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Foreign Language Requirement

Day students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete successfully six semester hours of a single foreign language. AHE (Nationwide and Online) students may meet this requirement by successfully completing six semester hours of a single foreign language or six semester hours of Culture and Society coursework. A student may also satisfy this requirement as follows:

  • By receiving a letter grade of C or higher in eight semesters of a high school foreign language (four semesters with a grade of C or higher will fulfill the first course in the language sequence.); or
  • SAT II: Subject Test Foreign Language:
    • Test date before May 1995: a score of at least 550.
    • Test date May 1995 or later: a score of at least 590; or
  • Advanced Placement Exam in a foreign language: three hours of foreign language 101 credit with a score of 3; six hours of foreign language 101 and 102 credit with a score of 4 or higher.; or
  • ACLEP score equal to or greater than the credit-granting language level I score as recommended by the American Council on Education; or
  • Graduation from a high school where the native language is not English and a score of 230 or above on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and a 4.5 on the TOEFL essay; or
  • By completing six semester hours of American Sign Language at an accredited institution of higher education from which Columbia College accepts credit; or
  • By completing the equivalent language courses via the Defense Language Institute per the American Council on Education recommendations; or
  • By completing the equivalent language courses at an institution of higher education from which Columbia College accepts credit; or
  • By completing the equivalent language courses nontraditionally via a program from which Columbia College accepts credit.