- Undergraduate Minor
Language Studies is an interdisciplinary major offered by the Linguistics Department. It is designed to equip students with competence in one foreign language and, at the same time, provide an understanding of the general nature of human language, its structure and use. Students may choose to take elective courses from a variety of departments, concerning the cultural context of the language of concentration.
Study and Research Opportunities
- B.A. and minor with concentrations in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish
- Opportunities to study abroad through UCEAP and the Global Learning Office.
- Undergraduate research opportunities are available through the Linguistics Department and through the Humanities Division
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- Undergraduate majors offered by the Linguistics Department
First-Year (Freshman) Requirements
High school students planning to major in Language Studies at UC Santa Cruz need no additional background other than the courses necessary for UC admission; however, it may be useful to complete more than the minimum requirement in foreign language.
This is a non-screening major. Transfer students planning to major in Language Studies should complete two years of college-level language study in their language of concentration before coming to UC Santa Cruz. Those who have not fulfilled these requirements will find it difficult to graduate in two years. In addition, students will find it helpful to have completed courses that satisfy campus general education requirements.
While it is not a condition of admission, students from California community colleges may complete the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) in preparation for transfer to UC Santa Cruz.
Internships and Career Opportunities
- Bilingual education
- Editing and publishing
- Government service
- International relations
- Speech-language pathology
- Translation and Interpretation
These are only samples of the field’s many possibilities.