Foreign Language Courses

In addition to German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Arabic (see course descriptions under these subjects), courses are currently offered in the following languages: Chinese (CHIN), Dutch (DTCH), French (FREN), Latin (LATN), Modern Greek (MGRK), Portuguese (PORT), Russian (RUSS), and Turkish (TURK).

Courses in foreign languages may be applied as appropriate toward

  • the general education requirement in the arts and humanities
  • electives

Additionally, courses in German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Arabic may be applied as appropriate toward

  • an AA in General Studies with foreign language area studies curriculum
  • a certificate in foreign language area studies

Courses in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean may be applied as appropriate toward

  • a major or minor in East Asian studies

If you have received high school credit for one year of a foreign language, you may take any course in the same language and receive full University of Maryland Global Campus credit. If you have received high school credit for two or more years of the same language, you can receive UMGC credit for the first course in that same language only if at least four years have elapsed between the last high school language course and the date of enrollment in the first UMGC language course.

You may not establish credit in the 100- and 200-level courses of your primary language. The university reserves the right to determine your primary language. Usually, it is the language you first learned to read and write as a child through regular schooling. It is not necessarily, therefore, the language of the parents or of the country in which you were born.

Foreign language courses build on specific knowledge gained in previous courses, and thus, after successfully completing a language course, you may not take a less advanced course for credit (e.g., may not take SPAN 111 after SPAN 112, or KORN 114 after KORN 115.) Also, you may not take two different courses in the same foreign language (e.g., SPAN 112 and 114) at the same time.