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Minors in French, German & Spanish

The MLC Department offers minors in French, German & Spanish that combine language study with courses in literature, film and culture.

Students must complete 20 credits for the Asian Studies, French, German, or Spanish minor, of which at least 9 must be upper-division, and take Avant's STAMP (STAndards-based Measurement of Proficiency) exit exam. At least 9 of the 20 credits must be U of I courses taken in residence. Credits earned through study abroad may be applied toward completion of the minor requirements.

Vertical credits may be acquired per Regulation I for the 101, 102, 201, and 202 courses as part of the 20 credits, but vertical credits may not be acquired per Regulation I for 300/400-level courses. It is not possible to challenge any upper-division courses for the minor.

Transfer credits may be applied toward a minor with the approval of the department offering the minor; however, the last nine credits applied to completion of the minor must be earned in:

  1. U of I courses,
  2. through U of I study abroad, or
  3. through student exchange programs, and may not include credits earned through correspondence study.

A student must receive a C or better in any course to count for the Asian Studies, French, German, or Spanish minor.

French Minor Requirements

  • FREN 101 and 102 : Elementary French I-II (8 credits)
  • FREN 201 and 202 Intermediate French I-II and lab (8 credits)
  • Nine credits of upper-division French courses, not including lab-based, FLEN or lit/film in translation courses (9 credits)
  • STAMP (Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency) exit exam

German Minor Requirements

  • GERM 101 and 102: Elementary German I-II  (8 credits)
  • GERM 201 and 202 Intermediate German I-II 8 (8 credits)
  • Nine credits of upper-division German courses, not including lab-based, FLEN or lit/film in translation courses (9 credits)
  • STAMP (Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency) exit exam

Spanish Minor Requirements

  • SPAN 101 and 102: Elementary Spanish I-II  (8 credits)
  • SPAN 201 and 202 Intermediate Spanish I-II  (8 credits)
  • Nine credits of upper-division Spanish courses including SPAN 301 and SPAN 302, but not including lab-based, FLEN or lit/film in translation courses (9 credits)
  • STAMP (Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency) exit exam 

STAMP (STAndards-based Measurement of Proficiency) 4S

Are you majoring in French, MLBO, or Spanish? Are you minoring in French, German, or Spanish? Then you are required to take STAMP 4S to complete your major and/or minor requirements. STAMP 4S is a web-based, computer-adaptive evaluation of language proficiency in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Your STAMP 4S results will allow you to inform future employers, graduate programs, scholarship providers, and internship programs exactly how well you are able to communicate in your chosen language.

STAMP is computer-delivered and is administered on the Moscow campus at the U of I Testing Center (Mary E. Forney Hall, Room 301; https://www.uidaho.edu/current-students/ctc/testing for a $65.00 fee. While there is no time limit, most students complete STAMP 4S in two and a half hours. You can take STAMP 4S by appointment between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Click on the following link to schedule STAMP 4S: https://www.uidaho.edu/current-students/ctc/testing.

Additional information and practice tests are available online:

STAMP 4S Test Taker Guide

STAMP 4S Benchmark and Rubric Guide

STAMP 4S Sample Tests

Results are available within three to five business days. You can request a print copy of your STAMP Report from Testing Services. For information regarding this requirement, contact the Modern Languages and Cultures department at 208-885-6179 or email (MLC@uidaho.edu).

Placement Exam Information

Are you enrolling in your first college-level modern language course? Enrollment in Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish at the 102 level or higher at the University of Idaho requires completion of the AVANT Placement Exam or the AVANT Spanish Language Heritage Test. These are computer-delivered placement exams and are administered on the Moscow campus by Testing Services (Mary E. Forney Hall, Room 301) for a $25 fee. While there is no time limit, most students complete the exam in less than an hour. You can take the AVANT Placement Exam by appointment between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Schedule your placement exam online at: https://www.uidaho.edu/current-students/ctc/testing. Additional information and practice tests are available online for the AVANT Placement Exam. Please plan to take the exam at the very latest by 5 p.m. on the Friday before classes begin. Results are available within three to five business days on VandalWeb – View My Test Scores. If you do not fulfill this course prerequisite, you will be automatically dropped from your modern language class on the third day of classes. For information regarding this requirement, contact the Modern Languages and Cultures department at 208-885-6179 or email MLC@uidaho.edu.

Students enrolled in online courses at the 102 level or higher are also required to take the AVANT Placement Exam. If you are on the Moscow campus, please take the AVANT Placement Exam at Test Services. If you are not on the Moscow campus, you will take the AVANT Placement Exam at an officially sanctioned testing center for a $25 fee plus an additional proctoring fee determined by each individual testing center. Please contact Testing Services 208-885-5138.

Modern Languages and Cultures

Physical Address:
332 Administration Building

Mailing Address:
Modern Languages & Cultures Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3174
Moscow, ID 83844-3174

Phone: 208-885-6179

Fax: 208-885-5221

Email: MLC@uidaho.edu

Web: Modern Language and Cultures Department

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