Literature Language Requirement

The Literature Department language requirement has two parts:

1. Reading proficiency in a second language.

Students must present evidence of one of the following: 

One year (three quarters or equivalent) of college level study of a non-English language (e.g. completion of SPANISH 3 at UCSC)


Demonstrated reading ability at this level

  • UCSC language courses and literature language proficiency tests are available in Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. A language proficiency test may be taken to determine Hindi, Korean, Punjabi, or Urdu reading proficiency; however, Hindi, Korean, Punjabi and Urdu language classes are not offered at UCSC.
  • All students who would like to take a language proficiency test are encouraged to do so. Please contact the Literature Department at (831) 459-4778 for more information and to schedule a language proficiency test.

2.  Completion of LIT 102 Translation Theory;  OR one upper-division course in a non-English literature studied in the original.

In order to be able to enroll in LIT 102, Translation Theory, during their Junior year, we recommend that students complete the language proficiency requirement by the end of Sophomore year.

Students proposing to take an upper-division course in a non-English language literature must have speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in the appropriate language, except in ancient languages (Greek, Latin, Egyptian Hieroglyphics) where reading knowledge only is required.