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University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


International Studies BA Program

Language Proficiency Requirement


All international studies majors must demonstrate a proficiency in a language other than English. This may be fulfilled by successfully completing the fourth semester of a college-level foreign language course sequence. (Students must receive a grade of C or better.) Students may also demonstrate competency in a language by successfully completing an upper division course taught in that language at the university level. Students also have the option of demonstrating the required proficiency through placement testing.

Students who enter the program having completed a high school program in a language other than English are considered proficient in that language.

Students may also use courses from Study Abroad programs as long as the courses are taught in a language other than English and they successfully complete the courses with a grade of “C” or better.

Courses taken to fulfill this requirement may be used to fulfill the regional specialization. For example a student wishing to specialize in Latin America may count Spanish 2010 and Spanish 2020 towards the five courses needed to establish a regional specialty. Although we recommend that you fulfill your language requirement with a language from the geographic region that you use to fulfill your regional specialization, it is not required to do so.

Students taking the Language and Culture thematic concentration may only count 3000 and 4000 level courses towards the concentration, therefore most introductory language courses cannot be applied to the thematic concentrations.

For more information about language courses visit the Modern Languages website.

For information on demonstrating proficiency in a language not offered by UC Denver, see this link: