Santa Barbara

College of Engineering

Foreign language is not required for majors in the College of Engineering, but foreign language courses may be used to satisfy up to two of the six courses required for general education areas D–H. Acceptable foreign language courses are second quarter or second semester or higher.

College of Letters and Science

Foreign language is a general education requirement for all majors in the College of Letters and Science. It may be satisfied in one of four ways:

  • Completing the third quarter (Language 3) in a foreign language at UCSB or an equivalent course at another college or university (students fulfilling the requirement with this method will require 184 overall units for graduation);
  • Earning a score of 3, 4 or 5 on a College Board AP exam in a foreign language; earning a score of 5, 6 or 7 on a Higher Level IB exam in a foreign language; or achieving one of the following minimum scores on an SAT Subject Test in a foreign language: Chinese with Listening—570; French/French with Listening—590; German/German with Listening—570; Modern Hebrew—500; Italian—570; Japanese with Listening—570; Korean with Listening —550; Latin—580; Spanish/Spanish with Listening—570;
  • Completing the third year of one language in high school with a GPA of at least C for the third-year course; or
  • Passing a UCSB foreign language placement examination at the appropriate level.

In addition, the majors listed below have foreign language requirements or recommendations:

Asian Studies

Required: Two years (or equivalent) of Chinese, Japanese, or any other Asian language taught at UCSB.

Chicana and Chicano Studies

Required: Completion of the third quarter (or equivalent) of Spanish.

Chinese

Required: Two years (or equivalent) of Chinese to prepare for upper-division work in the major.

Classics

Required: Elementary Greek (Greek 1, 2 and 3) or Elementary Latin (Latin 1, 2 and 3).

Required for the Classical Language and Literature Emphasis: Greek 100 (Greek Prose) and 101 (Greek Poetry), or Latin 100 (Latin Prose) and 101 (Latin Poetry).

Comparative Literature

Required: Two years (or equivalent) of a foreign language. The Interdisciplinary Emphasis requires one upper-division literature course taught in a foreign language. The Foreign Language Emphasis requires three upper-division literature courses taught in a foreign language.

English

Required: Option 1 or Option 2 below.

Option 1: Completion of the fifth quarter (or equivalent) of any foreign language currently taught at UCSB (or other language by petition).

Option 2: Completion of the third quarter (or equivalent) of a foreign language as specified in Option 1 plus three upper-division foreign literature in translation courses.

French

Required: Two years (or equivalent) of French and a course in advanced French composition to prepare for upper-division work in the major.

German

Required: Two years (or equivalent) of German to prepare for upper-division work in the major.

Recommended: Conversational German.

Global Studies

Required: Completion of quarter six (or equivalent) of a modern foreign language.

Required: Completion of one additional year of advanced and/or upper-division courses in the same language, or completion of the first year of a different language.

History of Public Policy

Recommended: Completion of the fifth quarter (or equivalent) of a language appropriate to area of historical emphasis in the major.

Italian Studies

Required: Two years (or equivalent) of Italian to prepare for upper-division work in the major.

Japanese

Required: Two years (or equivalent) of Japanese to prepare for upper-division work in the major.

Language, Culture, and Society

Required: Completion of the third quarter (or equivalent) of a foreign language.

Latin American and Iberian Studies

Required: Completion of the sixth quarter (or equivalent) of Spanish or Portuguese. Equivalents are defined as native-speaking knowledge of one of these languages (demonstrated on a proficiency exam) or credit in courses demanding a comparable level of proficiency.

Linguistics

Required: Completion of the sixth quarter (or equivalent) in one foreign language plus the third quarter (or equivalent) in another foreign language from a different language family. Some emphases specify particular languages. Native speakers of languages other than English may petition to count either English or their native language as fulfilling one of the language requirements.

Medieval Studies

A reading knowledge of Latin and a modern European language will be necessary for those who plan to continue their studies on the graduate level. However, it is not required for the major.

Middle East Studies

Required: Completion of one of these five options — two years of Arabic, two years of Modern Hebrew, two years of Persian, two years of Turkish or one year of Biblical Hebrew plus one year of Modern Hebrew.

Music

Recommended: One year of French, German or Italian for Music Studies, B.A. and most Music, B.M. emphases.

Required: One year of French, German or Italian for Music, B.M. – Piano Emphasis.

Required: One year of Italian and one year of German or French for Music, B.M. – Voice Emphasis.

Portuguese

Required: Two years (or equivalent) of Portuguese to prepare for upper-division work in the major.

Recommended: Conversational Portuguese.

Renaissance Studies

A reading knowledge of Latin and a modern European language will be necessary for those who plan to continue their studies on the graduate level. However, it is not required for the major.

Slavic Languages and Literatures

Required: Two years (or equivalent) of Russian to prepare for upper-division work in the major.

Spanish

Required: Two years (or equivalent) of Spanish and a course in advanced Spanish grammar and composition to prepare for upper-division work in the major.