Riverside

The Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering

The College has no foreign language requirement for any of its majors.

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

For the B.A. degree, the foreign language requirement may be satisfied by completing with a minimum grade of C the fourth quarter or the equivalent of one language at UC Riverside or another college or university; or demonstrating proficiency at the fourth-quarter level on the foreign language placement examination administered by the UC Riverside Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages and Department of Hispanic Studies.

For the B.S. degree, the foreign language requirement may be satisfied by completing with a minimum grade of C the third quarter or the equivalent of one language at UCR or another college or university; or demonstrating proficiency at the third-quarter level on the foreign language placement examination administered by the UCR Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages and Department of Hispanic Studies. The exam does not yield credit; it only determines whether the language requirement has been met or in which course of the language sequence a student should enroll. Courses in American Sign Language may be used to meet this requirement. Students continuing with the same foreign language completed in high school must take a placement exam before they can enroll or receive credit in university-level courses in that language.

Courses taken in the department or program of a student's major may not be applied toward the breadth requirements except English Composition, Ethnicity, Foreign Language and World History. However, courses outside the major discipline, but required for the major, may be applied toward satisfaction of these requirements. Students who select a double major may apply courses in one of the majors or departments toward satisfaction of the breadth requirements.

The Dean's Office, in consultation with the Executive Committee of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, will determine which courses apply to these requirements. It is the student's responsibility to verify those courses that fulfill the subject requirements for the bachelor's degree.

The following majors and programs require foreign language study as listed. 

Asian Studies

Required: Two years of basic language instruction in any Asian language.

Languages and Literatures / Classical Studies

Required: Language instruction through the fourth quarter in Latin or Greek, plus upper-division courses in the chosen language.

Languages and Literatures / Chinese

Required: Language instruction through the intermediate level (CHN 6) before beginning upper division work. 

Languages and Literatures / Comparative Literature

Required: Proficiency in at least one foreign language, ancient or modern, through the intermediate level (second year).

Languages and Literatures / French

Required: Intermediate Composition and Conversation (French 15B) or the equivalent before beginning upper-division work in the major.

Languages and Literatures / Germanic Studies

Required: Intermediate German (German 4) or the equivalent before beginning upper-division work in the major.

Languages and Literatures / Japanese

Required: Language instruction through the intermediate level (JPN 6) before beginning upper division work.

Languages and Literatures / Languages

Required: Students study two or three foreign languages and also learn about their characteristics (linguistics), the creative use made of them (literature) and the cultures that produced them (civilization).

Latin American Studies

Required: Proficiency in Spanish (SPN 005 level) or in Portuguese to a comparable level.

Linguistics

Required: Six quarters of foreign language; fourth-quarter college-level proficiency must be demonstrated in at least one language. Begin major before end of sophomore year.

Languages and Literatures / Russian Studies

Required: Intermediate Russian (RUSN 004) before beginning upper-division work.

Middle East and Islamic Studies

Required: 6 courses (24 units). Students are required to fulfill the language requirement by taking 6 classes in a language in MEIS (Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Hebrew, Urdu) or pass the proficiency requirement by taking a test administered by the department. Currently UCR offers only Arabic but students can take language classes either abroad (i.e. AUC in Cairo, Boğaziçi University in Istanbul) or in other UC campuses (UCLA, Irvine) upon the approval of MEIS director.

Spanish

Required: Proficiency equivalent to Intermediate Spanish (Spanish 6) before beginning upper-division work.

College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

The College offers a B.A. degree and a B.S. degree in most majors. The B.S. degree does not have a language requirement. For the B.A. degree, students must complete 16 quarter units in a foreign language. This requirement may be satisfied by completing four quarters of foreign language with a minimum grade of C or demonstrating equivalent proficiency, or completing 8 quarter units in each of two foreign languages with a minimum grade of C or demonstrating equivalent proficiency. Biology and Neuroscience majors must complete four quarters of one language. American Sign Language may be used to satisfy this requirement.

Students who are pursuing a B.A. degree and who have not completed a foreign language course may enroll in a level-one foreign language course. However, students must take a placement exam if they plan to take a course in the same foreign language that they studied in high school. Transfer students who have taken a college-level foreign language course should consult with an adviser.

School of Business Administration

For the B.S. degree, the foreign language requirement may be satisfied by completing with a minimum grade of C the third quarter or the equivalent of one language at UCR or another college or university; or demonstrating proficiency at the third-quarter level on the foreign language placement examination administered by the UCR Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages and Department of Hispanic Studies. The exam does not yield credit; it only determines whether the language requirement has been met or in which course of the language sequence a student should enroll. Courses in American Sign Language may be used to meet this requirement. Students continuing with the same foreign language they completed in high school must take a placement exam before they can enroll or receive credit in university-level courses in that language.