University of California, Riverside

Comparative Literature and Languages



Language Program


Committee in Charge

  • Johannes Endres, Ph.D., Director

  • Heidi Waltz, Ph.D. Linguistics/Germanic Studies

  • Yenna Wu, Ph.D. Chinese/Civilizations/Comparative Literature

  • Milagros Peña, Ph.D. Dean, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, ex officio

Languages and Literatures / Languages

Revised requirements (For Students Entering Fall 2011 and Beyond). Students who entered prior to Fall 2011 should refer to the previous requirements.

Faculty Advisor

Johannes Endres 

The B.A. in Languages enables a student to specialize in two foreign languages through the acquisition of language competencies, as well as exposure to the theoretical basis and structure of language itself (linguistics), and the study of the cultural and literary practices, which the target languages reflect and enact.  Students interested in a single language concentration should see individual language program listings.

Required Courses

  1. CPLT 001 or CPLT 001W, CPLT 002, and LING 020
  2. Elementary and intermediate courses in languages one and two as required.
  3. Sixty-four (64) upper-division units distributed as follows:
    1. Language one — 28 units which must include the following minimums:
      1. Sixteen (16) units in language
      2. Twelve (12) units in literature and culture
    2. Language two — 20 units which must include the following minimums:
      1. Twelve (12) units in language
      2. Eight (8) units in literature and culture
    3. LING 111 — 4 units
    4. One other course in Linguistics — 4 units
    5. Four (4) units of electives in any of the above-mentioned area
    6. CPLT 193 (4 units). (CPLT 196 strongly recommended but not required)

The Language Major Prior to Fall 2011

The B.A. in Language allows a student to specialize in two or three foreign languages through a knowledge not only of the languages themselves but also of the bases of language (linguistics), examples of their creative use (literature), and the cultures which they reflect (civilization).

Students interested in a single language concentration should see individual language program listings in the catalog.

Two Foreign Languages Option

  1. CPLT 015 and LING 020
  2. Elementary and intermediate courses in languages one and two as required
  3. Sixty-four (64) upper-division units distributed as follows:
    1. Language one — 28 units which must include the following minimums:
      1. Sixteen (16) units in language
      2. Twelve (12) units in literature and civilization
    2. Language two — 20 units which must include the following minimums:
      1. Twelve (12) units in language
      2. Eight (8) units in literature and civilization
    3. LING 111 — 4 units
    4. One other course in Linguistics — 4 units
    5. Eight (8) units of electives in any of the above-mentioned areas

Three Foreign Languages Option

  1. CPLT 015 and LING 020
  2. Elementary and intermediate courses in Language one, two, and three as required
  3. Sixty-four (64) upper-division units distributed as follows:
    1. Language one — 20 units which must include the following minimums:
      1. Twelve (12) units in language
      2. Eight (8) units in literature and civilization
    2. Language two — 20 units which must include the following minimums:
      1. Twelve (12) units in language
      2. Eight (8) units in literature and civilization
    3. Language three — 12 units in language
    4. LING 111 — 4 units
    5. One other course in Linguistics — 4 units
    6. Four (4) units in electives from any of the above-mentioned areas

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