WSU students may qualify for credit for previous foreign language experience. Language learning in courses prior to entering college, including high school language experience, can be validated by earning a grade of C or better in a WSU language course or courses beyond the first course in that language. For placement purposes, it is assumed that one year of high school language is equivalent to one semester of college-level language. The credit earned by validation of previous experience is called Retroactive Credit.
Retroactive Credit hours are considered to be credit by exam and are posted on the student's transcript with a grade of CRE (credit by exam). Students pay for Retroactive Credit on a course-by-course basis.
Undergraduate students can apply for and earn a maximum of 16 hours of Retroactive Credit. Retroactive Credit is not available for graduate students.
Students qualify for Retroactive Credit by completing the required validation course or courses, showing that a grade of C or better has been earned and posted to the student's transcript for each required course, and completing the application process to claim the credit. Credit can be claimed at any time before graduation, allowing a reasonable time for processing.
A validation course is more advanced than the first course in that language. Validation courses are specified for each language and each level of Retroactive Credit. They must be taken at WSU. If a student fails to earn a grade of C in a required validation course, the student may retake the class and apply for Retroactive Credit once the grade of C or better is achieved and posted on the transcript.
International students for whom English is a second language cannot earn Retroactive Credit in their native language.
Credit earned at other college-level institutions, including community colleges, already appears on the student's transcript and is therefore not eligible for Retroactive Credit.
Applications, validation course listings, and further information are all available at the Liberal Arts and Sciences Advising Center, 113 Hubbard Hall, and in the MCLL office.
Participation in this program is by application to the Liberal Arts and Sciences Advising Center, which retains authority for final approval.
Questions about Retroactive Credit should be referred to an academic advisor in the Liberal Arts and Sciences Advising Center in 113 Hubbard Hall, 978-3700.
If a student fails to meet the minimum grade of C in the validation course or courses, the student may retake the class and apply for retroactive credit once the grade of C or better is achieved and posted.
Credit can be claimed at any time before graduation, allowing a reasonable time for processing.
It is the student's responsibility to
If you have any questions about Retroactive Credit, please contact an academic advisor in the Liberal Arts and Sciences Advising Center, 978-3700
Example of the Retroactive Credit Process for Spanish:
If you have any questions about Retroactive Credit, please contact an academic advisor in:
Liberal Arts and Sciences Advising Center
113 Hubbard Hall, Campus Box 6
Wichita, KS 67260-0006
Phone: (316) 978-3700