“Some colleges, such as the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Mount Holyoke College, require proficiency in a foreign language to earn a bachelor’s degree. You may find it advantageous to complete a foreign language requirement at GCC, so that you can concentrate on the requirements of your major when you transfer.” (GCC Catalog, p. 43)
If you are considering transfer to a four-year school, you should plan on beginning and/or completing any future language requirements here at GCC and transferring the credits to your next college.
If you plan on beginning your language study at GCC, it is especially important to complete the first year of the sequence as a unit; the two semesters of the elementary level are really two halves of a year-long sequence. Students report that they find it very hard to start up again if they stop after just one semester, and all too often have to repeat the beginning level yet again!
If you are currently enrolled in one of our language courses, do not interrupt your language learning sequence, if possible! Repeated stops and starts in language lead to unnecessary repetition of coursework; this wastes your time, money, and financial aid allotment.
Typically, students who stop taking language classes face a placement exam at the four-year school. When they take such a test after a gap in language learning, the results often don’t place them back in the language learning sequence accurately; this can cause unnecessary repetition of courses, causing frustration and boredom.