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Can I Apply to Colleges Despite Missing Their Prerequisite Requirements?

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I am a high school senior working on applications, and while looking through the schools that have my major, I'm finding some GREAT college options that I apparently can't apply to. One requires an arts credit and another requires a third year of foreign language — I don't have either and it's too late to take one. Can I apply anyway and say in my essay that I didn't even know what I wanted to do with my life before this year, and ask if they can waive the prerequisites?

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