Communicate in a Human Language Other Than English (LANG)

We wish to inspire engaged global citizenship within each of our students. Speaking and writing proficiently in English alone still leaves us with a limited understanding of the people and cultures of the rest of the world. Therefore, we expect our students to become proficient in basic writing, reading, listening, and speaking in at least one non-English language, and also that students be knowledgeable about the people and culture associated with that language. The Stony Brook Curriculum requires the equivalent of two semesters of college-level language courses to acquire and practice these skills. Students must complete this requirement by completing the equivalent of language courses numbered 111 and 112 or 101.  We believe this proficiency is foundational, but recognize that students don’t necessarily have to complete this requirement in their freshman year. Note: students in CEAS majors are exempt from this requirement.

Learning Outcomes for a “Communicate in a Human Language Other Than English”

1. Write, read, listen and speak with basic proficiency in at least one non-English language.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the people and culture associated with that language.
3. Present coherent information and ideas in that language to listeners or readers about the people and culture of that language.

Standards for a “Communicate in a Human Language Other Than English”

1. Certified language courses shall deliver instruction in basic writing, reading, listening and speaking and assess student performance in those areas.
2. A certified course shall require students to employ basic skills in gathering and presenting information in that language about the people and perspectives of that culture.
3. Assessment of student achievement will place no less than 30% of the credit on the quality of reading and writing.
4. Assessment of student achievement will place no less than 50% of the credit on the quality of the student’s listening and speaking ability.
5. Computer languages do not satisfy this requirement.

Because of the increasing globalization of culture, society, and the economy, students should have proficiency in a foreign language. Students may demonstrate achievement of foreign language proficiency before entering Stony Brook in any of the following ways:

  • A third-year high school Regents examination score of 85 or higher prior to Fall 2011;
  • A Stony Brook Foreign Language Placement exam score allowing enrollment in an intermediate-level language course (numbered 200 or above);
  • A score of 530 or higher on the SAT II in a foreign language; 
  • A score of 3 or higher on a foreign language or literature AP exam;
  • If students have at least two years of formal language study at a secondary school or university where the primary language of instruction is other than English, then transcripts from the institution may be submitted to demonstrate foreign language proficiency.

All entering students who have not demonstrated basic foreign language proficiency are urged to complete this requirement early in their academic careers. Students achieve foreign language proficiency at Stony Brook in one of the following ways:

  • Enrolling in and passing with a letter grade of C or higher the second semester of an elementary foreign language course numbered 101 or 112, or enrolling in and passing a foreign language course at the intermediate level or higher; 
  • Obtaining equivalent transfer credit for the second-semester introductory or higher level foreign language course, passed with a grade of C or higher; 
  • Passing a Stony Brook Challenge examination for a foreign language course numbered 101 or 112 or higher. 

For a list of Stony Brook courses that satisfy these learning objectives and standards, complete a course search at this link.