Modern Languages

All Majors & Minors

Common Questions

These are the most frequently asked questions we receive from new and prospective students:


  • Why do I need to take foreign language courses at Ursinus College?

Two semesters of the same foreign language is one of the graduation requirements at Ursinus College.

  • I am a freshman. How will I be placed in a language class?

In order for the Modern Language Department to adequately place you, you need to complete the Foreign Language Questionnaire and the Language Placement Test. Based on your foreign language background and the exam score, our department recommends a class and forwards that information to your advisor.

  • I took a foreign language AP class in high school. Do I get college credit for it?

You will get credit in the language after you sent your AP exam grades to the Registrar Office. Depending on the language and the official score, you may obtain 8 credits in a foreign language.

  • I took a foreign language AP class in high school. Do I still need to take 2 foreign language courses?

If you process the official score of your AP score and receive credits for it, you will not need to take extra courses in a foreign language. We encorage you, however, to continue withe the study of langauge.

  • I want to start a new language in college. Do I still need to take the Foreign Language Questionnaire and the Language Placement Test?

We do need your Foreign Language Questionnaire. If you do not have any experience with the new language, then you may register in the novice class of your new choice.

  • I want to study a language that is not offered in the Catalog. How do I do that?

Like any other department, we can only offer a limited number of languages and programs. In the past, we have been able to offer additional languages under the ML- prefix. For more information, consult the Catalog or the Modern Language Department.

  • What are the majors and minors that you offer?

We offer majors and minors in French, German, and Spanish. Japanese is only offered as a minor. There are no minor or major programs for Chinese and Arabic.

  • How difficult is to have a double major in a foreign language and another program?

Between 76% and 80% of our majors graduate with a second major*. It is indeed very common that our majors are double majors.

  • What are your most common double majors?

Biology is the most common double major for majors in French, German, and Spanish. International Relations, Business and Economics, and Psychology are also very common second majors among our graduates.*

*Data for the period 2006-2011.

  • What study abroad programs does your department have?

The Modern Language Department does not have its own study-abroad programs. Instead, we work with the Center for International Programs to find the best fit for each of our majors. Ursinus students have a great variety of academic and personal interests, and by offering thousands of possible study abroad experiences the Center for International Programs is an ideal resource for them.