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Asian Language Programs

Asian Language and Studies Major (Chinese and Japanese Concentrations)


This major allows students to develop their language skills in Chinese or Japanese while simultaneously gaining significant knowledge about the Asian context. Students share a strong interdisciplinary curriculum and choose to concentrate their language study in Chinese or Japanese. The non-language curriculum will be taught in English and includes film, literature, history, politics and religion. The major requires one semester of study abroad in China/Taiwan or Japan. The minimum number of units for the major is 34.

Chinese Concentration


Required language courses:

Language requirement begins with the intermediate level; at least one semester (or a summer with a minimum of 8 weeks) of language requirement must be completed in China or Taiwan.

CHIN 23 Chinese Through Culture/the 3rd semester (4)
CHIN 25 Chinese Through Culture/4th semester (4)
CHIN 125 Advanced Chinese I (4)
CHIN 126 Advanced Chinese II (4)
One Semester of Study Abroad in China or Taiwan (8-12)

Four Courses from the following:

No more than two equivalent courses (as determined by the adviser) may be completed while studying in China/Taiwan.

ASIA 120 Asian Cinemas (4)
ASIA 130 East Asian Literature (4)
ASIA 124 Society, Gender & Culture in E. Asia (4)
HIST 30 East Asian Civilization I (4)
HIST 31 East Asian Civilization II (4)
HIST 141 Pre-Modern Chinese History (4)
HIST 142 Modern Chinese History (4)
RELI 135 Asian Religious Traditions (4)
POLS 152 Politics of Asia (4)
REL 152 Confucian Traditions (4)

MLL Required Course:

LANG 195 Capstone Seminar (2)

The Total Units: 34

Chinese Minor


Six courses (24 units) to include CHIN 11a, 11b, 23, and 25. In addition, two courses from ASIA 120 Asian Cinemas, ASIA 124 Society, Gender & Culture in E. Asia, ASIA 130 East Asian Literature, HIST 30 East Asian Civilization I, HIST 31 East Asian Civilization II, HIST 141 Pre-Modern Chinese History, HIST 142 Modern Chinese History, RELI 135 Asian Religious Traditions, POLS 152 Politics of Asia, & REL 152 Confucian Traditions. Study abroad in China or Taiwan is strongly encouraged. Students who acquired competency in Chinese prior to University study may be exempted by the Modern Language and Literature Department from a maximum of 8 units.

Chinese Course Descriptions


CHIN 011A. First-Year Chinese, First Semester. 4 Units.

Students begin training in the basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing at the first semester level. A focus is on the Chinese culture, and the course includes a labratory.

CHIN 011B. First-Year Chinese, Second Semester. 4 Units.

Students begin training in the basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing at the second semester level. A focus is on the Chinese culture, and teh course includes a labratory. Prerequisite: CHIN 011A with a "C-" or better or permission of instructor.

CHIN 023. Intermediate Chinese, Third Semester. 4 Units.

Chinese culture and society is examined through readings, videos, conversations on daily life and cultural behaviors in China. Emphasis is on the development of critical thinking as well as 4-skills proficiency in Chinese language at the intermediate level. Prerequisite: CHIN 011B with a "C-" or better or permission of the instructor.

CHIN 025. Intermediate Chinese, Fourth Semester. 4 Units.

This course is a continuation of cultural themes begun in CHIN 023. Chinese culture and society is examined through readings, videos, conversations on Chinese cultural behaviors and social issues. There is a continued emphasis on developing critical thinking as well as proficiency of 4-skills in Chinese language at the intermediate level. Prerequisite: CHIN 023 with a "C-" or better or permission of instructor.

CHIN 125. Advanced Chinese I. 4 Units.

Students examine selective readings in Chinese that focus on traditions and social issues in contemporary Chinese speaking regions (China and Taiwan). This course continues training in reading, writing, and conversation at an advanced level. Prerequisite: CHIN 025 with a "C-" or better or permission of instructor.

CHIN 126. Advanced Chinese II. 4 Units.

Students examine selective readings in Chinese that focus on Chinese literature and culture. This course continues training in reading, writing and conversation at an advanced level. Prerequisite: CHIN 125 with a "C-" or better or permission of instructor.

CHIN 191. Independent Study. 2-4 Units.

Japanese Concentration

Required language courses:

Language requirement begins with the intermediate level; at least one semester (or a summer with minimum of 8 weeks) of language requirement must be completed in Japan.

JAPN Japanese Through Culture/the 3rd semester (4)
JAPN Japanese Through Culture/the 4th semester (4)
JAPN 125 Advanced Japanese I (4)
JAPN 126 Advanced Japanese II (4)
One Semester of Study Abroad in Japan (8-12)

Four Courses from the following:

No more than two equivalent courses (as determined by the adviser) may be completed while studying in Japan.

ASIA 120 Asian Cinemas (4)
ASIA 130 East Asian Literature (4)
ASIA 124 Society, Gender & Culture in E. Asia (4)
HIST 130 East Asian Civilization I (4)
HIST 131 East Asian Civilization II (4)
HIST 143 Modernization of Japan (4)
RELI 135 Asian Religious Traditions (4)
POLS 152 Politics of Asia (4)
REL 152 Confucian Traditions (4)

MLL Required Course:

LANG 195 Capstone Seminar (2)

The Total Units: 34

Japanese Minor


Six courses (24 units) to include JAPN 11a, 11b, 23, and 25. In addition, two courses from ASIA 120 Asian Cinemas, ASIA 124 Society, Gender & Culture in E. Asia, ASIA 130 East Asian Literature, HIST 30 East Asian Civilization I, HIST 31 East Asian Civilization II, HIST 143 Modernization of Japan, RELI 135 Asian Religious Traditions, POLS 152 Politics of Asia, & REL 152 Confucian Traditions. Study abroad in Japan is strongly encouraged. Students who acquired competency in Japanese prior to University study may be exempted by the Modern Language and Literature Department from a maximum of 8 units.

Japanese Course Descriptions
 

JAPN 011A. First-Year Japanese, First Semester. 4 Units.

Students begin training in the basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing at the first semester level. The focus is on a cultural approach, and the course includes a laboratory.

JAPN 011B. First-Year Japanese, Second Semester. 4 Units.

Students begin training in the basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing at the second semester level. The focus is on a cultural approach, and the course includes a laboratory. Prerequisite: JAPN 011 with a "C-" or better or permission of instructor.

JAPN 023. Intermediate Japanese, Third Semester. 4 Units.

Students examine Japanese culture and society through readings, videos, conversations on Japanese cultural behaviors and social issues. The emphasis is on developing critical thinking as well as proficiency of 4-skills in Japanese language at the intermediate level. Prerequisite: JAPN 011B with a "C-" or better or permission of instructor.

JAPN 025. Intermediate Japanese, Fourth Semester. 4 Units.

This course is a continuation of cultural themes begun in JAPN 023. Students examine Japanese culture and society through readings, videos, conversations on Japanese cultural behaviors and social issues. A continued emphasis is on developing critical thinking as well as proficiency of 4-skills in Japanese language at the intermediate level. Prerequisite: JAPN 023 with a "C-" or better or permission of instructor.

JAPN 125. Advanced Japanese I. 4 Units.

Selective readings in Japanese focus on traditions and social issues in contemporary Japan. Students continue training in reading, writing and conversation at an advanced level. Prerequisite: JAPN 025 with a "C-" or better or permission of instructor.

JAPN 126. Advanced Japanese II. 4 Units.

Selective readings in Japanese focus on Japanese literature and culture. Students continue training in reading, writing and conversation at an advanced level. Prerequisite: JAPN 025 with a "C-" or better or permission of instructor.

JAPN 170. Japanese Literature in Translation. 4 Units.

A survey of Japanese literature from the 8th century to the present is covered with an emphasis on the unique body of prose, poetry and drama that developed during this thousand-year epoch - mostly in relative isolation from the rest of the world - which represents a brilliant literary heritage rarely matched anywhere in the world. This course is taught in English.

JAPN 180. Modern Japanese Fiction. 4 Units.

Students study Japanese fiction as a literary genre after 1867 and up to the present. This course examines representative works by Natsume Soseki and Mori Ogai, the greatest figures among the early modern novelists, and also deals with several leading authors of the post-war period that include Mishima Yukio and Abe Kobo. The readings are in Japanese. Prerequisite: JAPN 125 or JAPN 126 with a "C-" or better, or permission of the instructor.

JAPN 191. Independent Study. 2-4 Units.

Senior standing.

Asian Language Faculty


Email Link for Zlejko Cipris Zeljko (Jake) Cipris, 2000, Associate Professor (JAPANESE), M.A., Columbia University, 1987; M.Phil., 1987; Ph.D., 1994.
Webpage - Phone: 209.946.2918 - Office: WPC-Annex 249

Email Link for Jie Lu Jie Lu, 1996, Professor and Chair (CHINESE), B.A., Beijing Second Foreign Language Institute, Beijing, 1982; M.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1990; Ph.D., Stanford University, 1996.
Webpage - Phone: 209.946.2917 - Office: WPC-Annex 252

Email Link for Jeeyoung Peck Jeeyoung Peck, 2008, Assistant Professor (CHINESE & JAPANESE), B.A., M.A., Hankook University of Foreign Studies, 2000, 2002; Ph.D., Stanford University, 2008.
Phone: 209.946.2915 - Office: WPC-Annex 254