This requirement aims to give students a functional proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in a language other than their own. The goal of this requirement is not only for students to gain competency, but also to encourage a global worldview through the ability to engage with those who speak another language.
To complete this requirement, students must achieve the equivalent of three semesters of language. Students will be placed at the course level (151, 152, or 251) indicated on the placement exam. The language requirement is waived for students who place at the 252 level on the placement exam proctored in the International Studies and Languages (ISL) division. However, no unit credits can be earned through the exam. Unit credit may only be earned by the challenge procedure through the International Studies and Languages division. The challenge procedure is only available for languages taught in the ISL division.
The requirement can be waived for international students, if the student was in a high school where the language of instruction was in their native language for the entirety of their high school. Please consult the Office of International Student Services at 310.506.4246.Transfer students may receive credit for language courses taken at a regionally-accredited college or university and need not take the placement exam.
Since the focus is on global understanding rather than simply second language acquisition, American Sign Language does not meet the requirements set forth by this definition.
Students should take all courses for the language requirement in sequential semesters; finishing a language course ensures admittance in the next level course for only one year.
Courses that fulfill the Language requirement
The courses below represent the last courses in the sequence which will indicate completion of the requirement.