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East Asian Languages and Literature

Requirements for the Major
Certificate in Chinese Professional Communication
Certificate in Japanese Professional Communication
Study Abroad in China
Study Abroad in Japan
Honors in the Major
Distinction in the Major
Courses

1212 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-262-2291; eall@mailplus.wisc.edu; eall.wisc.edu

Professors Huang, McGloin, Mori, Nienhauser; Associate Professors D'Etcheverry, Geyer, Huntington, Kern, Ridgely, Zhang; Assistant Professors Lim, Meulenbeld, Yang

Undergraduate advisors in the major and faculty diversity liaison: For information, contact the department office, eall@mailplus.wisc.edu.

The department has two major programs: one in Chinese language and literature and one in Japanese language and literature. Majors may be taken in either of the two. The department also offers a certificate in Chinese professional communication and a certificate in Japanese professional communication.

Requirements for the Major

In Chinese the following courses are required:

  • Complete E Asian 101–102 (non-heritage track) or 113 (heritage track) or equivalent.
  • Complete E Asian 201–202 (non-heritage track) or 114 (heritage track) or equivalent.
  • Complete E Asian 301–302.
  • Complete E Asian 321–322.
  • Complete either 351–352 or 431–432 or equivalent.
  • Complete at least 5 credits of department courses in Chinese studies. Select from: E Asian 336, 337, 338, 340, 350, 355, 356, 363, 364, 369, 371, 372, 401, 402, 411, 421, 422, 431, 432, 436, 466, 501, 520, 521, 631, 632, 651, 652, 661, 662, 671, 672, 681, 682, 691, 692, 699.
  • All students must fulfill the L&S requirement of at least 15 credits of upper-level work in the major completed in residence. Courses in Chinese that count toward this requirement are: E Asian 301, 302, 321, 322, 329, 336, 337, 338, 340, 350, 351, 352, 355, 356, 363, 364, 369, 371, 401, 402, 421, 422, 431, 432, 436, 466, 501, 520, 521, 651, 652, 661, 662, 672, 681, 682, 691, 692, 699.

In Japanese the following courses are required:

  • Complete E Asian 103–104 or equivalent
  • Complete E Asian 203–204 or equivalent.
  • Complete E Asian 303–304.
  • Complete E Asian 403–404.
  • Complete E Asian 353–354 or equivalent.
  • Complete E Asian 253 or History 104.
  • Complete at least 5 credits of department courses in Japanese studies. Select from: E Asian 313, 314, 323, 324, 335, 357, 358, 361, 364, 367, 376, 377, 378, 434, 563, 564, 573, 574, 681, 682, 691, 692, 699; Littrans 368, 372, 373.
  • All students are required to fulfill the L&S requirement of at least 15 credits of upper-level work in the major completed in residence. Courses in Japanese that count toward this requirement are: E Asian 303, 304, 313, 314, 323, 324, 335, 353, 354, 357, 358, 361, 364, 367, 377, 378, 403, 404, 430, 434, 503, 563, 564, 573, 574, 681, 682, 691, 692, 699; History 453, 454; Littrans 368, 372, 373.

Majors are urged to begin course work early, ideally in the freshman or sophomore year. If, however, this is not possible, summer courses at UW–Madison or elsewhere are available which speed the student's progress. Those who have Chinese or Japanese credits from high school or summer sessions may enter advanced courses on the basis of placement tests.

Students must maintain a 3.0 average in the first two years of the Japanese language in order to be admitted to the Japanese major.

Courses 101, 103, 121, 123, 140, 231, 251, 253, 340, 341–342, 350, 363, 367, 369, 370, 371, 434, and Littrans 261–262, 263–264, 368, 372, 373, 376 may be taken with no previous knowledge of Chinese or Japanese. Courses listed under Literature in Translation are related to the Chinese and Japanese majors but are not counted in the 40 Credit Rule. Course 434 Introduction to Japanese Linguistics, has Linguistics 301 as a prerequisite and is normally scheduled in the spring semester to allow students to take the prerequisite in the fall. E Asian 101, 102, 201 (Chinese), or East A 103, 104, 203 (Japanese) will satisfy the L&S B.A. requirement of four semesters of a foreign language.

E Asian 101 and 102 together count as three units, and 201 counts as the fourth unit; however, 101 alone counts only as one unit. E Asian 121, 122, 221, and 222 count as one unit each. Note: Credit will not be granted for both 121 and 101 or for both 122 and 101. Similarly, credit will not be granted for both 221 and 102 or for both 222 and 102.

E Asian 103 and 104 together count as three units, and 203 counts as the fourth unit; however, 103 alone counts only as one unit. E Asian 123 and 124 count as one unit each. Note: Credit will not be granted for both 123 and 103 or for both 124 and 103

For graduate courses offered by the department, consult the Graduate School Catalog.

Enrollment Information. The department requires that students who are new to the program take a placement test before enrolling in a language course beyond the first-semester level.

Certificate in Chinese Professional Communication

The certificate in Chinese professional communication provides students with the opportunity to develop proficiency in Chinese while pursuing majors in other subjects across the university. It emphasizes the development of communication skills that are applicable to various professional contexts that students may encounter in their future careers.

The certificate is open to all undergraduate students (except for those majoring in Chinese). It is available to Special students only in circumstances where they have completed more than half of the 12-credit requirements discussed below as UW–Madison undergraduates in the semesters preceding their Special student enrollment.

The prerequisites for language courses required for the proposed certificates are four semesters of Chinese language courses or equivalent (E Asian 101, 102, 201, 202 for non-heritage track, or E Asian 113, 114 for heritage track students). Students may test out of these prerequisites if they have prior experience in Chinese.

The proposed certificate requires 12 credits of course work beyond the prerequisites. The 12-credit requirement consists of the following components:

  1. 3 credits of a required course (E Asian 379)
  2. 6 credits of elective language courses (E Asian 301, 302, 333, 401, 402, 501)
  3. 3 credits of elective Chinese literature or humanities courses (E Asian 231, 251, 350, 351, 352, 355, 356, 363, 369, 370, 372, 431, 432, 433, 436, 461, Littrans 371, History 103)

Certificate in Japanese Professional Communication

The certificate in Japanese professional communication provides students with the opportunity to develop proficiency in Japanese while pursuing majors in other subjects across the university. It emphasizes the development of communication skills that are applicable to various professional contexts that students may encounter in their future careers.

The certificate is open to all undergraduate students (except for those majoring in Japanese). It is available to Special students only in circumstances where they have completed more than half of the 12-credit requirements discussed below as UW–Madison undergraduates in the semesters preceding their Special student enrollment.

The prerequisites for language courses required for the proposed certificates are four semesters of Japanese language courses (E Asian 103, 104, 203, 204). Students may test out of these prerequisites if they have prior experience in Japanese.

The proposed certificate requires 12 credits of course work beyond the prerequisites. The 12-credit requirement consists of the following components:

  1. 3 credits of a required course (E Asian 377)
  2. 6 credits of elective language courses (E Asian 303, 304, 335, 368, 374, 375, 403, 404, 430, 450, 503)
  3. 3 credits of elective Japanese literature or humanities courses (E Asian 253, 353, 354, 358, 361, 367, 376, 373, 378, 433, 434, Littrans 373)

Study Abroad in China

Students may receive residence credit for study abroad through three programs sponsored by the department: Study Abroad programs at (1) Nankai University/Tianjin Normal University in Tianjin, (2) Beijing Normal University in Beijing, and (3) Peking University in Beijing. Please contact the Division of International Studies for details.

Study Abroad in Japan

Students may receive resident credit for study abroad through four programs sponsored by the department: the Academic Year Abroad programs at Nanzan University in Nagoya; Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Sophia University in Tokyo; and Keio University in Tokyo.

Honors in the Major

In addition to the regularly required courses for the major, Honors in the Major candidates must take:

  1. Either 699 or other appropriate course of 3–4 credits with the major professor, under whose guidance a student intends to write a thesis. This course must be taken before taking the Senior Honors Thesis.
  2. Senior Honors Thesis, 6 cr

A grade point average of at least 3.3 in the major is required and an overall GPA of at least 3.3 in all courses taken at UW–Madison at the time of graduation.

Distinction in the Major

Students majoring in Chinese or Japanese who are not enrolled in the honors program may earn distinction in the major by completing (a) the L&S general degree requirements, and (b) the junior-senior honors curriculum. Fifteen honors credits are required in courses at the 300 level or higher, including a Senior Honors Thesis of 6 credits, Chinese 681–682 or Japanese 681–682.