Transferring Credit for Language Requirements

Students who wish to take classes at another college or university are permitted to do so as long as they get approval in writing before taking the class. Students in violation of this policy risk not receiving credit for the course taken.

  1. The departmental placement policy applies to classes taken off campus.
  2. The department does not allow the transfer of any online or hybrid courses. (Hybrid courses are understood here as those courses in which any normal contact hours are replaced with online content.)
  3. The number of face-to-face, in person contact hours for a given course must be equal to or greater than the number of contact hours of the department's courses. In addition, the contact hours of any transferred course must be distributed over at least five class days for each unit of credit. A three-unit course, for example, must have class sessions on at least 15 days, with the contact hours distributed evenly over those class days.
  4. Courses listed in the articulation agreements below must also adhere to the above two policies.
  5. We do not grant credit for classes taken at private language schools, such as Berlitz.
  6. College level courses taken prior to admission to USD must be approved by submission of a Petition for Pre-USD Transfer Course Credit accessible in the portal under My Academics in the Transfer Credit/Articulation module. Follow the directions below to have courses taken after admission here pre-approved.


A Transfer Class Articulation form (formerly called the Petition for Transfer of Credit) must be submitted for each course that will be taken, even for those on the university's articulation agreements. It is available in the portal on the My Academics page (Take a Class Off Campus link under My Academics Resources). You will need to have the course catalog for the institution (not the schedule of classes) in order to complete the information required: course title, number (e.g. Chinese 101) and the verbatim description of the class. Once complete, the form is sent to your academic advisor or preceptor and is then forwarded to the chair of this department. In the case of languages taught at USD, the chair will not approve any course if you need to take the Placement Exam or apply for a Waiver for 101.

Students will be notified of acceptance or denial by email. Courses taken despite denial or without pre-approval will not be accepted in transfer.

Following is a chart of course equivalents and languages offered at the institutions our students commonly favor. The links lead to course descriptions.

Please be advised that course numbers may change and approval is at the discretion of the department chair. Use the link below to determine what your obligation is.

USD Course Numbers

Notes:

  • All transferred courses must adhere to the policies enumerated above.
  • Chinese = Mandarin
  • Persian = Farsi
  • N/O = not offered. In order to fulfill the language requirement, the third semester course will have to be taken somewhere else.
  • UCSD is on the quarter system. Classes must be taken as shown to receive credit.
  • Unless otherwise stated, both Greek and Hebrew are considered the classical languages.
class listing by institution
Institution Language 101 102 201 202 212
City College, San Diego Arabic 101 102 N/O N/O N/A
French 101 102 201 202 N/A
German 101 102 201 N/O N/A
Italian 101 102 201 N/O N/A
Spanish 101 102 201 202 N/O
             
Cuyamaca College    Arabic 120 121 220 221 N/A
Aramaic 120 121 220 N/O N/A
French 120 121 220 221 N/A
Spanish 120 121 220 221 N/O
             
Grossmont College       Arabic 120 121 220 221 N/A
French 120 121 220 221 N/A
German 120 121 220 221 N/A
Italian 120 121 220 221 N/A
Japanese 120 121 220 221 N/A
Russian 120 121 220 221 N/A
Spanish 120 121 220 221 N/O
             
Imperial Valley College  French 100 110 200 210 N/A
Spanish

100 or
(101+102)

110 or
(111+112)
200 210 N/O
             

Marymount College

(Palos Verdes) 

French 100 101 200 201 N/A
Japanese 100 101 200 201 N/A
Spanish 100 101 200 201 N/O
             
Mesa College, San Diego Chinese 101 102 201 N/O N/A
French 101 102 201 202 N/A
German 101 102 201 N/O N/A
Italian 101 102 201 N/O N/A
Japanese 101 102 201 202 N/A
Latin 101 102 201 N/O N/A
Russian 101 102 201 N/O N/A
Spanish 101 102 201 202 N/O
Tagalog 101 102 201 N/O N/A
Vietnamese 101 102 201 N/O N/A
             
Mira Costa College      Chinese 101 102 N/O N/O N/A
French 101 102 201 202 N/A
German 101 102 201 202 N/A
Italian 101 102 201 N/O N/A
Japanese 101 102 201 202 N/A
Spanish 101 102 201 202 N/O
             
Miramar College, San Diego Spanish 101 102 201 202 N/O
Tagalog 101 102 201 N/O N/A
             
Orange Coast College       French 180 185 280 285 N/A
German 180 185 280 285 N/A
Hebrew (Mod.) 180 185 N/O N/O N/A
Italian 180 185 280 285 N/A
Japanese 180 185 280 285 N/A
Spanish 180 185 280 285 N/O
Vietnamese 180 185 N/O N/O N/A
             
Palomar College        Chinese 101 110 201 N/O N/A
French 101 110 201 210 N/A
German 101 110 201 210 N/A
Italian 101 110 201 N/O N/A
Japanese 101 110 201 210 N/A
Latin 101 110 201 210 N/A
Spanish 101 110 201 210 N/O
Tagalog 101 110 201 N/O N/A
             
Saddleback College         Arabic 1 2 N/O N/O N/A
Chinese 1 2 3 N/O N/A
French 1 2 3 4 N/A
German 1 2 3 4 N/A
Hebrew (Modern) 1 2 N/O N/O N/A
Japanese 1 2 N/O N/O N/A
Italian 1 2 N/O N/O N/A
Persian 1 2 N/O N/O N/A
Spanish 1 2 3 4 N/O
             
SDSU             Arabic 101 102 201 N/O N/A
Chinese 101 102 201 N/O N/A
Greek 101G 202G 303G N/O N/A
Hebrew 101 102 201 N/O N/A
French 100A 100B N/O N/O N/A
German 100A 100B 205A N/O N/A
Italian 100A 100B 210 N/O N/A
Japanese 111 112 211 N/O N/A
Latin 101L 202L 303L N/O N/A
Persian Ling 296: I Ling 296: II N/O N/O N/A
Portuguese 101 201 301 N/O N/A
Russian 100A 100B 200A N/O N/A
Spanish 101 102 201 N/O N/O
             
Santa Rosa Jr. College
Some Italian courses may be transferable. Consult with Brittany Asaro, Acting Program Director.
French 1 2 3 4 N/A
German 1 2 3 4 N/A
Spanish 1 2 3 4 N/O
             
Santiago Canyon College   French 101 102 201 202 N/A
Italian 101 102 201 202 N/A
Spanish 101 102 201 202 N/O
             
Southwestern College   French 120 130 220 230 N/A
Spanish 120 130 220 230 N/A
Spanish for Bilinguals     215
             
UCSD

In the quarter system sometimes one class = ½ semester or less.

In that case, all classes listed must be taken to receive credit for our course.

Some course numbers in the linguistics department change
when the course is given in a special (intensive) summer session.

In this case, full credit is given for a single class as follows:

101 = 5A
102 = 5B
201 = 5C
202 = 5D

Course codes:
JS = Judaic Studies
LI = Linguisitics Dept.
LT = Literature Dept.

Arab (LIAB) 1A 1B 1C N/O N/A
Chin 11+12+13 pending     N/A
Fren (LIFR) 1A+1Ax 1B+1Bx 1C+1Cx 1D+1Dx N/A
Germ (LIGM) 1A+1Ax 1B+1Bx 1C+1Cx 1D+1Dx N/A
Grek (LTGK) 1 2 3   N/A
Hebr (JS) 1 2     N/A
Ital (LIIT) 1A 1B 1C N/O N/A
Latn (LTLA) 1 2 3   N/A
Japn 10A-B-C pending     N/A
Port (LIPO) 1A 1B 1C N/O N/A
Russ (LTRU) 1A-B-C pending     N/A
Span (LISP) 1A+1Ax 1B+1Bx 1C+1Cx 1D+1Dx N/O