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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. 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 that you do so. 

There are several ways to fulfill this requirement.

  • Successful completion of the fourth semester of a college-level foreign language course (2000 level) with grade of C or better. Students also have the option of demonstrating the required proficiency through placement testing in the Modern Languages Deparment located in Plaza Building, Suite 118.
  • Successful completion of an upper division course (3000 or above) taught in a foreign language at the university level. 
  • Successful completion of courses from semester-long Study Abroad program when the courses are taught in a language other than English with a grade of “C” or better.
  • Completion of high school in a language other than English.​

Intermediate (2000) level courses taken to fulfill this requirement may also 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. 

Students taking the Language and Culture thematic concentration may only count 3000 and 4000 level courses towards the concentration.

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

Click here​ for information on demonstrating proficiency in a language not offered by CU Denver.