Davis

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Only those students working toward the B.S. degree in International Agricultural Development are required to complete 15 quarter units in one language or pass the foreign language proficiency examination.

College of Biological Sciences

Only those students working toward the A.B. degree are required to complete 15 quarter units in one foreign language or pass the foreign language proficiency examination.

College of Letters and Science

All students working toward the A.B. degree are required to complete three sequenced quarters (15 units) of courses in one foreign language or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. A student may demonstrate proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • by passing the Foreign Language Placement Test;
  • by achieving a score of at least 550 on a College Board SAT Subject Test in a foreign language;
  • by earning a score of 3 or higher on a College Board Advanced Placement Language test in a foreign language, with the exception of Latin;
  • by earning a score of 5 or higher on the following International Baccalaureate Higher Level Examinations: French A1, A2 or B Examination, German A1, A2 or B Examination, Italian A1 Examination, the or the Latin A1 Examination, Portuguese A1, A2 or B Examination, or the Spanish A1 Examination;
  • by certification of IGETC; or
  • through certain study abroad programs offered by UC Davis through the Education Abroad Program and other accredited institutions.

There is no foreign language requirement for the B.S. degree, although some programs may have specific requirements and recommendations. Foreign language requirements and recommendations for non-language majors in the College of Letters and Science are listed below.

Anthropology

Required for the A.B. degree: Select one from among two options: Two additional quarters of a foreign language used to meet the College of Letters and Science language requirement or two anthropology courses from a select group.

Chicana/Chicano Studies

Required: Elementary Spanish (Spanish 1, 2 and 3, or Spanish 28, 31 and 32) or the equivalent.

Classical Civilization

Required: Elementary Latin (Latin 1, 2 and 3), or Elementary Greek (Greek 1, 2 and 3), plus three to six upper-division courses in Latin or Greek.

Comparative Literature

Required: Preparation to begin upper-division work in at least one literary tradition other than English.

East Asian Studies

Required: Elementary and intermediate Modern Chinese (Chinese 1, 2 and 3 and Chinese 4, 5 and 6) or Japanese (Japanese 1, 2 and 3 and Japanese 4, 5 and 6).

English

Recommended: Appropriate foreign language coursework for students preparing for advanced study.

International Relations

Required: 15-30 quarter units or the equivalent in one modern foreign language. See ASSIST or the UC Davis General Catalog for a listing of acceptable language options.

Italian

Recommended: One year or one quarter of study abroad with the Education Abroad Program or college Latin or a Romance language.

Linguistics

Required: One course beyond the 15-quarter requirement of the College of Letters and Science in the same foreign language used to fulfill the college requirement.

Mathematics

Recommended: For the B.S. degree, 15 quarter units of French, German or Russian.

Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Recommended: Courses in Latin and other European languages are strongly recommended, particularly for those planning to pursue graduate study.

Middle East/South Asia Studies

Required: Two years or the equivalent of Arabic, Hebrew or Hindi/Urdu. Elementary and Intermediate Arabic (Arabic 1, 2 and 3 and Arabic 21, 22 and 23) or Hebrew (Hebrew 1, 2 and 3 and Hebrew 21, 22 and 23) or Hindi/Urdu (Hindi/Urdu 1, 2 and 3 and Hindi/Urdu 21, 22 and 23).

Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Recommended: Courses in Latin and other European languages are strongly recommended, particularly for those planning to pursue graduate study.

Music

Students contemplating graduate study are advised to consider pursuing foreign language study beyond the elementary level.

Religious Studies

Recommended: Reading knowledge of a foreign language.

Sociology

Required: Students pursuing the comparative studies and world development emphasis must complete coursework or demonstrate proficiency in one modern foreign language at the two-year (27-30 quarter unit) level.