The Bachelor of Arts (BA) designation is conferred to those undergraduate students who graduate from the University of Utah with their major and, in addition, basic Foreign Language skills or American Sign Language (ASL) skills. These students are recognized as possessing the foundation of study required for the continued study of a specific language which may include but is not limited to the study of literature in their language of choice, the origins of the language and its structural features and differentiation from other languages as well as the role of language in culture and society. The study of language significantly contributes to undergraduate education by exposing students to and involving them in another culture. This involvement gives students a comparative perspective on their own culture, language, mores, and traditions.
At the University of Utah, students must demonstrate proficiency that is equivalent to two years of foreign language study in order to meet the Foreign Language Requirement for the Bachelor of Arts degree. Upon completion of the foreign language requirement, students are assessed for their ability to comprehend and produce the foreign language in speaking and in writing and for their understanding of foreign language learning as a life-long endeavor that enhances their education in the Humanities.
How to Fulfill the BA Language Requirement
Complete the 4th semester (2020) of any world language with either a C-/ CR or better.
If within the last five years you have had a class or experience with Spanish, French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, or Arabic, you MUST take the Language Placement Test to determine which 1000-2000 class to take.
Continue and complete the 4th semester (2020) or higher of any world language with either a C-/ CR or better.
If within the last five years you have had a non-college class or experience in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, or Arabic, you MUST take the Language Placement Test to determine which class to take.
If you passed an AP exam with a score of 3, you may go directly into 2020.
If you passed an AP exam with a score of 4 or 5, you may take a 3000 level course (depending on language, this will be 3010, 3020, or 3040).
If you have taken a college-level course (including transfer credit) in this language and are unsure which course is next in the sequence, please email an Academic Advisor.
Pass 3060 with a C-/CR or better
3060 is for students who have spent 18 months or longer in another language environment.
This could mean you lived in another country, speak or spoke another language at home,
or focused on speaking another language in the US for an extended period of time.
Passing 3060 with a “B-” or better allows the student the opportunity to purchase the 16 lower division credit hours. Students are never required to purchase language credit, and it will not fulfill major or minor requirements.
Pass a language proficiency test and purchase the 16 lower division credits
Please visit Purchasing Language Credits for more details on this option.
*Students who take a test to purchase credits have one year from the test date to buy the credits.
Complete EAS 1060 with a grade of C-/CR or better
This option is only for speakers of English as a second language who take the English for Academic Success writing placement exam. Passing EAS 1060 will automatically fulfill the BA Language Requirement.
Complete WRTG 2010 with a grade of C-/CR or better.
This option is for students who graduated from high school in a non-English speaking country. All U of U students are required to take WRTG 2010 or an equivalent transfer class. To verify that you can use WRTG 2010 as your BA Language Requirement, contact an advisor by email or make an appointment on our Academic Advising page.