All IAS majors must satisfy the foreign language requirement: the successful completion of four semesters of one language appropriate to your concentration while at Washington University. For some of you, this may mean the first four semesters of a language; for others who place into advanced language classes, and with approval of IAS language faculty, this may include literature, culture, oral communications and linguistic courses in the target language, once you complete the basic language sequence. You must complete one semester of your language sequence to be eligible to declare a major in IAS.
You are encouraged to study more than one language at Washington University, but must satisfy your IAS language requirement by demonstrating competence in at least one language through the fourth semester. Available modern languages include Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swahili. Please consult Course Listings for details about the language sequences. At the 'A&S IQ tab,' click on 'Courses,' and then toggle 'Area requirement' to 'LS Language & Cultural Diversity--Language' and choose your language.
Special note for Spanish Speakers: the following Spanish courses are not part of the regular sequence that we permit to count toward the four semesters of foreign language: Intermediate Spanish Conversation and Culture (L38 223), Business Spanish (L38 351), Medical Spanish (L38 353), and Spanish for the Social Sciences (L38 355). Some of you might find these courses valuable for other reasons. If you have questions about this, please consult with your major advisor.
Advanced foreign language courses in literature and culture used to satisfy the foreign language requirement may be counted as advanced credit for IAS majors as long as they are cross-listed with--or approved for study abroad credit for--your IAS concentration AND provided the courses are not being counted toward any other degree.
Language courses taken to fulfill the IAS language requirement may count toward another major or minor unless they are being counted as advanced elective units for the IAS major requirement.
Students with prior language experience:
Native speakers of a foreign language: you must satisfy the four semester requirement in another language appropriate to your concentration.
Heritage speakers who do not have a native level of fluency: you must seek appropriate placement by the coordinator of the language program and complete the four semester requirement.
Transfer students who have taken language courses: you may receive credit for the courses as part of the four-semester IAS foreign language requirement only if a placement exam is taken upon arrival at or return to Washington University and the foreign language department determines that you may progress to the next highest level of language instruction.
Students who take a foreign language course at another institution (whether in the US or abroad): you may receive credit for the course as part of the four-semester IAS foreign language requirement only if 1) the credit is transferred back as WU credit and 2) you take a placement exam upon return to Washington University and the foreign language department determines that you may progress to the next highest level of language instruction.