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2017-2018 Course Catalog

Period: 2018-20192017-20182016-20172015-20162014-2015

This catalog was created on Friday, April 19, 2019.

Chinese and Japanese

The Department of Chinese and Japanese provides students with a coherent study of a cultural region. This region primarily encompasses China, Japan, and Korea—countries that spring from a common historical experience and share many common values and traditions. Though language forms an important part of this study, the focus of the curriculum remains as much cultural as linguistic. Courses are thus taught in English as well as in East Asian languages.

Required for the Chinese major

  1. Completion of beginning and intermediate Chinese language courses: CHJA 101, 102, 201, 202, 203, 301
  2. Three six-unit courses in advanced Chinese, taught in Chinese:
    1. CHJA 401: Advanced Communicative Chinese
    2. CHJA 402: Advanced Readings in Chinese
    3. CHJA 590: Tutorial Studies in Chinese or CHJA 598: Internship in Chinese
    Participation in the Lawrence-affiliated study-abroad program at Associated Colleges in China and successful completion of its fourth-year level courses will fulfill this category. Participation in other off-campus Chinese language programs is to be evaluated for this category by the department faculty.
  3. Three six-unit courses in Chinese literature and linguistics, taught in English, selected from the following. The third course may be substituted by an additional course in category 4.
    • CHJA 255: Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture
    • CHJA 310: Introduction to East Asian Linguistics
    • CHJA 350: Modern Chinese Literature and Cinema in Translation
    • CHJA 355: History of the Chinese Language
    • CHJA 370: Traditional Chinese Literature and Thought
  4. One six-unit courses in Chinese culture, taught in English, selected from the following:
    • HIST 308: Half the Sky: Chinese Women’s History
    • HIST 360: Contemporary China: 1949-2000
    • HIST 361: Western Encounters with China: Perceptions and Misperceptions
    • HIST 482: The Art of Healing: A History of Chinese Medicine
    • ARHI 430: Topics in Asian Art
  5. One senior-level independent study, CHJA 699 (6 units)

Required for the Chinese language minor

  1. Completion of beginning and intermediate Chinese language courses: CHJA 101, 102, 201, 202, 203, and 301 or the equivalent
  2. One advanced language course
  3. An exit proficiency interview
  4. C average in the minor

Required for the Japanese language minor

  1. Completion of beginning and intermediate Japanese language courses: CHJA 111, 112, 211, 212, 213, and 311
  2. One advanced language course
  3. An exit proficiency interview
  4. C average in the minor

Teacher Certification in Chinese (K-12)

Chinese majors can seek certification to teach Chinese at the elementary and secondary levels. To be certified, students must spend a term in a Chinese-speaking country studying the language and culture and must pass an oral and writing proficiency test. Students can add an endorsement in a second area (such as another language or English as a second language) by completing the appropriate minor. Students who plan to seek teacher certification should review the requirements in the Education section of the catalog and meet with the director of teacher education, preferably before the end of the sophomore year.

Advanced Placement

Students who have studied Chinese or Japanese in high school and who wish to study Chinese and Japanese beyond the beginning level are required to take a placement examination. They also are advised to consult with the department chair in order to ensure their proper placement in language classes.

International Study

Opportunities exist to study in both Chinese- and Japanese-speaking areas through an ACM program in Tokyo and the Associated Colleges in China Program in Beijing (see Off-Campus Programs).

Senior Experience in Chinese

CHJA 699: A senior level one-term independent study (6 units) culminating in the completion of a substantial paper or project derived from previous coursework in the discipline or related fields or field experience in consultation with department faculty. Students with sufficiently advanced Chinese language skills are encouraged to use some Chinese language sources in carrying out their research. Students must share the results of their work in a public forum prior to graduation.

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