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Language and Culture Program

Students satisfy Antioch College’s language and culture requirements by achieving the required proficiency, not simply by taking a certain number of classes. On average, however, students should expect to take the number of courses and credits listed below. In certain cases, students may need to take more or fewer credits to achieve the required proficiency. Extra credits for additional language are taken from the open credits in the elective credits pool. Similarly, credits for language courses not needed once the proficiency level is reached are added to open elective credits.

Language and Culture Credits for Degrees
Degree Type BA BA BS BS
Language Track 1 yr 3 yr 1 yr 3 yr
Language and Culture 14 36 14 36

Minimum Requirement

All students are required, at a minimum, to achieve novice-high proficiency in a second language. Antioch College currently offers study opportunities in Spanish, French, and Japanese.

In order to achieve novice-high language proficiency, most students will take approximately one year, or 14 credits, in the chosen language. During the second quarter of their first year at Antioch College, students develop an individualized language learning plan with a language faculty advisor.

Typical One-Year Language Plan
Type of Course Number Credits Total
Introductory Language 3 4 12
Online Language 1 2 2
    Total 14

Some students may meet the language requirement without taking 11 credits at Antioch College. These include:

  • Students who have already achieved novice-high proficiency in Spanish, French or Japanese. These students have the option of taking one quarter of language (three or four credits) and testing out of the requirement upon completion of that course.
  • Students who have achieved novice-high proficiency in a language other than Spanish, French, and Japanese. These students may test out of the language requirement by taking the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) in that language.
  • Students who have passed a foreign language Advanced Placement (AP) examination with a 4 or 5 in a language other than Spanish, French, and Japanese.
  • Students with documented learning challenges may be exempted from the language requirement.

Bachelor’s Degree with a Language Focus

Students have the option of pursuing more advanced language learning leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with a language focus. This program of study includes the completion of one language immersion co-op.

Students who choose this path will develop an individualized language learning plan that includes the necessary coursework to achieve intermediate-high proficiency in Spanish or French, or intermediate-mid proficiency in Japanese. This option typically means three years of language study, or 36 credits, for students who begin their language experience at Antioch College.

Note to students who arrive at Antioch with significant language study background: In order to earn a degree with language focus, students must complete at least eleven credits at Antioch College.

Typical Three-Year Language Plan
Type of Course Number Credits Total
Introductory Language 3 4 12
Intermediate and Advanced Language 5 3 15
Online Language 3 2 6
Language Capstone 1 3 3
Immersion Co-op 1
    Total 36


The language faculty at Antioch College recognize that placement is a complex matter that takes into consideration a series of skills that pertain to language proficiency. Students may have areas of strength and areas that need improvement. Therefore, language placement includes a grammar, reading comprehension, writing, and oral placement examination.

Language Learning Off Campus

Because language learning requires constant maintenance and reinforcement, the Antioch College language and culture program continues on the first three off-campus work terms, during which time the student earns two language credits each quarter. Off-campus language courses are asynchronous and delivered in a virtual classroom via the CAMS Enterprise course management system.

Students in the international co-op will complete a project in their target language as part of a three-credit language capstone course. Capstone projects may include researching particular subjects pertaining to the student’s job or academic interests and/or participating in local gatherings, events, or organizations; oral history projects; conducting interviews; written translations; or performing oral interpretation as a service for others.

Language Assessment

In the first year, assessment will include regular one-on-one and group conversations with the faculty, a written examination at the end of the second quarter of study, and he American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) at the end of the year.

For students who choose to continue their studies beyond the first year: In the second year, students will continue to have one-on-one and group conversations with the faculty, complete a written exam at the end of the third quarter, and take a departmental oral proficiency examination at the end of the year.

Oral assessments with the faculty continue in the third year, and students are required to pass a departmental written and oral examination before going on the international co-op. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) will take place upon a student’s return from the international co-op.

Language professors will work with classroom and co-op advisors to develop and coordinate assignments and to find appropriate work placements and experiences that involve language usage when possible.

Fallback Option. If any student is twice unable to pass into the expected level of demonstrated language proficiency for the chosen pathway, then the satisfactory completion of all of the required courses of the particular pathway will satisfy the language requirement.

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