Foreign Culture Requirement
(Not applicable to Class of 2016 and beyond):
National Honor Societies (ex. Phi Beta Kappa):
Majors and Minors:
How do students know which language course is appropriate for their language level?
Proper placement is based on a student’s past experience and/or placement test results:
- Beginners with NO prior experience in the target language should register for the year-long, two-semester sequence, Elementary 101 (offered only in the fall), which is followed by Elementary 102 (offered only in the spring).
- Students continuing their high-school studies in French, German or Spanish should take an online placement test. In 20 minutes or less, they receive an automated response with their course placement recommendation. For instructions, please visit: http://fll.lafayette.edu/language-placement/placement-test/
- Students continuing their high-school studies in Chinese (Mandarin), Greek (classical), Hebrew (modern), Japanese, Latin or Russian should consult an instructor of the desired language for advice. For the current list of FLL faculty, please visit: http://fll.lafayette.edu/faculty/
- Heritage speakers (that is, those with a personal or historical connection to a language but limited formal study) who wish to take courses in Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Hebrew (modern), Japanese, Russian, or Spanish should consult a language adviser. Heritage speakers of Spanish may take Spanish 215 (offered usually in the spring) to demonstrate advanced-level proficiency.
How does the language sequence work?
- Elementary and Intermediate language courses are a two-semester, year long sequence. It is recommended that students complete the fall semester course before enrolling in the second part of the sequence in the spring semester. Exceptions are made based on the student’s past language experience, placement exam scores or assessment by qualified members of the FLL faculty.
Foreign Culture Requirement
(Not applicable to Class of 2016 and beyond)
Can students fulfill the Foreign Culture Requirement through the study of a foreign language?
- Because most students have already studied another language at the high school level, the option most commonly used to fulfill the Foreign Culture Requirement of the A.B. Common Course of Study is to demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency in a foreign language. Students either take the year-long, two-semester sequence, Intermediate 111 (offered only in the fall) and Intermediate 112 (offered only in the spring), or they can demonstrate intermediate proficiency through standardized test results (AP, IB, or SAT II).
- Another option used to fulfill the Foreign Culture component of the A.B. Common Course of Study is to complete a cluster of three related courses dealing with another culture, two of which may be appropriate language courses. For the language portion of this requirement, students either take the year-long, two-semester sequence Elementary 101 (offered only in the fall) followed by Elementary 102 (offered only in the spring), or they can demonstrate elementary proficiency through standardized test results (AP, IB, or SAT II). High beginners in Spanish may take Accelerated Elementary 103 (offered only in the spring) to demonstrate elementary proficiency.
Do study abroad courses transfer?
- The Department encourages participation in the College’s approved study-abroad programs. Students may enroll for an interim, summer, semester, or academic year.
- For more information, please visit: http://studyabroad.lafayette.edu/programs/ or contact the Director of International & Off-Campus Education, 208 Scott Hall, (610) 330-5262.
Phi Beta Kappa
Does knowledge of a Second language influence a student’s eligibility in honor societies?
- Admission to Phi Beta Kappa is always at the discretion of the local chapter. The Lafayette College chapter does take into account the study of a second language among other factors.
FLL Majors & Minors
Which language programs offer majors and minors?
- For program requirements, please visit: http://fll.lafayette.edu/requirements/
Which interdisciplinary programs combine with language study?
In addition to FLL’s major and minor programs (listed above), interdisciplinary and coordinate majors are available:
- International Affairs (IA)
- International Studies & Engineering
- International Economics & Commerce
- Government & Law and Foreign Languages
The study of a foreign language is also a significant component in the following programs:
- Asian Studies
- Classical Civilization
- Jewish Studies
- Latin American & Caribbean Studies (LACS)
- Medieval, Renaissance & Early Modern Studies (MREMS)
- Russian & East European Studies (REES)
- Women’s & Gender Studies (WGS)
Sidney Donnell, Department Head
404 Pardee Hall
Markus Dubischar, Assistant Head
423 Pardee Hall
Joli Mellett, Department Secretary
410 Pardee Hall
Foreign Languages and Literatures
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Easton, PA 18042
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