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Advanced Placement & Retroactive Credit Policy

Students who enter DePauw with previous foreign language experience, and would like to fulfill their foreign language requirements in the same language, are assigned to the appropriate level by a placement examination administered on campus. They may not begin the language at DePauw at a lower level than the one assigned, but may move up a level if they wish. In no case may a student with more than two years of foreign language study in high school (grades 9-12) start at the beginning level in the same language. However, if they have no experience to less than two years experience, they may start at the beginning level.

CHINESE, JAPANESE

If assigned to the 200 level or higher, students will receive extra course credit on completion of that course with a grade of C or better, according to this pattern: after completion of JAPN 252 or CHIN 262 = 1 course credit extra, completion of one full credit of 300+ = 2 course credits extra.

FRENCH, SPANISH

If assigned to the 200 level or higher, students will receive extra course credit on completion of that course with a grade of C or better, according to this pattern: FRENCH 202, SPAN 232 = one course credit extra, 300 + = two course credits extra. Heritage speakers are not eligible to take the elementary or intermediate courses or the conversation/phonetics courses (FREN 305, SPAN 330) and must begin their coursework at the 300 level. If they are majors or minors, they will receive two (2) retroactive credits only upon successful completion of three (3) 300- or 400-level courses (beginning with FREN 315 or SPAN 332) with a grade of C or better. No course for the major or minor can be taken Pass/Fail.

GERMAN

If assigned to the 200 level or higher, students will receive extra course credit on completion of that course with a grade of C or better according to this pattern: GER 212 = 1 course credit extra; GER 300+ = 2 course credits extra.

RUSSIAN

If assigned to the 200 level or higher, students will receive extra course credit on completion of that course with a grade of C or better, according to this pattern: RUS 222, 224, or 263 = 1 course credit extra, RUS 324 = 2 course credits extra.

LANGUAGE STUDY ABROAD

The department encourages its majors to study in those countries which speak the target language. Two courses per semester of study abroad may count in the Department toward a major. Only one course taken off-campus may count toward the minor. The International Center may assist students in locating an appropriate off-campus study program.