Requirements & Policies

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Requirements & Policies

Not sure about what is required, who to talk with, or what form to fill out? This is a good place to start!

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The Basics

Second Language

Word Cloud of the seven languages that PACE has involved both students and instructors in.

CLA require students pursuing a BA or BIS degree to study the equivalent of 2 years of a second language.

Studying a language increases communication skills and intercultural competency — which is how you are able to work effectively with people of different cultures. Contact with other languages and cultures lets you step outside your familiar scope of existence and view your culture's customs, traditions, and norms through the eyes of others.

CLA offers many different language options and a variety of resources to help you.

Placement Tests

Placement tests determine how your previous study fits into course sequences at the University of Minnesota. Coursework you transfer here from other institutions may have equivalency in CLA or at the U of M and fulfill degree requirements.


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