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There is a Modern Language Requirement (MLR) for the all College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences students earning a BA degree. For students who initially were admitted to DePaul to begin in fall 2007 or later, the modern language requirement may be met in any of the following ways:
Note: American Sign Language (ASL) qualifies as a modern language.
Note: Please see the Department of Modern Languages' guide to placement tests here.
Note: Transfer students will need to provide official high school transcripts in order to use high school coursework to meet the non-English language requirement. (For students who applied to DePaul as high school students, the university already has a copy of the high school transcript.) There is no separate foreign language requirement for the History Department.
Students who have met the modern language requirement and have also successfully completed an additional two to three courses (depending on the level) 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 curriculum. The LAS college office in consultation with the student, and, if appropriate, the student's major field advisor, makes the decision as to which courses are waived. Normally, students use the Modern Language option to reduce their requirements by one course in each of two of the following combinations of learning domains:
Please note: All students must take a laboratory course in the "Scientific Inquiry" domain, and all 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.
Please see the Modern Language Department’s guide
for taking placement tests here.
If you are seeking to test in a language not regularly taught at DePaul, the
Modern Languages Department offers some
accommodations through other universities.
Be aware that all languages are taught in sequence with the quarters, with 101/201 sections available in the Autumn Quarter, 102/202 in the Winter, and 103/203 in the Spring. It is thus important to plan carefully.
Even if you are comfortable
speaking in a foreign language, you still need to have your language skills
assessed. Heritage speakers of Spanish should take the “Heritage Spanish”
examination, intended to assess students with a more in-depth knowledge of
Spanish, either as a native speaker or as a result of using the language in
everyday life. For all other languages, please see the Modern Languages
Department for information about alternative forms of assessment.