UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies

Division of Humanities and Fine Arts
Humanities and Social Sciences 4001
Telephone: (805) 893-4381
E-mail: eastasian@eastasian.ucsb.edu
Website: www.eastasian.ucsb.edu
Department Chair: Sabine Frühstück


 
Overview

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies offers majors in Asian Studies, Chinese, and Japanese, together with coursework in four areas: East Asian cultural studies (involving more than one East Asian country), Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Tibetan.

Asian Studies, an interdepartmental program administered by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, offers an undergraduate major leading to the B.A. degree and a graduate program leading both to the M.A. and Ph.D. The undergraduate and the graduate programs enable the student to study an Asian area (China, Japan, Korea, Tibet) through two or more academic disciplines and, at the same time, to acquire at least two years of training in a language relevant to the area of study. The disciplines that contribute most to Asian studies at UCSB are anthropology, art history, literature, history, and religious studies. The languages which may be taken at UCSB in conjunction with Asian studies courses are Chinese (Mandarin and Classical), Japanese (modern and classical), Korean and Tibetan. Any Asian language offered at UCSB, can serve to fulfill the language prerequisite if the student can demonstrate competence by exam equivalent to two years of study.

It is important to consult early with an advisor to ensure a proper balance between breadth and concentration in the study plan. In addition, students are encouraged to meet with the advisor at least once each year to discuss their work and any issues that have arisen, or seem likely to arise, in the course of their studies.

Interdisciplinary study of an Asian culture, together with language training, provides a good basis for graduate work at the M.A. or Ph.D. level. In addition, the Asian studies major provides specialized knowledge for students who anticipate a career in business, law, journalism, government service, or museum work. It should be noted, however, that additional training in a professional school is necessary for entrance into many of these fields.

Students with a bachelor’s degree in Asian studies who are interested in pursuing a California Teaching Credential should contact the credential advisor in the Graduate School of Education as soon as possible.

The Chinese and Japanese majors provide an opportunity for extensive language training and interdisciplinary coursework, fields of literature, history, and religion. The major in Chinese begins with work in modern Mandarin, the standard speech of the Beijing area, and moves on subsequently to Classical Chinese, which was the dominant literary medium until the twentieth century. The major in Japanese permits a concentrated study of the standard language of the Tokyo area and encourages an acquaintance with, Classical Japanese and Classical Chinese. Beyond language training, both of these majors focus on the humanistic fields set within a broad social and historical context.

The Chinese and Japanese majors are more geographically and culturally specific than is the Asian studies major, and they require considerably more advanced language training in Chinese or Japanese. Students should examine the different majors to determine which best suits their objectives.

The Chinese and Japanese majors are intended to provide preparation for graduate academic work in East Asian studies, or for careers in a wide variety of professions. Many recent majors have gone on to combine their undergraduate training with a professional degree in law or international management.

Senior Honors Program in Chinese

Students may request nomination for the senior honors program in Chinese by filing an application, or they may be nominated by the faculty. The minimum grade-point average for entrance to the program is 3.0 overall and 3.5 in the Chinese major. Candidates for the program must have completed at least 105 units, must expect to graduate within five quarters, and must have completed at least two upper-division courses in Chinese. Students must also complete the Seniors Honors Project (Chinese 197) during their senior year. Applications for the program are available in the department office.

Senior Honors Program in Japanese

Students may request nomination for the senior honors program in Japanese by filing an application, or they may be nominated by the faculty. The minimum grade-point average for entrance to the program is 3.0 overall and 3.5 in the Japanese major. Candidates for the program must have completed at least two upper-division courses in Japanese. Students must complete the Senior Honors Project ( Japan 197) during their senior year. Applications for the program are available in the department office.