Language Requirement (FRLG)
Through study of a language, you build a foundation for an international education.
You gain an understanding of how language works, both as a mode of human communication and as a way of constructing the world in different social and cultural contexts.
To fulfill the language requirement, students follow different paths.
- Complete a course equal to or higher than 201 in any Davidson College language (Ancient Greek, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Latin, Russian or Spanish).
- Use a transfer course or a qualifying score on an AP or IB exam, or on an AS or A-Level course. This may need to be supplemented by a placement test (which may include an oral interview) to place into a course above 201, thereby satisfying the language requirement.
- If multilingual, receive a waiver of the language requirement.
What Do I Need To Do?
- Start a New Language: If you are planning to start a new language (one you have never studied), select the 101 or 103 course in that language when you make your course selections. A 103 course might be right for you if you wish to accelerate your study of a new language in a class that covers two semesters' worth of material, counts for two credits, and meets every day.
- Continue Studying a Language: If you are planning to continue studying a language that you’ve already started learning, you may need to take a placement test. You may not enroll in a level below your placement.
- French, German, Latin, Spanish: Complete the online placement test (below) before Monday, June 19, 2023
- Ancient Greek, Arabic, Chinese, Russian: Email the placement contact (below) before Monday, June 19, 2023
- Use a Test Score or Transfer Course: If you hope to use a test score or transfer course to complete the requirement, you must have your score or transcript sent to the Registrar's Office and may also need to take a placement test. Students may complete the language requirement by equivalent proficiency as determined and certified by the appropriate Davidson department (see department contacts below).
- Receive a Waiver: Multilingual students should complete a Language Waiver Request form at the Registrar’s Office after you arrive on campus.
Placement Contacts & Exam Information
|French||Prof. Florin Beschea (email@example.com)||Placement Test Instructions|
|German||Prof. Burkhard Henke (firstname.lastname@example.org)||Placement Test Instructions|
|Latin||Prof. Keyne Cheshire (email@example.com)||Placement Test Instructions|
|Spanish||Prof. Brandon Cannon (firstname.lastname@example.org)||Placement Test Instructions|
|Arabic||Prof. Rebecca Joubinemail@example.com|
|Chinese||Prof. Miffy Tsaifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ancient Greek||Prof. Annie Truetzelemail@example.com|
|Russian||Prof. Amanda Ewingtonfirstname.lastname@example.org|