The Foreign Language Requirement
Under our current General Education Requirements (GER), UMM students must demonstrate a proficiency level equivalent to one full year of college level course work in a language other than English.
We also invite you to think about whether college level language study is something you wish to pursue. If you have skill with language, there are plenty of good reasons to consider further study. See what the Modern Language Association has to say about Language Study in the Age of Globalization. While you’re at it, take a look at their interactive language map—it may surprise you to see how many languages are in use throughout the United States.
Most Morris students will take their placement exam online prior to their new student registration session. The online exam is for placement purposes only.
Depending on the score received on the placement exam, students have several options to consider:
- Placement at 1001, 1002, or 1003: Begin study with the recommended course above OR complete the entire first year sequence of any other language offered to satisfy FL General Education Requirement.
- Placement at 2001 or higher: Choose one of two options to satisfy FL General Education Requirement
- Students can register for and successfully complete one or more courses in language at the Intermediate or Advanced level [courses numbered 2xxx or 3xxx] to satisfy this requirement.
- If students don’t see a place for further language study in their college experience, they may be a good candidate to take the Foreign Language PROFICENCY exam in the same language in which they took the online placement exam. Students may take the same exam in a proctored setting on campus to confirm that this skill level beyond the equivalent of a second semester of language will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement if they would like to choose this option.
Contact the UMM Test Center for scheduling proficiency exams. 320-589-6060.
UMM also offers world language study in: Anishanaabe, Latin, Italian, American Sign Language. Testing in languages other than those listed here is available by contacting the Scholastic Committee.