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 East Asian Languages and Cultures



(College of Letters and Science)

Department Office: 3413 Dwinelle Hall, (510) 642-3480
Chair: Alan Tansman, Ph.D.

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The Undergraduate Majors

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures offers undergraduate majors in the languages and cultures of China and Japan, minors in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Buddhism, and honors programs, all of which introduce the vast and variegated literary, artistic, philosophical, and cultural legacies of East Asia and their transformations in modernity. The courses of study are designed to train students in the humanistic investigation of major East Asian traditions, through a curriculum that centers on the acquisition of the modern and classical forms of the languages, the informed and engaged reading of a wide variety of East Asian texts in their historical and cultural contexts, and the development of effective writing skills and critical thinking.

Chinese

Prerequisites (must earn a grade of C or higher):

• Chinese 1A, 1B (5, 5): Elementary Chinese

• Chinese 7A or 7B (4): Introduction to Chinese Literature (must be taken at Berkeley)

Lower Division (minimum of three courses and 12 units):

• Chinese 10A, 10B (5 units, 5 units): Intermediate Chinese*

• Chinese 7A or 7B (4): Introduction to Chinese Literature (whichever was not taken as a prerequisite)

Upper Division (minimum of eight courses and 32 units; minimum GPA of 2.0):

• Chinese 100A, 100B (5, 5): Advanced Chinese*

• Chinese 110A, 110B (4, 4): Introduction to Literary Chinese

• One modern Chinese literature course (C155, C156, or C157)

• One East Asian Languages upper division course (e.g., EA 100, EA 102)

• Two electives selected in consultation with the adviser.

Total units required: 62

Japanese

Prerequisites (must earn a grade of C or higher):

• Japanese 1A, 1B (5, 5): Elementary Japanese

• Japanese 7A or 7B (4): Introduction to Japanese Literature (must be taken at Berkeley)

Lower Division (minimum of three courses and 12 units):

• Japanese 10A, 10B (5, 5): Intermediate Japanese*

• Japanese 7A or 7B (4): Introduction to Japanese Literature (whichever was not taken as a prerequisite)

Upper Division (minimum of eight courses and 32 units; minimum GPA of 2.0):

• Japanese 100A, 100B (5, 5): Advanced Japanese*

• Japanese 120: Introduction to Classical Japanese

• One classical Japanese literature course (J130, J132, J134, J140, J142, J144, J146)

• One modern Japanese literature course (J155 or J159)

• One East Asian Languages upper division course (e.g., EA 100, EA 102)

• Two electives selected in consultation with the adviser.

Total units required: 62

Note: Students with previous language experience will be required to take a placement exam with department language coordinators. Students who place out of language courses will be required to take additional adviser-approved literature or culture courses offered by the department in order to meet the above unit requirements.

The Undergraduate Minors

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures offers four minor programs: Buddhism, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Each minor requires 20 units and five upper division courses (except where otherwise noted) in addition to fourth-semester language proficiency.

Minor in Buddhism: Proficiency in Chinese or Japanese equivalent to 10B. (Other relevant Asian languages may be substituted with adviser approval.) Five upper division courses: three courses in Buddhism; two additional courses chosen in consultation with the adviser. Buddhism 50 may be substituted for one of the five courses.

Minor in Chinese: Chinese 10B or equivalent. Five upper division courses: three courses in Chinese; two additional East Asian Language courses. Either 7A or 7B may be substituted for one of the five courses.

Minor in Japanese: Japanese 10B or equivalent. Five upper division courses: three courses in Japanese; two additional East Asian Language courses. Either 7A or 7B course may be substituted for one of the five courses.

Minor in Korean: Korean 10B or equivalent. Five upper division courses: three courses in Korean; two additional East Asian Language courses. Either 7A or 7B course may be substituted for one of the five courses.

Note: All minor courses require adviser approval and must be taken for a letter grade.

Honors Program

A senior undergraduate student who has completed 12 units of upper division language courses in the department, and who has a GPA of 3.5 in those courses and an overall average of 3.0 may apply for admission to the honors program. If accepted, the student will enroll in an honors course (any H195 course) for two consecutive semesters leading to the completion of an honors thesis, which must be submitted at least two weeks before the end of the semester in which the student expects to graduate. While enrolled in the honors program, the student will undertake independent advanced study under the guidance of the student's honors thesis adviser. Upon completion of the program, a faculty committee will determine the degree of honors to be awarded (Honors, High Honors, Highest Honors), taking into consideration both the quality of the thesis and overall performance in the department. Honors will not be granted to a student who does not achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 in all undergraduate work in the University by the time of graduation.

Graduate Programs

M.A. and Ph.D. programs are offered in Chinese Language and Literature and in Japanese Language and Literature. Within either area of specialization, students may focus on literary criticism, comparative studies, cultural history, linguistics, a specified period, or the like, but in every case students will be expected to acquire a solid grounding in the classical and modern versions of the primary language.

The primary purpose of our degree training is to prepare students to become scholars and teachers of advanced courses at the university level. Persons aiming solely at modern-language teaching will not find the program suited to their needs.

Information about the graduate program can be obtained from the department office.

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