Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures


Modern Language Requirement change in the 2014-2015 Bulletin

Students who obtain an undergraduate degree from St. Edward’s University must earn credit for a modern language (that is, a standard dialect of language other than English) at the 2nd semester level or higher.

During their first year, students with a high school diploma or GED from the United States must take a placement exam in the language studied in high school, learned in the home community or learned in the course of travel and/or residence abroad if they plan to continue that study of language.

To fulfill the modern langauge requirement:

  • Students who place into the first level of a language must complete level 1 and level 2 (six credit hours).
  • Students who place beyond the first level of a language must complete the level into which they place (three credit hours).
  • Students who choose a modern language not previously studied are not required to take the placement test, and must complete level 1 and level 2 (six credit hours).
  • Students may also use CLEP, IB, or AP language credit to complete their modern language requirement.

St. Edward's currently offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. Other languages may be offered.

The only exception to the above requirement is a student graduating from high school in another country in which language of instruction in the school was a language other than English.They are presumed to be proficient in another language and are exempt from the requirement. Fluency in that language precludes their taking levels 1-4 in that language.



Students have the opportunity to experience French culture and language through St. Edward's Angers program.