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Modern Languages Undergraduate FAQs

Q: What is the DML?

A: The Department of Modern Languages in the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University.

Q: What programs are offered in Modern Languages?

A: We offer: M.A. in Spanish; B.A.s in French and Spanish; Minors in: French, German, and Spanish and Certificates in: Italian Studies and German Studies.

Q: How do I know where to start in my language?

A: We recommend you take the language placement test unless you have had no or limited previous high school experience.

Q: Do I have to take a placement test?

A: No, you do not have to take the test. If you choose not to take the test, you must start at the 1110 level. A placement test is available in French, German and Spanish for students with extensive experience with the language who would like to start their language classes higher than the 1110 level.

Q: Where do I go to take the placement test?

A: For instructions and assistance with taking the placement test, contact the Office of Undergraduate Student Affairs at cas.undergrad@ohio.edu. Please write "Language Placement Test" in your subject line.

Q: What if I feel I was placed too low?

A: If you start attending classes and you feel you were placed too low, be sure to talk to the instructor. The instructor will let you know where to go from this point.

Q: What if I feel I was placed too high?

A: If you start attending classes and you feel you were placed too high, be sure to talk to the instructor. The instructor will let you know where to go from this point.

Q: Can I start lower or higher than my placement results?

A: Generally, no. The major exception is that anyone can take 1110-level, regardless of placement. If you feel you are truly misplaced, consult with your instructor.

Q: Is there a test I can take to place out of my language requirement?

A: You must take the PROCTORED version of the placement test to attempt to place out. You may take the placement test only once, so if you take the unproctored version, you will never be able to place out of the requirement, regardless of your score. For further details, contact the Office of Undergraduate Student Affairs at cas.undergrad@ohio.edu. Please write "Language Placement Test" in your subject line.

Q: How do I get a green slip/permission slip into a class?
A: If there is a reason preventing you from registering a class, you should contact the instructor and discuss a permission. If there is no instructor of record listed in course offerings, please contact the department chair.

Q: What if I want to take a class that is full and other sections are open?

A: We will generally not grant special permissions into sections that are full. You may register only in sections that show open.

Q: Does Modern Languages offer any study abroad programs?

A: Yes, we offer programs in Austria, Spain, and Italy. See study abroad details.

Q: How do I study abroad?

A: Talk to your adviser first. You will also need to contact the Office of Global Opportunities. They also offer additional programs in various countries where the languages we teach are spoken.

Q: How do I make an appointment with the Department Chair?

A: You may also e-mail coski@ohio.edu.

Q: How do I schedule for class?

A: Go to the Registrar's website for information. 

Q: What do I do if the system will not let me schedule for class?

A: You will need to seek assistance in the Office of the Registrar located in Chubb Hall. You can also give them a call at 740-593-4191 or email at registrar@ohio.edu.

Q: Where do I go to see how my credits transfer?

A: You can contact the Undergraduate Advising & Student Affairs in the College of Arts & Sciences. They will then be able to assist you with how your languages credits will transfer. Or, call Randy Price directly at: 740-593-2844 or email at: pricer1@ohio.edu

If you feel that your question has not been answered, please feel free to contact Modern Languages Department Chair Dr. Chris Coski (coski@ohio.edu).