Courses to Fulfill Language Requirement

College of Arts & Sciences | Languages, Literatures and Cultures | Requirement Courses

Students can take the following language classes the department offers to fulfill their foreign language requirement. Those who have studied a foreign language before attending USF can take our online placements, which we offer in Chinese, Filipino, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Russian and Spanish, or schedule individual interviews with faculty in other languages prior to registration to ensure they enroll in the right class. Students can only take the online placement test once for a given language. Multiple attempts for the same language are disallowed, as only the first score will be recorded. First semester classes are for true beginners only. All classes are 4 units, except those under accelerated options.

Accelerated Options 

The department offers Hebrew, Ancient Greek and Latin, which students can take to fulfill their three-semester requirement in two semesters. Each course is worth 6 credits.

Students can also take intensive language classes in Spanish, French and Japanese. Each course is worth 8 credits. Students will continue their language study in a third semester class after taking the intensive class.

Arabic (Discontinued in Fall 2023)

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American Sign Language

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Chinese (Mandarin)

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Students raised speaking Mandarin or a dialect of Chinese are eligible to take the following courses that constitute the new language track for heritage leaners.

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CHIN 211 – Chinese for Heritage Speakers II (equivalent to CHIN 201)


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 Ancient Greek (Discontinued in Fall 2023)

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Portuguese (Discontinued in Fall 2023)

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Students raised speaking Spanish are eligible to take the following course:

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