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Chinese Language and Literature

Students must achieve a grade of C or better in a course for it to be counted toward the major. Students must have a minimum GPA in the major of 2.0 in order to satisfy the requirements in Chinese Language and Literature. No pass/fail options will be accepted for those courses used toward completion of the requirements for the major. (Courses designated as mandatory pass/fail, however, may be considered for credit toward this major. Consult your advisor.) Double majors need to complete the junior year writing requirement in only one of their majors. Only 6 credits from other institutions within and without the 5-College consortium may be applied to this major. No more than 6 credits may be earned for the 110/120/126/127 or 246/247 sequences.

Requirements

Undergraduate Major in Chinese Language and Literature

Students must achieve a grade of C or better in a course for it to be counted toward the major. Students must have a minimum GPA in the major of 2.0 in order to satisfy the requirements in Chinese Language and Literature. No pass/fail options will be accepted for those courses used toward completion of the requirements for the major. (Courses designated as mandatory pass/fail, however, may be considered for credit toward this major. Consult your advisor.) Double majors need to complete the junior year writing requirement in only one of their majors. Only 6 credits from other institutions within and without the 5-College consortium may be applied to this major. No more than 6 credits may be earned for the 110/120/126/127 or 246/247 sequences.

Requirements

I. PREREQUISITES (24 credits)

Chinese 126                Intensive Elementary Chinese I                                  6 credits

Chinese 246                Intensive Elementary Chinese II                                 6 credits

Chinese 326                Intensive Intermediate Chinese I                                6 credits

Chinese 327                Intensive Intermediate Chinese II                               6 credits

 II. REQUIRED COURSES (16 credits)

Chinese 375                Introduction to Chinese Linguistics                             3 credits

Chinese 426                Advanced Modern Chinese I                                       3 credits

Chinese 427                Advanced Modern Chinese II                                      3 credits

Chinese 450/592L       Elementary Classical Chinese                                     4 credits

One course in pre-modern Chinese (see courses below marked with *)      3 credits

 III. SELECT 9 CREDITS FROM AMONG THE FOLLOWING:

Chinese 433                Business Chinese                                                         3 credits

Chinese 526                Readings in Modern Chinese Literature I                  3 credits

Chinese 527                Readings in Modern Chinese Literature II                 3 credits

Chinese 528                Chinese Language in Context                                    3 credits

*Chinese 555              Readings in Classical Chinese Poetry                         3 credits

Chinese 570                Research Methods                                                      3 credits

Chinese 575                Syntactic Structures of Chinese                                  3 credits

Chinese 576                History of the Chinese Language                                3 credits

Chinese 577                Chinese Dialectology                                                  3 credits

Chinese 580                Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language                  3 credits

Chinese 581                Second Language Acquisition of Chinese                   3 credits

*Chinese 597E            Chinese Political Philosophy                                       3 credits

*Chinese 597K            Buddhist and Taoist Literature                       3 credits

*Chinese 597M           Ming-Qing Novel I                                                      3 credits

*Chinese 597Q            Ming-Qing Novel II                                                     3 credits

*Chinese 597P            Traditional Chinese Drama and Performing Arts      3 credits

* These credits will not double count toward the required nine elective credits

IV. SELECT 6 CREDITS FROM AMONG THE FOLLOWING

Chinese 136                Introduction to Chinese Cinema                                 3 credits

Chinese 138                Religion in Chinese Culture                                        3 credits

Chinese 140                Chinese Script                                                             3 credits

Chinese 150                Peoples and Languages of China                                3 credits

Chinese 153                Literature: Poetry                                                       4 credits

Chinese 197Q              Late Imperial Chinese Literature and Culture           3 credits

Chinese 241                Contemporary Chinese Literature                              3 credits

Chinese 242                Chinese Vernacular Literature                                   3 credits

Chinese 397S               China in World Affairs                                                3 credits

History 114                  History of China I                                                        3 credits

History 115                  History of China II                                                       3 credits

V. INTEGRATIVE EXPERIENCE

Chinese 397J/597J      Chinese Popular Culture                                             3 credits

Chinese 394WI            Women in Chinese Cultures                                       3 credits

VI. JUNIOR YEAR WRITING

Chinese 391G  Junior Year Writing     1-3 credits

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Japanese Language and Literature

Students must achieve a grade of C or better in a course for it to be counted toward the major. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the major in order to satisfy the major requirements in Japanese Language and Literature. No pass/fail options will be accepted for those courses used toward completion of the requirements for the major in Japanese Language and Literature. (However, courses designated as mandatory pass/fail may be considered for credit towards the major. Consult the major advisor.) Double majors need to complete the junior year writing requirement in only one of their majors. Only 6 credits from other institutions within and without the 5-College consortium may be accepted to this major. No more than 6 credits may be earned for the 110/120/126 sequence.

Requirements

I. PREREQUISITES (24 credits)

Japanese 126** Intensive Elementary Japanese I (Fall) 6 credits
Japanese 246 Intensive Elementary Japanese II (Spring) 6 credits
Japanese 326 Intensive Intermediate Japanese I (Fall) 6 credits
Japanese 327 Intensive Intermediate Japanese II (Spring) 6 credits

**Equivalent to Japanese 110(Spring) and 120(Fall), Non-intensive Elementary Japanese I and II.

 

II. REQUIRED COURSES -- pre-advanced language (6 credits)

Japanese 497B Contemporary Japanese I (Fall) 3 credits
Japanese 497D Contemporary Japanese II (Spring) 3 credits

 

III. LANGUAGE ELECTIVES --advanced language (12 credits)

--Select from among the following, or other approved advanced language* courses:

Japanese 497A Readings in Modern Japanese I (Fall; may be taken w/497B) 3 credits
Japanese 497C Readings in Modern Japanese II (Spring; may be taken w/497D) 3 credits
Japanese 496T Practicum and Tutorial variable credit
Japanese 532 Media Japanese I (Fall) 3 credits
Japanese 533 Media Japanese II (Spring) 3 credits
Japanese 536 Advanced Modern Japanese I (Fall) 3 credits
Japanese 537 Advanced Modern Japanese II (Spring) 3 credits
Japanese 597C Problems & Methods in Translation 3 credits

 

IV. LITERATURE & CULTURE ELECTIVES -- UPPER level culture/literature (9 credits)

--Select from among the following, or other approved upper-level* courses:

Japanese 235 Japanese Performing Arts 3 credits
Japanese 297B Japanese Popular Culture 3 credits
Japanese 375 Introduction to Japanese Linguistics 3 credits
Japanese 391S Japanese Women Writers 3 credits
Japanese 397M Japanese Buddhism & the Literary Arts 3 credits
Japanese 499C Honors Thesis Seminar: The Samurai 4 credits
Japanese 499D Honors Thesis Seminar: Rebels and Martyrs 4 credits
Japanese 556 Introduction to Classical Japanese 3 credits
Japanese 557 Classical Japanese II 3 credits
Japanese 570H Research in Japanese Source Materials 3 credits
Japanese 580 Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language 3 credits
Japanese 597A Manuscript Japanese

1 credit (repeatable)

Chinese 450 Elementary Classical Chinese 4 credits

 

V. LITERATURE & CULTURE ELECTIVES --SURVEY level culture/literature (6 credits)

--Select from among the following, or other approved survey-level* courses:

Japanese 135 Japanese Arts and Culture 4 credits
Japanese 143 Literature: Classical and Medieval 4 credits
Japanese 144 Literature: Modern 4 credits
Japanese 197L Manga and Anime 3 credits
Japanese 197N Asian Homosexualities 3 credits
Japanese 197C Japanese Religions 3 credits
Japanese 197K Postwar Fiction 3 credits
Japanese 197T Japanese Literature before 1600 3 credits

 

VI. IN-MAJOR UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS

Junior Year Writing Take Japanese 391G (offered in Fall) 1-3 credits
Integrative Experience Take Japanese 494SI (Shinbun 新聞) or Japanese 499D(offered in Spring) 1-3 credits
(Spring 2013)

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Linguistics & Chinese Requirements

I. PREREQUISITES (24 credits)

Chinese 126 Intensive Elementary Chinese I 6 credits
Chinese 246 Intensive Elementary Chinese II 6 credits
Chinese 326 Intensive Intermediate Chinese I 6 credits
Chinese 327 Intensive Intermediate Chinese II 6 credits

 

II. LINGUISTIC COMPONENT

A. Required Courses (9 credits)
Ling 201 Introduction to Linguistic Theory 3 credits
Ling 401 Introduction to Syntax 3 credits
Ling 402 Speech Sounds and Structure 3 credits
B. Select 3 courses from among the following: (9 credits)
Ling 404 Field Methods 3 credits
Ling 410 Introduction to Semantics 3 credits
Ling 411 Introduction to Psycholinguistics 3 credits
Ling 414 Introductory Phonetics for Linguists 4 credits
Ling 503 Intermediate Syntax 3 credits
Ling 505 Introduction to Historical Linguistics 3 credits

 

III. CHINESE COMPONENT

A. Required Courses (7 credits)
Chinese 375 Introduction to Chinese Linguistics 3 credits
Chinese 450 Elementary Classical Chinese 4 credits
B. Select 3 credits from among the following: (3 credits)
Chinese 575 Syntactic Structures of Chinese 3 credits
Chinese 576 History of the Chinese Language 3 credits
Chinese 577 Chinese Dialectology 3 credits
C. Select 6 credits from among the following.
(May include courses from B above beyond the requirement)
Chinese 426 Advanced Modern Chinese I 3 credits
Chinese 427 Advanced Modern Chinese II 3 credits
Chinese 432 Media Chinese 3 credits
Chinese 433 Business Chinese 3 credits
Chinese 451 Intermediate Classical Chinese 3 credits
D. Select 3 credits from among the following: (3 credits)
Chinese 136 Introduction to Chinese Cinema 3 credits
Chinese 197Q Late Imperial Chinese Literature & Culture 3 creidts
Chinese 150 Peoples & Languages of china 3 credits
Chinese 153 Literature: Poetry 3 credits
Chinese 154 Literature: Tale, Short Story, Novel 3 credits

Junior Year Writing requirement:
All majors must complete the Junior Year Writing requirement in either department. The departmental website lists courses that satisfy the requirement. The course need not be taken in the junior year.

Common requirements for all majors:
A grade of C or better must be earned in any course used to satisfy major requirements.

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Linguistics & Japanese Requirements

I. PREREQUISITES (24 credits)

Japan 126 Intensive Elementary Japanese I 6 credits
Japan 246 Intensive Elementary Japanese II 6 credits
Japan 326 Intensive Intermediate Japanese I 6 credits
Japan 327 Intensive Intermediate Japanese II 6 credits

 

II. LINGUISTICS COMPONENT

A. Required Courses (19-20 credits)
Ling 201 Introduction to Linguistic Theory 3 credits
Ling 401 Introduction to Syntax 3 credits
Ling 402 Speech Sounds and Structure 3 credits
B. Select 3 courses from among the following: (9 credits)
Ling 404 Field Methods 3 credits
Ling 410 Introduction to Semantics 3 credits
Ling 411 Introduction to Language Acquisition 3 credits
Ling 414 Introductory Phonetics for Linguists 4 credits
Ling 503 Intermediate Syntax 3 credits
Ling 505 Introduction to Historical Linguistics 3 credits
Ling 510 Introduction to Semantics 3 credits
 

III. JAPANESE COMPONENT

A. Select 9 credits from among the following: (9 credits)
Japan 375 Introduction to Japanese Linguistics 3 credits
Japan 556 Introduction to Classical Japanese I 3 credits
Japan 557 Introduction to classical Japanese II 3 credits
Japan 580 Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language 3 credits
 
B. Select 6 courses from among the following: (6 credits)
Japan 497A Readings in Modern Japanese I 3 credits
Japan 497B Contemporary Japanese I 3 credits
Japan 497C Readings in Modern Japanese II 3 credits
Japan 497D Contemporary Japanese II 3 credits
Japan 498T Tutorial and Practicum  
Japan 536 Advanced Modern Japanese I 3 credits
Japan 537 Advanced Modern Japanese II 3 credits
 
C. Select 1 course from among the following: (3 credits)
Japan 135 Japanese Arts and Culture 3 credits
Japan 143 Literature: Classical and Medieval 3 credits
Japan 144 Literature: Modern 3 credits
Japan 560 Seminar in Japanese Literature 3 credits
 

Junior Year Writing requirement:
All majors must complete the Junior Year Writing and integrative experience requirement in either department. The departmental website lists courses that satisfy the requirement. The course need not be taken in the junior year.

Common requirements for all majors:
A grade of C or better must be earned in any course used to satisfy major requirements.

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Certificate in Asian and Asian American Studies

I. PURPOSE

The Certificate in Asian and Asian American Studies DOES NOT constitute a major degree program. Our intent in making this certificate program available to students is that the Certificate should complement a regular degree program for those who would like to complete a minor concentration in Asian and Asian American Studies.

II. ELIGIBILITY
  • A student majoring in ANY FIELD on this campus or at the other 4 colleges (Amherst, Hampshire, Smith, Mt. Holyoke) is eligible for the Certificate
  • A student majoring in Chinese or Japanese is eligible for the Certificate
  • Any student who has been accepted for a special program at UMass (e.g. Continuing Education, University Without Walls, Inquiry program, BDIC, etc) is also eligible for the Certificate

III. BASIC REQUIREMENTS

The successful completion of 24 credits in courses within the broad area of Asian studies with a grade of C or better (no pass/fail allowed) is required. Courses should be chosen from the UMass and/or Five-College Asian area studies course lists.

IV. SPECIFICATIONS
  • The required 24 credits must be selected from at least 3 distinct disciplines (e.g., linguistics, literature, history, geography, etc.);
  • For students transferring to the University, only 1/2 of the total 24 credits (12 credits) will be recognized from another college; and, of these 12 credits, a maximum of 9 credits will be recognized from work done in overseas exchange programs;
  • The required 24 credits must cover two different cultural heritages (e.g., Japan, China, Vietnam, etc.);
  • No more than 12 credits may be taken in any one department;
  • No more than a total of 6 credits of language (or combination of languages) may be counted toward the fulfillment of the 24 credits;
  • Non-academic credits will not be accepted toward the award of the Certificate.

Minor in Chinese

Undergraduate Minor in Chinese Language and Literature

All students taking a minor in Chinese are expected to complete a total of 24 credits of course work. If a student begins the minor by taking language courses at a level above the elementary, neither credit nor exemption will be given for the lower level language course(s). Students who begin taking language courses at a level above the elementary should take advanced language courses in order to accumulate sufficient credits for the minor. Students who begin taking language courses at a level above the elementary may challenge advanced language courses for credit by taking a 'Credit by Special Examination' test. This is a fee per credit exam arranged in conjunction with the Registrar's Office. Contact the undergraduate major advisor in Chinese in this department for details. Courses for the minor may not be taken pass/ fail. Students must have a minimum GPA in the Minor of 2.0 in order to satisfy the requirements for the minor. No more than 6 credits may be earned in the 110/120/126/127 or 246/247 sequences.  No more than 6 credits taken within or without the 5-College consortium will be accepted for the minor in Chinese.

Requirements                                                                                   

I. REQUIRED (12 credits)

Chinese 126                Intensive Elementary Chinese I                   6 credits

OR

Chinese 110                Non-Intensive Elementary Chinese I                 3 credits

Chinese 120                Non-Intensive Elementary Chinese II                         3 credits

AND

Chinese 246                Intensive Elementary Chinese II                                 6 credits

II. SELECT 12 CREDITS FROM AMONG THE FOLLOWING

Chinese 136                Introduction to Chinese Cinema                                 3 credits

Chinese 138                Religion in Chinese Culture                                        3 credits

Chinese 140                Chinese Script                                                             3 credits

Chinese 150                Peoples and Languages of China                                3 credits

Chinese 153                Literature: Poetry                                                       4 credits

Chinese 197Q              Late Imperial Chinese Literature and Culture           3 credits

Chinese 241                Contemporary Chinese Literature                              3 credits

Chinese 242                Chinese Vernacular Literature                                   3 credits

Chinese 326                Intensive Intermediate Chinese I                             6 credits

Chinese 327                Intensive Intermediate Chinese II                               6 credits

Chinese 397S               China in World Affairs                                                3 credits

History 114                  History of China I                                                        3 credits

History 115                  History of China II                                                       3 credits

Chinese 397J/597J      Chinese Popular Culture                                             3 credits

Chinese 394WI            Women in Chinese Cultures                                       3 credits

Chinese 375                Introduction to Chinese Linguistics                             3 credits

Chinese 426                Advanced Modern Chinese I                                       3 credits

Chinese 427                Advanced Modern Chinese II                                      3 credits

Chinese 450/592L       Elementary Classical Chinese                                     4 credits

Chinese 433                Business Chinese                                                         3 credits

Chinese 526                Readings in Modern Chinese Literature I                  3 credits

Chinese 527                Readings in Modern Chinese Literature II                 3 credits

Chinese 528                Chinese Language in Context                                    3 credits

Chinese 555                Readings in Classical Chinese Poetry                         3 credits

Chinese 570                Research Methods                                                      3 credits

Chinese 575                Syntactic Structures of Chinese                                  3 credits

Chinese 576                History of the Chinese Language                                3 credits

Chinese 577                Chinese Dialectology                                                  3 credits

Chinese 580                Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language                  3 credits

Chinese 581                Second Language Acquisition of Chinese                   3 credits

Chinese 597E              Chinese Political Philosophy                                       3 credits

Chinese 597K              Buddhist and Taoist Literature                                   3 credits

Chinese 597M             Ming-Qing Novel I                                                      3 credits

Chinese 597Q              Ming-Qing Novel II                                                     3 credits

Chinese 597P              Traditional Chinese Drama and Performing Arts      3 credits

Total for the Minor in Chinese 24 credits

 

Minor in Japanese

All students taking a minor in Japanese are expected to complete a total of 24 credits of course work. If a student begins the minor by taking language courses at a level above the elementary, neither credit nor exemption will be given for the lower level language course(s). Students who begin taking language courses at a level above the elementary should take advanced language courses in order to accumulate sufÞcient credits for the minor. Students who begin taking language courses at a level above the elementary may challenge advanced language courses for credit by taking a 'Credit by Special Examination' test. This is a fee per credit exam arranged in conjunction with the Registrar's OfÞce. Contact the undergraduate major advisor in Japanese in this department for details. Courses for the minor may not be taken pass/ fail. Students must have a minimum GPA in the Minor of 2.0 in order to satisfy the requirements for the minor. No more than 6 credits may be earned for the 110/120/126 sequence. No more than 6 credits taken within or without the 5-College consortium will be accepted for the minor in Japanese.

Requirements

I. REQUIRED (12 credits)

Japan 126        Intensive Elementary Japanese I                     6 credits *Offered in Fall only.

   OR

Japan 110        Non-Intensive Elementary Japanese I            3 credits*Offered in Spring only.

Japan 120        Non-Intensive Elementary Japanese II           3 credits*Offered in Fall only.

   AND

Japan 246        Intensive Elementary Japanese II                   6 credits*Offered in Spring only.

II. Select 12 credits from among the following (or other approved courses by advisor)

Japan 135        Japanese Arts and Culture                              3 credits

Japan 143        Literature: Classical and Medieval                 3 credits

Japan 144        Literature: Modern                                          3 credits

Japan 190B     Japanese Fiction through Film                        3 credits

Japan 190R     Introduction to Japanese Religions                 3 credits

Japan 197A     Japanese Poetry and Song                              3 credits

Japan 326        Intensive Intermediate Japanese I                  6 credits*Offered in Fall only.

Japan 327        Intensive Intermediate Japanese II                 6 credits*Offered in Spring only.

Japan 375        Introduction to Japanese Linguistics             3 credits

Japan 391S      Japanese Women Writers                                3 credits

Japan 497A     Readings in Modern Japanese I                      3 credits

Japan 497C     Readings in Modern Japanese II                    3 credits

Japan 536        Advanced Modern Japanese I                        3 credits

Japan 537        Advanced Modern Japanese II                       3 credits

Japan 556        Introduction to Classical Japanese                  3 credits

Japan 557        Classical Japanese II                                       3 credits

Japan 560        Seminar in Japanese Literature                       3 credits

Japan 580        Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language      3 credits

History 116     Survey of Japanese Civilization                      3 credits

Total for the Minor in Japanese                  24 credits

 

College of Humanities and Fine Arts requirement:

  • Foreign Language: All students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language at the intermediate level.

See the Undergraduate Program Guide for more details about College requirements.

University Graduation requirements:

See the Undergraduate Program Guide for more details about University graduation requirements, including General Education requirements.

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