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Language Requirement

Language Requirements Before Fall 2015

Group picture of UMass Lowell students on a gondola while explore Venice, Italy on a Study Abroad trip in the summer of 2018. Photo by Sullen Guerreiro

Students enrolled in Bachelor of Arts programs in the social sciences and humanities (with the exception of Economics) are required to demonstrate intermediate level proficiency in a foreign language. Students with documented learning disabilities may be allowed to fulfill the language requirement through an alternate set of courses. Such students should file appropriate documentation with the office of Disability Services, at which time they will receive information on their alternative requirement.

For information on test scores that may be applied to the foreign language requirement, please consult Advanced Placement Policies.

For the latest requirements, course descriptions and listings as well as degree pathways, please consult the UMass Lowell online Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

Language Requirement for Students Fall 2015 and After

UMass Lowell students looking at a church and art while explore Venice, Italy on a Study Abroad trip in the summer of 2018. Photo by Sullen Guerreiro

Starting in the fall 2015, incoming students in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (FAHSS) who declare a major with a language requirement (all BAs, except Economics, and all BLAs entering Fall 2015 and after) may choose between two tracks to fulfill it:

  • World Languages Option
  • World Ready Option

To learn more about the language requirement and these two options, as well as the latest course descriptions, listings and degree pathway information please consult the UMass Lowell online Undergraduate Academic Catalog.