Exception to Foreign Language Requirement

Approved by: University Curriculum and Policies Committee

History: N/A

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Related Forms, Procedures and References:  Academic Catalog | Disability Resources Website | Petition for Foreign Language Course Variance form

For Questions Contact: Office of Academic Advising | 651.690.6803 | academicadvising@stkate.edu | O'Neill Center for Academic Development | 651.690.6563 | oneill_center@stkate.edu


A student with a documented disability that impacts the acquisition of a second language to satisfy the current language liberal arts core requirement (B.A. students in the College for Women only) may petition for a second language requirement substitution (variance).

To qualify for a second language course substitution (variance), the student must meet with an access consultant in the O’Neill Center for Academic Development. The access consultant will:

  • Review the student’s documentation of a disability
  • If appropriate, make a recommendation for a course substitution (variance)
  • Write a letter of support for a course substitution (variance)

The student must also discuss the petition for a second language course substitution (variance) with her academic advisor.

The director of academic advising will determine substitute course(s) that correspond to the learner outcomes of a second language course.