University of California, Riverside

Comparative Literature and Languages


Our undergraduate programs and Ph.D. program in Comparative Literature train students to become inventive, thoughtful, strident, and uncompromising, precise and still nuanced readers. From the study of languages and linguistics to the interpretation of poetry, literature, philosophy, film, and more, our faculty work closely with students, giving to them them the single thing which the imperatives of speed reading and ready-made answers, within and outside of the university, cannot stop laying claim to—time. 

Our department houses a variety of language programs—Arabic, Chinese, Classical Greek, English, Filipino, French, German, Italian, Indonesian, Korean, Japanese, Latin, Malaysian, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese—and it is the site where undergraduate students can fulfill their College Breadth language requirements. The requirement in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) is 4 quarters of language study for the B.A. and 3 quarters for the B.S. (see the UCR General Catalogue, p. 67-68). The requirement in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS) is 4 quarters for the B.A. degree (see the General Catalogue p. 74-75). Students in the Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) may chose to use the study of a language, at the 3rd quarter or above, to fulfill part of their humanities College Breadth Requirement (see the General Catalogue, p. 81). The requirement in the School of Business Administration (SOBA) is 3 quarters (see the General Catalogue, p. 84-85).  

For more information about College Breadth language requirements, the UCR General Catalogue is here.

If you have questions about a particular language program, our Program Directors are here.

For information about language placement exams, contact Aaron Jurkiewicz, the Language Placement Test Coordinator.

You can email him here to find out more information:

Times and dates of language placement exams are here.

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