Asian Languages and Cultures

Undergraduate Study

The department offers one major in the study of Asian languages and linguistics — BA in Asian Languages and Linguistics, two majors in the study of Asian cultures — BA in Asian Humanities and BA in Asian Religions, and three majors in Asian literatures and cultures — BA in Chinese, BA in Japanese, and BA in Korean. Each course in the majors must be taken for a letter grade.

The department also offers two minors — Asian Humanities minor and Asian Languages minor. Each course in the minors must be taken for a letter grade.

Students considering a major or minor in the department should consult with the departmental undergraduate adviser as soon as possible in their university career, but in no case later than the point at which they are about to begin taking upper-division courses. Students should select courses to fulfill major or minor requirements in consultation with the undergraduate adviser. The approved list of courses for each category of major or minor requirements is available in the department office (290 Royce Hall) and on its website.

At least 24 upper-division units required for the majors must be completed successfully while in residence at UCLA.

Placement in Language Courses

Students are not placed in Chinese, Filipino, Hindi-Urdu, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese language courses automatically according to their years of previous study. Students with any prior knowledge or study of an Asian language who wish to take courses in that language at UCLA are required to take the appropriate departmental language placement examination (see the Schedule of Classes or department website for more information). The examination determines which course is most appropriate for the student’s current level of proficiency. Students who have obtained college credit for Asian language courses may not repeat those same courses for credit. Prospective majors who place out of the upper-division modern language requirement are expected to substitute an equivalent number of other units to be selected in consultation with the departmental undergraduate adviser.

Language Acquisition Courses

No credit is allowed for completing a less advanced course after successful completion of a more advanced Asian language course with focus on conversation, grammar, and/or composition.

Study Abroad

Early acquisition of Asian language skills aids in the timely completion of major requirements and enriches appreciation of Asian cultures. Students are encouraged, therefore, to complete up to a year of language study in approved programs of study abroad.

Honors Program

Admission

The honors program is open to departmental majors with a 3.5 grade-point average in upper-division courses in the major and a 3.0 overall GPA. Students should apply for admission by spring quarter of their junior year and, at the time of admission, must have completed at least two upper-division courses in their major. For application forms and further information, contact the departmental undergraduate adviser.

Requirements

The honors program is a three-term sequence (Asian 198A-198B-198C), taken in addition to requirements for the major, that culminates in the submission of a 40- to 60-page thesis. In most circumstances courses 198A-198B-198C are taken in the senior year (fall, winter, and spring quarters), although students also have the option of taking course 198A in spring quarter of their junior year. Students are expected to use an Asian language in their research, with the scope of language work to be determined in consultation with their faculty adviser. Highest honors, honors, or no honors are awarded as determined by the faculty thesis director and the departmental honors committee.

To qualify for graduation with departmental honors, students must (1) complete all requirements for the major, (2) have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or better in upper-division courses required for the major and an overall GPA of 3.0 or better, and (3) complete Asian 198A-198B-198C.

To qualify for graduation with departmental highest honors, students must (1) complete all requirements for the major, (2) have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.8 or better in upper-division courses required for the major and an overall GPA of 3.5 or better, and (3) complete Asian 198A-198B-198C with a grade of A in each course.