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

Effective fall term 2021, students may fulfill the UO second-language requirement by taking the all three courses in the year-long sequence in Old English (ENG 428, ENG 429, ENG 430) and by achieving a B- or higher in ENG 430. The sequence must be taken in order, since ENG 428 is a prerequisite for ENG 429, which is a prerequisite for ENG 430. Any questions about this should be directed to the Old English instructor or to the CAS Divisional Dean for Humanities.

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
Spring 2021 Arabic (ARB) 203 2nd Year Arabic 5
Spring 2021 American Sign Language (ASL) 203 2nd Yr Amer Sign Lang 4
Spring 2021 Chinese (CHN) 203 2nd Year Chinese 5
Spring 2021 Chinese (CHN) 206 Acceler 2nd Yr CHN III 5
Spring 2021 Chinese (CHN) 303 3rd Year Chinese 5
Spring 2021 East Asian Languages and Literatures (EALL) 443 Chn/Jpn/Krn Pedagogy 4
Spring 2021 French (FR) 203 2nd Year French 4
Spring 2021 French (FR) 301 France Contemporaine 4
Spring 2021 French (FR) 317 Surv Mediev/Renaiss 4
Spring 2021 French (FR) 319 Surv 19C & 20C 4
Spring 2021 French (FR) 490 Top Urban Ecologies 4
Spring 2021 German (GER) 203 2nd Year German 4
Spring 2021 German (GER) 313 Interm Lang Training 4
Spring 2021 Greek (GRK) 303 Top Homer 4
Spring 2021 Greek (GRK) 411 Top Herodotus 4
Spring 2021 Ichishkiin (ICH) 203 2nd Yr Ichishkiin 5
Spring 2021 Italian (ITAL) 203 2nd Year Italian 4
Spring 2021 Italian (ITAL) 318 Surv Baroq/Enlight 4
Spring 2021 Japanese (JPN) 203 2nd Year Japanese 5
Spring 2021 Japanese (JPN) 303 3rd Year Japanese 5
Spring 2021 Japanese (JPN) 413 4th Yr Spoken Japanese 4
Spring 2021 Japanese (JPN) 416 4th Yr Read/Writ Japan 4
Spring 2021 Korean (KRN) 203 2nd Yr Korean 5
Spring 2021 Korean (KRN) 303 3rd Year Korean 5
Spring 2021 Latin (LAT) 303 Top Ovid 4
Spring 2021 Latin (LAT) 411 Top Plautus 4
Spring 2021 Portuguese (PORT) 203 2nd Year Portuguese 4
Spring 2021 Russian (RUSS) 318 3rd Year Russian 5
Spring 2021 Spanish (SPAN) 203 2nd Year Spanish 4
Spring 2021 Spanish (SPAN) 228 Latino Heritage II 5
Spring 2021 Spanish (SPAN) 301 Identidades Hispanas 4
Spring 2021 Spanish (SPAN) 303 Expresiones Artisticas 4
Spring 2021 Spanish (SPAN) 305 Cambios Sociales 4
Spring 2021 Spanish (SPAN) 308 Comunidades Bilingues 4
Spring 2021 Spanish (SPAN) 311 Adv Writing in Spanish 4
Spring 2021 Spanish (SPAN) 312 Spanish in the Media 4
Spring 2021 Spanish (SPAN) 320 Intens Grammar Review 4
Spring 2021 Spanish (SPAN) 322 Intro Hispanic Ling 4
Spring 2021 Spanish (SPAN) 324 Pronunciation & Phonet 4
Spring 2021 Spanish (SPAN) 342 Hispanic Cul Lit II 4
Spring 2021 Spanish (SPAN) 344 Hispanic Cul Lit IV 4
Spring 2021 Swahili (SWAH) 203 2nd Year Swahili 5
Spring 2021 Swedish (SWED) 203 2nd Year Swedish 4