All CAS students are required to complete a language competency requirement and two writing-intensive sections of courses. These courses must be completed with a C- or better.
Writing Intensive Sections
Students should expect that virtually all of their courses will include a writing component. In addition, the college requirement for writing intensive sections is a means of strengthening the writing of all students throughout their years at Loyola.
In order to graduate with a degree from the College of Arts and Sciences, students ordinarily must complete three writing-related requirements. These include:
- UCWR 110 (3 credit hours) (Core Curriculum requirement)
- Two writing-intensive sections (in different academic terms)
Writing-intensive sections are designated sections of courses that are taught with a special emphasis on writing. They are identified by a "W" in the section number. Students in these course sections will have a variety of writing assignments that will be integrated closely with the learning objectives of the course. Often, students will be able to complete a writing-intensive course within their chosen major(s) and minor(s). The purpose of the program is to assure that students continue to give attention to writing as an essential component of education throughout their years at Loyola. Note: UCWR 110 must be taken in the freshman year and must be completed with a grade of "C-" or better before any writing-intensive section may be taken.
In order to ensure that training in writing is spread throughout the undergraduate years, the program specifies that no more than one writing-intensive course per semester may be applied to this requirement. Students must earn a C- or better in each writing intensive course in order for the requirement to be satisfied.
Transfer students who have taken and passed (with a C- or higher) both semesters of a two-semester requirement in college composition at their previous institutions or who have taken a composition course that is equivalent to UCWR 110 are not required to take UCWR 110 at Loyola. Transfer students with 59 or fewer transfer credit hours (completed prior to matriculation) must take two writing-intensive sections during their undergraduate career at Loyola; transfer students with 60-89 transfer credit hours must take one writing-intensive section during their undergraduate career at Loyola; transfer students with 90 or more transfer credit hours are exempt from taking writing-intensive courses, although some required courses in some majors and minors may have a writing-intensive requirement built into the courses. For further information, transfer students should consult their primary academic advisor.
Competency in reading, writing, and speaking at the 102-level or higher in a language other than English is required for all CAS students. Students may complete this requirement in one of two ways:
- Earn college credit with a C- or better at the 102-level or above in a language (other than English) at Loyola (or the equivalent in transfer credit from another college, or by an appropriate score on an Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate examination) (At Loyola, students may study any language offered through the Modern Languages department or study Latin (LATN) or Ancient Greek (GREK) offered through the Classical Studies department.); or
- Demonstrate competency by passing a CAS 102-level language competency examination.
Note: Students are permitted to take only one language competency exam, and the exam may only be taken once. Multi-lingual students who wish to take a competency exam should request to take a language competency exam in the language they know best in reading, writing, and speaking.
Beginning-Level Language Competency Exams (to satisfy 102-level language requirement)
The College of Arts and Sciences currently offers the following beginning-level language competency exams (please note that this list is subject to changes/availability):
Intermediate-Level Language Competency Exams for Global and International Studies Majors/Minors (to satisfy 103- or 104-level language requirement)
Students who major in Global and International Studies are required to complete and pass a 104-level language course or test for proficiency at the 104-level or higher. Students who minor in Global and International Studies are required to complete and pass a 103-level language course or test for proficiency at the 103-level or higher. For Global and International Studies majors/minors, the intermediate-level language competency exams currently available through the CAS Dean's Office are:
Scheduling a Competency Exam through the CAS Dean's Office
The first step to scheduling a language competency exam is to send an email (from your Loyola account) to CASLanguageTesting@luc.edu. Please include your Name, Student ID number, Current CAS majors/minors, and the language in which you would like to be tested. We will reply with the instructions on how to schedule your exam, depending on the language you choose. Please keep in mind that the computer-based exams and also Latin and Ancient Greek are available to be taken at our WTC location (Lewis Towers 930) or at our LSC location (Sullivan Center 235). Language competency exams are scheduled by appointment based on the availability of the faculty member. Language competency exams that are conducted in the CAS Dean's Office may not be scheduled during the first week of each semester or during registration week in each semester. Please plan in advance if you wish to take a Language Competency Exam as results may take up to six weeks or more to return.
Note: Competency test results may take up to six weeks to return. In order for students to plan their course work accordingly, students who wish to take a language competency exam (that is offered at Loyola) are strongly encouraged to schedule the exam as soon as possible upon entry to the College of Arts and Sciences and no later than the end of their junior year.
Requesting a Competency Exam in a Language Not Offered at Loyola
Students who believe that they are competent in reading, writing, and speaking a language that is not offered at Loyola (and is not listed in the table above) may submit a request to the CAS Dean’s Office for a competency exam in that language. Requests should be filed during a student’s first semester in the College of Arts and Sciences. The student must complete the Request for Competency Exam in a Language Not Offered at Loyola and, if a language competency exam is made available, pass the exam administered in that language in order to meet the 102-level language requirement (or 103- or 104-level requirement for a specific minor/major, e.g., Global and International Studies or Latin American & Latino Studies). For the purpose of competency testing in languages not offered at Loyola, the CAS Dean’s Office will recognize only those languages which can be tested for competency in reading, writing, and speaking.
Students must submit a completed request to the CAS Dean’s Office during their first semester in CAS. Once a request is submitted, the CAS Dean’s Office will make a reasonable effort to locate an academically qualified tester at Loyola or at another college or university.
If a qualified tester is located, the student will be notified and directed to schedule an appointment for the language competency examination which, in most cases, will be conducted in the CAS Dean’s Office and/or the Language Learning Resource Center. After the competency exam has been administered, the exam will be submitted to the language tester for review, and the language tester will submit a report to the CAS Dean’s Office.
If no qualified tester can be found within one academic semester, the student’s request will be denied, and the student will be required to satisfy the CAS language requirement via language course work at the 102-level or higher (or at the 103- or 104-level for a specific minor/major, e.g., Global and International Studies or Latin American & Latino Studies).