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Modern Languages

Retroactive Credit

Degree seeking students who have taken a second language in high school or who have acquired a knowledge of a second language elsewhere may earn up to 14 additional credits for their previous language study by completing a foreign language course beyond the 101 level. With a grade of “B” or better, credit will be given in that language for all of the courses in that language preceding the one in which the student has enrolled, to a maximum of 14 credits; with a grade of “BC” or “C,” half credit will be given for the courses preceding the one in which the student has enrolled, to a maximum of seven credits.

For example, with four years of high school French, students who complete FRENCH 225 Conversation and Composition, with a grade of “B” will receive 14 retroactive credits for FRENCH 101, 102, 201, and 202 in addition to the three credits for FRENCH 225; students who complete the course with a “C” will receive seven retroactive credits for FRENCH 101, 102, 201, and 202 in addition to the three credits for FRENCH 225.

Requests for retroactive credit in a student's native language are not generally accepted.

To determine eligibility for retroactive credit students must consult with the appropriate language program chair or course instructor who will advise them regarding which foreign language course they should take. If a student meets the criteria above, the course instructor must complete the Retroactive Credit Form and submit it to the Registrar's Office. The appropriate courses and corresponding credits will then be recorded on the student's transcript.

If you are repeating the course, contact the Modern Languages chair for further information on retroactive credits.