Overview of the Majors

The department offers courses of study leading to major in Chinese Language and Culture and major in Japanese Language and Culture.

The major in Chinese Language and Culture requires 31 hours including four advanced language courses beyond 201 (CHI 290 taken abroad, 220, 230, and 231), EAL 275, EAL 375, 1h of CHI 296 LAC taken in conjunction with EAL 375, a course in Chinese history (HST 244 or 245), and three electives in Humanities and Culture. Study abroad in China or Taiwan is also required. Under special circumstances, a student may substitute an approved intensive immersion program in the U.S. for the study abroad requirement. A minimum C average is required for all courses in the major.

The major in Japanese Language and Culture requires 31 hours including three advanced language courses beyond 201 (JPN 290 taken abroad, 220 and 230), EAL 275, 1h of JPN 296 LAC taken in conjunction with EAL 375, five elective courses—three in Humanities and Culture and one each from Japanese history (HST 246 or 247) and Japanese religion (REL 363 or 381). JPN 231 may substitute as a Humanities and Culture elective. Study abroad in Japan is also required. Under special circumstances, a student may substitute an approved intensive immersion program in the U.S. for the study abroad requirement. A minimum “C” average is required for all courses in the major.

Honors

Highly qualified majors may apply for admission to the honors program in East Asian languages and cultures. To be graduated with the designation “Honors in Chinese Language and Culture” or “Honors in Japanese Studies” following completion of EAL 375, the student must enroll in EAL 376, present an honors-quality research paper, successfully defend the paper in an oral examination, and earn an overall grade point average of 3.0 with an average of 3.3 on work in courses taken as part of the major in Chinese or Japanese.