Major Requirements

Course Requirements

Students may find it useful to make a copy of this Student LALS Academic Plan in Google Drive to start thinking about when and how to complete their major requirements. Feel free to share your plan with to get feedback from your LALS Advisor on the plan, and to declare the major.

Our major is not in the AAR (Academic Advisement Report), but you can make a copy of this LALS and UCSC Degree Checklist (it will copy to your Google Drive) to make sure you are meeting your graduation requirements.

The LALS Major requires a minimum of 11 courses, which are usually satisfied as follows:
LALS lower-division elective (any numbered 2-99)
LALS 100*
LALS 100A*
LALS 100B*
3x LALS upper-division electives (any numbered 101-199)
2x LALS upper-division elective taught in Spanish or Portuguese (can be lower-division if additional upper-division LALS courses taken)
LALS Senior Exit Requirement* - LALS 194 or other, as arranged with advisor and/or faculty
*Must be taken at UCSC
Students may use two courses outside LALS (from another UCSC program or another school). See below for more information.
If you would like to double-count a course from your LALS major with another major or minor program, you must check with an LALS advisor and/or the advisor for that program.

Combined Majors and requirements


Language Requirement

Before taking the required LALS course(s) taught in Spanish or Portuguese, students' fluency should allow them to read, write, and speak the language sufficiently to complete coursework. Placement exams or community college transfer credit may be used to assess students' academic preparedness for coursework in Spanish or Portuguese. If students are unsure whether they need to complete additional language study before taking courses in Spanish or Portuguese, please see the undergraduate advisor.

The requirement may be completed with:

  • Pre-approved or petitioned courses taught by another program/department on campus (e.g. LIT 189Z)
  • Pre-approved or petitioned courses taken through a study abroad program
  • Petitioned courses taken at another institution
  • Internship or field-study opportunities with UCSC faculty (in Spanish or Portuguese)
    • at least one of the two required courses must be fulfilled in a classroom setting
  • Language Requirement Waiver
    • Students who have shown good faith in attempting to fulfill the language requirement but were not able to complete the two LALS courses taught in Spanish or Portuguese might qualify for a language requirement waiver.
    • Students will be asked to explain their good faith effort in attempting to acquire language fluency and their rationale for the waiver request. Note that speaking Spanish or Portuguese at home and/or prefering not to take the class(es) does not qualify for a language waiver. Please contact the undergraduate advisor for details.


Using electives from outside LALS

A maximum of two courses may be used from another UCSC program or department, independent study, or internship. Students who study abroad may use up to three courses. Transfer students may use up to four courses where applicable; see the undergraduate advisor for more information.

Students may use courses on our pre-approved course list and our approved EAP courses list without notifying the LALS Undergraduae Advisor, keeping in mind:

  • There are no substitutions allowed for LALS 1, LALS 100, LALS 100A, LALS 100B, and LALS 194
  • Courses from other institutions must appear in the student's UCSC record for final approval
  • Students should consult with the undergraduate advisor regarding requests for course substitutions

For substitution petitions, course syllabus and coursework are usually required. If you do not have the syllabus, please contact the institution to obtain it or speak with the advisor.


Disciplinary Communication (DC) Requirement

Students of every major must satisfy that major's DC requirement. The DC requirement in LALS and the combined majors with politics and sociology is met by completing LALS courses 100A and 100B.


Senior Exit Requirement

Most students complete the senior exit requirement by taking LALS 194, the senior seminar. See our Senior Exit Requirement page for a full list and explanation of exit requirement options.