Course Selection: Liberal Arts

First-Year Writing Requirement

Language

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You should plan to register for 4.0 or 4.5 credits

  • First-Year Writing - 1.0 credit
  • Language - 1.0 credit
  • Two or three entry-level courses - 2.0-2.5 credits

First-Year Writing Requirement

Most new students will be required to take an English course in the First-Year Writing sequence.  If you’re a liberal arts student, you can fulfill one or both parts of the writing requirement if you have taken certain standardized tests.  Please review the English Department’s Requirements and Equivalencies to determine your placement.

If you place out of the writing requirement, consider taking a course that will stretch your writing abilities. For instance, a courses offered in any department with a reference to research or creative writing assignments in the description can help you build on your base of writing skills. 

Language

Language proficiency is a core component of a Tufts education and opens up various options for you to study abroad. It also expands your post-graduation opportunities. The university requires students to demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English through the third or sixth semester level.  International Relations students must complete through the eighth semester level.

Language placement exams are held each year during Orientation Week. Once you arrive on campus you will be given a schedule of these exam times.

For students who speak, read, and write a language not taught at Tufts there are several options:

  1. Those who have taken the TOEFL and sent their scores to Tufts will automatically be exempted
  2. Those who studied in a high school where that language was the language of instruction should contact their SSA for exemption: Joie Cummings, Last Names A-G; Danielle Vizena, Last Names H-O; Jared Smith, Last Names P-Z. 
  3. Those who need to be evaluated should visit the website of University of Pennsylvania Language Center to learn which languages are evaluated. All undergraduates will be sent an email prior to each semester with information on registering for a test that will be proctored at Tufts. Students should not register on their own.  If you have further questions, email languageevaluation@tufts.edu.

Proficiency in languages taught at Tufts must be evaluated by a Tufts faculty member. Consult the Language Coordinator for the relevant language in the Department of Romance Languages, International Literary and Cultural Studies or Classics.

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