. No credit will be awarded in such cases.
By “language other than English” this policy refers to languages used today for human communication. Students with questions regarding acceptable languages should contact the program director.
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