Asian Studies Major | Asian Studies Minor | Chinese Language and Culture Major | Chinese Language and Culture Minor | Japanese Language and Culture Major | Japanese Language and Culture Minor

General Distribution Requirement

ASIA 123ASIA 124, ASIA 127, ASIA 140ASIA 236, ASIA 254ASIA 258, ASIA 260ASIA 274, ASIA 275, ASIA 276, ASIA 277ASIA 315, ASIA 378 and ASIA 453 count toward the general distribution requirement in humanities. ASIA 170, ASIA 171, ASIA 257 and ASIA 271 and count toward the fine arts distribution requirement, and ASIA 150, ASIA 256ASIA 281ASIA 320 and ASIA 335 count toward the general distribution requirement in social science.

All courses in the Chinese language program (CHIN) and the Japanese language program (JAPA) count toward the general distribution requirement in humanities except for elementary and intermediate language courses, JAPA 150 and JAPA 335. JAPA 150JAPA 281 and JAPA 335 count toward the general distribution requirement in social science.

General Education Requirements

Courses that meet the general education requirements in writing, quantitative thinking, internationalism and U.S identities and differences will be posted on the Registrar's web page in advance of registration for each semester.

Additional information regarding the general distribution requirement and the general education requirements can be found in the graduation requirements section of this catalog.

Policy on Chinese and Japanese Language Grades

In order to be accepted into the next higher Chinese or Japanese language course in a sequence, a student must have received a grade of C- or higher in the previous course.

Language Houses

Each semester, students may apply to live in either the Japanese House or the Chinese House. Students have the opportunity to improve their language skills in everyday situations, in a relaxed atmosphere. The residents also help Asian Languages and Cultures staff create programming such as festivals, movie nights, game nights, and host events at times significant in a traditional calendar such as moon festival, Setsubun, and Children's Day.

Honors Program

The Asian Languages and Cultures department participates in the Honors Program. See the website for details.

Independent Study

The department offers independent study options in the form of tutorials (JAPA), independent projects (ASIA, CHIN, JAPA), internships (ASIA, CHIN, JAPA) and preceptorships (ASIA, CHIN, JAPA). For more information contact the department and review the Curriculum section of the catalog.

Asian Studies Major

Asian Studies Major Requirements

A major in Asian Studies consists of 10 to 14 courses, distributed as follows:

  1. ASIA 111 - Introduction to Asian Studies 
     
  2. 8 courses on Asia, with the following constraints:
    a. A maximum of 4 courses in Asian language study,
    b. A maximum of 6 courses that deal with a single Asian country,
    c. Courss that deal with the Asian diaspora may be counted at the discretion of the Director of Asian Studies.
    d. Courses from study away programs in Asia or other approved alternatives may count with approval of the Director of Asian Studies.
     
  3. 4 courses in a single discipline relevant to Asian Studies, with the following constraints:
    a. One must be a methods course.
    b. Courses in interdisciplinary departments (such as Environmental Studies or International Studies) may not count.
    c. Courses need not have an Asian focus, but if they do they may count toward 8 courses on Asia.
    d. Courses that count toward the 8 courses on Asia may also count toward this requirement.
    e. Courses from study away programs in Asia or other approved alternatives may count with the approval of the chair of the particular disciplinary department.
     
  4. The capstone requirement for the Asian Studies major may be fulfilled by a four-credit course or independent study project approved by the Director of Asian Studies. Options may include a capstone course or a project in another disciplinary major (if focused on Asia), an independent project with a suitable member of the Asian Studies steering committee, or a senior seminar course in the Asian Studies department, when offered.
     
  5. Students who are majoring in Chinese or Japanese may not count their senior seminar in those fields toward the capstone requirement, and not count more than four courses in that major toward the major in Asian Studies.

Study abroad in Asia or an approved alternative is required for all majors. Study of an Asian language is stronly encouraged.

Asian Studies Minor

Asian Studies Minor Requirements

A minor in Asian Studies consists of 5 courses, with the following constraints:

  1. ASIA 111 - Introduction to Asian Studies is required.
  2. At least two of the four remaining courses must be taken at Macalester.
  3. No more than three of the four courses can be about one country.

Chinese Language and Culture Major

Chinese Language and Culture Major Requirements

In consultation with an advisor from within the department, students develop a major plan with a focus on Chinese language and culture. All major plans will include:

  1. 10 courses beyond CHIN 102. Required courses are:
    1. two intermediate level Chinese courses (CHIN 203 and CHIN 204)
    2. two advanced level Chinese courses (CHIN 305 and CHIN 306 )
    3. two beyond-advanced level Chinese course (CHIN 407 and CHIN 408)
    4. two Chinese literature/film courses within the department
    5. one history course (HIST 274 or HIST 275).
    6. one methodology course (approved by faculty advisor). Possible courses include MCST 110, MCST 128, and WGSS 105.

Courses taken as part of a study abroad program may substitute for required classes; faculty advisor's approval is required.

  1. A capstone experience (a senior seminar or an independent research project).
  2. A study abroad program in an approved institution in mainland China or Taiwan of one semester.

Chinese Language and Culture Minor

Chinese Language and Culture Minor Requirements

The minor consists of five courses (20 credits).

  1. Language Proficiency
    Minors must demonstrate language proficiency equivalent to the level upon completion of CHIN 306. No more than three language courses may be counted toward the minor. These courses include: CHIN 305, CHIN 306, CHIN 407, and CHIN 408. The following courses do not count toward the minor:  CHIN 101, CHIN 102, CHIN 203 and CHIN 204. There is no minimum number of language classes a student must take in order to satisfy the requirements of the minor. Students who test out of CHIN 306 may, if they choose, complete the minor by taking five content courses.
  2. Content Courses
    Minors must take at least two China-related content courses. Examples include courses on Chinese literature, film, history, art history, music history, geography, religion, linguistics, etc. At least one of these courses must be taken at Macalester and have the prefix of CHIN.

Japanese Language and Culture Major

Japanese Language and Culture Major Requirements

In consultation with an advisor from within the department, students develop a major plan with a focus on Japanese language and culture. All major plans will include:

  1. 9 courses beyond JAPA 102. Required courses are:
    1. two intermediate level Japanese courses (JAPA 203 and JAPA 204)
    2. two advanced level Japanese courses (JAPA 305 and JAPA 306)
    3. one beyond-advanced level Japanese course (JAPA 407 or JAPA 408)
    4. two literature, film, or linguistics courses (JAPA 150, JAPA 254, JAPA 260, JAPA 288, or JAPA 335
    5. one history course (HIST 276, HIST 277, or HIST 378).
    6. one final class of the student's choice.

Courses taken in a study abroad program may substitute for required classes, with the approval of the chair.

  1. A capstone experience (JAPA 335, JAPA 488 or a Japanese independent project).
  2. A study abroad program of at least one semester.

Japanese Language and Culture Minor

Japanese Language and Culture Minor Requirements

The minor consists of five courses (20 credits).

  1. Language Proficiency
    Minors must demonstrate language proficiency equivalent to the level upon completion of JAPA 306. No more than three language courses may be counted toward the minor. These courses include: JAPA 305, JAPA 306, JAPA 407 and JAPA 408. The following courses do not count toward the minor: JAPA 101, JAPA 102, JAPA 203, and JAPA 204. Thre is no minimum number of language classes a student must take in order to satisfy the requirements of the minor. Students who test out of JAPA 306 may, if they choose, complete the minor by taking five content courses.
     
  2. Content Courses
    Minors must take at least two Japan-related content courses. Examples include courses on Japanese literature, film, history, art history, music history, geography, religion, and linguistics. At least one of these courses must be taken at Macalester and have the prefix of JAPA.  Pre-approved content courses are: JAPA 150, JAPA 254JAPA 335 JAPA 260, JAPA 488, ASIA 171, ASIA 276, and ASIA 277.