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  Sep 25, 2017
Goucher College 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalogue

GCR Foreign Language

Foreign Language and Culture Requirement

The study of foreign language and culture provides a foundational undergraduate competency. Foreign language study will strengthen the development of cross-cultural awareness and intercultural communication, and provide opportunities for students to explore links between foreign language and other disciplines, and to prepare for and reflect on their study abroad experience.

All students except native speakers (see Exemption below) will satisfy the FLCR by taking the required credits and by earning a passing grade in the terminal course of Platform 1, 2, 3, or 4.  

Platform Placement Credits Required Courses
1 110 10 110+120+ one 2-credit language studio/culture practicum course
2 120 8 120+130 (or two 2-credit language studios/culture practicum courses in place of the 130 course)
3 130 8 130 (or two 2-credit language studios/culture practicum courses) + one 200-level course
4 Beyond 130 4 One 200-level or one 300-level course

In order to ensure timely completion of the FLCR, students need to begin to study a language during their first year. Transfer students who enter as sophomores or higher should begin to study a foreign language immediately. For all students, unless there are extenuating circumstances, the final course to satisfy the FLCR should not be attempted in the fall semester of the senior year.

A student may not fulfill the foreign language requirement by auditing a course. A student may not take any of the 100-level language courses as an independent study.

Language and culture outcomes

At the conclusion of their FLCR, all Goucher students will meet the following language and culture learning outcomes:

1. Demonstrate awareness that geographic, historical, economic, religious, and political factors have an impact on cultural perspectives, products and practices, including language use and styles of communication.

2. Demonstrate awareness that situational variables shape communicative interaction (verbal, non-verbal, and paralinguistic) and behavior in important ways. These variables include:

- context and role expectations, including power differentials

- age, gender, social class, religion, ethnicity, and place of residence

3. Demonstrate an awareness of some types of causes (linguistic and non-linguistic) for cultural misunderstanding between members of different cultures.


Students who are foreign nationals and/or native speakers and writers of a language other than English may be exempted from the foreign language requirement if they provide evidence of their proficiency. Documents serving as evidence include a high school diploma from a school where English is not the primary language, a note from a high school teacher or college faculty member from the student’s home country attesting to the student’s native-level proficiency in the language, AND a placement test score indicating that the student is beyond the level of 130 language courses at Goucher.

Students participating in summer and winter intensive foreign language programs other than those run by Goucher faculty will also need prior approval from the Director of the Center for the Study of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures or the Director of the Center for Hispanic and Latinx Studies if they are seeking Goucher credit. Foreign languages not offered at Goucher College will be accepted provided that students fulfill the same requirements as those for languages offered at Goucher.