East Asian Languages and Cultures (EAL)

The East Asian Languages and Cultures Department offers BA degrees and minors in Chinese and Japanese Languages and Cultures and an interdisciplinary minor in East Asian Studies.

Learning Outcomes for Students Earning the BA in Chinese Languages and Cultures.

  1. Interact with native speakers in a variety of situations in stylistically appropriate language;
  2. Express opinions in both speaking and writing on a range of topics from daily life to current events;
  3. Read and understand the gist of authentic materials, such as news headlines, short essays, public signs, advertisements, with the aid of dictionaries and other resources;
  4. Use various resources in the new media such as the internet;
  5. Obtain a basic knowledge of the literary and cultural traditions of China;
  6. Understand China’s cultural and literary traditions within the East Asian and world contexts;
  7. Analyze and discuss coherently in English Chinese literary and cultural works;
  8. Write logically and clearly in English about Chinese literary and cultural traditions;
  9. Develop independent thinking, research, and learning skills to be successful in academic, professional, and personal pursuits after graduation.

Learning Outcomes for Students Earning the BA in Japanese Language and Culture.

  1. Communicate in Japanese with fluency and accuracy in a culturally appropriate manner in various situations.
  2. Communicate in Japanese in various modes such as personal interactions, written communications, and presentations.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the influence of personal relationships and settings on the use of the Japanese language.
  4. Read and comprehend various types of writing in Japanese such as newspaper articles, short stories, and web content with the help of dictionaries and other resources while working toward mastering jooyoo kanji;
  5. Analyze and discuss in Japanese cultural and social issues and express opinions clearly in speech as well as in writing.
  6. Analyze and discuss in English representative Japanese literary and cultural works in their social, historical, and theoretical contexts.
  7. Write logically, clearly, and cohesively in English about Japanese literary and cultural works and traditions.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of larger regional trends in East Asian culture.
  9. Demonstrate independent thinking, research, and learning skills necessary to be successful in academic, professional, and personal pursuits after graduation.

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

Courses in Chinese Language

Students work towards learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 9 by taking seven required languages
courses: CHI 101, 102, 153, 201, 220, 230, and 231. Activities used to develop and assess
learning outcomes are embedded in the course and include: written tests, essays, speaking tests,
presentations, and various projects.

Courses in Chinese & East Asian Culture

Students work towards learning outcomes 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 by taking three electives in Chinese
literature and culture—including EAL 221, 231, and 252, —and one required survey on East
Asian culture, EAL 275. Activities used to develop and assess learning outcomes are embedded
in the course and include analysis papers, research projects, presentations, examinations, and
other activities.
Capstone Seminar

A standardized assessment of all of the learning outcomes for the major is performed in EAL 375,
a required research seminar on East Asian culture taken in the fall of the fourth year. As part of
the seminar, students will also complete a one-credit hour LAC (Learning Across the Curriculum)
course in which they develop the Chinese language component of their research projects.
Seminar activities used to assess learning outcomes include:

  1. A research paper in English on a topic in Chinese and East Asian culture.
  2. A presentation in English on the research project.
  3. A two-page “summary” of the research project in Chinese.
  4. A presentation on the research project in Chinese.

Courses in Japanese Language

Students work towards learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 by taking six required languages courses: JPN 101, 102, 153, 201, 220, and 230. Activities used to develop and assess learning outcomes are embedded in the course and include: written tests, essays, speaking tests, presentations, and various projects.

Courses in Japanese & East Asian Culture

Students work towards learning outcomes 6, 7, 8, 9 by taking three electives in Japanese literature and culture—including EAL 219, 253, 270, and 285—and one required survey on East Asian culture, EAL 275. Activities used to develop and assess learning outcomes are embedded in the course and include analysis papers, research projects, presentations, examinations, and other activities.
Capstone Seminar

A standardized assessment of all of the learning outcomes for the major is performed in EAL 375, a required research seminar on East Asian culture taken in the fall of the fourth year. As part of the seminar, students will also complete a one-credit hour LAC (Learning Across the Curriculum) course in which they develop the Japanese language component of their research projects.
Seminar activities used to assess learning outcomes include:

  1. A research paper in English on a topic in Japanese and East Asian culture.
  2. A presentation in English on the research project.
  3. A two-page “summary” of the research project in Japanese.
  4. A presentation on the research project in Japanese.