Students whose majors lead to the Bachelor of Arts in liberal
arts & sciences or a Bachelor of Music degree must satisfy
a language requirement in a language other than English as
indicated below. Students whose majors lead to other degrees are
not subject to this requirement.
Exclusion: Conversation courses may not be
used to meet this requirement.
Native speakers from foreign countries where English is not the
principal language and who have finished high school or the equivalent
in that country will be considered to have satisfied the language
requirement and will not be given credit for taking lower division
courses in their native language except with advance approval from
Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts and sciences
The Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts and sciences (see
exceptions above) require competency in a language other than English.
Such competency can be demonstrated by:
- Successfully completing the third college semester or fifth
college quarter in a language other than English.
- Successfully completing the fourth-year level of a high school
course in a language other than English.
- Successfully completing a third-semester equivalent proficiency
examination in a language other than English.
- Graduating from high school (where English is not the major
language of instruction) in a non-English speaking country.
- Passing with a score of 3 or higher on a placement (AP) examination
in French language, French literature, German language, Spanish
Language, Spanish Literature; or passing with a score of 5 in
Latin literature or Vergil.
- Passing with a score of 4 to 7 on the higher level examination
for International Baccalaureate credit in French, German or Spanish
A2 or Spanish B.
Students who are majoring in art history, European studies,
humanities, international economics, and linguistics should
also read the section on language requirement under their respective
majors for special conditions and limits pertaining to those
Satisfying the Language Requirement
Courses offered at San Diego State University which satisfy the
language requirement for the BA in liberal arts and sciences are:
Arabic 101, 102, AND 201 (or 202)
Chinese 101,102, and 201
Classics 101G, 202G, and 303G (Greek)
Classics 101L, 202L, and 303L (Latin)
French 100A, 100B, and 200 or 201 or 210 or 221
German 100A, 100B, 202 or 205A or 205B
Hebrew 101, 102 and 200, and 201
Italian 100A, 100B, and 201 or 210
Japanese 111,112, and 211
Portuguese 101, 201, and 301
Russian 100A, 100B, and 200A
Spanish 101, 102, and 201 or 202 or 281 or 282
The Bachelor of Music Degree
The Bachelor of Music Degree (except the specialization in Jazz) requires
equivalent knowledge demonstrated in a test of reading knowledge
administered by the language department concerned in consultation with the
School of Music and Dance or by completion of the appropriate language course
- Vocalists – one semester each of French, German and
- Music Education – two semesters of Spanish.
- All others – two semesters of one language chosen from French,
German, Italian or Spanish.