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Earl Warren College

Earl Warren College has no foreign language requirement; however, students are encouraged to continue language study after enrolling at UCSD. Foreign language courses may be used to fulfill Warren general education requirements depending on a student's major field of study.

Eleanor Roosevelt College

Students are required to demonstrate basic conversational and reading proficiency in any modern foreign language, or advanced reading proficiency in a classical language; or demonstrate proficiency through an appropriate AP or IB score; or complete the fourth quarter (or equivalent elsewhere) of foreign language with a passing grade. American Sign Language at fourth-quarter level is also accepted.

John Muir College

Muir College encourages students to avail themselves of Muir's general education option to complete one year of a classical or modern foreign language as one of the two yearlong sequences from foreign languages, humanities and fine arts.

Revelle College

Students are required to demonstrate basic conversational and reading proficiency in any modern foreign language, or advanced reading proficiency in a classical language; or demonstrate proficiency through an appropriate AP or IB score; or complete the fourth quarter (or equivalent elsewhere) of foreign language with a passing grade. American Sign Language at fourth-quarter level is also accepted.

Sixth College

Sixth College has no foreign language requirement; however, language study is encouraged. Students may use two courses of foreign language to satisfy the Narrative, Aesthetic and Historical Reasoning area of the general education requirement if noncontiguous to the major field of study.

Thurgood Marshall College

Thurgood Marshall College has no foreign language requirement; however, students may use two language courses to satisfy the lower-division disciplinary breadth requirement if noncontiguous to the major field of study.

All Colleges

The majors below have foreign language requirements that apply to students in all colleges.

Chinese Studies

Required: At least two years of Mandarin Chinese (CHIN 10 A-B-C and 20 A-B-C), or the equivalent.

Classical Studies

Required: Proficiency in Greek, Latin or Hebrew; six upper-division courses that include reading assignments in the chosen language.

German Studies

Required: Two years of university-level courses, or the equivalent.

International Studies

Required: Four quarters of college-level foreign language instruction, or the equivalent.

Italian Studies

Preferred: Six quarters of lower-division Italian (Italian 1A, 1B, 1C, 2A, 2B and 50) or the equivalent.

Japanese Studies

Required: Two years of lower-division courses and six upper-division courses, or the equivalent. 

Judaic Studies

Required: Upper-division competence in Hebrew, normally fulfilled by first- and second-year Hebrew language courses or the equivalent.

Latin American Studies

Required: Proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese, normally fulfilled through a placement test, studying abroad, or completing a course in Spanish or Portuguese literature.

Linguistics

Required: Linguistics majors must demonstrate proficiency in one foreign language. Proficiency in a language may be demonstrated in one of three ways:

  1. By passing the reading proficiency examination and the oral interview administered by the Department of Linguistics in French, German, Italian or Spanish; or
  2. By successfully completing a course given at UCSD representing the fourth quarter (or beyond) of instruction in any foreign language with a grade of C- or better; or
  3. By scoring 4 or higher on the Advanced Placement exam.

Students are encouraged to satisfy this requirement as early as possible in order to use the language for reference in linguistics courses. Students with native language competence in a language other than English may petition to have English satisfy the proficiency requirement.

Literature

Required: All students majoring in literature must study a secondary literature, that is, a literature in a language different from that of their primary literature. The range of secondary literatures includes ASL, Classical Greek, Hebrew and Latin, as well as French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish. For those concentrating in a foreign literature, English is also an option. Students will satisfy this requirement by taking three courses in the secondary literature, given substantially in the native language. At least one of these courses must be upper division.

The lower-division component within the secondary literatures may be satisfied by: American Sign Language 1E, French 2B and either 2C or 50, German 2B and 2C, Hebrew 2 and 3, Italian 2B and 50, Greek 2 and 3, Latin 2 and 3, Russian 2B and 2C or two courses from Spanish 50A-50B-50C. For majors which concentrate on a foreign language, two courses from English 21-22-23-25-26-27-28-29 are applicable. Literatures of the World and writing courses may not be applied toward the English secondary literature requirement.

Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies

Required: Six quarters of lower-division Russian (first-year Russian LTRU 1 A-B-C and second-year Russian LTRU 2 A-B-C), or the equivalent.