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Majors and Minors

Students in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures can pursue a Major in Asian Languages and Cultures (17 courses), with five different tracks (Chinese, Hindi-Urdu, Japanese, Korean, and Asian Humanities) and two minors (8 courses each): the minor in Asian Languages (Chinese, Hindi-Urdu, Japanese, Korean), and the minor in Asian Humanities.

For both the major and the minors, students are required to accomplish the following learning goals:

Please note that only language courses beyond first year (111, 115) can count for the Major, and only language courses beyond the second year (121, 125) can count for the Minor. The prerequisite for enrolling in any 200-level language course is the completion of 111-3 or 115-3 with a grade of C- or better (or the equivalent thereof) or receiving official exemption from 100-level courses based on the relevant placement exam. Majors and Minors returning from a study abroad program must enroll in at least one (1) 300-level quarter culture course in the Department.

If you have questions about majoring or minoring in Asian Languages and Cultures, or would like to apply for a major or minor, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies. You should always consult with your advisor to obtain permission for course substitutions, to help you choose courses for your concentration, to ask permission to count courses taken while abroad towards the major/minor, and to fill out the petition to graduate.

Studying Abroad

While we strongly encourage students to spend time abroad, we limit the number of courses that will count towards meeting the major and minor requirements. Students studying abroad may apply to have their work count towards the ALC Major or Minors. The department may accept up to two humanities courses taken while studying abroad (see major and minor requirement pages for details).

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