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The School of the Arts and Architecture has nine requirements that must be satisfied for the award of the degree: unit, scholarship, academic residence, writing, quantitative reasoning, foreign language, upper division nonmajor courses, diversity, and general education.
Students must complete for credit, with a passing grade, no less than 180 units and no more than 216 units, of which at least 64 units must be upper division courses (numbered 100 through 199). Credit for upper division tutorials numbered 195 through 199 is limited to a maximum of 8 units in a single term and a maximum of 32 units total for a letter grade. Each major may have limitations on the number of upper division tutorials and/or units that may be applied toward degree requirements.
A 2.0 (C) average is required in all work attempted at the University of California, exclusive of courses in UCLA Extension and those graded Passed/Not Passed. A 2.0 (C) average is also required in all upper division courses in the major taken at the University, as well as in all courses applied toward the general education and University requirements.
Students are in residence while enrolled and attending classes at UCLA as a major in the School of the Arts and Architecture. Of the last 45 units completed for the bachelor’s degree, 35 must be earned in residence in the School of the Arts and Architecture. No more than 18 of the 35 units may be completed in UCLA Summer Sessions.
Students admitted to the school are required to complete a two-term writing requirement--Writing I and Writing II. The courses must be taken for letter grades, and students must receive grades of C or better (C- grades are not acceptable).
Writing I. The Writing I requirement must be satisfied within the first three terms of enrollment by completing English Composition 3 or 3H with a grade of C or better (C- or a Passed grade is not acceptable).
The Writing I requirement may also be satisfied by scoring 4 or 5 on one of the College Board Advanced Placement Tests in English or a combination of a score of 720 or higher on the SAT Reasoning Test Writing Section and superior performance on the English Composition 3 Proficiency Examination.
Students whose native language is not English may satisfy the Writing I requirement by completing English as a Second Language 36 with a grade of C or better (C- or a Passed grade is not acceptable). Admission into the course is determined by completion of English as a Second Language 35 with a passing grade or proficiency demonstrated on the English as a Second Language Placement Examination (ESLPE).
Writing II. The Writing II requirement must be satisfied within the first six terms of enrollment by completing one course from a faculty-approved list of Writing II courses published in the Schedule of Classes at http://www.registrar.ucla.edu/soc/writing.htm and available in the Student Services Office. The course must be completed with a grade of C or better (C- or a Passed grade is not acceptable).
In the School of the Arts and Architecture, students must demonstrate basic skills in quantitative reasoning. The requirement may be satisfied by completing one approved UCLA course (see list below) for a letter grade of C or better or Passed (C- or a Not Passed grade is not acceptable).
The quantitative reasoning requirement may also be satisfied by achieving an SAT Reasoning Test Mathematics Section score of 600 or higher or an SAT Subject Test in Mathematics score of 550 or higher.
Approved courses include Biostatistics 100A, 100B, Mathematics 2 (or any higher numbered course except 19, 71SL, 72SL, 89, 89HC, 98XA, 98XB, 99, 103A, 103B, 103C, 105A, 105B, 105C, 189, 189HC, 195, 197, 199), Philosophy 31, Political Science 6, 6R, Program in Computing 10A, 10B, 10C, Statistics 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.
Students may meet the foreign language requirement by (1) scoring 3, 4, or 5 on the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) foreign language examination in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish, or scoring 4 or 5 on the AP foreign language examination in Latin, (2) presenting a UCLA foreign language proficiency examination score indicating competency through level three, or (3) completing one college-level foreign language course equivalent to level three or above at UCLA with a grade of Passed or C or better. The foreign language requirement must be completed within the first six terms of enrollment.
International students may petition to use an advanced course in their native language for this requirement. Students whose entire secondary education has been completed in a language other than English may petition to be exempt from the foreign language requirement.
The diversity requirement is predicated on the notion that students in the arts must be trained to understand the local, national, and global realities in which they make, understand, and interpret art. Those realities include the multicultural, transnational, and global nature of contemporary society. The requirement may be satisfied by taking courses in any of three parts of the students’ overall program: (1) general education courses, (2) courses in the major, or (3) upper division nonmajor elective courses. As such, students are not required to complete an additional course to satisfy the diversity requirement. Courses satisfying this requirement consider intergroup dynamics along with such social dimensions as race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation, age, and disability and are relevant to the understanding of these dynamics in contemporary society and culture in the U.S. and around the world.
General education (GE) is more than a checklist of required courses. It is a program of study that (1) reveals to students the ways that research scholars in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences create and evaluate new knowledge, (2) introduces students to the important ideas and themes of human cultures, (3) fosters appreciation for the many perspectives and the diverse voices that may be heard in a democratic society, and (4) develops the intellectual skills that give students the dexterity they need to function in a rapidly changing world.
This entails the ability to make critical and logical assessments of information, both traditional and digital; deliver reasoned and persuasive arguments; and identify, acquire, and use the knowledge necessary to solve problems.
Students who complete a yearlong GE Cluster series fulfill the Writing II requirement and complete nearly a third of their general education requirements. Students who do not complete the yearlong GE Cluster series must meet with a counselor in the Student Services Office to determine applicable GE credit.
Foundations of the Arts and Humanities. Three 5-unit courses, one from each subgroup. Courses required to satisfy the major or other courses taken in the major field may not be used to satisfy this GE requirement:
The aim of courses in this area is to provide perspectives and intellectual skills necessary to comprehend and think critically about our situation in the world as human beings. In particular, the courses provide the basic means to appreciate and evaluate the ongoing efforts of humans to explain, translate, and transform their diverse experiences of the world through such media as language, literature, philosophical systems, images, sounds, and performances. The courses introduce students to the historical development and fundamental intellectual and ethical issues associated with the arts and humanities and may also investigate the complex relations between artistic and humanistic expression and other facets of society and culture.
The aim of courses in this area is to introduce students to the ways in which humans organize, structure, rationalize, and govern their diverse societies and cultures over time. The courses focus on a particular historical question, societal problem, or topic of political and economic concern in an effort to demonstrate how issues are objectified for study, how data is collected and analyzed, and how new understandings of social phenomena are achieved and evaluated.
The aim of courses in this area is to ensure that students gain a fundamental understanding of how scientists formulate and answer questions about the operation of both the physical and biological world. The courses also deal with some of the most important issues, developments, and methodologies in contemporary science, addressing such topics as the origin of the universe, environmental degradation, and the decoding of the human genome. Through lectures, laboratory experiences, writing, and intensive discussions, students consider the important roles played by the laws of physics and chemistry in society, biology, Earth and environmental sciences, and astrophysics and cosmology.
Foundations Course Lists. Creating and maintaining a general education curriculum is a dynamic process; consequently, courses are frequently added to the list. For the most current list of approved courses that satisfy the Foundations of Knowledge GE plan, consult an academic counselor or see http://www.registrar.ucla.edu/ge/.
Students who transfer to UCLA from other UC campuses and have met all GE requirements prior to enrolling at UCLA are not required to complete the School of the Arts and Architecture GE requirements. Written verification from the dean at the other UC campus is required. Verification letters should be sent to the Student Services Office, School of the Arts and Architecture, 2200 Broad Art Center, UCLA, Box 951620, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1620.
Transfer students from California community colleges have the option to fulfill UCLA lower division GE requirements by completing the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) prior to transfer. The curriculum consists of a series of subject areas and types of courses which have been agreed on by the University of California and the California community colleges. Although GE or transfer core courses are degree requirements rather than admission requirements, students are advised to fulfill them prior to transfer. The IGETC significantly eases the transfer process, as all UCLA GE requirements are fulfilled when students complete the IGETC courses. Students who select the IGETC must complete it entirely before enrolling at UCLA. Otherwise, they must fulfill the School of the Arts and Architecture GE requirements.
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