L/Foreign Language:

College-level coursework or approved normed test that shows student proficiency through the first intermediate level (third college semester) of a foreign language. Courses that fulfill this requirement have the designation L/ in their titles.

General Education courses in Foreign Language help students achieve proficiency in speech and writing as well as familiarity with another culture. Not all students will require the same number of courses to achieve proficiency. The various options for demonstrating proficiency are:

  1. Four units of high school foreign language (i.e., completion of a high school language sequence through Level IV, one year beyond the Regents Examination for New York students) AND a score of 85 or above on the Regents Examination in that language.
  2. A score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Examination in a foreign language.
  3. Placement above the 201 level on Geneseo’s language placement examination (this examination may be taken at summer orientation or at the beginning of each semester).
  4. Completion of college-level work in a foreign language (at Geneseo or another institution) through the 201 (third college semester) level. For students seeking certification in education or speech and hearing handicapped, the language requirement may be met by three semesters of American Sign Language.

Click here to go to the Languages and Literature Department web page for more information on the Foreign Language requirement.

Learning Outcomes:

Students will demonstrate:

  • basic proficiency in the understanding and use of a foreign language;
  • knowledge of the distinctive features of culture(s) associated with the language they are studying.