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Core Language Competency Requirement

Foreign Language (0-12 hours)

The Core Curriculum Language Competency requirement is met by demonstrating linguistic proficiency in either a modern or classical language. This can be achieved by one of the following means.*

Language Study

Students may take and pass an intermediate level 201 course with a C- or above in a modern or classical language at Wheaton or an upper division 300-level course with a C- or above at Wheaton to satisfy the requirement.

  • Unless beginning a new language at the 101-level, all undergraduate students who anticipate completing competency via language study MUST take a placement test and follow the recommendation of the Department of Modern & Classical Languages (MCL) in order to enroll in a modern or classical language course. This includes students with dual-enrollment language credit.
  • For modern languages (CHIN, FREN, SPAN, and GERM), placement tests are taken online. Register online.
  • For classical languages (GREK, HEBR, LATN), course placement will be determined by a written placement test offered at the beginning of each academic semester. Register online.
  • 100-level language courses serve as academic preparation for intermediate-level 201 courses and may not be taken pass/fail, nor as an audit unless the Language Competency Requirement has already been completed.
  • Placement Test results expire after one year from the test date.

Transfer Credit

Students may transfer one intermediate-level (or upper division) modern or classical language semester course (passed with a C- or above) from a four-year accredited college or university or two intermediate-level semester courses (both of which must have been completed and passed with a C- or above) from a two-year college to satisfy the requirement. Courses taken abroad may also be considered on a case-by-case basis with prior approval by the MCL Department. Online modern language courses are not accepted.

Test Score

  • Students who are attempting to fulfill the language competency requirement via an LTI OPI or OPIc test (for modern languages) or by departmental competency exam (for classical languages) must do so before the end of the first year after matriculation at Wheaton. The test may be taken only once to satisfy the requirement.
  • Four hours from an intermediate-level dual enrollment course will be accepted if validated by an ACTFL OPI or OPIc rating of “Intermediate-Mid” via LTI testing proctored by the Dept. of Modern and Classical Languages

  

 Modern Languages 

Language Test Score

Course Credit Received

Competency
Requirement Met?

AP = 3

4 hours (201)

yes

AP = 4,5

8 hours (201 + upper-division course)

yes

IB (HL) = 4,5

4 hours (201)

yes

IB (HL) = 6,7

8 hours (201 + upper-division course)

yes

SAT Subject Test = 580-639

4 hours (201)

yes

SAT Subject Test = 640 or above

8 hours (201 + upper-division course)

yes

LTI = Intermediate-Mid

4 hours (201)

yes

LTI = Intermediate-High

8 hours (201 + upper-division course)

yes

IL State Seal of Biliteracy

8 hours (201 + upper-division course)

yes

 

Latin

Language Test Score

Course Credit Received

Competency
Requirement Met?

AP = 3

4 hours (102)

no

AP = 4,5

8 hours (201 + upper-division course)

yes

IB (HL) = 4

4 hours (102)

no

IB (HL) = 5,6,7

8 hours (201 + upper-division course)

yes

SAT Subject Test = 580-639

4 hours (102)

no

SAT Subject Test = 640 or above

8 hours (201 + upper-division course)

yes

IL State Seal of Biliteracy

8 hours (201 + upper-division course)

yes


Exemptions from the Core Competency Language Requirement

  • International students (non-native speakers of English) who have fulfilled the English proficiency requirements for admission to Wheaton.
  • Students whose entire high school curriculum (all oral and written in every subject) was completed in a language other than English (transcript validation required).


 The Language Competency Requirement must be completed by the end of the junior year.

Reference the Wheaton College 2019-2020 Course Catalog for a more complete description of the Core Competency Language Requirement.

* The language competency information on this page applies to students who matriculated at Wheaton College in fall 2019.