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Department of Modern Languages (DML) Frequently Asked Questions
Hours: M-F 8a-12p, 1-5p  |  Gordy Hall 283 

 Q: What is the DML?
A: The Department of Modern Languages in the College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio University.

Q: What are Modern Languages?
A: The Department of Modern Languages houses 6 languages: French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

 Q: What programs are offered in Modern Languages?
A: We have two masters programs: MA in French, MA in Spanish; and undergraduate majors in French, German, Russian and Spanish. In addition we have minors in: French, German, Russian and Spanish. We also have an Italian Studies Certificate program, a Russian Certificate program, and a German Studies Certificate is coming.

Q: How do I know where to start in my language?
A: You will need to take the language placement test unless you have had NO previous high school experience.

Q: Do I have to take a placement test?
A: Yes, the placement test is mandatory to start in the proper level, unless you have had no previous high school language. If this is the case, no, you do not have to take the placement test.

Q: Where do I go to take the placement test?
A: Lab 115 in Gordy on the first floor. Operating hours are generally M-Th- 8am-8pm; F – 8am – 5pm; Sat – closed; Sun 2pm-8pm. Come to Gordy 283 first to get the paperwork.

Q: Do I have to schedule an appointment in order to take the language placement test?
A: No, you do not.  The lab (Gordy 115) is open 8am to 8pm Mon.- Thurs.  8am-5pm on Friday and 2pm to 8pm on Sunday. They are closed on Saturdays. Gordy 283 is open 8am-12pm; 1pm-5pm. 

Q: What do I need to bring to take the placement test?
A: You will only need your OU ID.

Q: Where do I go to get my results?
A: You will go to Gordy 283 on the second floor with the sheet given to you by the lab assistant.

Q: What if I feel I was placed too low?
A: If you feel you where placed too low be sure to attend class and talk to the instructor. The instructor will let you know where to go from this point.

Q: Can I start lower or higher than my placement results?
A: No, you must start in the level where you place. If you have questions you may call the main office: 593-2765

Q: Is there a test I can take to place out of my language requirement?
A: You must take the placement test in Gordy 115. If you are a BA student, a score in the 3000 level will complete your language requirement. If you are a BS, a score in the 2000 level will complete your language requirement.

Q: How do I get a green slip into a class?
A: You will need to see someone in Gordy 283 and discuss the reason for the green slip. We will issue a green slip if it is approved.

Q: What if none of the open sections fit my schedule?
A: Contact Modern Languages in Gordy 283 second floor or give us a call at 740-593-2765 and we will advise you on what to do at this point.

Q; What if I want to take a class that is full and other sections are open?
A: We will not green slip you into the class that is full. You must register for any of the sections that show open.

Q: Does Modern Languages offer any study abroad programs?
A: Yes, we offer programs in France, Austria, Mexico, Ecuador, Spain, Italy, Russia and Brazil. See the DML website for details: http://modlang.ohio.edu/study-abroad/

Q: How do I study abroad?
A: You will need to contact Walter International Education Center (Office of Education Abroad – OEA) or visit the web site: http://www.ohio.edu/educationabroad/

Q: How do I make an appointment with the Department Chair?
A: You will see the Administrative Assistant at the front desk of Gordy 283, or call 740-593-2765 to schedule an appointment. You may also e-mail modern.languages@ohio.edu

Q: How do I schedule for class?
A: You will go to: http://www.ohio.edu/registrar/info/redirects/webregistration.html

Q: What do I do if the system will not let me schedule for class?
A: You will need to seek assistance in the office of the registrar located in Chubb Hall. You can also give them a call at 740-593-4191 or email at registrar@ohio.edu.

Q: Where do I go to see how my credits transfer?
A: You will need to contact the directory (740) 593-1000 and then ask to be transferred to Wilson Hall. They will then be able to assist you with how your languages credits will transfer. Or, call Randy Price directly at: (740)593-2844 or email at: pricer1@ohio.edu

If you feel that your question has not been answered, please feel free to contact us by e-mail at modern.languages@ohio.edu.  More specific questions can be directed either to Department Administrator Jan Harmon (harmonj@ohio.edu) or Modern Languages Department Chair Dr. Chris Coski (coski@ohio.edu).