Students who have already received a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and are interested in pursuing a second bachelor’s degree in another area of study may be considered for admission as 2nd Baccalaureate candidates.  It is expected that applicants are prepared to enter courses at the junior level.

UCI School of Humanities 2nd Baccalaureate programs are intended for students needing to complete coursework in a single discipline, different than the field of their first degree, to later move forward with corresponding graduate programs or career goals.

2nd B.A. students are subject to the following regulations in Humanities:

  • Degree requirements must be completed in six quarters of attendance, excluding summers.
  • You may only enroll in courses that apply toward the major to which you were admitted.
  • You may not change majors once admitted into a Humanities 2nd B.A. program.
  • You may not add a minor or an additional major to your degree. Special considerations may be made in situations in which the student needs additional units to complete their degree.
  • You are not eligible for special undergraduate programs including (but not limited to) study abroad (UCEAP or independent programs), UCDC, UC Sacramento, and UTeach.
Applicants must meet required prerequisites in order to apply for a second B.A. in that field.  Note that completion of the minimum required prerequisites does NOT guarantee admission.  Lower-division major courses may be completed at the community college prior to enrolling at UCI. Applicants must also complete a supplemental application.

Application for Readmission as a Second B.A.: You must apply for readmission as a second B.A. student by the following deadlines: August 1 for fall quarter, November 1 for winter quarter and February 1 for spring quarter.  Contact an Academic Counselor in the School of Humanities to initiate the readmission process after you have successfully met the readmission eligibility criteria.

Applications are considered for the majors listed below.

Eligibility Criteria for Readmission as a Second B.A.:


  1. Humanities Core or Humanities Core Alternative
  2. One year of college-level language other than English. (A minimum of a second year in the same language must be completed for graduation.)
  3. Lower-division requirements for the major in which you are applying:

African American Studies: African American Studies 40A,B,C.
Art History: Two courses from Art History 40A, 40B, 40C, 42A, 42B, 42C, 42D.
Asian American Studies: Asian American Studies (50 or 51) and (52 or 53) and (54 or 55).
Chinese Studies: completion of two years of college-level Mandarin Chinese.
Classics: completion of one year of college-level classical Greek or Latin. 
Comparative Literature: Comparative Literature 60A,B,C.
East Asian Cultures: completion of two years of college-level Mandarin Chinese, college-level Japanese or college-level Korean.
English: Two courses from English 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17 (English 28A or 28D, 28B and/or 28C or 28E can also count here) AND English 15.
European Studies: completion of History 70B and completion of two years of college-level French, German, classical Greek, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish.
Film and Media Studies: Film and Media Studies 85A, 85B, 85C.
French: completion of two years of college-level French. 
Gender and Sexuality Studies: Gender and Sexuality Studies 50A plus two courses from Gender and Sexuality 50B,50C,60A,60B,60C.
German Studies: completion of two years of college-level German.
Global Cultures: History 21A,B,C.
History: Two courses from History 70A,B,C,D,E,F (at least one must be completed at UCI) and two additional History courses.

--- History with a Specialization for Future Teachers : Either (History 21A, 21B, 21C) or (History 40A, 40B, 40C); History 70C which must be completed at UCI.

Japanese Language and Literature: completion of two years of college-level Japanese.
Korean Literature and Culture: completion of two years of college-level Korean.
Literary Journalism: Literary Journalism 20 and 21 and one course from English 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17 (English 28A or 28D, 28B and/or 28C or 28E can also count here).
Philosophy: One course from Philosophy 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5; and two courses from Philosophy 10, 11, 12, 13. 
Religious Studies: Religious Studies 5A,B,C. 
Spanish: Completion of two years of college-level Spanish.