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Placement

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We recognize the accomplishments and backgrounds of all students. Whether you've completed regular high school courses, "dual enrollment" courses during high school, AP/I.B./CLEP exams, college courses, or are a native speaker, we will help you find the appropriate Butler course(s) and potentially earn placement credits.

Important Note: If at any point you feel your placement is incorrect, or an exam isn't needed, please contact the coordinating faculty member in the language's home department ASAP.

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When and How to Take a Placement Exam:

If You're Beginning Studies of the Language

Please skip Butler's language placement exam. 

Enroll in 101.

If You're Continuing Studies of the Language

Please complete Butler's online language placement exam. 

First-year students have access to it through the online Moodle system.

You can access the exams in the left-hand Navigation menu by clicking "Placement Exams" under "My Courses."

Returning students can request an exam be set up.

Butler's Learning Resource Center (LRC) provides extensive placement exam information

Note #1: Exam results remain valid in my.butler for three semesters. If a result expires before you’re able to begin language studies, please either request a new exam or meet ASAP with the coordinating faculty member in the language's home department.

Note #2: You'll be eligible—depending upon which course you ultimately begin in—to apply for 200-level elective Butler Language Placement Credits (BLPC) upon completing, each with a "C-" or better, at Butler, two 300-level courses in the same language.

If at any point you feel your placement is incorrect, or an exam isn't needed, please meet ASAP with the coordinating faculty member in the language's home department.

If You're a Heritage Speaker of the Language

Please skip Butler's language placement exam.

Please meet ASAP with the coordinating faculty member in the language's home department.

Note: Being a heritage speaker often means that you were raised in a home or in a country surrounded by a language other than English, and that you do not have the typical academic preparation at your age level for that language.

If You'll Have AP/I.B./CLEP Scores

Incoming first-year students planning on taking the Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (I.B.), or CLEP (College Level Examination Program) language exam(s) should go ahead and complete Butler’s online language placement exam (you have access to it through the online Moodle system.) during senior year of high school. This will allow you to enroll in fall courses at Butler.

After AP, I.B., and CLEP scores are released in late summer, we may need to move you to a slightly higher level (if a score conflicts with Butler’s result).

  • If you score a 4 or 5 on the AP exam, you place into the 300-level Skills courses.
    Note: Latin students will place into the 200 level.
  • If you score from 5–7 on the I.B. Level 1 SL exam, you place into the 300-level Skills courses.
  • If you score from 5–7 on the I.B. Level 2 HL exam, you place into the 300-level Skills courses.
  • If you score from 5–7 on the I.B. Level 1 HL Native Speaker exam, you place into the 300-level Skills courses.
  • If you score a 50 or higher on the CLEP exam, please meet with the Modern Languages department chair to discuss your placement options.

Read how these scores and placements can earn you placement credits

Special Note: If you do not begin at the 300 level, you will forfeit all AP/I.B. placement credits.

If at any point you feel your placement is incorrect, please meet ASAP with the coordinating faculty member in the language's home department.

If You'll Have Completed 'Dual Enrollment' Courses in High School

Incoming first-year students completing "dual enrollment" courses should go ahead and complete Butler’s online language placement exam (you have access to it through the online Moodle system by clicking "Placement Exams" in the left-hand Navigation menu under "My Courses") during senior year of high school. This will allow you to enroll in fall courses at Butler.

Credits for dual enrollment language classes will not be processed until competency has been established by completion of a class at Butler with a "C-" or better

Read how you can transfer these credits into Butler.

 

If You'll Be Studying American Sign Language (ASL), Greek, or Latin

American Sign Language (ASL) placement questions should be directed to Mary Gospel in Communication Science and Disorders.

Greek placement questions should be directed to the Department Chair of Philosophy, Religion, and Classics.

Follow the instructions above for Latin.

Once classes begin, if at any point you feel your placement is incorrect, please meet ASAP with the coordinating faculty member in the language's home department.

If You'll Be Studying a Language Not Yet Listed

Please skip Butler's language placement exam.

Please meet ASAP with the Modern Languages department chair.

We encourage you to begin in the highest level courses you can. You will improve more quickly when challenged and, by potentially earning more Butler Language Placement Credits (BLPC), can free up hours in your Butler career to pursue further studies in a language, enroll in courses for your majors and minors, and add general electives in which you're interested.

If at any point you feel your placement is incorrect, please meet ASAP with the coordinating faculty member in the language's home department.

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Learn a Language With Us. Take On the World.

Study at Butler and you'll broaden your global perspectives, traveling abroad for immersive language and cultural studies, and engaging with active polylingual and multicultural communities here in Indianapolis.

Modern Languages Flickr AccountCheck out pictures documenting students' adventures in our department’s Flickr account.

Have pictures of your own?

Each year our student Modern Language Center (MLC) collects submissions for a photo contest, for which winning entries get framed and displayed in the MLC, and small gifts are awarded to the photos’ owners.

Each year’s entries are typically due by April. More information can be found on the MLC's webpage.

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Liberal Arts Core Values

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Mission StatementWe are proud to be part of Butler's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS), working every day to infuse your education with the best the Humanities have to offer.

The College's faculty have put into writing how we intend to do so.

Read our LAS Core Values in English.

Read our LAS Core Values in Chinese, French, German, or Spanish.

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Questions?

Contact our MLLC faculty members anytime.