Language Course Offerings

UC San Diego is known for its innovative, non-traditional approach to language instruction. Multiple units share language instruction rather than having individual departments for English, French, Spanish, or Asian or Romance languages. Learn about language courses and programs available at UC San Diego, and how to enroll in them.

The Linguistics Department offers both beginning language instruction in American Sign Language (ASL), Arabic, French , German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish through our Linguistics Language Program and language instruction for heritage language learners in Filipino, Hindi, Korean, Persian or Vietnamese through our Heritage Language Program.

Linguistics Language Program

The Linguistics Language Program (LLP) offers beginning language instruction in American Sign Language (ASL), Arabic, French , German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

American Sign Language (ASL)

Level Fall Winter Spring Summer
First
Quarter
LISL 1A/1AX LISL 1A/1AX
Second
Quarter
LISL 1B/1BX LISL 1B/1BX
Third
Quarter
LISL 1C/1CX LISL 1C/1CX
Fourth
Quarter

LISL 1D/1DX

LISL 1D/1DX
Fifth
Quarter
LISL 1E

Note: The Linguistics Department at UC San Diego offers upper division courses taught in or focused on ASL.

  • LIGN 144. Discourse Analysis: American Sign Language and Performing Arts
    • Pre-requisites: LISL 1C/1CX or consent of instructor.
  • LIGN 146. Sociolinguistics in Deaf Communities
    • Pre-requisites: LISL 1C/1CX or consent of instructor.
  • LIGN 148. Psycholinguistics of Sign Language
    • Pre-requisites: LISL 1C/1CX or LIGN 101 or consent of instructor.

Arabic

Level Fall Winter Spring Summer
First
Quarter
LIAB 1A/1AX
Second
Quarter
LIAB 1B/1BX
Third
Quarter
LIAB 1C/1CX
Fourth
Quarter

LIAB 1D/1DX

Fifth
Quarter
LIAB 1E/1EX
Sixth
Quarter
LIAB 1F*
*The offering of LIAB 1F is dependent upon student demand.

French

Level Fall Winter Spring Summer
First
Quarter
LIFR 1A/1AX LIFR 1A/1AX
Second
Quarter
LIFR 1B/1BX LIFR 1B/1BX LIFR 5B*
Third
Quarter
LIFR 1C/1CX LIFR 1C/1CX LIFR 5C*
Fourth
Quarter

LIFR 1D/1DX

LIFR 1D/1DX LIFR 5D*
*The offering of summer courses are dependent upon student demand.

German

Level Fall Winter Spring Summer
First
Quarter
LIGM 1A/1AX LIGM 5A
Second
Quarter
LIGM 1B/1BX LIGM 5B
Third
Quarter
LIGM 1C/1CX LIGM 5C
Fourth
Quarter

LIGM 1D/1DX

Italian

Level Fall Winter Spring Summer
First
Quarter
LIIT 1A/1AX
Second
Quarter
LIIT 1B/1BX
Third
Quarter
LIIT 1C/1CX
Fourth
Quarter

LIIT 1D/1DX

Portuguese

Level Fall Winter Spring Summer
First
Quarter
LIPO 1A/1AX
Second
Quarter
LIPO 1B/1BX
Third
Quarter
LIPO 1C/1CX
Fourth
Quarter

LIPO 1D/1DX

Fifth
Quarter
LIPO 16
Sixth
Quarter
LIPO 17*
*The offering of LIPO 17 is dependent upon student demand.

Spanish

Level Fall Winter Spring Summer
First
Quarter
LISP 1A/1AX LISP 1A/1AX LISP 5A
Second
Quarter
LISP 1B/1BX LISP 1B/1BX LISP 5B
Third
Quarter
LISP 1C/1CX LISP 1C/1CX LISP 5C
Fourth
Quarter

LISP 1D/1DX

LISP 1D/1DX LISP 5D
Intermediate
Conversation
LISP 15 LISP 16 LISP 17

Heritage Language Program

The Heritage Langugage Program (HLP) offers language instruction for students who already comprehend informal spoken Filipino, Hindi, Korean, Persian or Vietnamese but wish to improve their communicative and sociocultural competence and their analytic understanding. Some speaking ability in recommended. 
Prerequisite: upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

Filipino

Level Fall Winter Spring Summer
Beginning
Heritage
LIHL 112F LIHL 112W LIHL 112P
Advanced
Heritage
LIHL 132F LIHL 132W LIHL 132P
*Students may take each course in the sequence for credit
(e.g. LIHL 112F-112W-112P).

Hindi

Level Fall Winter Spring Summer
Heritage LIHL 119F LIHL 119W LIHL 119P
*Students may take each course in the sequence for credit
(e.g. LIHL 119F-119W-119P).

Korean

Level Fall Winter Spring Summer
Heritage LIHL 115F LIHL 115W LIHL 115P
*Students may take each course in the sequence for credit
(e.g. LIHL 115F-115W-115P).

Persian

Level Fall Winter Spring Summer
Heritage LIHL 117F LIHL 117W LIHL 117P
*Students may take each course in the sequence for credit
(e.g. LIHL 119F-119W-119P).

Vietnamese

Level Fall Winter Spring Summer
Beginning
Heritage
LIHL 114F LIHL 114W LIHL 114P
Intermediate
Heritage
LIHL 124F LIHL 124W LIHL 124P
Advanced
Heritage
LIHL 134F LIHL 134P
*Students may take each course in the sequence for credit
(e.g. LIHL 114F-114W-114P).

Directed Language Study (LIDS 19)

Linguistics Directed Study - Language (LIDS) 19 is a course that allows students to learn basic conversation in one of over 65 languages including Cantonese, Arabic, Swahili, Hindi, Vietnamese and Albanian. Under the supervision of a linguist, students work independently using self-instructional materials. The focus of LIDS 19 is on conversation - not grammar, reading or writing. All materials and/or access to materials are provided. LIDS 19 does not satisfy major or college language requirements.

LIDS 19

Directed Study