Second Language Requirement

Some degree programs require a demonstration of proficiency in a second language. Different programs have unique foreign language requirements. Check with your advisor or the Chair of the Department of World Languages at (501)569-3272 to see if your program has a language requirement.

Options for completing program language requirements include the following:

  • Completing requisite coursework at UA Little Rock in French, Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin (offered through the World Languages Department) and American Sign Language-English (offered by the School of Counseling, Human Performance and Rehabilitation (CHPR)).
  • Transferring foreign language credit from another college or university, including colleges or universities abroad.
  • Testing out with the Computer Adaptive Placement Exam (CAPE) in French or Spanish, described in the Language Placement section below.
  • Testing out with a score of 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement (AP) exam in a foreign language.
  • Testing out with the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) in French or Spanish; contact the Department of World Languages for more information.

American Sign Language (ASL)

Option for completing program language requirements include the following:

  • Successfully completing a two-part test in American Sign Language administered by CHPR’s Interpreter Education Program (IEP). The first part of the test is a written multiple-choice exam; the second part is an interview with program faculty conducted in ASL. Contact CHPR at (501)569-3253.

English as a Second Language

Options for completing program language requirements include the following:

  • If your first language is not English, you can use the following core courses (9 credits) to satisfy a second language requirement: RHET 1311 (Composition I), RHET 1312 (Composition II), and ENGL 2337 (World Literature) or ENGL 2338 (World Literature Themes) or PHIL 2320 (Ethics and Society).
  • Students who complete the 9-credit Intensive English Language Program can use these credits to satisfy a language requirement.

Second language course waivers may be granted to students with verified disabilities after examination by a special committee. Students seeking such a waiver should contact the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at (501)569-3204.

Language Placement

If you studied a second language in high school or another college or university, or you have prior knowledge of a second language, you should take a placement exam before enrolling in a language course at UA Little Rock. The test is free, and your score is available immediately. The Computer Adaptive Placement Exam (CAPE) in Spanish and French is administered by the Office of Testing Services, located in Donaldson Student Services Center, Room 315. Scores are interpreted by the chair of the Department of World Languages. The CAPE exam is available in languages other than French and Spanish; contact World Languages at (501)569-3272 for more information.

For placement in American Sign Language, contact the School of Counseling, Human Performance and Rehabilitation at (501)569-3253 for more information.