UC graduation requirements

All UC students — whether they enter as first-year or as transfer students — must fulfill certain requirements outside their majors to graduate. Many students are able to satisfy the requirements in high school or at their community college.

Entry level writing requirement (ELWR)

There are several ways for applicants to meet the entry level writing requirement.  

  • Score 30 or higher on ACT English Language Arts.
  • Score 680 or higher on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section of the SAT.
  • Score 3 or higher on the College Board Advanced Placement Examination in English (Language or Literature).
  • Score 5 or higher on the International Baccalaureate Higher Level Examination or 6 or higher on the Standard Level Examination in English (Language A only).
  • Complete, with a grade of C or better, a transferable college course in English composition (worth four quarter or three semester units) prior to UC matriculation.
  • Complete the writing placement process at the campus where they will enroll
  • Complete an appropriate English course at UC with a grade of C or better.

For more information, see the Entry Level Writing Requirement page on the UC Admissions site. 

Taking the Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE)

We offer the AWPE each spring to California-resident first-year students who plan to enroll at UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Riverside or UC San Diego in the following fall. Students must take the exam if they have not satisfied the requirement by the date on which the AWPE exam is offered. Notification of the AWPE test date will be sent to students after acceptance of an offer of admission. The test date for 2022 was Saturday, May 21.

Non-California residents may take the exam in the fall after enrolling at one of the five campuses offering the AWPE. Students intending to enroll at UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC Santa Barbara or UC Santa Cruz will need to review their campus’s instructions for meeting the Entry Level Writing Requirement.

 Students receive detailed information about the exam in the spring and must pay a nonrefundable fee of $110 to cover test administration costs. Those who received a UC admission application fee waiver will automatically have the fee waived for the AWPE.

American history and institutions requirement

This requirement may be met through examination or completion of specific courses. Each campus decides how its students may meet the requirement.

Satisfactory completion in high school of a one-year course in U.S. history or a half-year course in U.S. history and a half-year course in American government, fulfills this requirement at all UC campuses except UC Santa Barbara. (At UCLA, students must also have earned a B average in these courses.) UC Santa Barbara requires students to complete a college-level course.

Satisfaction of a community college's history and institutions requirement will also meet the requirement at most campuses. It is highly recommended that students complete this requirement before they transfer.

International students may also be required to satisfy this American History and Institutions Requirement. Refer to "UC Graduation Requirements" in the Quick Reference Guide for details.

Language other than English requirement

Most non-language undergraduate majors require or recommend that students demonstrate competence in at least one language other than English.

Study of a language other than English is also appropriate for students considering graduate study, even if their undergraduate major does not have a language requirement. Many graduate programs require students to demonstrate proficiency in at least one language other than English, and in some programs, students are expected to be able to study documents in the original language.

Meeting the requirement as a freshman
The Area E subject requirement for first-year admission requires two years of a language other than English. In some cases, this will satisfy a student's language requirement for their UC program. In many cases, however, additional study is necessary at the college level.

Meeting the requirement as a transfer
When appropriate, students should at least begin study of a language other than English before entering UC.

Each campus has its own guidelines for the Language other than English requirement. 

College of Chemistry

Chemistry and Chemical Biology majors must satisfy the foreign language requirement by one of the following methods by the time they complete 90 semester units:

  • A letter grade of C- or higher in the third year of a high school foreign language;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language by SAT Subject Test, AP, IB or GCE A level examination;
  • Grade of at least C- in the third quarter or second semester of foreign language, comparable to an equivalent course taught at UC Berkeley.

Haas School of Business

Junior transfer students must fulfill the foreign language requirement before admission. Students may satisfy the foreign language requirement in any of the following ways:

  • Receiving a grade of C- or higher in high school courses comparable to the third year level of any language other than the language of high school instruction.
  • For many students who attended high school outside of the United States, where English is not the language of instruction, then English may be your foreign language. (For example, if you went to high school in China where the language of instruction was Mandarin and took the 3rd level of English, then English is considered your foreign language.)
  • Passing a college course comparable to the second semester of a foreign language as taught at UC Berkeley. This course may be taken for a letter grade or P/NP. You must earn at least a C- or a P.
  • Achieving a score of 590 or better on the SAT II Foreign Language Subject Exam.
  • Achieving a score of 3 or better on any AP Exam in a language other than English.
  • Achieving a score of 5 or better on any IB Higher Level Exam in a language other than English.
  • Obtaining a grade of C or better on the General Certificate "A" or "O" Level exams in a language other than English.

College of Letters and Science

All students applying to the College of Letters and Science must satisfy the Language other than English requirement by completing either a full UC IGETC, or satisfying the L&S Essential Skills.

Ways to satisfy the foreign language portion of the L&S Essential Skills: 

  • Complete the second level course of a foreign language (other than English) at an accredited college with a grade of C- or higher.
  • Complete a high school foreign language (other than English) course through the third year of instruction.
  • Score 3 or higher in an AP exam in a foreign language (other than English).
  • Score 5 or higher on an IB Higher Level exam in a foreign language (other than English).
  • Score 590 or higher on an SAT Subject Test in a foreign language (other than English).
  • Earn a grade of A, B, or C (or 1, 2, or 3) on a GCE A level or I/GCSE O-Level exam.
  • Score 1-5 on the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) or Defense Language Institute (DLI) exam.

Some L&S majors require additional language courses for their prerequisites. Find more information at ASSIST.org or on guide.berkeley.edu.

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 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 (Sociocultural Emphasis only): Complete the equivalent to five quarters of course work in foreign language or provide proof of proficiency (two additional quarters of language beyond L&S foreign language requirement). See advisor for further information.

Classical Civilization

Required: Language course requirements will depend on whether the student pursues Track 1: Classical and Mediterranean Civilization or Track 2: Classical Languages and Literatures.

Comparative Literature

Required: Sufficient preparation to ensure satisfactory performance at the upper division level. 

Recommended: Students who do not use a European language toward the major should take one of the remaining required lower division courses in the 53 series, preferably the 53 course that relates to the region of the language the student is using to satisfy the upper division language requirement in the major.

East Asian Studies

Required: Choose two (or the equivalent) of Chinese, Japanese or other East Asian language study: Choose a series: Chinese 1, 2 or Japanese 1, 2.

English

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

International Relations

Required: fluency in English and a working knowledge (approximately 24 to 30 units of course credits or equivalent fluency) of one other modern language. See ASSIST or the UC Davis General Catalog for a listing of acceptable language options.

Italian

Required: Elementary and intermediate Italian (Italian 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5) and Italian 9 or the equivalent.

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

Required: Bachelor of Arts degree candidates are required to complete the College's foreign language requirement but are encouraged to consider taking French, German, or Russian. 

Recommended: Bachelor of Science degree candidates are advised, but not required, to satisfy the same language requirement as for a Bachelor of Arts degree candidate, and to fulfill it in French, German, or Russian.

Middle East/South Asia Studies

Required: Two years or the equivalent of Arabic, Hebrew or Hindi/Urdu (other Middle East/South Asia Studies regional languages accepted with petition). 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 

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

Religious Studies

Highly 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.

All students may satisfy the foreign language requirement in any of the following ways:

  • Complete college-level course work equivalent to UCI's third quarter of study in a language other than English;
  • Earn credit for three years of high school study or its equivalent in a language other than English with a C average or higher in the third year;
  • Score 3, 4 or 5 on any College Board Advanced Placement Examination in a language other than English. NOTE: Students who earn a 3 or above on the Advanced Placement Chinese Examination must take the UCI Chinese placement examination to determine course credit;
  • Score of 5, 6 or 7 in an IB Language A2 HL exam;
  • Score 570 or higher on an SAT Subject Test in a language other than English, with the exception of the test in Modern Hebrew, for which a score of 500 or better is required;
  • Complete an approved course of study in an Education Abroad Program in a non-English-speaking country; or achieve the equivalent of language competence, as determined by an appropriate and available means of evaluation.

School of Humanities

All students must complete college-level coursework equivalent to UCI's sixth quarter (2C level) of study in a language other than English or equivalent competence. Courses must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a grade of C or better.

School of Social Sciences

Chicano/Latino Studies

Students must complete Spanish language education coursework equivalent to UCI’s sixth quarter (2C level).

International Studies

Required: Competency in a language other than English. Competency is established by college-level coursework equivalent to UCI’s fifth quarter of study, or by passing a proficiency examination. Competency in languages other than Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Spanish and Vietnamese will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by petition.

School of the Arts and Architecture

The School requires foreign language proficiency through level 2. The language requirement must be satisfied by the end of the sophomore year. Those students whose entire secondary education was in a language other than English may petition to be exempted from the requirement.

College of Letters and Science

Proficiency in a foreign language is required as part of the general education requirements of the College. Proficiency may be demonstrated in one of the following ways: 1) by completing a college-level foreign language course equivalent to level 3 or higher at UCLA with a C or better or Passed grade; 2) by scoring 3,4 or 5 on the College Board Advanced Placement foreign language exam in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese or Spanish, or scoring a 4 or 5 in Latin, thereby earning College credit; or 3) by presenting a UCLA foreign language departmental examination score indicating competency through level 3.

In addition to foreign language majors, many other majors have foreign language requirements. Requirements are listed in the UCLA General Catalog, while transfer admission selection information can be found on the website.

Herb Alpert School of Music

The School requires foreign language proficiency through level 3. The language requirement must be satisfied by the end of the sophomore year. Those students whose entire secondary education was in a language other than English may petition to be exempted from the requirement.

Meyer and Renee Luskin School of Public Affairs

The foreign language requirement may be satisfied by one of the following methods: scoring 3, 4, or 5 on the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) foreign language examination in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese or Spanish, or scoring 4 or 5 in Latin; presenting a UCLA foreign language departmental examination score indicating competency through level three; or completing a college-level foreign language course equivalent to level three or above at UCLA with a C or Passed grade or better.

School of Theater, Film, and Television

Proficiency may be demonstrated in one of the following ways: 1) by completing one college-level foreign language course equivalent to level 3 or higher at UCLA with a grade of passed or C or better; 2) by scoring 3, 4 or 5 on the College Board AP foreign language exam in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese or Spanish, or scoring 4 or 5 on the AP foreign language examination in Latin; or 3) by presenting a UCLA foreign language proficiency examination score indicating competency through level 3.

  • International students may petition to satisfy the requirement with an advanced course in their native language. Those students whose entire secondary education was in a language other than English may petition to be exempted from the requirement.

First Year students (Transfer students entering fall of 2020 and after)

All students must meet the lower division Language requirement by one of the following:

  • Complete a lower division UC Merced course:
    • BIOE 021: Computing for Bioengineers
    • CHN 002: Elementary Chinese II
    • CSE 020: Introduction to Computing I
    • CSE 021: Introduction to Computing II
    • FRE 002: Elementary French II
    • JPN 002: Elementary Japanese II
    • ME 021: Engineering Computing
    • SPAN 002: Elementary Spanish II
  • Complete a specific language and culture program or course through UC Education Abroad Program.
  • Campus based test: Pass the campus-administered Foreign Language test demonstrating proficiency equivalent of one year of college foreign language.
  • Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate Exams: Earn appropriate scores on an AP/IB Exam.
    • Score of 3, 4 or 5 on one of the following College Board AP exams: Chinese Language and Culture, French Language and Culture, German Language and Culture, Italian Language and Culture, Japanese Language and Culture, and Spanish Language and Culture; or
    • Score of 5, 6 or 7 on one of the Higher Level IB exam in a foreign language or literature; or
    • Score of 3, 4 or 5 on the College Board AP Exam in Computer Science A.
  • High School Coursework: Complete the third year of one language in high school with a course GPA of at least C.
  • By certification of IGETC.

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.

Earl Warren College

Earl Warren College has no foreign language requirement; however, students are encouraged to continue language study after enrolling at UC San Diego. 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:

  • By passing the reading proficiency examination and the oral interview administered by the Department of Linguistics in French, German, Italian or Spanish; or
  • 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
  • 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.

 

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, Korean, or any other Asian language taught at UCSB. 

Chicana and Chicano Studies

Required: One year (or equivalent) of Spanish.

Chinese

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

Classics 

Required for all emphases: 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 two upper-division foreign literature in translation courses.

French

Required: Two years (or equivalent) of French 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: Two years (or equivalent) of a modern foreign language.

Required: 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 and Law 

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: One year (or equivalent) of a foreign language.

Latin American and Iberian Studies

Required: Two years (or equivalent) of Spanish or Portuguese. 

Linguistics

Required: Two years (or equivalent) in one foreign language plus one year (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 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.

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.

Russian and East European Studies

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; one Hispanic literature course (in Spanish).

 

Chemistry

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.

History

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.

Linguistics

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.

Literature

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.

Music

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.