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Languages & Literatures Department

Frequently Asked Questions

CREDITS

What do I need to take to fulfill my language requirement?

The answer to this question varies depending on your major and your level of understanding of the language you wish to study.

The Center for World Languages and Cultures provides information on their website that can help explain how many and which courses you will likely be required to take. Make sure to take a look at the undergraduate language requirement flowcharts on CWLC's testing page.

You can also view the common curriculum guide provided by the Office of Academic Advising. If you have additional questions, your first-year seminar (FSEM) adviser or major adviser should be able to assist you.

Can I use study abroad credits to fulfill my languages and literatures degree requirements?

That depends on the courses you took abroad. Contact your study abroad adviser for course approvals and advising.

Can I do an internship for credit?

Internship opportunities are available to students studying French, German, Russian and Spanish.

  • In French, German and Russian, internships are offered by arrangement. Students should contact a faculty member in their language program to get more information.
  • In Spanish, internships are offered through the Internship in Spanish program. For more information, visit the Internship in Spanish program's website, or contact Oscar Somoza.
I transferred from another university. Will my language credits transfer?

The Department of Languages and Literatures doesn't approve or deny requests for transfer credits. This is handled by the Office of the Registrar. View their transfer credit policy, or contact them for more information.

I received language credit through an advanced high school class (AP/IB). How will my credits transfer over?

The Transfer and International Education Course Reporting System offered through myWeb will allow you to search for AP or IB credits and check whether or not they'll be accepted by DU. For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar.


PLACEMENT

I know what language I want to study. Which level should I sign up for?

If you've studied the language before, you should take a placement test to determine the best fit for you. Placement tests are offered by the Center for World Languages and Cultures. Visit their undergraduate placement testing page for more information and instructions.

Do I need to take a placement test if I have never studied the language I wish to take?

No. Enroll in the first introductory course, 1001.


ADVISERS

Do I have to see a faculty adviser before registering for a class?

Under normal circumstances, you should be able to register for a class through PioneerWeb without contacting an adviser. If webCentral won't let you register for a class and you believe it's in error, contact the Office of the Registrar.

If you took the language placement test and your results indicated you should speak to an adviser, you can contact one of the faculty members for that language. It would be best to contact the faculty member who teaches the course you want to take.

If you're still having trouble registering, contact the Department of Languages and Literatures by email or call 303-871-2662.

How do I know who my language adviser is?

Your major adviser can be found through PioneerWeb.

  1. Click on the Student tab.
  2. In the lower left-hand corner, find the box labeled Academic Profile.
  3. Under Advisers, select the correct term and press Go.

Study abroad advisers can be found on your language program's study abroad page.

First-year advisers differ by language:

Arabic: Maha Foster
Chinese: Li Li Peters
French: James Gilroy
German: Wilfried Wilms and Gabi Kathöfer
Hebrew: Sari Havis
Italian: Angela Scordo-Polidori
Japanese: Michiko Croft
Latin: Victor Castellani
Russian: Polina Rikoun
Spanish: Susan Walter

Where can I find a professor's office hours or contact information?

Visit the faculty and staff contact page for general contact information and the current quarter's office hours. You may also contact the Department of Languages and Literatures by email or by calling 303-871-2662.


RESOURCES AND SERVICES

How can I find a private tutor?

The Center for World Languages and Cultures maintains a list of private tutors. Individuals on this list are often current students or instructors. You can get a copy of the list by sending an email to CWLC and requesting the tutor list for your language.

Do you offer translation services?

Requests for translation are handled on an individual basis. On some occasions, our professors may be interested in offering translation services. Send an email to the Department of Languages and Literatures with the details of your request, and we will forward your message to our faculty.

Another option is to send an email to the Center for World Languages and Cultures and request a copy of their tutor list for the language you need translated. It is possible that someone on that list would be interested in helping you. You may also wish to investigate professional translation and interpretation companies near where you live.

I'd like to get rid of some books that are written in a foreign language. Will you take them off my hands?

You can certainly send us an email to see if we would be interested in accepting your donation. You might also consider contacting the University of Denver Library or your local public library.


COURSES AND PROGRAMS

The language I want to take isn't offered by the Department of Languages and Literatures. Are there any other options available?

The Center for World Languages and Cultures does offer some other options for language study.

To fulfill your undergraduate language requirement, however, you must study one of the languages offered by the Department of Languages and Literatures.

Do you offer online classes or degrees?

No. We don't offer any online programs or degrees for any of our languages at this time.

Do you offer graduate degrees?

No. We don't offer graduate degrees in any of our languages at this time.

I'm not a currently enrolled DU student. Can I audit a course or take one of your language classes?

The Department of Languages and Literatures does not permit informal auditing of our classes.

Formal registration, without credit, is possible for individuals who have a bachelor's degree. For more information, contact the Office of Graduate Studies and inquire about special status enrollment. You can also reach them at 303-871-2706.


SCHEDULING

When will a particular class be taught in the future?

The Office of the Registrar provides a schedule of classes on their website. Select the desired term to see what's being offered. You can also visit the Schedule Archives to look up course projections. Please keep in mind that upcoming course schedules are subject to change.

When are final exams for a particular course?

Final exam times and locations can be found on the Office of the Registrar's schedule of classes approximately three weeks before the start of the term. If not available, contact the Office of the Registrar.

If you're registered for the course, you can also find this information on PioneerWeb:

  1. Click on the myWeb tab.
  2. Click on Student and Financial Aid.
  3. Click on Registration.
  4. Click on Student Schedule by Day & Time.
  5. Enter the dates of the quarter's final week.
How can I schedule a time to visit campus?

Undergraduate Admission organizes campus visits for prospective students. Visit their website to schedule a time to visit the University of Denver.