Some degree programs require a demonstration of proficiency in a second language. Students who wish to meet second language requirements by demonstrating proficiency should take either the CAPE test or the American Sign Language Proficiency test before enrolling in UALR language courses. These tests are also used to determine placement in the appropriate language courses.
You may test for proficiency or placement by taking the CAPE test through UALR Testing Services or the Sign Language Proficiency test through the UALR Department of CARE, unless:
• You have already completed UALR second language proficiency, or
• You have completed university-level courses for transfer credit in French, German, Spanish, or ASL (or possibly equivalent approved by the Department of CARE), or
• You have never studied French, German, Spanish, or ASL before, and are enrolling in the first semester courses in one of these languages.
Second language waivers may be granted by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs to students with verified disabilities, after examination by a special committee.
Students who wish to demonstrate proficiency in a language other than French, German, or Spanish should contact the Department of International and Second Language Studies.
Students who have acquired language skills before enrolling at UALR may request a test to find the level at which to enroll. If the final grade in that course is B or greater, the student will be awarded credit for the prerequisites (up to 12 hours).
Students whose first language is English:
If your first language is English, you may enroll in the following online courses (9 credit hours) to satisfy the second language requirement:
SPAN 1311 Elementary Spanish 1
A course for students with no knowledge of Spanish. Instruction in correct pronunciation, aural comprehension, and simple speaking ability. Three credit hours. (ACTS Course Number SPAN 1013)
SPAN 1312 Elementary Spanish 2
Prerequisite: SPAN 1311 or equivalent. Practice in correct pronunciation, aural comprehension, and simple speaking ability leading to mastery of basic grammar and limited reading ability. Three credit hours. (ACTS Course Number SPAN 1023)
SPAN 2311 Intermediate Spanish
Prerequisite: SPAN 1312 or equivalent. The intermediate course leads to a greater facility in the spoken language and to more advanced reading skills. Three credit hours. (ACTS Course Number SPAN 2013)
Students whose second language is English:
If your first language is not English, you may use the following online core courses (9 credit hours) to satisfy the second language requirement:
RHET 1311 Composition I
Prerequisite: A minimum ACT English score of 19, a minimum SAT I verbal score of 450, or RHET 0310, or RHET 0321. Practice in writing, with an emphasis on personal, expressive writing, as well as transactional writing. Students will focus on organizing and revising ideas and writing well organized, thoroughly developed papers that achieve the writer’s purpose, meet the readers’ needs, and develop the writer’s voice. Final course grades are A, B, C, or NC. Students must complete this course with a grade of C or greater to take RHET 1312. Three credit hours. (ACTS Course Number ENGL 1013)
RHET 1312 Composition II
Prerequisite: RHET 1311 with a C or greater or equivalent. Those students required by state law to enroll in READ 0310 must successfully complete that course before enrolling in RHET 1312. Practice in writing, with an emphasis on academic forms. Students will focus on analysis, argumentation, research, and documentation writing. Final course grades are A, B, C, or NC. Three credit hours. (ACTS Course Number ENGL 1023)
ENGL 2337 World Literature
Prerequisite: completion of the first year writing requirement. Study of selected texts reflecting various Western and non-Western literary heritages and traditions. Assigned works represent several national literatures, with at least one major text from each of four periods (antiquity, medieval, early modern, and the modern period) and from a minimum of three literary genres. Three credit hours.(ACTS Course Number ENGL 2113)
PHIL 2320 Ethics and Society
Prerequisite: RHET 1311. Study of selected texts reflecting a variety of ethical systems from Western and non-Western literary heritages and ethical traditions. Assigned works represent several national ethical literatures, with at least one major ethical text from each of four periods (antiquity, medieval, early modern, and contemporary). Three credit hours.(ACTS Course Number PHIL 1103)