General Education
As part of the General Education curriculum, Meredith requires students to complete a course of study in one foreign language. At Meredith, students can fulfill the requirement through the study of Chinese, Italian, French, or Spanish.

Placement Testing
Students who have studied a foreign language in the past (e.g., high school) without earning college credit will take a placement test online to determine which class is appropriate for their level. Those who excel on the test will be invited to complete additional testing in person to verify their proficiency. Additional testing occurs over the summer and at the beginning of each semester. If you have any questions, please contact WLC’s placement coordinator, Professor Fanella Tague.

Fulfilling the Requirement
Meredith’s foreign language requirement can be fulfilled in any of the following ways: 

  • Assignment above the 205 level through placement testing 
  • Passing 205 in any of the languages offered at the college 
  • Completing the college equivalent of 205 in an approved foreign language taught at another college/university 
  • Passing one language course at the intermediate or advanced level taught during an approved semester-long study abroad program 
  • A score of 3 or better on the AP exam in Chinese Language, German Language, Italian Language, French Language, Japanese Language, Latin Language, Spanish Languages or Spanish Literature; of 5 or better on the IB higher level exam in French, German, or Spanish; or a score of 600 or better on the SAT II Latin test 
  • Students whose native language is not English (or includes a language in addition to English) are exempted from the requirement provided that their level of proficiency has been verified. 


Please contact Dr. Jonathan Wade (Department Chair) with any questions about fulfilling the foreign language requirement.

Contact Information
Jonathan Wade
Department Chair, Professor of Spanish
109 Martin Hall 
(919) 760-8738