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African and Asian Languages and Literatures—Arabic, Hebrew, Yoruba, Swahili, Chinese and Japanese

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The Department of African and Asian Languages and Literatures (AALL) offers courses in the languages and cultures of the vast regions of the world where Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Swahili, and Yoruba are dominant. These courses in the language, linguistics, literature, film and culture of these regions enrich the study of majors in anthropology, art history, business, health sciences, history, international relations, journalism, law, music, political science, and sociology, as well as English and other languages and literatures. AALL works in cooperation with other interdisciplinary centers—Center for African Studies, Center for Jewish Studies, the Film and Media Studies Program, the Graduate Program in Linguistics, and the Asian Studies Program, to administer a wide variety of academic programs. Programs directly administered by AALL include the B.A. degree in East Asian Languages and Literatures (Chinese and Japanese track), an IDS degree in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (Arabic and Hebrew track), as well as minors in African Studies, Arabic, Asian Studies, Chinese and Japanese.

Chinese and Japanese


The Major: 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. The EALL major offers two tracks: Chinese and Japanese. A minimum of 30 credit hours at the 3000-level or above is required. (All courses to be counted toward the major must be graded; designations of satisfactory or unsatisfactory are not acceptable.).

The Chinese concentration requires A) CHI 3400-01 (language requirement); B) any four of the following, of which at least two must be at the 4000-level: CHI 4850, CHI 4930., CHI 4935 (honors thesis), CHT 3110, CHT 3123, CHT 3124, CHT 4111, CHW 4130, CHW 4140, FOL 3932 (content requirement); C) CHI 3500 or CHN 4905 or ASN 4905 (methods and practice); and D) either 3 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 history, religion).

The Japanese concentration requires

  1. JPN 3400-01 (language requirement);
  2. 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 3135, JPT 3140, JPT 3150, JPT 4502, JPW 4130, JPW 4131, (content requirement);
  3. JPT 3500 or JPN 4905 or ASN 4905 (methods and practice);
  4. 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 and majors should consult the appropriate undergraduate coordinator before registration every semester.

Prospective majors should be mindful of the prerequisites to CHI 3410-11 (third-year Chinese) and JPN 3400-01 (third-year 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.

Honors: To graduate cum laude, a student must have a 3.5 overall junior/senior average. To graduate magna cum laude (high honors) or summa cum laude (highest honors) requires a senior honors thesis under ASN 4935, CHN 4935 or JPN 4935 and recommendation of the faculty.

The Minor: A minor in East Asian Languages and Literatures is available for students who take 15 credit hours distributed as follows:

  • Second-year Chinese (10 hours) or Japanese (10 hours),
  • Any three courses at the 3000 level or above with the following course prefixes: CHI, CHT, CHW, JPN, JPT, JPW, FOL (9 hours)

Overseas Study: A yearlong full-uition 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. Students majoring in the Japanese track of East Asian Languages and Literatures are given admission priority. There also is an exchange program with Kokugakuin University in Tokyo, and UF its first students in a pilot program in 2000. UF continues to send one or two students a year to this program.

A quarterly or yearlong study-abroad program at the Mandarin Training Center, National Taiwan Normal University (Taipei, Taiwan), offers courses in Chinese language (all levels). Also available for study abroad of Chinese language (all levels) and culture is a program at Shaanxi Teachers University (Xian, China) 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. Most classes listed under CHT or JPT qualify for the Writing and Math Requirement. NOTE: EALL courses can simultaneously satisfy general education requirements (H, I and/or the Writing and Math Requirement). Students are responsible to ensure they have completed all General Education requirements. Refer to the academic advising section of this catalog.

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

Japanese or Chinese Concentration: This represents an ideal progression through the EALL major. Your actual course 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.

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