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Office of the University Registrar

2005-06 Undergraduate Catalog


East Asian Languages and Literatures
College: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Total Hours for the Degree: 120
Specializations: Chinese and Japanese
Minor: Yes
Combined-Degree Program: No

The major in East Asian Languages and Literatures (EALL) develops proficiency in Chinese and Japanese language and acquaints students with the literature and cultural history of China and Japan. Courses are also available for those interested in business Chinese, film, and women's studies.

The major provides students with the foundation for further work at the graduate level in East Asian studies or allied fields (linguistics, history, and religion). An EALL major is excellent general preparation for entry to professional schools (medicine, law), foreign service, diplomacy, translation, business, import and export of information and culture, museums and libraries, tourism, and the like.

A minimum of 30 credit hours at the 3000 level or above is required. (Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses to count toward the major; designations of satisfactory or unsatisfactory are not acceptable.)

Overseas Study: A yearlong full-tuition exchange program is available at Kansai Gaidai, near Osaka, Japan, which offers courses in Japanese language (all levels) and area studies focusing on Japan and its international role. There also is an exchange program with Kokugakuin University in Tokyo.

A semester or yearlong study-abroad program at the Mandarin Training Center, National Taiwan Normal University (Taipei, Taiwan), offers courses in Chinese language (all levels). A program at Shaanxi Teachers University (Xian, China) also offers study of the Chinese language (all levels) and culture for one or more terms, including summer.

General Education: The Department of African and Asian Languages and Literatures is international and multicultural in outlook and in course offerings. General Education courses have been selected to give insight into the humanities, social sciences and the international perspective of the African, Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew and Japanese components of the department. Some classes listed under CHT or JPT qualify for the Writing and Math Requirement.

Several EALL courses in the major count simultaneously for general education (GE-H, I) and/or the writing and math requirements. Students are responsible for completing all General Education requirements. Refer to the academic advising section in this catalog.

Courses: The department anticipates coordinating the language, literature and culture components of a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies in the future. All languages offered through this department fulfill the language requirements of the various colleges.

Specialization: Chinese

The Chinese specialization requires the following:
  • A. CHI 3410-3411 (language requirement);
  • B. ny four of the following, of which at least two must be at the 4000 level: CHI 4850, CHI 4930, CHI 3440, CHI 4935 (honors thesis), CHT 3123, CHT 3124, CHT 4111, CHW 4120, CHW 4130, CHW 4140, FOL 3932 (content requirement);
  • C. CHI 3500 or CHT 3110 or CHN 4905; and
  • D. Either three Group B courses from Japanese, or three courses composed of additional Group B Chinese and courses outside the department with exclusive reference to East Asia (such as anthropology, fine arts, history, religion, etc.)

Specialization: Japanese

The Japanese specialization requires the following:
  • A. JPN 3410-3411 (language requirement);
  • B. Any four of the following: JPN 3391, JPN 3730, JPN 4850, JPN 4930, JPN 4935, JPN 4940, JPT 3100, JPT 3120, JPT 3121, JPT 3130, JPT 3140, JPT 3150, JPT 3300, JPT 4502, JPW 4130, JPW 4131, (content requirement);
  • C. JPT 3500 or JPN 4905; and
  • D. Either three Group B courses from Chinese or three courses composed of additional Group B Japanese and courses specifically on East Asia from other disciplines (history, anthropology, religion, fine arts, etc.)

Course offerings vary from semester to semester, particularly within Group D. Majors should consult the appropriate undergraduate coordinator before registration every semester.

Prospective majors should be aware of the prerequisites to CHI 3410-3411 (Advanced Chinese) and JPN 3410-3411 (Advanced Japanese). Both concentrations require LIN 3010 as an exit requirement not counted toward the 30 hours. A student should take this course before taking CHI 4850 or JPN 4850.

For Both the Chinese and Japanese Specializations

The plan below represents an ideal progression through the EALL major. Actual courses may be different depending on language preparation and availability of courses. In particular, beginning language is best started Semester 1, and no later than Semester 3, but study abroad or accredited intensive summer courses can be used to catch up. In any case, all requirements must be met for graduation.

Critical Tracking and Semester Plan

Semester 1:

  • 2.0 UF GPA required for semesters 1-5

Semester 2:

  • Maintain 2.0 UF GPA

Semester 3:

  • Complete one Chinese or Japanese course

Semester 4:

  • Complete 1 additional Chinese or Japanese course with 2.5 GPA on all critical-tracking course work

Semester 5:

  • Complete 2 additional East Asian Language and Literature-related courses with 2.5 GPA on all critical-tracking course work

Suggested semester-by-semester plan

Semester 1Credits
JPN 1130 Beginning Japanese 1 or
CHI 1130 Beginning Chinese 1
Composition (GE)3
Biological Science (GE)3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE)3
Total 14
Semester 2Credits
JPN 1131 Beginning Japanese 2 or
CHI 1131 Beginning Chinese 2
Physical Science (GE)3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE)3
Mathematics (GE)3
Total 14
Semester 3Credits
JPN 2203 Intermediate Japanese 1 or
CHI 2203 Intermediate Chinese 1
CHI 3500 Chinese Culture or
JPT 3500 Japanese Culture
Humanities (GE)3
Major elective (JPT/CHT 3100 series)3
Physical Science (GE)3
Total 17
Semester 4Credits
JPN 2204 Intermediate Japanese 2 or
CHI 2201 Second-Year Chinese 2
Humanities (GE)3
Mathematics (GE)3
Total 14
Semester 5Credits
JPN 3410 Advanced Japanese 1 or
CHI 3410 Advanced Chinese 1
Biological Science (GE)3
LIN 3010 Introduction to Linguistics (GE–H)3
Major elective (3000 level or above)3
Total 15
Semester 6Credits
JPN 3411 Advanced Japanese 2 or
CHI 3411 Advanced Chinese 2
Major elective (3000 level or above)6
Electives (3000 level or above)6
Total 15
Semester 7Credits
Science laboratory (GE–P or B)1
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE) 3
Senior thesis option or elective3
Major elective (3000 level or above)3
Major elective (4000 level or above)3
Elective (3000 level or above)3
Total 16
Semester 8Credits
Major electives (3000 level or above)6
Electives (3000 level or above)9
Total 15