We regularly offer courses in four Slavic and Eurasian languages: Polish, Romanian, and Russian. Only Polish and Russian satisfy Duke's foreign language requirement for graduation. Courses taken abroad must be taken in a Duke-administered or Duke-approved program can also count towards this requirement.
In addition, we partner with the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Germanic & Slavic Languages & Literatures to offer Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, and Hungarian. These courses can be important enhancements to many fields of study, but are not offered on a regular enough basis to allow students to satisfy the foreign language requirement for graduation. Students can take courses at UNC-Chapel Hill through interinstitutional course registration.
Foreign Language Requirement (FL)
The foreign language requirement may be met in different ways, depending upon the level at which students begin the study of the language in question, but every graduate of Trinity College is expected to attain proficiency at least equivalent to that of the first intermediate course in that language.
If you begin your language study at Duke at the intermediate level or above, you can fulfill the language requirement by completing a 100-level course coded FL.
- If you place into the first semester of the intermediate level, you will take three courses in the same language;
- If you place into the second semester of the intermediate level, you will take two courses in the same language;
- If you place into the 100-level, you will take one course.
- If you begin your language study at Duke at the elementary level, you can fulfill the foreign language requirement in that language by completing three (3) courses coded FL.
Note: Courses completed in order to fulfill the foreign language requirement must all be taken in the same language.
Language Course Placement
In order to determine student placement, Slavic and Eurasian Studies offers oral and written proficiency testing In Russian and Polish languages at the beginning of fall semester. In addition, the Department offers oral and written proficiency testing in Russian at the beginning and end of each semester.