Foreign Language Requirement

Foreign Language Requirement

In the General Education curriculum, all students who start John Jay as freshmen in Fall 2013 or after are required to complete two semesters (101-102 or 111-112) of one foreign language (FL), unless they have College Now or AP Credit, which may fulfill the requirement and be applied in the appropriate general education category.

John Jay values education in languages, so transfer students are strongly encouraged to take these or higher-level foreign language courses.

FL 101 courses reside in the World Cultures and Global Issues category of the Flexible Core, while the FL 102 courses reside in the Communications category of the College Option. Freshmen who are not exempt from the foreign language requirement sequence will also be required to take the sixth course of the Flexible Core in the World Cultures and Global Issues category. Please see the Foreign Language Requirement Chart for more information.

Students who are exempt from the foreign language requirement may choose any course from the World Cultures and Global Issues category and from the Communications category.

Exemptions: Students with prior knowledge of a foreign language can become exempt from the requirement by taking a placement examination and scoring high enough to place above the FL 102 (or 112) level. Those who place into the FL 102 (or 112) level will only need one semester of that language to fulfill the requirement.