Department of Modern Languages


The programs offered by the Department of Modern Languages seek to develop a student's ability to speak, understand, read and write another language, and to foster an appreciation of its literature and civilization. The department regularly offers courses in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian and Spanish.

Major programs are available in Arabic Studies, Chinese Studies, French, German, Italian, Japanese Studies and Spanish. Major programs consist of advanced courses at the 200 and 300 levels. The major does not include elementary and intermediate courses (100 level courses), which students must complete if their prior linguistic training is insufficient to take advanced courses. Minor programs are available for all languages.

All students are strongly encouraged to participate in DePaul's Foreign Study Programs in China, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and other locations. Consult the Study Abroad Office for current offerings.

Placement Guide

All students with prior knowledge or study of a language must take a DePaul language placement test (available online in Campus Connection through the Office of Student Records) before taking a language course at DePaul. As a general guideline, placement test results often correlate to the following equivalencies:

  • No prior study or knowledge: begin with 101

  • Two years of high school study: begin with 102

  • Three years of high school study: begin with 103

  • Four years of high school study: begin with 104

More extensive background or placement test results: begin with 200- and 300-level courses chosen in consultation with a departmental advisor. Placement tests or consultation with the advisor can result in adjustment of these recommendations in order to satisfy best the needs of the individual student.


Students should study another language in the appropriate sequence—elementary, intermediate, or advanced—as determined in consultation with an advisor. Note that proficiency in a modern language is a graduation requirement for students earning a bachelor of arts degree.
The proper sequence at the elementary level is 101-102-103.
The proper sequence at the intermediate level is 104-105-106, 110-111-112, 114-115-116, 124-125-126, etc.  Completion of the intermediate level (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for all 200- and 300-level courses, except those offered in English (MOL courses).