Back Credit Policy

Students who place into and satisfactorily complete higher-level courses at Washington University may be eligible to earn units of Back Credit for preceding courses per the department's review and approval.  Credit is not awarded twice if a student has already earned the Back Credit units from transfer credit or AP scores.

EAST ASIAN LANGUAGES

Credit is typically awarded for completing the following courses with a grade of B- or better.  Native speakers are not eligible for back credit; evidence of secondary or post-secondary study of the language is required.

Chinese                                                                                

L04 211 or 212 = 3 units for 102D
L04 360 or 361 = 3 units for 102D and 3 units for 212           

Japanese

L05 213 or 214 = 3 units for 104D
L05 412 or 413 = 3 units for 104D and 3 units for 214

Korean

L51 217 or 218 = 3 units for 118D
L51 417 or 418 = 3 units for 118D and 3 units for 218

FRENCH (L34)

Credit is awarded for the following courses with a grade B or better. Native speakers are not eligible for back credit; evidence of secondary or post-secondary study of the language is required. No back credit is awarded for 101 or 301.  

201D = 3 units for 102D
307D = 3 units for 201D and 3 units for 102D
308D = 3 units for 307D and 3 units for 201D (credit awarded for placement, completion of the course is not required)

GERMANIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES (L21)

Credit is typically awarded for completing the following courses with a grade of B- or better.  Native speakers are not eligible for back credit; evidence of secondary or post-secondary study of the language is required.

210D = 3 units for 102 D
301D = 3 units for 102D and 3 units for 210D
302D = 3 units for 102D and 3 units for 210D

GREEK (L09)

Students may be awarded 3 units of credit for Greek 101D upon completion of Greek 210. Students may be awarded 3 units of credit for Greek 101D and 3 units of credit for Greek 102D upon completion of Greek 317C or 318C with a grade of B or better. Placement at the appropriate level is determined by departmental examination.

ITALIAN (L36)

Credit is awarded for the following courses with a grade B or better. Native speakers are not eligible for back credit; evidence of secondary or post-secondary study of the language is required. No back credit is awarded for 101 or 301.  

201D = 3 units for 102D
307D = 3 units for 201D and 3 units for 102D
308D = 3 units for 307D and 3 units for 201D (credit awarded for placement, completion of the course is not required)

JEWISH, ISLAMIC & NEAR EASTERN LANGUAGES:

Credit is typically awarded for completing the following courses with a grade of B- or better.  Native speakers are not eligible for back credit; evidence of secondary or post-secondary study of the language is required.

Arabic                                                                                  

L49 207D = 3 units for 108D
L49 307D = 3 units for 108D and 3 units for 208D

Hebrew

L74 213D or 214D = 3 units for 106D
L74 320D or 322 = 3 units for 106D and 3 units for 214D
L74 384 or 385 = 3 units for 106D and 3 for 214D
L74 4010 or 402 = 3 units for 214D and 3 units for 322D

Hindi

L73 201 = 3 units for 111D
L73 301 = 3 units for 111D and 3 units for 201

LATIN (L10)

Students may be awarded 3 units of credit for L10 101D and 3 units of credit for L10 102D upon completion of Latin 301 or 3161 or 3171 or 3181 with a grade of B or better. Placement in the appropriate course is determined by examination.

MATHEMATICS (L24)

Students who complete one of the following courses with a grade of C+ or better at Washington University are eligible for back credit.  Credit is not awarded twice for transfer or AP scores.

132 = 3 units for 131
233 = 3 units for 131 and 3 units for 132
All Other Courses = no credit

RUSSIAN (L39)

Students can receive back credit for up to 6 credits contingent on their successfully completing (B or higher) the next level.  Native speakers are not eligible for back credit; evidence of secondary or post-secondary study of the language is required.

404, 405 or 431, 432 = 3 units for 322D and 3 units for 324D
322D, 324D = 3 units for 211 and 3 units for 212D
211D, 212D = 3 credits for 102D

SPANISH (L38)

Credit is awarded for the following courses with a grade B or better. Native speakers are not eligible for back credit; evidence of secondary or post-secondary study of the language is required. No back credit is awarded for 101 or 223.  

201E = 3 units for 102D
202 = 3 units for 201E and 3 units for 102D
307D = 3 units for 202 and 3 units for 201E
308E = 3 units for 307D* and 3 units for 202 (credit awarded for placement, completion of the course is not required)

* Spanish L38 307D can only be used for elective credit; it cannot be used toward a Spanish major or minor.