Language Minors, Certificates of Proficiency and Placement Policy

Minor in French or Spanish

To qualify as a minor, a student must earn eighteen (18) credit hours in French or Spanish. Twelve of these credits must be beyond 102.

*MSU does not currently offer majors in World Languages, but it is possible to create an Area of Interest in Spanish or French as part of the Applied Liberal Studies major. For more information, please visit Applied Liberal Studies.

Certificate of Proficiency in French or Spanish

Any student who completes eighteen (18) credits of French or Spanish beyond 102 may apply to receive a Certificate of Proficiency. They will be required to pass a proficiency examination in that language.All candidates for the Certificate of Proficiency must submit an application no later than mid-term of their last semester at Morgan State University. Applications may be obtained from the office of the Chairperson of the Department or from any member of the World Language faculty.

Placement in World Languages and International Studies

A student who has successfully completed language courses in high school (beginning with the 9th grade) will normally place as follows:

A. With zero or one year of foreign language study they should enter the 101 level. 
B. With two years of foreign language study they should enter the 102 level. 
C. With three years of foreign language study they should enter the 203 level. 
D. With four or more years of foreign language study they should enter the 204 or 311 level.

Deviations from this plan must be approved by the Chairperson of the Department of World Languages and International Studies.