FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED BEFORE FALL 2018

Students who entered Morehouse College prior to Fall 2018 can satisfy the foreign language requirement by taking two courses at the 201 -202 intermediate level (6 credit hours).  Courses taken at the 101-102 elementary level may be taken for elective credit only.

FOR INCOMING STUDENTS STARTING FALL 2018

Students who will enter Morehouse College in Fall 2018 can satisfy the foreign language requirement by taking the sequence 101, 102 and 201 (9 credit hours). All students must take the placement exam to ensure proper placement. 

At the beginning of the semester, the instructor will verify all student levels of competency and/or the instructor might ask the student to take the placement test again. Upon evaluation, the student will be reassigned accordingly.

The Department of Modern Foreign Languages reserves the right to require students to retake the placement examination to ensure proper placement and reassign the student. The initial course that new incoming students are assigned will determine how many courses are needed to fulfill their language requirement. Students cannot skip the sequence.

PLACEMENT EXAM

Before arrival on campus, all incoming students (including beginners, transfer students and native speakers) who want to take French, German or Spanish to complete the Morehouse general education requirement in language must complete the WebCAPE online placement exam. Students should take the exam as soon as possible to expedite the completion of their schedule. (For students interested in Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese and Latin, see instructions below.)

The exam should be taken in a quiet place with no external aids (i.e., electronic devices, books, notes, other students, etc.). Students are expected to adhere to basic standards of honesty and academic integrity when taking the exam. At the beginning of the semester, your instructor will verify your level of competency and you might be asked to take the exam again and the student will be reassigned accordingly.

The Department of Modern Foreign Languages reserves the right to require students to retake the placement examination to ensure proper placement.

You CANNOT use this exam to place out of the Morehouse language requirement. Only verified AP, International Baccalaureate, OPI and CLEP scores, or transferable credit, will be reviewed for credit. Even if credit is granted, the Department of Modern Foreign Languages strongly encourages students to continue taking upper-level language courses to maintain and improve their fluency.

A word of advice: Considering the essential role of a second language for graduate schools and careers, the Department of Modern Foreign Languages strongly encourages students who already speak a second language well to continue taking upper-level language courses to maintain and improve their fluency.

Instructions:

  1. Visit WebCape Placement Exam 
  2. Password will be provided by the proctor
  3. Click on Login
  4. Fill out the questionnaire as completely as possible
  5. Complete the exam
  6. Click Finished
  7. Email your advisor.
  8. To re-access exam results, log back on, fill in the top part of the survey as you did when you took the exam, and click the resume button. (This process also works if the exam is interrupted—as long as you have answered at least one question.)

CHINESE AND PORTUGUESE

If you are interested in taking Chinese or Portuguese, contact Dr. Ruihua Shen (Chinese Studies) or Dr. Denise Callejas (Portuguese). They will evaluate your language level and determine what course level you will need to register into.

JAPANESE AND LATIN

For other foreign languages offered at the Atlanta University Center (Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College) such as Japanese and Latin, you will contact the department that teaches the language you would like to take. The language instructor will determine your appropriate course level. Once your level has been determined, you need to contact Dr. Michael Dillon, Chair of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages, and copy to academicresourcectr@morehouse.edu.

OFF-CAMPUS APPROVAL FORM

For off-campus approval, complete the designated form (read the guidelines) and send as a pdf file using your Morehouse email account only. CC to your major department Chair, MFL Chair and advisor. Evaluation of the request will take in approximately 3-4 days.