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L/Foreign Language:

College-level coursework or approved normed test that shows student proficiency through the first intermediate level 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 listening, reading, speaking, and writing as well as familiarity with other cultures. Not all students will require the same number of courses to achieve proficiency. The various options for demonstrating proficiency are:

  1. Successful completion of four complete years of a high school level foreign language 
  2. A score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Examination in a foreign language.
  3. Placement beyond the first intermediate level on Geneseo’s language placement examination.  This exam is offered at orientation, at designated times during the semester (see the department's web site for dates), or online (this option may require a preapproved proctor and a fee may be assessed by the testing agency).
  4. Completion of college-level work in a foreign language (at Geneseo or another institution) through the first intermediate level. For students seeking certification in education, 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.