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Foreign Language Proficiency

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 through the intermediate level.  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. American Sign Language: complete the full intermediate course(s) in American Sign Language. The specific course(s) may vary based on the institution* the student enrolls in for the course(s).  

*192:120 Beginning American Sign Language I and 192:121 Intermediate American Sign Language II are offered at Rutgers - New Brunswick during the summer session.  

Students taking the course(s) outside of Rutgers over the summer must follow the transfer pre-approval process

5. 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 5 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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