Foreign Languages Courses

In addition to German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Arabic (see course descriptions under these subjects), courses are currently offered in the following languages: Chinese (CHIN), Dutch (DTCH), French (FREN), Latin (LATN), Modern Greek (MGRK), Portuguese (PORT), Russian (RUSS), and Turkish (TURK).

Courses in foreign languages may be applied as appropriate toward

  • the general education requirement in the arts and humanities
  • electives

Additionally, courses in German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Arabic may be applied as appropriate toward

  • an AA in General Studies with foreign language area studies curriculum
  • a certificate in foreign language area studies

If you have prior experience in a foreign language—through study or living abroad, informal learning from friends or family, or high school or other coursework that did not transfer to UMUC, you should take a placement exam before enrolling. You should also take the placement exam if you have oral proficiency in a language and wish instruction in writing that same language.

Please e-mail if you have questions about placement into language courses or if you have prior experience learning a language. Placement testing is available for all languages offered at UMUC. If you have no prior experience with a language, please enroll in the introductory course.

You may not establish credit in the 100- and 200-level courses of your primary language. The university reserves the right to determine your primary language. Usually, it is the language you first learned to read and write as a child through regular schooling. It is not necessarily, therefore, the language of the parents or of the country in which you were born.

Foreign language courses build on specific knowledge gained in previous courses, and thus, after successfully completing a language course, you may not take a less advanced course for credit (e.g., may not take SPAN 111 after SPAN 112, or KORN 114 after KORN 115.) Also, you may not take two different courses in the same foreign language (e.g., SPAN 112 and 114) at the same time.