East Asian Languages & Cultures

Requirements

Chinese Studies | Japanese Studies | East Asian Studies | Group Language

Chinese Studies

Major Coordinator: Professor Chen

MAJOR: A minimum of 10 courses (not including the 2 units of senior comps work), including 5 courses in Chinese (CHIN202 and 4 courses CHIN301 and above); 1 literature in translation course (CHIN272 CHIN273, or CHIN274), 1 methods or theory course (LING301, CHIN272, CHIN273, CHIN274, CHIN460, ECLS290 or ECLS370); and 3 additional China-related courses (taught in English or Chinese). The Senior Comprehensive Requirement will be fulfilled through either a seminar course (CHIN272, CHIN273, CHIN274, or CHIN460) 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.

MINOR: 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).
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.

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

Major Coordinator: NTT Associate Professor Ezaki

MAJOR: A minimum of 10 courses (not including the 2 unit senior comps work), including 5 courses in Japanese (JAPN202 and 4 courses JAPN301 and above); 1 literature in translation course (JAPN271 or JAPN273); 1 methods or theory course (LING301, JAPN271, JAPN273, JAPN470, ECLS290 or ECLS370); and 3 additional Japan-related courses (taught in English or Japanese). The Senior Comprehensive Requirement will be fulfilled through either a seminar course (JAPN271 or JAPN273) 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.

MINOR: Five courses (20 units) numbered Japanese 202 and above. Linguistics 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).

MINOR: Five courses (20 units) numbered Japanese 202 and above. Linguistics 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).

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.

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

Major Coordinator: Professor Day

MAJOR: 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), including an East Asian survey course (History 141, Religion 160, AHVA H160, Politics 227); at least two semesters of Chinese or Japanese (one of which must be either 202 or above); and a seminar to be chosen in consultation with the Major Coordinator. The Senior Comprehensive Requirement will be fulfilled through 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.

MINOR: A minimum requirement of 20 semester units of courses in the East Asian Studies course list. CHIN201 and JAPN201 or above may be counted toward the minor. At least two of these courses must be taken at Occidental.

WRITING REQUIREMENT: Students will satisfy the final component of Occidental'scollege-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.

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.

Group Language Major

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.