Courses & Requirements

Courses & Requirements

East Asian Languages and Cultures

Overview

The East Asian Languages and Cultures Department provides three majors for students interested in the study of China or Japan. The Chinese Studies major is intended for students primarily interested in Chinese language and literature. The Japanese Studies major is intended for students primarily interested in Japanese language and literature. These majors both aim to help students attain a high degree of fluency, and much of the coursework is done in Chinese or Japanese. The East Asian Studies major is intended for students who wish to focus on a particular disciplinary issue in East Asian Studies -- art history, history, politics, religion, sociology, or a transnational issue.

The department encourages students in all three majors to choose from a number of study-abroad options, providing the opportunity to experience East Asian languages and cultures first-hand.

Chinese Studies Requirements

COURSEWORK

Major Coordinator: Professor Chen

Language Component:

Five courses total

CHIN 202Intermediate Chinese II

4

Students must select four additional language courses (301 and above):
CHIN 301Expository Essays and Short Narratives I

4

CHIN 310Expository Essays and Short Narratives II

4

CHIN 330Topics in Fiction and Film

4

CHIN 350Classical Chinese Texts

4

CHIN 460Translating Chinese I

4

One literature in translation course:

CHIN 272The Rise of the Martial Arts Novel

4

CHIN 273Contemporary Chinese Writers in Exile

4

CHIN 274Ghost and Love Stories

4

One methods or theory course:

CHIN 272The Rise of the Martial Arts Novel

4

CHIN 273Contemporary Chinese Writers in Exile

4

CHIN 274Ghost and Love Stories

4

CHIN 460Translating Chinese I

4

ENGL 290Introduction to Literary Methods

4

ENGL 370Literary Criticism

4

LING 301Introduction to Linguistics

4

Three additional China-related courses:

AMST 270Asian American Literature

4

AMST 272Asian Immigrants in American Society

4

AMST 280The United States and East Asia

4

ARTH 160Introduction to Asian Art

4

ARTH 261Buddhist Art in South and East Asia

4

DWA 237Cuba, Vietnam, China: Communism in a Post-Communist World

4

DWA 245China and the World

4

HIST 141East Asian Survey Since 1600

4

HIST 242Imperial China

4

HIST 243Modern China: Colonialism, Nationalism, and Revolution

4

POLS 226Contemporary Chinese Politics

4

POLS 227East Asian Politics: China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan

4

RELS 160Introduction to Asian Religions

4

RELS 260Buddhist Thought From India to Japan

4

RELS 365Buddhist Ethics

4

SOC 340China's Environmental Challenges: A Sociological Perspective

4

WRITING REQUIREMENT

Students will satisfy the final component of Occidental's college-wide writing requirement by submitting a paper in English from a 300 level or seminar course (in any subject) in the fall semester of the senior year, which will be evaluated by the appropriate major coordinator.

COMPREHENSIVE REQUIREMENT

This requirement is fulfilled through either a seminar course (CHIN 272, CHIN 273, CHIN 274, or CHIN 460) or a 2-unit Independent Study in the fall semester of the senior year, in which the student will produce: either (1) a 20-page paper written in English on Chinese language or literature, including source texts written in Chinese; or (2) an annotated translation, with commentary, of a Chinese language text into English.  In the spring semester, the student will make any required revisions and prepare an oral presentation to be given in Chinese.

HONORS

Students with an overall GPA of 3.25 and a major GPA of 3.50 may submit an honors research proposal at the end of the fall semester of the senior year. If the proposal is supported by two faculty advisors, the student will enroll in a 2 unit Independent Study in the spring to expand the fall semester senior comprehensive paper into a distinguished 40 page paper.

Japanese Studies Requirements

COURSEWORK

Major Coordinator: Professor Ezaki

Language Component:

Five courses total

JAPN 202Intermediate Japanese II

5

Students must select four additional language courses (301 and above):
JAPN 301Advanced Japanese I

4

JAPN 302Advanced Japanese II

4

JAPN 340Language in News Media and Advertising

4

JAPN 350Tales of the Supernatural

4

JAPN 460Translating Texts

4

One literature in translation course:

JAPN 271Fiction in Japanese Literature and Film

4

JAPN 273Popular Culture and Literary Traditions of Tokugawa Japan

4

One methods or theory course:

JAPN 271Fiction in Japanese Literature and Film

4

JAPN 273Popular Culture and Literary Traditions of Tokugawa Japan

4

JAPN 460Translating Texts

4

ENGL 290Introduction to Literary Methods

4

ENGL 370Literary Criticism

4

LING 301Introduction to Linguistics

4

Three additional Japan-related courses:

AMST 270Asian American Literature

4

AMST 272Asian Immigrants in American Society

4

AMST 280The United States and East Asia

4

ARTH 160Introduction to Asian Art

4

ARTH 261Buddhist Art in South and East Asia

4

ARTH 266The Arts of Japan

4

ARTH 368Japanese Painting

4

HIST 141East Asian Survey Since 1600

4

HIST 247Premodern Japan

4

POLS 227East Asian Politics: China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan

4

RELS 160Introduction to Asian Religions

4

RELS 260Buddhist Thought From India to Japan

4

RELS 365Buddhist Ethics

4

WRITING REQUIREMENT

Students will satisfy the final component of Occidental's college-wide writing requirement by submitting a paper in English from a 300 level or seminar course (in any subject) in the fall semester of the senior year, which will be evaluated by the appropriate major coordinator.

COMPREHENSIVE REQUIREMENT

This requirement is fulfilled through either a seminar course (JAPN 271 or JAPN 273) or a 2-unit Independent Study in the fall semester of the senior year, in which the student will produce: either (1) a 20-page paper written in English on Japanese language or literature, including source texts written in Japanese; or (2) an annotated translation, with commentary, of a Japanese language text into English. In the spring semester, the student will make any required revisions and prepare an oral presentation to be given in Japanese.

HONORS

Students with an overall GPA of 3.25 and a major GPA of 3.50 may submit an honors research proposal at the end of the fall semester of the senior year. If the proposal is supported by two faculty advisors, the student will enroll in a 2 unit Independent Study in the spring to expand the fall semester senior comprehensive paper into a distinguished 40 page paper.

East Asian Studies Requirements

COURSEWORK

Major Coordinator: Professor Chi

A minimum of 10 courses (To be selected from a pre-approved list of East Asia related courses, and not including the 2 units of senior comps work).

Survey Course

Students must select one course from the list below:

AMST 280The United States and East Asia

4

ARTH 160Introduction to Asian Art

4

HIST 141East Asian Survey Since 1600

4

POLS 227East Asian Politics: China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan

4

RELS 160Introduction to Asian Religions

4

Language:

At least two semesters of Chinese or Japanese (one of which must be either 202 or above)

Seminar:

To be chosen in consultation with the Major Coordinator.

Electives

Students must select six additional courses.

In addition to CHIN and JAPN courses numbered 201 and above, students may select electives from the list below:

AMST 270Asian American Literature

4

AMST 272Asian Immigrants in American Society

4

AMST 280The United States and East Asia

4

ARTH 160Introduction to Asian Art

4

ARTH 261Buddhist Art in South and East Asia

4

ARTH 266The Arts of Japan

4

DWA 237Cuba, Vietnam, China: Communism in a Post-Communist World

4

DWA 245China and the World

4

DWA 253Security in Asia

4

DWA 342Junior Seminar: Transnational Identity and International Relations

4

HIST 141East Asian Survey Since 1600

4

HIST 242Imperial China

4

HIST 243Modern China: Colonialism, Nationalism, and Revolution

4

HIST 245China and the World

4

HIST 246Pre Modern Korea

4

HIST 247Premodern Japan

4

HIST 248Modern Japan

4

HIST 249Modern Korea

4

POLS 226Contemporary Chinese Politics

4

POLS 227East Asian Politics: China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan

4

RELS 160Introduction to Asian Religions

4

RELS 260Buddhist Thought From India to Japan

4

RELS 261Contemporary Buddhist Thought

4

RELS 365Buddhist Ethics

4

SOC 340China's Environmental Challenges: A Sociological Perspective

4

WRITING REQUIREMENT

Students will satisfy the final component of Occidental's college-wide writing requirement by submitting a paper in English from a 300 level or seminar course (in any subject) in the fall semester of the senior year, which will be evaluated by the appropriate major coordinator.

COMPREHENSIVE REQUIREMENT

Students will fulfill this requirement by completing a seminar course or a 2-unit Independent Study in the fall semester of the senior year, in which the student will produce a 20-page paper written in English on China, Japan, or an East Asian comparative/transnational topic; in the spring semester, the student will make any required revisions and prepare an oral presentation to be given in English.

HONORS

Students with an overall GPA of 3.25 and a major GPA of 3.50 may submit an honors research proposal at the end of the fall semester of the senior year. If the proposal is supported by two faculty advisors, the student will enroll in a 2 unit Independent Study in the spring to expand the fall semester senior comprehensive paper into a distinguished 40 page paper.

Additional Electives


Additional courses from outside the EALC Department

The following courses may count toward the major in Chinese Studies (Methods/Theory requirement), Japanese Studies (Methods/Theory requirement), and East Asian Studies (Seminar requirement).

ARTH 395Special Topics in Art History

4

CSLC 200Literature, Culture, Self: Being in the Wor(l)d

4

DWA 235Nationalism and Ethnicity

4

DWA 337Junior Seminar: International Relations Theory

4

DWA 342Junior Seminar: Transnational Identity and International Relations

4

HIST 300History Colloquium

4

SOC 200Classical Sociological Theory: Marx, Weber, Durkheim

4

SOC 205Contemporary Sociological Theory

4

SOC 304Sociological Inquiry

4

SOC 305Quantitative Research Methods

4

SOC 310Sociological Field Methods

4

UEP 301Urban Policy and Politics

4

UEP 303Sustainable Development

4

UEP 304Research Methods for Urban and Environmental Policy

4

Group Language

Students may combine Chinese with French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, or Linguistics to form a Group Language major. Please see the Group Language entry in this catalog for details.

Minor Requirements

Chinese Studies:

Five courses (20 units) numbered Chinese 202 and above. Linguistics 301 may fulfill one of these courses. Three of the five courses must be completed as Occidental courses (one of the three MUST be taken at the Eagle Rock campus. The other two may be taken at an Occidental-in-China campus).

Japanese Studies:

Five courses (20 units) numbered JAPN 202 and above. LING 301 may fulfill one of these course requirements. Three of the five courses must be completed as Occidental courses (one of the three MUST be taken at the Eagle Rock campus. The other two may be taken at an Occidental-in-Japan campus).

East Asian Studies:

A minimum requirement of 20 semester units of courses in the East Asian Studies course list. CHIN 201 and JAPN 201 or above may be counted toward the minor. At least two of these courses must be taken at Occidental.

Courses

East Asian Languages and Cultures Courses

Chinese Courses

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