Learning a language is a process through which you discover a new world, a new you! Languages also open up a world of career possibilities and enhance people’s learning skills to make them better learners in general.

Language Studies is one of the main strengths of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon. While the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree requires proficiency in a second language, it is not a limiting factor. All students can pursue a second, third language to deepen their understanding of the peoples of the world, to develop more meaningful relationships both personal and professional.

To graduate with a BA degree, University of Oregon students need to show intermediate competency in one language other than English. This can be accomplished by completing at least the third term of the second year in a Second Language course taught in the language (203 or equivalent), with a grade of C– or better or P. In general, this level corresponds to the sixth term of study (e.g., FREN 203, CHN 203, SPAN 203 or 228.). Students receive the credit associated with the course(s) passed.

Another way to meet the requirements is demonstrating proficiency by exam. More information about satisfying the BA Language requirement can be found here.

Old English Option

Students may fulfill the UO second-language requirement by passing two years of courses in Old English through the Department of English. Students complete ENG 428 OE I (Old English grammar), and then two Old English reading courses—ENG 429 Old English II and 430 Old English III—which are each taken twice, over two successive years. Because 429 and 430 must be repeated, the readings studied in ENG 429 and ENG 430 vary every other year. Taking these two courses twice means that students will complete five different courses, which together will satisfy the BA Language requirement. Once these five courses have been passed successfully, students should contact the CAS Divisional Dean for Humanities, who will certify the BA second language requirement as completed.

Using Hebrew Courses to Fulfill the BA Language Requirement

Students may fulfill the UO second-language requirement by passing 3 upper-division Hebrew courses. These courses are repeatable and may be taken in any order. The upper-division courses offered at the University of Oregon are HBRW 311 – Biblical Narrative, HBRW 312 – Biblical Poetry, and HBRW 313 – Postbiblical Literature. Please refer to the Class Schedule for term offerings.

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Term (Class Schedule) Subject Course Number Course Title Credits
201901 Fall 2019 Arabic (ARB) 301 Language & Culture 4
201901 Fall 2019 Chinese (CHN) 301 3rd Year Chinese 5
201901 Fall 2019 Chinese (CHN) 420 Inter Lang Strategies 4
201901 Fall 2019 Chinese (CHN) 436 Literary Chinese 4
201901 Fall 2019 French (FR) 301 France Contemporaine 4
201901 Fall 2019 French (FR) 302 Culture et langage 4
201901 Fall 2019 French (FR) 312 Survey: Francoph Lit 4
201901 Fall 2019 French (FR) 319 Surv 19C & 20C 4
201901 Fall 2019 French (FR) 331 French Theater 4
201901 Fall 2019 French (FR) 460 Top Island Stories 4
201901 Fall 2019 German (GER) 311 Interm Lang Training 4
201901 Fall 2019 German (GER) 340 Intro Ger Cultur & Soc 4
201901 Fall 2019 German (GER) 366 Themes in German Lit 4
201901 Fall 2019 German (GER) 411 Adv Language Training 4
201901 Fall 2019 Greek (GRK) 411 Top Homeric Hymns 4
201901 Fall 2019 Italian (ITAL) 319 Surv 19C & 20C 4
201901 Fall 2019 Italian (ITAL) 320 Intens Grammar Review 4
201901 Fall 2019 Japanese (JPN) 301 3rd Year Japanese 5
201901 Fall 2019 Japanese (JPN) 411 4th Yr Spoken Japanese 4
201901 Fall 2019 Japanese (JPN) 414 4th Yr Read/Writ Japan 4
201901 Fall 2019 Korean (KRN) 301 3rd Year Korean 5
201901 Fall 2019 Latin (LAT) 411 Top Ars Amatoria 4
201901 Fall 2019 Portuguese (PORT) 301 Expressoes Artisticas 4
201901 Fall 2019 Russian (RUSS) 316 3rd Year Russian 5
201901 Fall 2019 Spanish (SPAN) 301 Identidades Hispanas 4
201901 Fall 2019 Spanish (SPAN) 303 Expresiones Artisticas 4
201901 Fall 2019 Spanish (SPAN) 305 Cambios Sociales 4
201901 Fall 2019 Spanish (SPAN) 308 Comunidades Bilingues 4
201901 Fall 2019 Spanish (SPAN) 311 Adv Writing in Spanish 4
201901 Fall 2019 Spanish (SPAN) 312 Spanish in the Media 4
201901 Fall 2019 Spanish (SPAN) 320 Intens Grammar Review 4
201901 Fall 2019 Spanish (SPAN) 322 Intro Hispanic Ling 4
201901 Fall 2019 Spanish (SPAN) 324 Pronunciation & Phonet 4
201901 Fall 2019 Spanish (SPAN) 342 Hispanic Cul Lit II 4
201901 Fall 2019 Spanish (SPAN) 343 Hispanic Cul Lit III 4
201901 Fall 2019 Spanish (SPAN) 344 Hispanic Cul Lit IV 4
201901 Fall 2019 Spanish (SPAN) 348 US Latino Lit & Cul 4
201901 Fall 2019 Spanish (SPAN) 353 Intro to Narrative 4