Courses of Study 2020-2021 
    
    May 08, 2021  
Courses of Study 2020-2021

Language Study at Cornell


Students study languages at Cornell for many reasons. Some students study language to fulfill graduation requirements (particularly students in the College of Arts and Sciences); some study for personal interest, for professional development, or for preparation for graduate study.  From ancient languages to contemporary languages from across the globe, the range of languages available for study is broad.  Languages are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences and are open to any student.  Explore the richness of Cornell’s language offerings from the list below.

Language Offerings

Africana German
Arabic (under ASRC subject code)    Dutch  
Swahili   German  
Yoruba   Swedish  
Wolof    
Zulu   Jewish Studies
  Yiddish  
Asian Studies  
Bengali   Linguistics
Burmese   American Sign Language  
Chinese  (Mandarin) Old Irish  
Hindi   Old Norse  
Indonesian    
Japanese   Near Eastern Studies
Kannada   Modern Languages
Khmer  (Cambodian) Arabic  
Korean   Hebrew  
Nepali   Persian/Farsi  
Pali   Turkish  
Punjabi   Urdu (under NES subject code)   
Sanskrit    
Sinhala   Ancient Languages
Tagalog  (Filipino) Akkadian  
Tamil   Sumerian  
Thai    
Tibetan  (Modern and Classical) Romance Studies  
Urdu   Czech    
Vietnamese   French  
  Hungarian  
Classics Italian  
Greek: Ancient   Polish  
Latin   Portuguese  
  Romanian  
Comparative Literature Spanish  
Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian    
Finnish  
Russian    
Ukranian    

Language Placement

Entering students who have completed two or more years of high school study in a language, who have been awarded credit for language work at another college or university, or who are native speakers, bilingual, or have spoken the language at home, may enroll in a course in the same language only after being placed by examination. The placement exam may have been taken in high school (SAT II, taken after the last course, or AP, if the score was 4 or 5) or at Cornell (Language Placement [LP] test). Students should seek to satisfy the language requirement in their first years at Cornell. A student with test scores one or more years old may be required to re-take the Cornell placement test if the instructor deems it necessary. The Cornell Advanced Standing Examination (CASE) places students in the appropriate advanced level course. While you may receive credit for the CASE exam, this credit does not count as Arts and Sciences credit.


Language Placement Tests and Advanced Credit

The following language placement and advanced standing tests are scheduled at the beginning of each semester:

  • American Sign Language: departmental examination, Department of Linguistics, 203 Morrill Hall.
  • Arabic: departmental examination, Department of Near Eastern Studies, 409 White Hall.
  • Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Japanese, and Korean (some of which are available online; please refer to the Asian Studies website).
  • French, Italian, and Spanish (please see below and refer to the Romance Studies website).

The advanced standing examination in French, German, Italian, and Spanish, is called the CASE (Cornell Advanced Standing Examination). Eligibility for the CASE may be determined from the placement tables.

Native speakers of Spanish who have completed their secondary education in a Spanish-speaking country do not take the CASE. For these students, the Spanish program offers a walk-in service, the Native Language Accreditation for Spanish (NLAS), in the third week of September and the first week of February. Students interested in this service should consult the Romance Studies webpage to see who administers the NLAS exam. The NLAS examiner can officially exempt a native speaker from the language requirement. Speakers of Spanish who completed their secondary education in a non–Spanish-speaking country are required to present an LP test score or to take the CASE exam when eligible to determine appropriate placement.

  • German: please see below and refer to the German department website.
  • Greek, Ancient: departmental examination, Department of Classics, 120 Goldwin Smith Hall.
  • Hebrew: departmental examination, Department of Near Eastern Studies, 409 White Hall.
  • Latin: departmental examination, Department of Classics, 120 Goldwin Smith Hall.
  • Persian: departmental examination, Department of Near Eastern Studies, 409 White Hall.
  • Russian please refer to the Russian Language Program website.
  • Turkish: departmental examination, Department of Near Eastern Studies, 409 White Hall.

Note: Cornell does not recognize IB test scores for placement in language courses, please follow the general instructions above.

Placement Tests for French, German, Italian, and Spanish

French Placement Test

SAT II AP LP-French Language Courses
below 410   below 37 French 1210
410 - 480   37 - 44 French 1220
490 - 590   45 - 55 French 1230
600 - 680

AP French Language

(score of 4), 3 credits

56 - 64 French 2080 or French 2090
690 and above

AP French Language

(score of 5), 3 credits

or

AP French Literature

(score of 4 or 5), 3 credits

65 and above CASE exam required for placement.

 

German Placement Test

LP-German Language Courses
below 37 German 1210
37 - 44 German 1220
45 - 55 German 1230
56 - 64 German 2000
65 and above CASE required for placement.
   

AP German

CASE required for placement.

Credit based on departmental examination.

 

Italian Placement Test

SAT II AP LP-Italian Language Courses
below 370   below 37 Italian 1201 (Fall only) or Italian 1401 (Spring only)
370 - 450   37 - 48 Italian 1202
460 - 680   49-64 Italian 2201
690 and above

AP Italian Langauge

(score of 4 or 5), 3 credits

or

AP Italian Literature

(score of 4 or 5), 3 credits

65 and above CASE exam required for placement.

 

Spanish Placement Test

LP-Spanish Language Courses Upper-Level Courses
below 37 Spanish 1210  
37 - 44 Spanish 1220 or Spanish 1120  
45 - 55 Spanish 1230  
56 - 64 Spanish 2090, 2070, 2000 or equivalent  
65 and above* - CASE required for placement.
     
A score of 4 or 5 on AP Spanish Language - LPS required for placement & CASE required if eligible.
A score of 4 or 5 on AP Spanish Literature - LPS required for placement & CASE required if eligible.
     
SAT II - All students required to take the LPS.

*Students who get a 65 or higher on the LPS test at the end of SPAN 1120 or 1220 are not eligible to take the CASE exam; instead, they should enroll directly into 2070/2090/2000 (or the equivalent).