The foreign language requirement is based on a level of proficiency, not on a specified number of courses. Many students elect to take the opportunity to begin a new language at Davidson; others will further a language they have studied previously. The languages regularly available to you at Davidson are Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. To satisfy the foreign language requirement, you may:
Classes taken through self-instructional languages programs may not be used to satisfy the requirement.
You should take a placement test given on the web if there is any likelihood, however remote, that you will continue to study a language at Davidson that you have studied before.
Special arrangements exist for students whose primary native language is not English A student who satisfactorily documents that English is not his or her first language satisfies the foreign language requirement through the requirement in composition. Complete the Foreign Language Waiver form and return it to the Registrar's Office.
Placement test scores (other than through the AP program) do not yield course credit. Note that a placement test score suggesting that the student should pursue the language at a level higher than 201 does not in itself satisfy the language requirement. The student with such a score who does not wish to take further courses in the language should consult the chair of the appropriate department about possibly placing out of the requirement. Such consultation is most appropriate after you arrive, since an interview in the language generally will be expected.