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Meeting the Language/Global Requirement

In view of the global thrust of the University Honors Program in litteris fideque, participants will complete the Language/Global Requirement prior to graduation from Concordia.

The requirement may be met in one of four ways:

1. Prior to enrollment in the University Honors Program students may demonstrate that they have met the requirement through one of three types of testing:

  • A minimum score of 4 or 5 on a foreign language AP test
  • A minimum score of 650 on a foreign language achievement test (SAT II)
  • Students for whom English is their second language are deemed to have met the competency if they score 250 or higher on the computer-based TOEFL.

2. Students may meet the requirement by taking classes in an ancient or modern foreign language while at Concordia. Students using this option must complete second-year (200-level) university language work with a grade of 3.0 or above.

3. Students may meet the requirement by participating in a university-level semester-abroad program in a non-English speaking country. Programs must be approved by the University Honors Program prior to participation.

4. Students may meet the requirement by doing the following:

  • Demonstrate competency equivalent by completing the 100-level of a foreign language via
    • College credit
    • CLEP exam
    • Passing the CSP Spanish placement exam at 102-level
  • Fill out the paperwork to have a cross-cultural trip of at least two weeks in a non-English speaking country approved by the University Honors Program prior to participation
  • Complete the required essay and any necessary revisions by the dates mutually agreed upon by the student and by the University Honors Program

Although some foreign language study is desirable prior to beginning the University Honors Program, ability in a foreign language is NOT a prerequisite for admission.


Members of the Epsilon class at 2012 Honors Banquet:
Jonathan Erber (who grew up in Nigeria), Lauren Erath, and Amy Abrigo


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