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General Education Foreign Language Requirement

Students are required to complete two semesters for a total of 8 units of the same foreign language. Students who have studied language prior to entering Azusa Pacific University may opt to take the CLEP exam or use the Foreign Language Achievement Testing Service (FLATS). If the CLEP is chosen, an appropriate score will waive the foreign language requirement as well as grant units towards college graduation. If FLATS is chosen, students may waive the foreign language requirement if they pass, but will not receive course credit.

Choosing a Language to Study

Academic advising may help a student to select the language study most suited to his/her major. For example; music majors (especially those emphasizing vocal performance) may benefit most by studying French or Italian, history and religion majors may choose German, and nursing and social work majors might select Spanish. Art majors who hope to study in Italy or France would find Italian or French study advantageous; and business majors who plan to interact internationally may opt for Russian, German, Japanese, or Chinese. A student’s major advisor, and the Department of Modern Languages’ faculty, should be consulted for further specifics.

Units Required and Exam Waivers

To fulfill the foreign language requirement for General Education, two semesters for a total of 8 units of the same foreign language are required. Students who have studied a language prior to entering Azusa Pacific University may opt to take the FLATS or a CLEP exam. Depending on the score of the FLATS, students may have their proficiency validated and waive the requirement. If the CLEP test is chosen, an appropriate score will also grant units toward college graduation.

Available Courses

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To learn more, read about APU's General Education program.

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.