Asian Languages and Cultures (B.A.)

Unless otherwise noted, 120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements42
World Languages and Cultures Requirements0-3
Major Requirements36
Free Electives42-39
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Major Required Courses
WLNC 145Introduction to Asian Studies3
WLNC 469Capstone Course in Asian Languages and Cultures3
Required Concentration 1
Complete one concentration. See requirements below.30
Total Credits36

Chinese Concentration

Required Concentration Courses
CHIN 101 and CHIN 112 may be required as prerequisites. Students must either complete both courses or be placed at the intermediate level by the department.
CHIN 121Intermediate Chinese I3
CHIN 132Intermediate Chinese II3
CHIN 205Mastering Chinese3
Concentration Electives
Complete three courses from the following:9
Spoken Chinese
Contemporary Chinese Cinema and Society
Popular Music and Modern Chinese Culture
Introduction to Chinese Culture
Business Chinese
Chinese Study Abroad
Perfecting Chinese Grammar
Special Topics in Chinese Culture
Independent Study in Asian Language or Culture
Electives in Chinese Language or Asian Culture
Complete 12 credits from the list below. Students may complete upper-level Chinese language courses not already used in the concentration. Electives must be taken in at least two different departments outside of World Languages and Cultures12
Total Credits30

Electives in Chinese Language or Asian Cultures

ANTH 130Cultures of South Asia3
ARHT 280Asian Art3
CHIN 210Contemporary Chinese Cinema and Society3
or CHEN 210 Contemporary Chinese Cinema and Society
CHIN 215Popular Music and Modern Chinese Culture3
CHIN 303Introduction to Chinese Culture3
CHIN 331Business Chinese3
CHIN 375Chinese Study Abroad3
or CHEN 375 Study Abroad: China
CHIN 410Perfecting Chinese Grammar3
EAES 271Geography of East and Southeast Asia3
ENGL 308Gender and Sexuality in Asian American Literature3
HIST 129Modern Japan: A History of Japan From the Meiji Through the Showa3
HIST 131Introduction to Indian Civilization3
HIST 132Introduction to Chinese Civilization3
HIST 133Modern Chinese Civilization3
HIST 138Introduction to Modern South Asia3
HIST 223Communist Revolution in China3
HIST 330Chinese Social History Through Literature3
HIST 432Development of Japanese Character and Culture3
PHIL 237Asian Philosophy3
POLS 206Government and Politics of China and Japan3
POLS 340Government and Politics of India and South Asia3
POLS 362International Relations in Asia3
RELG 213Buddhism3
RELG 214Asian Texts3
RELG 215Hinduism3
RELG 217Taoism3
RELG 240Asian Religions3
WLNC 303Asian Cities and Cinemas3
WLNC 368Special Topics in Chinese Culture3
WLNC 467Independent Study in Asian Language or Culture3

Japanese Concentration

Required Concentration Courses 1
JAPN 101 and JAPN 112 may be required as prerequisites. Students must either complete both courses or be placed at the intermediate level by the department.
JAPN 121Intermediate Japanese I3
JAPN 132Intermediate Japanese II3
JAPN 251Advanced Japanese I3
Concentration Electives
Complete three courses from the following:9
Japanese Conversation and Culture
Kanji through Reading
Reading in Japanese
Gender and Social Status in the Japanese Language through Manga and Short Stories
Advanced Japanese II
Advanced Japanese III
Japanese Study Abroad
Advanced Japanese IV
Special Topics in Chinese Culture
Independent Study in Asian Language or Culture
Electives in Japanese Language or Asian Culture
Complete 12 credits from the list below. Students may complete upper-level Japanese language courses not already used in the concentration. Electives must be taken in at least two different departments outside of World Languages and Cultures12
Total Credits30

Electives in Japanese Language or Asian Cultures

ANTH 130Cultures of South Asia3
ARHT 280Asian Art3
CHIN 210Contemporary Chinese Cinema and Society3
or CHEN 210 Contemporary Chinese Cinema and Society
EAES 271Geography of East and Southeast Asia3
ENGL 308Gender and Sexuality in Asian American Literature3
HIST 129Modern Japan: A History of Japan From the Meiji Through the Showa3
HIST 131Introduction to Indian Civilization3
HIST 132Introduction to Chinese Civilization3
HIST 133Modern Chinese Civilization3
HIST 138Introduction to Modern South Asia3
HIST 223Communist Revolution in China3
HIST 330Chinese Social History Through Literature3
HIST 432Development of Japanese Character and Culture3
JAPN 206Japanese Conversation and Culture3
JAPN 207Kanji through Reading3
JAPN 208Reading in Japanese3
JAPN 209Gender and Social Status in the Japanese Language through Manga and Short Stories3
JAPN 252Advanced Japanese II3
JAPN 301Advanced Japanese III3
JAPN 375Japanese Study Abroad3-9
PHIL 237Asian Philosophy3
POLS 206Government and Politics of China and Japan3
POLS 340Government and Politics of India and South Asia3
POLS 362International Relations in Asia3
RELG 213Buddhism3
RELG 214Asian Texts3
RELG 215Hinduism3
RELG 217Taoism3
RELG 240Asian Religions3
WLNC 303Asian Cities and Cinemas3
WLNC 368Special Topics in Chinese Culture3
WLNC 467Independent Study in Asian Language or Culture3

Korean Concentration

Required Concentration Courses 1
KORE 101 and KORE 102 may be required as prerequisites. Students must either complete both courses or be placed at the intermediate level by the department.
KORE 121Intermediate Korean I3
KORE 132Intermediate Korean II3
KORE 201Mastering Korean: Daily Life in Korea3
Concentration Electives
Complete three courses from the following:9
Conversational Korean through K-Pop and Popular Culture
Reading in Korean
Business Korean
Korean Study Abroad
Perfecting Korean Grammar
Special Topics in Chinese Culture
Independent Study in Asian Language or Culture
Electives in Korean Language or Asian Culture
Complete 12 credits from the list below. Students may complete upper-level Korean language courses not already used in the concentration. Electives must be taken in at least two different departments outside of World Languages and Cultures12
Total Credits30

Electives in Korean Language or Asian Cultures

ANTH 130Cultures of South Asia3
ARHT 280Asian Art3
CHEN 210Contemporary Chinese Cinema and Society3
CHEN 375Study Abroad: China3-9
EAES 271Geography of East and Southeast Asia3
ENGL 308Gender and Sexuality in Asian American Literature3
HIST 129Modern Japan: A History of Japan From the Meiji Through the Showa3
HIST 131Introduction to Indian Civilization3
HIST 132Introduction to Chinese Civilization3
HIST 133Modern Chinese Civilization3
HIST 138Introduction to Modern South Asia3
HIST 223Communist Revolution in China3
HIST 330Chinese Social History Through Literature3
HIST 432Development of Japanese Character and Culture3
KORE 206Conversational Korean through K-Pop and Popular Culture3
KORE 308Reading in Korean3
KORE 331Business Korean3
KORE 375Korean Study Abroad3-9
KORE 410Perfecting Korean Grammar3
PHIL 237Asian Philosophy3
POLS 206Government and Politics of China and Japan3
POLS 340Government and Politics of India and South Asia3
POLS 362International Relations in Asia3
RELG 213Buddhism3
RELG 214Asian Texts3
RELG 215Hinduism3
RELG 217Taoism3
RELG 240Asian Religions3
WLNC 303Asian Cities and Cinemas3
WLNC 368Special Topics in Chinese Culture3
WLNC 467Independent Study in Asian Language or Culture3

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Complete a 3 credit Fine and Performing Arts course.3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
H. Mathematics
Complete a 3 credit Mathematics course.3
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Complete a 4 credit Natural Science Laboratory course.4
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives 3
Students in P12 Subject Area Teaching programs complete EDFD 200 as part of the Teacher Education sequence.
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Complete a 3 credit Interdisciplinary Studies course.3
Students in P12 Subject Area Teaching programs complete SASE 210 as part of the Teacher Education sequence.
Total Credits42

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

Click here for a list of courses that fulfill World Languages and Cultures categories.

World Languages
Based on language placement exam, complete one or two sequential courses in the same language. Requirement is automatically fulfilled by language major courses.3-6
World Cultures
Requirement may be fulfilled by course selected in General Education - Social Science: Global Cultural Perspectives. Requirement may also be fulfilled by major coursework. See list of courses.0-3
Total Credits3-9

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This recommended four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Chinese Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
GNED 199 New Student Seminar 1
WRIT 105 College Writing I 3
CMST 101 Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (G) Computer Science 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (K1) Social Science – American and European History 3
CHIN 101 Beginning Chinese I (or Free Elective) 3
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION (C2) Literature 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (D) Fine and Performing Arts 3
CHIN 112 Beginning Chinese II (or Free Elective) 3
CHIN 210 Contemporary Chinese Cinema and Society 3
WLNC 145 Introduction to Asian Studies 3
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (I) Natural Science Laboratory 4
GENERAL EDUCATION (K3) Social Science – Social Science Perspectives 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (L) Interdisciplinary Studies 3
CHIN 121 Intermediate Chinese I 3
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (H) Mathematics 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (J) Physical Education 1
World Cultures 3
CHIN 132 Intermediate Chinese II 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
CHIN 205 Mastering Chinese 3
Chinese Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
Chinese Elective 3
Chinese Elective 3
Chinese Elective/Asian Cultures Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
Chinese Elective/Asian Cultures Elective 3
Chinese Elective/Asian Cultures Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
WLNC 469 Capstone Course in Asian Languages and Cultures 3
Chinese Elective/Asian Cultures Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits120

Japanese Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
GNED 199 New Student Seminar 1
WRIT 105 College Writing I 3
CMST 101 Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (G) Computer Science 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (K1) Social Science – American and European History 3
JAPN 101 Beginning Japanese I 3
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION (C2) Literature 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (D) Fine and Performing Arts 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives 3
JAPN 112 Beginning Japanese II 3
WLNC 145 Introduction to Asian Studies 3
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (I) Natural Science Laboratory 4
GENERAL EDUCATION (K3) Social Science – Social Science Perspectives 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (L) Interdisciplinary Studies 3
JAPN 121 Intermediate Japanese I 3
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (H) Mathematics 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (J) Physical Education 1
World Cultures 3
JAPN 132 Intermediate Japanese II 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
JAPN 251 Advanced Japanese I 3
Japanese Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
Japanese Elective 3
Japanese Elective 3
Japanese Elective/Asian Cultures Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
Japanese Elective/Asian Cultures Elective 3
Japanese Elective/Asian Cultures Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
WLNC 469 Capstone Course in Asian Languages and Cultures 3
Japanese Elective/Asian Cultures Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits120

Korean Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
GNED 199 New Student Seminar 1
WRIT 105 College Writing I 3
CMST 101 Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (G) Computer Science 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (K1) Social Science – American and European History 3
KORE 101 Beginning Korean I 3
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION (C2) Literature 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (D) Fine and Performing Arts 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives 3
KORE 102 Beginning Korean II 3
WLNC 145 Introduction to Asian Studies 3
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (I) Natural Science Laboratory 4
GENERAL EDUCATION (K3) Social Science – Social Science Perspectives 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (L) Interdisciplinary Studies 3
KORE 121 Intermediate Korean I 3
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (H) Mathematics 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (J) Physical Education 1
World Cultures 3
KORE 132 Intermediate Korean II 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
KORE 201 Mastering Korean: Daily Life in Korea 3
Korean Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
Korean Elective 3
Korean Elective 3
Korean Elective/Asian Cultures Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
Korean Elective/Asian Cultures Elective 3
Korean Elective/Asian Cultures Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
WLNC 469 Capstone Course in Asian Languages and Cultures 3
Korean Elective/Asian Cultures Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits120