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 tests for Spanish, French, and German are on-line; see Modern Languages Placement Tests for instructions on taking the placement tests. For Russian, you must schedule an on campus interview with w faculty member from that program.
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, and it is up to you to decide whether Modern Language is one of the five that you are choosing to do. 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. Arabic offered through a Language Consortium joins this list in spring 2016. The course must be taken at Stetson or through the consortium; 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 and 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. Students have two options for satisfying this requirement:
- 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.
The requirements for students in the School of Music depend on the student's major. See the requirements for the individual majors for details: School of Music.