This program is designed to provide students with the language proficiency skills required for oral communication in German, French, and Spanish. Conversation is stressed with some emphasis on civilization in order to provide knowledge and awareness of the culture. Students in this limited sequence of language courses are encouraged to couple foreign language skills with other areas of study so as to take advantage of career opportunities in foreign languages.

The program consists of 18 credits taken in an orderly sequence, which includes elementary and intermediate language courses along with a two-credit course in practical conversation. Retroactive credit may be obtained for previous study in high school. See section under foreign language competency/retroactive credits.

Students may not receive financial aid for the foreign language certificates unless taken as part of their degree program.