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Language Requirement

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 the department.

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:

  1. Successfully completing the third college semester or fifth college quarter in a language other than English.
  2. Successfully completing the fourth-year level of a high school course in a language other than English.
  3. Successfully completing a third-semester equivalent proficiency examination in a language other than English.
  4. Graduating from high school (where English is not the major language of instruction) in a non-English speaking country.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 majors.

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 as follows:

  1. Vocalists – one semester each of French, German and Italian.
  2. Music Education – two semesters of Spanish.
  3. All others – two semesters of one language chosen from French, German, Italian or Spanish.