The language requirement is part of Adelphi’s mission to prepare students to be informed and culturally sensitive citizens. Knowledge of more than one language and familiarity with more than one culture will become increasingly important in the world of the 21st century for professionals in every field.
All students working toward a B.A. degree (including STEP and transfer students) and all students in the Levermore Global Scholars program must meet the language requirement. Students who change from a B.S. to a B.A. program must then meet the language requirement for the B.A. degree.
By the time they graduate, students must demonstrate proficiency in their chosen language at a fourth-semester level.
All students with some knowledge of a second language are asked to take a placement exam, which will determine your language skill and place you at the correct level. Please note: The test is for placement purposes only. Placement tests are offered in the following languages:
|Spanish||Take online. Access Spanish placement test instructions.|
|French||Take online. Access French placement test instructions.|
|Italian||Take online. Access Italian placement test instructions.|
|Chinese||Take online. Access Chinese placement test instructions.|
|German||Take online. Access German placement test instructions.|
|Japanese||Take online. Access Japanese placement test instructions.|
|Greek||Take in Languages department. Contact Carmen Castellón at firstname.lastname@example.org or 516.877.4050.|
|Latin||Take in Languages department. Contact Carmen Castellón at email@example.com or 516.877.4050.|
|American Sign Language||Please contact Adelphi’s Ruth S. Ammon School of Education.|
If you feel you are already proficient in one of the above languages, or have placed above level IV in the placement test, you must take the proficiency test on campus in the department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
For other languages not taught in the department please contact the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s office.
If you began taking a language in high school which is also offered at Adelphi, your placement test will determine how many semesters of the language you will need to take to satisfy the requirement. For example, if you place into Level II, this means you need three semesters of language to complete the requirement (Levels II, III and IV). Keep in mind that high school and college language levels are very different.
If you have taken an AP language exam, please consult our Advanced Placement Credit chart for credits allowed.
If you scored above Level IV on your placement test, or if you feel you are proficient in a language, you may take a test for proficiency in the language lab, located In Science Building 216A. This test must be supervised.
It is recommended that students begin working toward their foreign language proficiency within their first 30 credits at Adelphi. Students are urged to complete the Language requirement in consecutive semesters if possible, as gaps in language instruction tend to affect student performance adversely.
General Education Office
Science Building, Room 123
p – 516.877.4127
e – augeneraleducation@