The Catholic University of America

 Foreign Language Substitution

Two semesters of foreign language at the intermediate level (103 & 104) are required for all undergraduates in Arts & Sciences, the National Catholic School of Social Service, and the Busch School of Business & Economics at The Catholic University of America. 

 

Once enrolled at the university, students with a learning disability or other disability that significantly impairs the ability to acquire a foreign language may apply to substitute the foreign language requirement. The Office of Disability Support Services determines eligibility based on an individual’s learning history and documentation of a disability that impairs foreign language acquisition The decision to grant a substitution rests with the student’s respective academic dean. If the foreign language substitution is granted, two alternative courses are substituted for the required foreign language courses. These substitution courses are released by the Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office each semester. 

 

A foreign language substitution is not an option if a foreign language is deemed essential to a program or course of study. A foreign language substitution is also not an option if it is a prerequisite for a required class. 

 

It is the student’s responsibility to apply for and follow up on his or her request for a foreign language substitution. A student’s graduation timeline will not be taken into account in the Office of Disability Support Service’s recommendation. The Office of Disability Support Services recommends that students begin the process for foreign language substitution no later than his or her sophomore year. 

 

The following factors will help to determine eligibility:

 

  • Diagnosis of a disability with supporting documentation submitted to the Office of Disability Support Services.

  • Evaluation of the ability to learn a foreign language. The Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT), Nelson-Denny Reading Test, and the WIAT Pseudoword Decoding Subtest are examples of evaluations that determine ability to learn a foreign language. 

  • Previous history of difficulty in foreign language courses and/or a waiver or substitution of the requirement to learn a foreign language from a previously attended high school or college. 

 

Application Process

 

1. Submit to the Office of Disability Support Services (DSS):

 

  • Foreign Language Substitution application. The Foreign Language Substitution Application is available by clicking here

  • Documentation of disability and any evaluations of aptitude to learn a foreign language. 

    • DSS will review documentation and notify student if further evaluations or documentation are necessary. 
  • Information of history of taking foreign language courses:

    • Unofficial high school transcript
    • High school or college foreign language waiver or substitution
    • Unofficial college transcript

 

2. Complete Academic History Meeting with the coordinator at the Office of Disability Support Services. Once all information has been submitted, please call 202-319-5211 to schedule this meeting. 

 

3. The Office of Disability Support Services will determine eligibility based on submitted documentation and write a recommendation for or against a foreign language substitution to student’s academic dean. 

 

4. Student’s academic dean will make decision and inform student of decision in writing. 

 

5. Student will complete courses

  • If the substitution is granted, the student will take 2 courses from the “Foreign Language Substitution Courses” list posted each semester by the Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office. 

  • If the substitution is rejected, the student will complete the foreign language requirement with assistance from the Office of Disability Support Services. 

 

 

Courses Acceptable as substitutes for the foreign language requirement Fall 2017

Courses Acceptable as substitutes for the foreign language requirement Spring 2017

 

 

 

These guidelines are provided so that the Office of Disability Support Services can respond appropriately to the individual needs of the student. All documentation is confidential. 

 

Please send all information and/or inquiries to:

 

The Office of Disability Support Services

The Catholic University of America

620 Michigan Ave NE

Washington, DC 20064

Fax: 202-319-5126

 

 

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.