Candidates must complete 120 credits in course work including satisfaction of the University General Education Requirements and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Group Requirements, as well as the departmental major requirements cited below. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the University and the College governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees.
Placement: Students continuing the study of any of the languages cited at Foreign Language and begun in high school or in another college should consult with the Department undergraduate advisor to determine the level of at which to continue coursework (phone: 313-577-3002). The main criteria for placement of these students is the Departmental placement exam. The number of years of high school language study does not effectively correspond to language course sequences at the university level. Students with sufficiently high placement exam scores will be deemed to have satisfied the Foreign Language Group Requirement. For information on the Placement Examination, contact the Department at 313-577-3002. Examinations are scheduled by appointment at the Department Office, 487 Manoogian Hall. (A fee is charged.)
Departmental Honors Program
Qualified majors may apply for participation in the Departmental Honors Program. Only a student who has demonstrated superior ability in one of the Departmental majors and who shows promise of acquiring greater breadth and depth of knowledge through tutorial study will be admitted to the program. As preparation for admission, the student is required, during the freshman and sophomore years, to acquire basic knowledge of their major language. To be recommended for an honors degree a student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.3. He/she must accumulate at least fifteen credits in honors-designated course work, including at least one 4000-level seminar offered through the Honors College (see the schedule of classes under ‘Honors Courses’ for seminar topics), and the Departmental credits associated with completion of a Senior Thesis.
‘AGRADE’ Program (Accelerated Graduate Enrollment)
The Department encourages academically-superior majors to petition for admission into the College’s ‘AGRADE’ program. Qualified seniors may apply a maximum of fifteen credits toward both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. For more details, contact the graduate director (Classics, French, German, Italian, or Spanish): 313-577-3002. Students should consult with the director in their junior year regarding this opportunity.
Students should consult the department and the Study Abroad and Global Programs Office for more details on the following programs:
Arabic Language and Culture at the American University of Cairo or Lebanese American University
Junior Year in Munich Program
Juniors, seniors, or graduate students who would like to spend a year studying at the University of Munich are encouraged to contact the Junior Year in Germany Office, 401 Manoogian Hall; 313-577-4605.
Study Abroad in Poland
A two-week study-abroad program is offered in May. Contact department for details.
Study Abroad in Russia
A four-week program offered in June. Students study and live in St. Petersburg, and make a side-trip to Moscow.
Summer Homestay and Study Tour Program in Japan
A two-week study tour trip (trip after spring semester) is offered in spring and summer. Contact department for details.