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Language requirement for the bachelor of arts.

Please note: The following only affects students declaring Bachelor of Arts degree programs offered by the College of Arts and Sciences beginning in Fall 2010.

As of Fall Term 2010, all Bachelor of Arts degree majors have a revised language requirement. The change was made to reflect the importance that UD places on intercultural education for students in the 21st century and to prepare our graduates for global citizenship. The revised language requirement can be met in two ways:

  1. Demonstrated proficiency at the 201 (intermediate) level of language study satisfies the degree requirement, although no credit is awarded. The proficiency is determined by a two-part examination process. The first exam, Phase I, consisting of listening and reading comprehension, is on-line on the Porches portal. The second exam, Phase II, which involves speaking and writing/listening, is conducted through the Department of Languages.
  2. Demonstrated proficiency at the 141 (basic proficiency) level of language study (no credit is awarded) or by taking 141, and either a contextual course taught in English or by participating in an approved study abroad/intercultural, or service learning experience matching the language course. Proficiency at the 141 level is determined by the Phase I on-line exam on Porches.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Does the University of Dayton have a language graduation requirement?

A. Yes, for some degree programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. Starting in Fall 2010, all Bachelor of Arts degree majors will have a revised language requirement. Other majors, beyond the Bachelor of Arts degree programs, may have specific language requirements. The change was made to reflect the importance that UD places on intercultural education for students in the 21st century.

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Q. What is the B.A. language graduation requirement?

A. The Bachelor of Arts Language requirement may be satisfied one of two ways:

  1. Demonstrated proficiency at the 201 (intermediate) level of language study satisfies the degree requirement, although no credit is awarded. The proficiency is determined by a two-part examination process. The first exam, Phase I, consisting of listening and reading comprehension, is on-line on Porches. The second exam, Phase II, which involves speaking and writing/listening, is conducted through the Department of Languages.
  2. Demonstrated proficiency at the 141 (basic proficiency) level of language study by examination (no credit is awarded) or by taking 141, and any necessary prerequisites, and one of the following options (0-11 semester hours):
  • Taking an intermediate level language course
  • Participating in an approved study abroad/intercultural experience
  • Participating  in an approved service learning experience
  • Taking an approved Contextual Course which may count for other graduation requirements.

Proficiency at the 141 level is determined by the Phase I on-line exam on Porches. (Demonstrated proficiency at the 201 level is the equivalent to completion of 201, and demonstrated proficiency at the 141 level is the equivalent to completion of 141.)

Q. Is it possible to receive advanced placement for the language requirement?

A. Yes, there are a number of ways.

  • Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) credit is possible for French, German, and Spanish. The credit hours awarded are applied to the graduation requirements.
  • Advanced placement via the Language Placement Exam on Porches. This is a placement test that measures proficiency in a language.  No credit is awarded but passing the test at the intermediate level meets the graduation language requirement.

Q. How are the Porches Language Placement Exam’s results used?

A. You are placed in the right language class!  When you are in a class with others at the same level you have the best chance to improve your skills and enhance your learning experience.

Q. How do I get placed into the appropriate level class?

A. The placement is a two-part process. The first part is the Language placement test on Porches and is required of all Bachelor of Arts majors. This first part consists of reading and listening, then answering a series of multiple choice questions. The first part will determine placement in the basic proficiency levels. If your score is high enough, you will be contacted by the Department of Languages to complete the second part which will determine your placement at the intermediate level and beyond. The second placement test consists of reading/writing and speaking in the language being tested.