CoLA Requirements

  • 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Grade of “C” or higher in ENG 1110 or 1140


  • Grade of "C" or higher in two other Wright State Core courses taught by the College


  • How often should I meet with my advisor?

    At least once every semester.

  • How do I set up an initial appointment with a language advisor?

    Please email or call them directly. ML advisor information can be found under the Advising tab.

  • Who is my advisor?

    You can find your advisor through WINGS under the Academics tab or you can request your advisor’s information in 225 Millett.



Your high school language classes will save you time and money if you are wise enough to:

  • Take a language as soon as you begin your university career (If you don't, you might forget your language, lose your self-confidence, and end up wasting your time in Arabic, Chinese, French, German or Spanish 1010).

You can follow the guidelines for placement below, however, we strongly advise you to take the placement test as soon as possible.  Students in Arabic and Chinese should contact the respective language advisor.

  • If you have taken three years of French, Spanish, German, you are strongly advised to place into FR, GER, SPN 2010. Why?
    • 2010 is an intermediate review course, which begins with the present tense.
    • At WSU, if you earn a C or higher in a language course over 1010, you can apply for Prior Learning Assessment credit hours for the course(s) you skipped! (Speeds up graduation).
      • Example: you take FR 2010 in your freshman year. After earning a C or higher, you may apply for PLA credit for FR 1010 and 1020 for $150 (cheap).
      • This gives you two extra classes (and 6 credit hours) on your transcript!
      • Conclusion: the higher you place, the less time and money you waste.

Placement and Proficiency Testing

Click here for detailed information about our placement tests and proficiency exams.

If you have any questions or concerns about your placement, please call or drop by the department of Modern Languages and speak to the Administrative Support Coordinator.

Department of Modern Language professors will be happy to unofficially advise all students expressing an interest in a language major or minor (supplementing your university college advisor).

One of us will become your official college advisor after you are accepted into the College of Liberal Arts and have declared your Arabic, Chinese, French, German or Spanish major or minor.

Letter of Recommendation Protocol

Modern Languages professors receive many requests for letters of recommendation because our relatively small and highly interactive classes allow us to know our students by their first names and on a personal level.

While we are happy to help our students win scholarships, enter graduate school, begin a career, etc., common courtesy must be followed in asking a favor that requires such a significant time commitment.

We take the writing of letters of recommendation very seriously, and expect our students to do the same. Please respect the following protocol to achieve the best results.