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Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below for responses to commonly asked questions. If you have further questions, please contact the Chicanx and Latinx Studies program through the Virtual Advising Center (VAC).

If I already know Spanish, can you waive the requirement?

Yes, the language requirement can be waived by passing the Spanish Proficiency Exam offered by the Linguistics department. Be sure to email your results to cls@ucsd.edu to have the language requirement waived.

Visit the Linguistics Department website for more information.

Students who successfully pass the proficiency exam will still be required to take 7 courses to complete the minor but will take all 7 electives instead of 5 electives and 2 Spanish courses. 

I've taken a placement test and was placed into LTSP 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, or 2E. Does this satisfy my language requirement?

No, you must enroll in and complete the course to satisfy your language requirement.

For more information about taking a Placement Test, visit the Linguistics Department website.

What is the difference between a Placement Exam and Proficiency Exam?

Placement Test

  • The purpose of a Placement Test is to place you in the appropriate language course at UC San Diego.
  • After you take a Placement Test, you will need to enroll in the appropriate language course and complete the course to satisfy your CLS language requirement.

Visit the Linguistics Department website for more information on how to take a Placement Test.

Proficiency Exam

  • Proficiency Exams are for students who have attained a level of conversational and reading proficiency that is adequate to conduct every-day life in a secondary language.
  • Students who pass the Proficiency Exam do not need to take language courses to fulfill the CLS language requirement.
  • Students must declare a minor in Chicanx and Latinx Studies prior to taking the proficiency exam.

Visit the Linguistics Department website for more information on how to take a Proficiency Exam.

I took a course from another college/university that has CLS content, can I count it toward my minor?

Yes! Courses taken at another institution can be petitioned to count toward your minor. Approval of petitions are up to the discretion of the Program Director.

Visit our How to Petition Courses page for step-by-step instructions.

I took a UCSD course that has CLS content but it is not listed as part of the curriculum. Can I count it toward my minor?

Yes! Courses not listed on our course catalog may be petitioned to count toward your minor. Approval of petitions are up to the discretion of the Program Director.

Visit our How to Petition Courses page for step-by-step instructions.

How many courses can I overlap with my major?

You can only overlap a maximum of 2 courses (8 units) between your major and CLS minor.

How many courses can I take from the same department?

You can take a maximum of 3 courses (12 units) from the same department.