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Study in a Language Other than English

In order to satisfy Willamette University’s non-English language requirement, students must do
one of the following:

  1. Complete the fourth semester (L232) or higher of one of Willamette University’s non-English language courses with a minimum grade of C-
  2. Place into a 300-level language course and pass an additional proficiency examination in that language administered on campus by Willamette University faculty
  3. Complete the second semester (L132) or higher of a Willamette University non-English language course with a minimum grade of C- plus one semester of intensive study abroad or an immersion program in that same language (the program must be approved by Willamette University)
  4. Complete the third semester of a Willamette University non-English language course (L231) with a minimum grade of C- plus one semester of an approved course (possibly taught in English) that considers the culture, cinema, or literature of populations who use the studied language or that considers linguistics
  5. Successfully complete the first two years or higher of college non-English language study in one language at another college or university
  6. Achieve a minimum score of 4 on the AP language exam
  7. Achieve a minimum score of 5 on the higher level International Baccalaureate language exam
  8. Present evidence of a primary language other than English

Students in these courses should:

  • Demonstrate the ability to speak the target language (other than English)
  • Demonstrate the ability to read and understand the target language
  • Demonstrate the capacity to listen and comprehend the target language
  • Demonstrate the ability to write in the target language

Approved Willamette Courses that Fulfill the Fourth Semester Language Requirement

Chinese

  • CHNSE 254 (4th Sem Lang Req) Language, Ethnicity, and Folklore in China

French and Francophone Studies

  • FREN 241 (4th Sem Lang Req) Topics in French History through Film

German

  • GERM 241 (4th Sem Lang Req; IT) Nineteenth Century German Literature in Translation
  • HIST 390W (4th Sem Lang Req) Germany from Bismarck to Hitler
  • HIST 391 (4th Sem Lang Req) Germany Since 1945
  • PHIL 354 (4th Sem Lang Req) Nietzsche and Philosophy

Greek

  • ARTH 271 (4th Sem Lang Req; IT) Greek Art and Architecture
  • CLAS 171 (4th Sem Lang Req; IT) Love and War, Gods and Heroes: Greek and Roman Epic Poetry
  • CLAS 231W (4th Sem Lang Req; IT) Myth and Cult in the Ancient East Mediterranean
  • CLAS 244W (4th Sem Lang Req; IT) The Greek and Roman Stage
  • CLAS 247 (4th Sem Lang Req; IT) Women in Roman Literature and Life
  • CLAS 250W (4th Sem Lang Req; TH) Greeks, Romans and Barbarians
  • CLAS 260 (4th Sem Lang Req; IT) Gender and Sexuality in Greek Society
  • CLAS 358 (4th Sem Lang Req) Advanced Topics in Classical Studies (topic dependent)
  • GREEK 331W (4th Sem Lang Req; IT) Myth and Cult in the Ancient East Mediterranean: Readings in Ancient Greek
  • GREEK 350W (4th Sem Lang Req; TH) Greeks, Romans an Barbarians: Readings in Greek
  • GREEK 360 (4th Sem Lang Req; IT) Gender and Sexuality in Greek Society: Readings in Euripides
  • REL 227 (4th Sem Lang Req; EV, TH) Ancient Cults and Creeds: The Religions of Greece and Rome

Hebrew

  • REL 340 (4th Sem Lang Req) Hebrew Torah/Pentateuch

Japanese

  • JAPN 314W (4th Sem Lang Req; IT) Japanese Literature in Translation
  • JAPN 340 (4th Sem Lang Req; IT) The Japanese Cinema

Latin

  • ARTH 270 (4th Sem Lang Req; TH) Roman Art and Architecture
  • CLAS 171 (4th Sem Lang Req; IT) Love and War, Gods and Heroes: Greek and Roman Epic Poetry
  • CLAS 244W (4th Sem Lang Req; IT) The Greek and Roman Stage
  • CLAS 247 (4th Sem Lang Req; IT) Women in Roman Literature and Life
  • CLAS 250W (4th Sem Lang Req; TH) Greeks, Romans and Barbarians
  • CLAS 358 (4th Sem Lang Req) Advanced Topics in Classical Studies (topic dependent)
  • REL 227 (4th Sem Lang Req; EV, TH) Ancient Cults and Creeds: The Religions of Greece and Rome

Russian

  • RUSS 233W (4th Sem Lang Req; TH) Russian Culture: Russian Ways and View of Russia
  • RUSS 235 (4th Sem Lang Req; CA) Russian and Soviet Cinema
  • RUSS 320W (4th Sem Lang Req; IT) The Nineteenth-Century Russian Novel

Spanish

  • IDS 336W (4th Sem Lang Req) Field Studies in Ecuador: A Perspective on Latin America
  • SPAN 260 (4th Sem Lang Req) Hispanic Literature in Translation
  • SPAN 261 (4th Sem Lang Req) Hispanic Literature in Translation

Foreign Language Requirement Substitution Policy

Qualifying for a Substitution

To qualify for a substitution to the Study in a Language Other than English requirement students should have a recent full psychoeducational or neuropsychological assessment and there must be a clearly demonstrated need, such as a significant impairment in phonemic ability, processing speed, auditory memory and retrieval, working memory, etc., that cannot be successfully addressed by accommodations for the class.

Accessible Education Services (AES) personnel will review all disability documentation, history of language learning and related information to determine if there is a body of documentation sufficient for determining eligibility for a language learning substitution. A waiver of language learning in high school alone does not ensure eligibility.

Procedure

Students seeking a substitution for the requirement are encouraged to complete a petition* as early as possible after enrollment at Willamette University. They will begin the process by presenting documentation to Accessible Education Services, and their eligibility will be determined. If an exception is granted, the Registrar will note the exception on the degree audit as well as the approved substitution courses.

Form of Substitution

Students receiving an exception to the foreign language requirement will instead take two courses that focus on the language, history, art, religion, philosophy, cinema, politics, economics, society, or culture of peoples whose experiences are rooted in the same language other than English. The goal of these courses would be to expand students’ cross-cultural awareness and knowledge. At least one of these courses must be at the 200-level or higher. At most one may count towards a Modes of Inquiry graduation requirement. Students will work with their academic advisor to determine which courses will be used for substitution. These courses will be approved by the Associate Dean for Curriculum, the Associate Dean for Student Success, and a representative from one of the foreign language departments, and will be listed on the student’s degree audit.

*Petition to be developed.