Students are required to complete one semester of college language beyond the level of the two-year entrance requirement to the college. Alternatively, having met the entrance requirement in one language, they may take one semester of college-level study in another language. A course in any modern spoken language (e.g. Spanish, French, or German) or ancient language (e.g. Greek or Hebrew) is accepted as fulfilling this requirement.
Students are exempt from this requirement if they pass an examination, proctored by the Modern Languages department, demonstrating the equivalent of three semesters of college language study or present evidence of a primary language other than English to the Student Records Office. Students may use the placement test to determine the level of the language course in which they should enroll. Students have met the language requirement if they have scored a 4 or 5 on a foreign language AP exam or if they have scored 580 on the SAT Language Subject Test.