The Catholic University of America

 Foreign Language and Math Substitution Information

 Foreign Language Substitution

Once enrolled at the university, students with a learning disability or other disability that impairs the ability to acquire a foreign language may apply to substitute for the language requirement. The decision to grant a substitution is based on an individual's learning history, documentation of a disability that impairs foreign language acquisition, and future educational goals. Eligibility is determined by the appropriate Dean. If the foreign language substitution is granted, two alternate courses in areas designated by the Associate Dean are substituted for the required foreign language courses. More information about the Foreign Language Substitution option is available by clicking here.

The Foreign Language Substitution Application is available by clicking here.

Courses Acceptable as substitutes for the foreign language requirement Fall 2017

Courses Acceptable as substitutes for the foreign language requirement Spring 2017

 

Math Substitution

CUA recognizes that some students, as a result of a disability that significantly impairs academic performance in the quantitative area, may be eligible for a substitution for the University math requirement.  The decision to grant a substitution is based on an individual's learning history, documentation of a disability that impairs mathematical processing, and future educational goals.  Eligibility is determined by the Dean's office of the appropriate school.  If the math substitution is granted, alternate courses in areas designated by the Dean are substituted for the required math courses.

 

A math substitution is not an option if math is deemed essential to a program or course of study.  Also, a math substitution is not an option if it is a prerequisite for a required class (if that required class determines that math is an essential element of the class).  Currently, math substitutions are not available in the Schools of Architecture and Planning, Engineering, Business and Economics and Nursing as math is deemed an essential requirement of their curriculum.  A math substitution may be possible in some programs in the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Social Service, Philosophy, and Metropolitan College.  See DSS for specific information.

 

In order to establish eligibility for a math substitution, students are required to meet with their appropriate coordinator (either the DSS Director or DSS Coordinator) for an initial consultation before students are eligible to begin the process of applying for a math substitution.  Please contact DSS to schedule a meeting.