Santa Cruz


Because chemistry is a global enterprise, knowledge of one or more foreign languages or an international experience can be a valuable asset to chemistry students and add greatly to a student’s ability to communicate with other chemists worldwide.

Classical Studies

Required: The major requires the lower-division sequence in elementary Greek or Latin (Greek 1 and 2 or Latin 1 and 2), and at least three upper-division courses in Greek or Latin. The minor requires the lower-division sequence in elementary Greek or Latin (Greek 1 and 2 or Latin 1 and 2) and at least one upper-division course in Greek or Latin (LIT 184A, Introduction to Greek Literature, or LIT 186A, Introduction to Latin Literature).


Global Economics

Required: The global economics major requires a foreign language since students who plan to work in the larger world must have fluency in a language other than English. This language should be relevant to their regional area of interest. Students can meet this requirement by completing two years of university-level language courses or by demonstrating an equivalent level of competence through a recognized language test.


Recommended: Proficiency in a foreign language is strongly recommended for all history students and is essential for those who plan to pursue graduate studies in history.

History Intensive Major

Intensive majors must pursue training in a second language by completing three quarters of college-level language study (or equivalent) in a single, non-English modern or ancient language (e.g., SPAN 1 - SPAN 3, ITAL 2 - ITAL 4, etc.). Students with prior training in a second language are advised to complete a language placement exam to determine the appropriate level of language course instruction. With prior approval by the undergraduate director, the language training requirement may be satisfied by at least one quarter study abroad with foreign language instruction. Students do not necessarily need to pursue a language related to their region of concentration, but are encouraged to do so when possible. After consultation with the undergraduate director, students can petition for alternative ways by which to satisfy this requirement.

History of Art and Visual Culture

Recommended: All majors are encouraged to study at least one foreign language. Graduate programs in visual studies, art history, and other related disciplines generally require competence in another language besides English. Students are encouraged to consult with their faculty adviser to discuss an appropriate course of language study.

Human Biology

Required: Completion of Spanish 1-4, or the equivalent, and one quarter of Spanish 5M, Medical Spanish.


Jewish Studies

Required: Three quarters of lower-division instruction in a Jewish language in any combination of the student’s choosing: elementary Hebrew (Hebrew 1, Hebrew 2, Hebrew 3); second-year Hebrew (Hebrew 4); Hebrew 80, Introduction to Biblical Hebrew; Elementary Yiddish (Yiddish 1, Yiddish 2, Yiddish 3); or equivalent.

Recommended: Jewish Studies strongly recommends that two of the requirements be completed through Hebrew language courses. Students, especially those who plan to continue their studies in graduate school, may wish to gain proficiency in Yiddish, German or Spanish, depending on their area of interest. Students with prior knowledge of Hebrew or Yiddish are advised to complete a language placement exam to determine if they have satisfied any of the elementary language course requirements. Instructions for the placement exam can be found on the Languages and Applied Linguistics website.

Language Studies

Required: Competence in one foreign language equivalent to two years of college-level study, plus one subsequent course taught in the language. Students may choose from Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. Chinese and Japanese require one additional subsequent course taught in the language (two total). See the UCSC General Catalog for more details.

Latin American and Latino Studies

Required: LALS majors are expected to learn to speak, read and write Spanish or Portuguese, and to use these skills on a regular basis in their upper-division academic work. Majors must take at least two upper-division courses taught in Spanish or Portuguese.

Before taking upper-division coursework taught in the language, students must demonstrate proficiency in Spanish equivalent to the completion of Spanish 6 or Spanish for Heritage Speakers 6. Students who wish to pursue Portuguese may take the Portuguese 1A/1B or 60A/60B series. Students who have achieved fluency in Spanish or Portuguese through life experience may be exempt from this coursework after demonstration of their proficiency.

In addition to Latin American and Latino Studies and affiliated department course offerings, the required two upper-division courses taught in Spanish or Portuguese may be fulfilled through study abroad with prior approval by Latin American and Latino Studies. Students may also pursue internship or field study opportunities to satisfy one of the two required upper-division courses taught in Spanish or Portuguese; however, at least one of the two courses must be fulfilled in a classroom setting. Upper-division Portuguese courses are currently not offered at UCSC and must be taken elsewhere.


Required: Either (1) competence in one foreign language, attained by five quarters or two full years of college-level study or by successfully passing a standard proficiency exam; OR (2) by competence in mathematics and/or computer science, attained by passing two suitable courses. See the UCSC General Catalog for more details.


Required: The standard Literature major requires one year (three quarters or equivalent) of college-level study of a non-English language or demonstrated reading ability at this level. For the intensive Literature major, in addition to the standard Literature major requirement, students must complete at least two upper-division courses in a second-language literature studied in the original language. In many languages, two years of college-level study (or comparable ability) are needed before a student is prepared to enter an upper-division course. In a few languages (Greek, Latin), less time is needed for this purpose.


Required: In the B.M. program, music majors whose instrument is voice are required to take French 1, German 1 and Italian 1.

Recommended: Proficiency in a foreign language pertinent to the student's research area is strongly recommended for those planning graduate study in music.

Spanish Studies

Required: Students are expected to achieve advanced linguistic proficiency in the Spanish language and the broad cultural competence required for understanding the perspectives and products of the diverse range of Spanish-speaking communities.