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Questions About Foreign Languages

There is a Modern Language Requirement (MLR) for all students in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.  The Modern Language Requirement may be met in any of the following eight ways:

  1. completing the last course in the fourth-year high school sequence of a non-English language; 
  2. completing the last course in the first-year college sequence of a non-English language; 
  3. completing a college course beyond the first-year level in a non-English language; 
  4. achieving a satisfactory score on any of the Modern Language placement examinations administered at DePaul University; 
  5. achieving a satisfactory rating in a language proficiency examination accepted by DePaul University; 
  6. scoring a 3 or higher on the Advanced Placement (AP) test of a non-English language;
  7. scoring 5 or higher on the Language B assessment from a Standard or Higher Level International Baccalaureate (IB) program in a non-English language; or
  8. achieving a satisfactory score on the CLEP evaluation in a non-English language.

Note: American Sign Language (ASL) does qualify as a modern language.

Students who have met the Modern Language Requirement and have successfully completed two to three courses (depending on the level) of a foreign language beyond what they used to satisfy the Modern Language Requirement are eligible for the MLO, which grants a waiver of two courses from the standard Liberal Studies Program curriculum. These reductions are generally from the Learning Domains, and the decision as to which courses are waived from Liberal Studies is made by the LAS college office in consultation with the student. 

Note: The two courses ineligible for the MLO waiver are Scientific Inquiry: Lab and Science as a Way of Knowing. Students must take at least one course in each Learning Domain. So, for example, a student who is using the LSP 121 waiver to substitute for one of the two "Philosophical Inquiry" domain courses cannot also use an MLO waiver to substitute for the other required course in that domain.

Yes. See above for information regarding language placement tests. If the language that you know is not one of those for which an online test is available, see the Modern Languages Department for information on the “language proficiency test.”