LALS Frequently Asked Questions

Combined Major

  • I am interested in combining LALS major with "x" major on campus. Is that possible?
  • I want to take a Sociology or Politics class but I am not sure if I can use it towards my combined major. Where do I find that information?
    • Please contact your advisor in Sociology or Politics (whichever applies). The LALS advisor can only help you with the LALS side of the combined major.
  • I have to declare my combined major by the end of the upcoming quarter, but I am still missing a course from the other side of the combined major to be able to declare. Is there any way to extend the declaration process until the following quarter?
    • Yes. If you are not eligible to declare yet, check in with your College Advising Office so they do not put a hold on your enrollment. Most likely you need an Academic Plan signed by the LALS advisor. If that is the case, you can download the Academic Plan Form fill it out to the best of your knowledge, and see the LALS Advisor.

 

EAP, Study Abroad, and UCDC

  • Can I use a course I took abroad or during my UCDC program to count towards my major?
    • Yes. As long as it is an upper-division, university-level course equivalent to at least 5 quarter units and has LALS content, you can petition to use the course toward the your major. However, you may only use a total of 3 courses from outside the department (if you are using abroad or UCDC courses--if not, the limit is 2).
  • What is the approval process?
    • To get LALS major/minor credit for a class you took (or will take) at another institution, you will need to complete a petition for waiver/substitution of major requirement, attach the syllabus from the class you took or will take (and any other material you find relevant), then submit these materials to the LALS advisor for review by the Undergraduate Program Committee (UPC). Blank petition forms are available outside of the LALS office (Merrill 32). If you are not able to bring the materials in person, you can also send them via mail, email, or put them in our office dropbox. The process takes two to six weeks and you will receive an email from the advisor with the results.
  • I submitted the petitions already, but haven't heard back. Does that mean it got denied?
    • No. If you haven't heard from us in a few weeks, most likely it has not been decided yet. You will receive an email with the results (approval or denial). Feel free to check in with the advisor if you think your petition may have been lost.
  • I want to use the course I took when abroad to fulfill an upper division requirement AND the language requirement since the course was taught in Spanish. Is it possible?
    • Yes. Just make sure you indicate on the form each requirement you want to fulfill.
  • Do I have to get approval from Admissions for courses taken abroad as well?
    • Admissions and department approval are two separate processes. Admissions has to accept courses so they can be approved for course credit. Without approval from Admissions, we can pre-approve for the major, but we can only count it toward the major after (1) it has been approved by Admissions (and shows up on your summary) and after (2) it has been approved by the department via the approval process described above.

 

Faculty Advising

  • I don't have a faculty advisor yet. What do I do?
    • Feel free to choose one if you like. It is not mandatory, but recommended to have a faculty advisor. Please see their profiles on the faculty page. If you wish, select a faculty member you would like to work with, and then let the undergraduate advisor know whom you have selected. It is recommended that you choose an advisor whose research is in an area that interests you, but you are welcome to work with any available faculty.

 

Language Requirement

  • I am fluent in Spanish (or Portuguese). Do I still need to take a class to fulfill the language requirement?
    • Yes. In order to fulfill the language requirement you have to take two upper-division (university level, if abroad) LALS (or pre-approved outside) classes taught in Spanish or Portuguese, one of which must be taught in a classroom setting. Courses can be taken at UCSC or abroad. Language learning courses do not count.
  • I took Spanish in high school. Do I still need to take Spanish?
    • Yes. In order to get to the level of Spanish needed to take upper-division courses in Spanish, students will need to work on their language preparation. This means either completing Spanish 6 or the Spanish for Heritage Speakers series. Please take the Spanish Placement Exam to find out what your current level is, and see the advisor if you have any questions.
  • I grew up speaking Spanish (or Portuguese). Do I still need to take the courses to fulfill the major requirement?
    • Yes. For those who grew up speaking Spanish (or Portuguese) but haven't done any academic work in the language, it is recommended that you take the Spanish for Heritage Speakers series, offered by the Language Program. In the case of Portuguese, you will need to speak with a department advisor or faculty member.
  • How do I know if I should take Spanish for Heritage Speakers or regular Spanish?
  • I finished Spanish 6 or the Spanish for Heritage Speakers Series. Which courses do I take now?
    • If you have already finished Spanish 6 or Spanish for Heritage Speakers 6, or if you have placed out of these classes after taking the Spanish Placement Exam, you are ready to take the two upper-division language courses to fulfill the major requirement. Please check the searchable class schedule to see what is offered in the next quarter, or see the advisor for recommendations.

 

Major Declaration

  • I have not declared my major yet. What do I do?
  • I have not taken LALS 1 or another lower division course yet. Can I declare the LALS major?
    • No. You must take one LALS course (or approved transfer course) in order to declare the major.
  • I have a hold on my enrollment because I am not declared yet, and I have not yet taken an LALS course. What do I do?
    • Check with your College Advising Office to find out what you need to turn in to have your hold lifted. Most likely you need an Academic Plan signed by the LALS advisor. Check the advising schedule for the current quarter and see the advisor to complete a plan. (You may be able to complete this process via email, if visiting the office is not possible.)
  • I have to declare my combined major by the end of the quarter, but I am still missing a course from the other side of the combined major to be able to declare. Is there any way to extend the declaration process until the following quarter?
    • Yes. If you are not eligible to declare yet check with your College Advising Office to make sure a hold is not put on your account. Most likely you will need an Academic Plan signed by the LALS advisor, and the advisor in Politics or Sociology.
 

Substitution

  • I want to substitute a course I took at another college or university.  What is the approval process?
    • To get LALS major/minor credit for a class you took (or will take) at another institution, you will need to complete a petition for waiver/substitution of major requirement, attach the syllabus from the class you took or will take (and any other material you find relevant), then submit these materials to the LALS advisor for review by the Undergraduate Program Committee (UPC). Blank petition forms are available outside of the LALS office (Merrill 32). If you are not able to bring the materials in person, you can also send them via mail, email, or put them in our office dropbox. The process takes two to six weeks and you will receive an email from the advisor with the results.