Retroactive Credits

Are you looking for a way to make your language skills pay off? You can earn retroactive credits if your first foreign language course at CUAA is higher than a 101-level class. Earn at least a C in the first language course you take at CUAA, and you’ll be eligible to earn up to 14 retroactive credits for lower-level courses.

How Retroactive Credits Work

If you earn a final grade of at least a C and your first Spanish course at CUAA is:

  • SPAN 102: you earn 4 retro credits (for SPAN 101)
  • SPAN 201: you earn 8 retro credits (for SPAN 101 and SPAN 102)
  • SPAN 202: you earn 11 retro credits (for SPAN 101, SPAN 102, and SPAN 201)
  • SPAN 301: you earn 14 retro credits (for SPAN 101, SPAN 102, SPAN 201, and SPAN 202)

Adding Retroactive Credits to Your Transcript

Here’s how to add retroactive foreign language credits to your CUAA transcript:

  • Earn a final grade of C or better
  • After semester grades are posted, go to the Registrar's office and complete a form
  • Watch for the credits to appear on your transcript!

Language Placement

Which Spanish Course Should I Enroll In?

We don’t use a placement test at CUAA, so we’ve prepared the following guide to help you select your first Spanish class:

Years of high school Spanish/enroll in:

  • 0 years - SPAN 101
  • 1 year - SPAN 102
  • 2 years - SPAN 201 (or 102 if you’re a little rusty)
  • 3 years - SPAN 202 (or 201 if you’re a little rusty)
  • 4 years - SPAN 301 (or 202 if you’re a little rusty)
  • 5 years or AP Spanish - SPAN 301


If you have questions about which class to take, please contact Professor Rokicki.

What Happens if I Think I’m in the Wrong Class?

Talk to your professor right away. They can tell if you should switch classes or if you’re just feeling a little out of practice.

If you need extra help – no matter what class you’re in – please discuss your concerns with your professor and visit the Academic Resource Center to arrange for free tutoring