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Foreign Language Proficiency
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The School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement is effective for students entering Fall 2009 as members of Class of 2013 or later.

All SAS Honors Program students must take the appropriate foreign language placement test!

To be designated a "School of Arts and Sciences Honors Scholar" at the time of graduation, an SAS Honors Program student must complete a set of requirements, one of which is to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language.  All courses used for the SAS Honors Program Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement must be completed with a letter grade of C or better.

Foreign language proficiency will be demonstrated by completing one of the following options:

1. Standard: complete the full two-semester intermediate sequence in a foreign language at Rutgers. (The course number for the second semester of the intermediate level varies by department).  

2. Reading: complete a two-semester sequence in courses designed specifically for reading knowledge.  These courses do not require any previous background in the language.  The following courses are currently available  at Rutgers:

    French for Reading Knowledge (3, 3)
    01:420:105-106

    German for Reading Knowledge (3, 3)
    01:470:105-106

    Italian for Reading Knowledge (3, 3)
    01:560:105-106

3. Speaking: complete the two-semester sequence below:

    Basic Spoken Chinese (4, 4)
    01:165:107-108   
 
    Introduces the fundamentals of spoken Chinese, focuses on pronunciation, mastery of basic spoken vocabulary, and conversational fluency.  Does not teach written Chinese.

4. Individualized: If a student places above the second semester of the intermediate level on the foreign language placement test, and/or receives AP credit for a course above that level, the student is required to take one 3- or 4-credit course either in that language or related to that language (e.g., in history, art history, anthropology, culture, etc.).  A student interested in this option must consult with his/her SAS Honors Program dean.  A course used to satisfy this option must be approved by the SAS Honors Program.


*Phi Beta Kappa

*Please note: To be eligible for Phi Beta Kappa, a student must have demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to completion of at least the second semester of the intermediate level. Only Options 1 and 4 of the SAS Honors Program Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement meet the Phi Beta Kappa requirement. For full information about credentials for election to Phi Beta Kappa, go to http://pbk.rutgers.edu/about.shtml.

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