Foreign language study provides an entrance into another culture and its way of thinking, as well as illuminating one's native language.
All student who speak English as a primary language can satisfy the Luther College language requirement in one of the following ways:
Students wishing to continue in the study of a language in which they have received previous instruction must successfully complete a course at or above the level of third-semester language instruction. Such students will satisfy the requirement with one, two, or three courses, depending on their language proficiency at entrance. A placement examination is available to help students determine the level of proficiency.
Students who have studied one language for at least one year in high school (9-12) may satisfy the requirement by successfully completing the first two courses of another modern or classical language. This options is also open for all students with no previous formal language instruction. Students selecting this option must verify that they have not previously received formal instruction in their chose language of study; a simple form for this purpose can be obtained from the registrar's office.
Students with very advanced foreign language proficiency may be exempted from this requirement through an examination approved by the classical languages department or the modern languages department. Luther College does not administer proficiency examinations in languages not offered at the college. Luther will recognize the results of proficiency examinations in languages administered by other colleges or by American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
Students whose primary language is not English are exempted from the foreign language requirement; they may not earn academic credit by completing language courses in their primary language.
Depending on your previous experiences and your language proficiency, you can satisfy the language requirement with one, two, or three courses.
Every student is required to take a placement test for all courses above 101. Placement tests for most languages are online. The admissions office will inform you about how to access the placement test.
Please talk to your instructor as soon as possible if you think that the result of the placement test does not reflect your language abilities. Your instructor will help you find the right course for you.