Second Language Course Requirements

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Learning a second language has many benefits, from broadening your perspective to making new friends, and is a highly desirable skill when you look for a job down the road. Find your degree-type below to determine whether or not this requirement applies to you. If you are a double-major, it is important that you look up the requirements for each of your majors. In no case do CHC language requirements remove departmental language requirements.

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

If you are pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree then you must complete the second language requirement. Many UO majors offer students the option of either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science. Make sure to talk with your major advisor if you are unsure which degree path you are on. If you are a double major, and one of your majors only offers the BA option, then you must fulfill the second language requirement. The following UO majors award only Bachelor of Arts degrees:


•  art history

•  Asian studies
•  Chinese
•  cinema studies
•  classics
•  comparative literature
•  English

•  folklore
•  French
•  German
•  humanities
•  Italian
•  Japanese
•  Judaic studies

•  Latin American studies
•  linguistics
•  medieval studies
•  romance languages
•  Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies
•  Spanish


Bachelor of Science (BS)

The Clark Honors College has a more rigorous standard than the university overall, which waives second language requirements for all Bachelors of Science degrees. As a CHC student, if your major requires less than 90 credit hours for completion, then you must fulfill the second language requirement.

The following UO majors are exempt from the second language requirement because they require 90 or more credit hours, as long as you are pursuing the BS (and not the BA) option:


•  accounting
•  biology
•  biochemistry
•  business administration
•  chemistry

•  computer and information science
•  environmental science
•  environmental studies
•  geology

•  human physiology
•  marine biology
•  ​physics
•  product design


Arts, Architecture & Music

The following majors require 90 or more credit hours for completion. Students pursuing these majors therefore do not have to fulfill the second language requirement.


•  architecture
•  interior architecture
•  landscape architecture

•  music education
•  music composition

•  music performance
•  jazz studies


If you are pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) then you must complete either the BA proficiency in a second language, or the BS proficiency in mathematics and/or computer and information science. If you choose to fulfill the BS requirement, then you do not have to fulfill the second language requirement, unless study of a second language is a requirement for completion of your major.

Fulfilling the Requirement

To fulfill your second language requirement, you must demonstrate two-year proficiency in a second language through one of the following methods:

  • Take and pass second language courses at the University of Oregon through the 203-level (must take courses for letter grades—not Pass/No Pass—and must pass with a grade of C- or higher).
  • Waive the requirement with successful completion of a competency test if you already speak a second language.
  • Fulfill the requirement with transfer, AP, or IB credits. See the Office of the Registrar for minimum test score requirements. Note that AP/IB scores may only be used to fulfill up to a maximum of 24 university credit hours.

You can take any of the below languages at UO to fulfill your second language requirement. Courses are taught in their individual departments, not through the Clark Honors College.

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