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The Language Other Than English Requirement (LOTER) is a University graduation requirement that is specific to CSUSM. Beginning with the Fall 2019 catalog year, it will no longer be a University graduation requirement for an undergraduate degree.

Students graduating prior to Fall 2019

You must complete LOTER in a way listed on this website. 

Continuing students graduating Fall 2019 or later and who have declared their major prior to Fall 2019

You do not have a LOTER. It has been waived in your ARR and Degree Planner.

Students who expect to be enrolled Fall 2019, but whose LOTER has not yet been waived by the university, will have LOTER waived no later than the start of the Fall 2019 semester, if still enrolled in an undergraduate degree program.

FAQs, updates, and details for Fall 2019 continuing students.

Contact Advisor Hilary Taylor with any questions, at 760-750-4197 or .

Incoming students Fall 2019 and Continuing students who change/add/declare major Fall 2019 or later

Only the following CSUSM Majors, all of which are within the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (CHABSS), will require intermediate-level (3rd-semester) proficiency starting Fall 2019. That requirement will be built into the major, so even if the sequence is started from the 1st-semester class because the students hasn't met any prerequisites, all nine units fit within the major without adding any additional units.  Check back soon for more information about this new requirement.
  • American Indian Studies
  • Anthropology (with options in Medical and Indigenous)
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Communication
  • Criminology and Justice Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • History
  • Literature and Writing Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychological Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology (with options in Criminology and Sociology)
  • Spanish
  • Visual and Performing Arts (with options in Arts and Technology, Theatre Arts and Visual Arts)
  • Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies
The Global Studies Major in CHABSS will continue to have a 4th-semester proficiency requirement. Even if the sequence is started from the 1st-semester class because the student hasn't met any prerequisites, all 12 units fit within the major with adding any additional units.
These are the only three CHABSS Majors that will not have any language proficiency requirement starting Fall 2019:
  • Economics
  • Liberal Studies (with an option in Border Studies)
  • Music

No other Colleges or Majors will have a foreign-language requirement as of Fall 2019. 

Contact Advisor Hilary Taylor with any questions, at 760-750-4197 or .

Transfer nursing applicants for Fall 2019

The LOTER is still a way to earn additional application points, for Fall 2019 transfer student applicants to the traditional nursing program.  Nursing is an impacted program, so we strongly suggest that you do meet the LOTER by the Nursing program's spring deadline, in a way listed on this website. [Note: This does not apply to Extended Learning's RN to BSN program.]