Jun 25, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Bachelor of Arts Degree Special Requirements

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Candidates for any Bachelor of Arts degree must have documented proficiency at the second term of 2000-level or higher in one foreign language.

The foreign language requirement can be met the following ways:

  • Students typically satisfy this requirement by completing six consecutive semester hours at the 2000- level or higher in one foreign language.
  • Satisfactory completion may require up to four (4) terms of sequential level courses starting with two (2) semesters of 5 credit hour freshman level foreign language courses for a total of 16 credit hours.
  • Students with foreign language competency may satisfy part of or all of this requirement by placement or credit by examination
  • Students who place out of the freshman and first term sophomore level of and (approved) foreign language may satisfy the requirements by completion of three (3) semester hours of credit at the second term sophomore level or higher.
  • Students should contact the UH Testing Center for UH approved placement/credit by exams options.

*Placement exams are required prior to enrollment in Spanish courses at UH.

*High School foreign language credit does not apply unless UH approved AP or IB credit is awarded.

*It is highly recommended that all levels of the foreign language courses are completed at one institution.

Deans may waive this requirement for students majoring in their college who can demonstrate that they meet at least one of the following requirements:

  1. students whose first language is not English who presented a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score to qualify for admission to the university, or other language exam verified by the UH Testing Center or
  2. completed at least eight years of formal education in schools where English was not the primary language of instruction.