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Preparatory Coursework (the Prep)

  • English Composition 3: English Composition, Rhetoric, and Language
    This is an introductory course focusing on fundamental writing skills. It is administered by UCLA Writing Programs, located in 146 Humanities. If you received a score of 4 or 5 on either of the Composition & Literature or Language & Composition AP tests or scored 5-7 in the Language-English (native) IB exam, then you will receive credit for English Composition 3 and 8 units toward graduation.
  • English 4W/4HW/4WS: Critical Reading and Writing
    This course introduces students to literary analysis, through close reading and written exposition on selected literary works.
  • English 10A: Literatures in English to 1700
    English 10B: Literatures in English, 1700-1850
    English 10C: Literatures in English, 1850-Present
    The English 10 Series is a foundation for your study of English Literature at UCLA. This yearlong series is a survey of major writers and genres, with emphasis on tools for literary analysis such as close reading, argumentation, historical and social context, and critical writing. Students should take the 10 series in sequence early in their career at UCLA.


The Prep courses for the English and American Literature and Culture majors must be taken for a letter grade, and students must receive a grade of "C" or higher in each of the courses. 

Foreign Language/Literature in Translation Requirement

All English and American Literature and Culture majors must have completed either (1) level five or equivalent in any one foreign language or (2) level three or equivalent in one foreign language and two additional courses in foreign language or foreign literature, including foreign literature in translation (see course listings under Foreign Literature in Translation under "Curricula and Courses" in the online General Catalog).

Transfer students who have satisfied the College of Letters and Science foreign language requirement at the high school level through the IGETC program may satisfy the departmental requirement with five foreign literature in translation courses.

The Department will give credit towards the major's Foreign Language/Literature in Translation Requirement for any work the student may test out of in a UCLA language department placement exam or in an AP exam. Please refer to the "Credit for Advanced Placement Tests" table in the online General Catalog.

Foreign language and foreign literature in translation courses may be taken on a P/NP grading basis.