If you have previously studied French, German, Russian, or Spanish and wish to continue your studies at Stetson, you must take a placement test. The placement test is on-line and multiple-choice. New students are encouraged to take the exam immediately and are sent directions explaining how to take the test prior to arriving at Stetson. The test is also offered on Fridays during the semester. You can sign up for one of the Friday tests on the Language Laboratory office door, 127 Sampson Hall. For more information see: Modern Languages Placement Tests.
All students may take Modern Language as a part of their General Education. Whether Modern Language is specifically required or an option that can be used to fill a requirement depends on the College or School that you are enrolled in.
Modern Languages is one of six Knowledge Areas in the General Education requirements; you are required to complete one unit each from five of the six areas. Courses that meet the Modern Languages requirement enhance your knowledge of the world by developing your proficiency in another modern language and by emphasizing the role of language in culture. You can meet this requirement by completing a Stetson course numbered 102 or higher in French, German, Russian, or Spanish. The course must be taken at Stetson; transfer credit or credit earned from AP or IB exams for a language course numbered 102 or higher will not satisfy the requirement. Courses that satisfying this category have an "L" tagged to the end of the three-digit course number.
Special topics courses for languages other than French, German, Russian, or Spanish are routinely offered at Stetson. Students in the College of Arts & Sciences may take them, but they will not satisfy the Modern Language option in the General Education requirements. The special topics language courses will count as an elective unless it satisfies a requirement for your major or a minor.
If your major requires an "L" course you may use it to satisfy the Modern Languages requirement. There is the limitation that no more than three courses required for your major may be used to satisfy General Education requirements.
Modern Language is required for all students in the School of Business. The options available for satisfying the requirement depend on when you first enrolled at Stetson. If you first enrolled in the Fall of 2010 or later, then there are two options:
- Complete a 102 level course in one modern language other than English. Stetson always offers French, German, Russian, or Spanish, and often offers special topics courses in other languages. You may transfer credit from another school to satisfy this requirement.
- Demonstrate proficiency through the 102 level by exemption exam.
If you first enrolled before fall of 2010, then follow one of the links below to find the options that are available to you.
The requirements for students in the School of Music depend on the student's major.
- Organ: Complete a Modern Language through the 102 level or higher. French or German is recommended.
- Piano: Complete a Modern Language through the 102 level or higher. French or German is recommended.
- Voice: Complete 101 level courses in Italian, French, and German, plus one additional language course.
- Guitar: Complete a Modern Language through the 102 level or higher. Spanish is recommended.
- Orchestral Instrument: Complete two Modern Language courses at the 101 level or one Modern Language through the 102 level.
- Music Theory: Complete a Modern Language through the 102 level. French or German is recommended.
- Composition: Complete a Modern Language through the 102 level.
- Music Technology: Complete any "L" course, which is a Modern Language in French, German, Russian, or Spanish at the 102 level or higher.
- Music With An Outside Field: Complete a Modern Language through the 101 level.
- Music With An Outside Field - Business: Complete a Modern Language through the 101 level.
- Music With Business Leading to M.B.A.: Complete a Modern Language through the 101 level.
- Music Education: No modern language is required.
- Bachelor of Arts in Music: See the requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences above.