Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Placement credits are a great way to free up hours in your Butler career, allowing you to combine secondary and tertiary majors and/or minors with your Modern Languages degree, or even general electives you’re eager to experience.
There are different types of placement credits.
All students are eligible for the first:
For BLPC, you can request these 200-level elective credits after completing, each with a "C-" or better, two 300-level Butler courses in the same language.
How it works:
- Begin in 203: you’ll be eligible for three 200-level elective BLPC
- Begin in 204: you’ll be eligible for six 200-level elective BLPC
- Begin in 300-level Skills: you’ll be eligible for nine 200-level elective BLPC
To request BLPC, please complete the two 300-level courses, then fill out the online form.
Now we arrive at the second type of placement credits:
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 take Butler’s placement exam (available through our online learning management system, Moodle) during your senior year of high school. This will allow you to enroll in fall courses at Butler.
AP, I.B., and CLEP scores are usually released in late summer.
- If you score a 4 or 5 on an AP exam, you automatically receive three 300-level elective credits. (If you earn this score on both the "Language and Culture" and "Literature and Culture" Spanish AP exams, you'll automatically receive six 300-level elective credits.)
Note: Latin students will earn these elective credits at the 200 level.
- If you score from 5–7 on the I.B. Level 1 SL exam, you automatically receive three 300-level elective credits.
- If you score from 5–7 on the I.B. Level 2 HL exam, you automatically receive six 300-level elective credits.
- If you score from 5–7 on the I.B. Level 1 HL Native Speaker exam, you automatically receive six 300-level elective credits.
- If you score a 50 or higher on the CLEP exam, please meet with the Modern Languages department chair to discuss your placement options.
- If you do not begin at the 300 level, you will forfeit all AP/I.B. placement credits.
- In addition to the credits received above, you may be eligible for nine 200-level elective Butler Language Placement Credits (BLPC).
- Note: Latin students can earn up to nine, 200-level credits total, including the aforementioned test credits, BLPC, and courses completed.
- To receive BLPC, you must first complete a minimum of two 300-level Butler courses in the language, each with a "C-" or better. The AP/I.B./CLEP elective credits listed above do not count towards meeting this threshold.
Incoming first-year students completing "dual enrollment" language credits—courses intended to be college level, taken during high school—should take Butler’s placement exam (available through the online Moodle system). This will allow you to enroll in fall courses at Butler. There are two important steps you must take for your language credits to transfer in.
1. Acquire Butler Equivalencies
For dual enrollment language credits to transfer into Butler, the department chair in the language's home department must assign the credits Butler equivalencies.
During the beginning of your first semester, please bring the department's administrative specialist a sample syllabus for each course you completed, along with the Undergraduate Transfer Credit Approval Form (the form is located at that link under the first "Are you a Butler student interested in taking a course somewhere else over the summer?" dropdown menu). If you're not certain of the correct form, the registrar's office can help you. On the form, please leave the Butler equivalencies spaces blank.
2. Establish Competency in the Language
Credits will not be processed until competency is established by completion of your first Butler language course, with a "C-" or better, at a level higher than the dual enrollment course(s). This helps demonstrate that the dual enrollment courses were as rigorous as Butler's.
- If you begin in and complete a 300-level Butler course, up to six hours of "200-level elective credit" and three hours of "100-level elective credit" in the language can be transferred in.
- If you begin in and complete a 204 Butler course, up to three hours of "200-level elective credit" and six hours of "100-level elective credits" in the language can be transferred in.
- If you begin in and complete a 203 Butler course, up to nine hours of "100-level elective credits" in the language can be transferred in.
- If you begin at the 100 level at Butler, up to nine hours of "100-level elective credits" in the language can be transferred in.
Any dual enrollment credits with equivalencies higher than the Butler level in which you begin—or as the same course—are automatically converted to "GEN 100-level elective credit."
If you do not wish to take the placement test or take further language courses at Butler, you may request that the registrar's office go ahead and process all your language dual enrollment credits as "GEN 100-level elective credits."
Language placement and incoming transfer credits below the 300 level are capped at nine.
You may still be eligible for Butler Language Placement Credits (see info atop this page).
Note: Placement and transfer credits below the 300 level are capped at nine. If you transfer in 100- or 200-level credits from another institution or dual enrollment credits, you may not receive as many credits as listed above.
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Each year’s entries are typically due by April. More information can be found on the MLC's webpage.
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