Major Requirements

Course Requirements

Updated major requirements for the LALS major, combined majors in LALS / politics and LALS / sociology, and the minor in LALS are in the general catalog.

Students may find it useful to download and complete the appropriate major worksheets for their major as they map out their course requirements:

LALS Major Worksheet 

Combined Majors

 

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.