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ERIC Number: ED569205
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
The MLA Survey of Postsecondary Entrance and Degree Requirements for Languages Other Than English, 2009-10
Lusin, Natalia
Modern Language Association
Since 1953, the MLA has conducted a survey of entrance and degree requirements for languages other than English. The surveys reveal trends over time and show how colleges and universities in the United States have added, dropped, or changed their requirements. Entrance and degree requirements are one measure of the value that an institution attaches to language study. In past surveys, the MLA asked simply: "For entrance or to receive a baccalaureate degree is there a language requirement?" To gain a better understanding of institutions' language requirements, for the two most recent surveys in the series, we have sought more information: "Is a language other than English required, not required, or recommended? Or is language study one option among several in a distribution requirement?" The nature of distribution requirements varies by institution. Some institutions have traditional categories from which to choose (humanities, math and science, social sciences); others categorize distribution requirements by themes, such as cross-cultural perspectives or science and society, and still others by areas of competency (exploration, critical thinking, problem solving). This report examines baccalaureate degree requirements, undergraduate entrance requirements, and length of degree requirements for languages other than English.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Modern Language Association of America