Foreign Language Requirement

All Honors College Students at the School of Arts & Sciences and the Rutgers School of Business must exhibit proficiency in a foreign language. Foreign language proficiency can be demonstrated by completing one of the following options.

1. Standard 

Complete the full two-semester intermediate sequence in a foreign language. If this option is done outside of Rutgers, it must be pre-approved by the Honors College. 
 

2. Reading 

Complete a two-semester sequence in courses designed specifically for reading knowledge. These courses do not require any previous background in the language. The following courses are currently available at Rutgers:

    French for Reading Knowledge (3, 3)
    01:420:105-106

    German for Reading Knowledge (3, 3)
    01:470:105-106

    Italian for Reading Knowledge (3, 3)
    01:560:105-106

    Biblical Hebrew (3, 3)
    01:563:141-142

    Hieroglyphic Egyptian (3, 3)
    01:563:421-422 OR 01:013:421-422


* for similar courses not taken at Rutgers, pre-approval from the Honors College is required.


3. Speaking

The following courses are currently available at Rutgers:

    Basic Spoken Chinese (4, 4)
    01:165:107-108    
 
Introduces the fundamentals of spoken Chinese, focuses on pronunciation, mastery of basic spoken vocabulary, and conversational fluency.  Does not teach written Chinese. 
 

* for similar courses not taken at rutgers, pre-approval from the Honors College is required.
 

4. Individualized

If a student places above the second semester of the intermediate level on the foreign language placement test, and/or receives AP credit for a course above that level, the student is required to take one 3- or 4-credit course either in that language or related to that language (e.g., in history, art history, anthropology, culture, etc.). The individualized option requires students to take at least one course at Rutgers after the beginning of the first year. Prior college credit or AP credit cannot be used.A student interested in this option must consult with the Director of Academic Advising. A course used to satisfy this option must be approved by the Honors College.

All courses used for the Honors College Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement must be completed with a letter grade of C or better.

Phi Beta Kappa: To be eligible for Phi Beta Kappa, a student must have demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to completion of at least the second semester of the intermediate level. Only Options 1 and 4 of the Honors College Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement meet the Phi Beta Kappa requirement. For more information regarding Phi Beta Kappa, please visit the website.


For general questions related to testing, please visit Testing & Placement webpage.