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Department of World Languages & International Studies

Language Minors, Certificates of Proficiency and Placement Policy

Minor in French or Spanish

To qualify as a minor, a student must earn eighteen (18) credit hours in French or Spanish. Twelve of these credits must be beyond 102.

*MSU does not currently offer majors in World Languages, but it is possible to create an Area of Interest in Spanish or French as part of the Applied Liberal Studies major. For more information, please visit Applied Liberal Studies.

Certificate of Proficiency in French or Spanish

Any student who completes eighteen (18) credits of French or Spanish beyond 102 may apply to receive a Certificate of Proficiency. They will be required to pass a proficiency examination in that language.All candidates for the Certificate of Proficiency must submit an application no later than mid-term of their last semester at Morgan State University. Applications may be obtained from the office of the Chairperson of the Department or from any member of the World Language faculty.

Placement in World Languages and International Studies

Students who have successfully completed language courses in high school within the past four years will normally place as follows:

A. With zero to two years of study of the language, the 101 level. 
B. With one to three years of study of the language, the 102 level. 
C. With two to four years of study of the language, the 203 level. 
D. With three to five years of study of the language, the 204 level.               

E. With four or more years of study of the language, advanced courses at the 300 or 400 level. 

Contact the Chairperson for more information about the different levels, and if you are a native or heritage speaker of the language you wish to study.

Deviations from this plan must be approved by the Chairperson of the Department of World Languages and International Studies.