- Majors and Minors
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- LSA Degrees
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- What Will You Do with an LSA Degree?
LSA's language requirement seeks to prepare students for a world that has been profoundly transformed by the forces of globalization. Language shapes both how we understand and how we negotiate our world; learning a second language provides both a deep awareness of linguistic and cultural differences and a means to bridge them. Informed respect for other cultures, tolerance, cosmopolitanism, self-awareness, and flexibility are the hallmarks of a liberal arts education, and the study of foreign languages fosters precisely these capacities.
A student whose first language is not English and who attended a high school where English was not the language of instruction is considered to have met the requirement.
Language Requirement Policies
- Students must earn a grade of C- or better in the prerequisite language course to proceed to the subsequent course. Any exception to this rule must be granted by a designated faculty representative in the department.
- The final course in an elementary language sequence used to satisfy the Language Requirement must be elected on a graded basis.
- LSA students cannot satisfy the Language Requirement by electing out-of-residence credit after they have begun degree enrollment in LSA. Foreign language departments rarely grant exceptions to this policy, but may do so—only prior to the student's electing out-of residence language courses—due to a student's extenuating circumstances. Language departments vary widely in their flexibility for approving plans in advance; therefore, students pursuing this option must first find out if the department will consider making an exception.
- No more than 60 credits in one language (other than English) may be counted in the 120 required for a degree. However, the 60 credit limit on courses elected in one major may be exceeded when the excess credits have been used to meet the Language Requirement.
Fourth-Term Proficiency and Language Requirement Course List
Fourth-term proficiency in a language other than English is required and may be met in any of the following ways:
- Certified proficiency on a University of Michigan reading and/or listening test. Students with previous experience in the language they plan to use to meet the language requirement must take a language placement test. A student may not elect to enroll for credit in a language course below this placement level without departmental permission.
- Credit for a University of Michigan fourth-term language course listed below with a grade of C- or better.
- African Languages (AAS 226)
Akan/Twi, Bambara/Bamana, Wolof, Zulu/IsiZulu
- American Sign Language (LING 251 or RCCORE 204 or RCASL 202)
- Classical (AAPTIS 582)
- Modern Standard (one of: ARABIC 202, 205, 421, 426 [or AAPTIS 202, 205, 216, 218] or AAPTIS 204, 419, 420)
- Eastern (ARMENIAN 206 [or AAPTIS 282 or ARMENIAN 282])
- Western (ARMENIAN 202 [or AAPTIS 272 or 273, or ARMENIAN 272 or 273])
- Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian (BCS 232 or 225)
- Central Asian Languages (NESLANG 481 [or AAPTIS 250 or ASIANLAN 250])
Uzbek, Kazakh, Uyghur, Pashto, or Tajik
- Chinese (ASIANLAN 202, 203, or 204)
- Czech (CZECH 242)
- Dutch (DUTCH 232)
- Filipino (ASIANLAN 212)
- French (FRENCH 230 or 232, or RCLANG 290)
- German (GERMAN 230 or 232 or 291, or RCLANG 291)
- Classical (GREEK 301 and 302, or 405)
- Biblical (GREEK 307 and 308, or ACABS 307 and 308)
- Modern (MODGREEK 202)
- Classical (NESLANG 202 [or ACABS 202])
- Modern (HEBREW 202 or 203 [or HJCS 202 or 210])
- Hindi (ASIANLAN 216 or 217)
- Indonesian (ASIANLAN 222)
- Italian (ITALIAN 232 or 230)
- Japanese (ASIANLAN 226 or 227 or 229, or RCLANG 296)
- Korean (ASIANLAN 236 or 237 or 238)
- Latin (LATIN 232 or 233 or 295, or RCLANG 295)
- Middle Egyptian (NESLANG 531: Advanced Middle Egyptian II)
- Ojibwe (AMCULT 323)
- Persian (PERSIAN 202 [or AAPTIS 242] or AAPTIS 243)
- Polish (POLISH 222)
- Portuguese (PORTUG 232 or 230)
- Quechua (LACS 474)
- Punjabi (ASIANLAN 246)
- Russian (RUSSIAN 202 or 203 or 223 or 225 or 325, or RCLANG 293)
- Sanskrit (ASIANLAN 252)
- Spanish (SPANISH 230 or 232, or RCLANG 294)
- Swahili (AAS 216)
- Swedish (SCAND 234)
- Thai (ASIANLAN 262)
- Classical (ASIANLAN 468)
- Modern (ASIANLAN 266)
- Turkish (TURKISH 202 or 203 [or AAPTIS 252 or 255])
- Ukrainian (UKR 252 or 203)
- Urdu (ASIANLAN 272)
- Uzbek (AAPTIS 253)
- Vietnamese (ASIANLAN 276)
- Yiddish (YIDDISH 202 or JUDAIC 202 or GERMAN 228)
Students who wish to meet the requirement with proficiency in a language not listed in the table above should contact the Academic Standards Board.
- African Languages (AAS 226)
- Credit for a University of Michigan language course that presumes a fourth-term proficiency in a language (except for 305 and/or 306 in FRENCH, GERMAN, ITALIAN, LATIN, MODGREEK and SCAND; 405 and/or 406 in GERMAN and SCAND; SPANISH 278/AMCULT 224; and SPANISH 308.