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As soon as they are accepted for admission to UCLA, new students should learn the requirements necessary to receive a bachelor’s degree and begin planning an appropriate program of study. All undergraduate students must satisfy three types of requirements for a degree:
The University of California has established two requirements that all undergraduate students must satisfy in order to graduate: Entry-Level Writing or English as a Second Language (ESL), and American History and Institutions. It is each student’s responsibility to see that these requirements are fulfilled.
Because proficiency in English composition is so important to successful performance in many courses, Entry-Level Writing is the only requirement for graduation that students must satisfy before entering UCLA or during their first year in residence. They may meet this requirement by
If students do not meet the requirement in one of the ways described above, Academic Senate regulations require them to enroll in English Composition A, 2, or 2I (determined by performance on the Analytical Writing Placement Examination) as early as possible during their first year in residence. Each course must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a grade of C or better. Students receiving a final grade of C- or less must repeat the course during their next term in residence. Satisfaction of the Entry-Level Writing requirement is a requisite to English Composition 3 and all subsequent English courses.
For further information, see http://www.ucop.edu/elwr/index.html.
All entering UCLA students whose native language is not English and who have not otherwise satisfied the English as a Second Language (ESL) requirement are required to take the Analytical Writing Placement Examination (AWPE) or the English as a Second Language Placement Examination (ESLPE). Neither the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) nor any other English proficiency test can be submitted or accepted in lieu of the AWPE or ESLPE. Undergraduate students may take the AWPE or ESLPE once only. Unauthorized retakes of the examinations result in an invalid examination score.
First-year undergraduate students do not need to take the ESLPE. Students who have not otherwise satisfied the Entry-Level Writing requirement and who have not taken the AWPE by the time they enter UCLA must take it in their first term at UCLA. Results of the AWPE are reviewed to determine whether students should complete the ESL requirement, prior to satisfying the Entry-Level Writing requirement, in order to demonstrate sufficient command of English. If held for the ESL requirement, students must complete the requirement by taking the designated ESL courses.
Transfer students who have completed the English Composition 3 and English 4W equivalent courses at their transfer institution may nonetheless be held for the UCLA ESL requirement at the discretion of Undergraduate Admissions and Relations with Schools (UARS). This includes but is not limited to all students who received a grade below B in either of these equivalent courses. Any transfer student held by UARS to the ESL requirement must take the ESLPE prior to or during the term in which they are to register. Failure to sit for the ESLPE results in a hold on student records. Depending on the ESLPE results, students may be required to successfully complete one or more courses in the English as a Second Language series to satisfy the ESL requirement.
Results of the ESLPE are used to determine placement into the required sequence of ESL courses or exemption from the ESL requirement. In the case of a nonpassing score on the examination, students are placed in one or more of the credit-bearing courses--English as a Second Language 33B, 33C, and 35. Students must begin taking courses during their first term in residence at UCLA and must complete each course in sequence with a grade of C or better (C- or a Passed grade is not acceptable). All units are applied toward graduation but cannot be applied toward general education requirements. Certain ESL courses provide upper division elective units.
The American History and Institutions requirement is based on the principle that a U.S. citizen attending an American university should understand the history and public institutions of the U.S. under the federal and state constitutions. Candidates for a bachelor’s degree must satisfy the American History and Institutions requirement by one of the following methods:
The College and each school with undergraduate programs establish their own degree requirements. These generally include a (1) unit requirement that defines the total number of units to be completed, (2) scholarship requirement that defines a minimum grade-point average, (3) residence requirement that defines the amount of study that must be undertaken in residence at the UCLA campus, and (4) course requirements that may include general education courses, reading and composition courses, foreign language courses, and core courses for the field of study. See the College and Schools section of this catalog for details on requirements set by the College and by each of the schools.
Each department or interdepartmental program sets its own degree requirements in addition to those established by the College or school. Department requirements generally include (1) preparation for the major, which are lower division courses designed to prepare students for advanced study and (2) the major, which are upper division course requirements. Requirements for each department are listed in the Curricula and Courses section of this catalog.
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