Asian Languages and Cultures / Undergraduate Study

Asian Humanities BA

Learning Outcomes

The Asian Humanities major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Identification of major elements of cultures in Asia, with particular attention to chosen regions of expertise
  • Assessment of the social contours of a given Asian society, and explanation of ways in which dynamics within communities and other social structures shape the course of events
  • Understanding of the role that language and literature play in reflecting and influencing Asian societies, across time and different literary genres
  • Formulation of effective written and oral arguments that address important themes and issues in Asian arts and cultures, in ways that are historically appropriate and relevant to particular contexts
  • Conduct research on Asian languages, literatures, and other cultural elements, making effective and critical use of primary and secondary source materials
  • Appreciation of the central place of religion in Asian cultures, with focus on chosen region of expertise and tradition of focus

Preparation for the Major

Required: Completion of the intermediate sequence in one Asian language offered by the department (e.g., Chinese 6, 10, Filipino 6, Hindi-Urdu 100C, Indonesian 6, Japanese 6, 10, Korean 6, 10, Thai 6, Vietnamese 6, or equivalent) and Asian 30 or one civilization course (e.g., Chinese 50, Japanese 50, 70, Korean 50) or one introduction to religions course (e.g., Asian M60, M60W, M61, Chinese M60, M60W, Korean M60, South Asian M60, Southeast Asian M60) within the department.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the Asian Humanities major with 90 or more units must complete as many of the following introductory courses as possible prior to admission to UCLA: two years of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino/Tagalog, Hindi, Indonesian, Thai, or Vietnamese and either one civilization course on Asia or one introduction to Buddhism course or one introduction to Asian religions course.

Refer to the UCLA transfer admission guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.

The Major

Required: Three upper-division language courses in one Asian language offered by the department and eight upper-division electives within the department, including at least one course from at least four of the following areas: China, Japan, Korea, South Asia, or Southeast Asia.