All entering students who have previously studied Chinese or Japanese or have a working knowledge of the language are invited to take the placement test and speak with the Chinese and Japanese language faculty during New Student Orientation to determine an appropriate starting point in the curriculum.

 

Chinese major and East Asian Studies Concentration: these programs support a wide range of courses on China. For majors and concentrators, who are expected to become proficient speakers and readers of Chinese, there is a comprehensive sequence of courses in modern and classical Chinese. The language sequence is Chinese 101, 102, 221, 222, 331, 332, 461 and 498. Students intending to major in Chinese should take Chinese 101-2 in their first year of college.

The program in Japanese Studies  supports a wide range of courses on Japan. For students who wish to pursue a concentration in East Asian Studies, or who simply wish to become proficient speakers and readers of Japanese, there is a comprehensive sequence of courses in modern Japanese. The basic three-year language sequence is Japanese 101, 102, 221, 222, 331, and 332.

Students are encouraged to accelerate their progress in either language by attending intensive summer programs or through a semester of off-campus study. Students should contact the Off-Campus Study Office or the Department of Chinese and Japanese for suitable programs.

Non-majors may opt to earn a Concentration in East Asian Studies. For students with no prior language training, there are substantial offerings in the departments of History and Religious Studies, in addition to courses in Chinese and Japanese Literature and Culture (in translation) in the Department of Chinese and Japanese (cross-listed with General Literary Studies and East Asian Studies).

The following is a possible four-year plan to complete a major in Chinese. There is no formal major offered in Japanese.

FIRST YEAR FALL FIRST YEAR SPRING
CHI 101 CHI 102
SECOND YEAR FALL SECOND YEAR SPRING
CHI 221 CHI 222
CHI 2XX/HIS 275/POL 275/REL 222 CHI 2XX/HIS 276/POL 275/REL 222
THIRD YEAR FALL THIRD YEAR SPRING
CHI 331 (or 3rd-year in off-campus program) CHI 332 (or 3rd-year in off-campus program)
CHI 2XX/HIS 275/POL 275/REL 222  
FOURTH YEAR FALL FOURTH YEAR SPRING
CHI 461 CHI 498