SUNY + OCC Foreign Language Requirements


SUNY Gen Ed Foreign Language Requirement

In addition to providing a practical life skill, taking a language class is one of the 10 SUNY General Education competencies; SUNY students must complete 7 of these to receive a bachelor's degree.  All students should also inquire with prospective transfer institutions as many degrees require additional semesters of language.  Students opting to fulfill their language requirement at OCC must adhere to OCC’s placement policy. At OCC, students graduating with an A.A. in Humanities or a teacher preparation degree have a language requirement (see more information below ).

SUNY states that if a student has four years of sequential Regents level foreign language in high school or 2 years of sequential study of two foreign languages in high school, this student has already fulfilled the SUNY Gen Ed foreign language requirement. For any waivers regarding students enrolled in OCC’s Humanities Program see below.

Foreign language courses offered at OCC that meet the SUNY Gen Ed requirement for foreign language are:
  • ASL 101, 102, 201, 202 
  • CHI 101, 102
  • FRE 101, 102, 201, 202
  • GER 101, 102
  • ITA 101, 102
  • SPA 101, 102, 165, 201, 202, 204, 220 


OCC Foreign Language Requirement for students matriculated in the Humanities and Social Sciences Program

Language: Six (6) credits are required as follows:

Students matriculated in the A.A. in Humanities and Social Sciences Program have a six (6) credit requirement in foreign languages. Students must reach the 102 level or higher in at least one language. Any of the following options will fulfill the foreign language requirement:

Six (6) consecutive credits of the same language as per placement policy or,
Three (3) credits of a language at the elementary II (102) level or higher and three (3) credits of another language at the elementary I (101) level or higher as per placement policy or,

Three (3) credits of a language at the intermediate II (202) level as per placement policy and three (3) credits of general electives or,

Students may apply three (3) to six (6) credits of English as a second language (ESL) towards their foreign language requirements at OCC. Transferred credits must meet the World Language Department’s approval.

The following languages are taught at Onondaga Community College: American Sign Language, Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish. To assure students’ success, language instructors will ultimately decide on proper placement.   The World Languages Department Placement Policy is available online.  For questions, contact us at 498-2305 or