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Chinese or Japanese

The undergraduate minors in Chinese and Japanese have been designed to give students majoring in other departments an opportunity to gain a substantial introduction to the Chinese or Japanese languages, as well as an introduction to the culture and civilizations of East Asia. The minors each consist of a minimum of 20 units from the following requirements:

  • The core courses, CHINGEN 91(Introduction to China) for Chinese minors, or JAPANGEN 92 (Introduction to Japan) for Japanese minors.
  • Three courses selected from among the department’s other offerings in the literature, linguistics, and civilization of a given minor area (CHINGEN, CHINLIT, JAPANGEN, JAPANLIT). All courses for the minor must be taken for a letter grade and completed with a GPA of 2.0 or better. Consult with the Undergraduate Studies Adviser to potentially count one of the OSPKYOTO courses taught by a Stanford home campus faculty member toward the minor.
  • Language Requirements:
    1. JAPANLNG 1, 2, and 3 (First-Year Japanese Language, Culture, and Communication), or JAPANLNG 5 (Intensive First-Year Japanese)
    2. Completion of language study through the second-year level for students with no previous training in Chinese or Japanese. (That is, CHINLANG 21, 22, and 23, or 21B, 22B, and 23B; or JAPANLNG 21, 22, and 23)
    3. Students who already have first-year competence in Chinese or Japanese must complete the third-year courses (CHINLANG 101, 102, and 103; or JAPANLNG 101, 102, and 103
    4. Students who already have a competence at the second-year level may fulfill the language component of the minor by taking three courses in the department using materials in either Chinese or Japanese. These courses may be language courses such as the third-year sequence mentioned above, the fourth-year language sequence, or they may be advanced literature and linguistics courses, depending on the capabilities and interests of the student.

    East Asian Studies

    The goal of the minor in East Asian Studies is to provide the student with a broad background in East Asian culture as a whole, while allowing the student to focus on a geographical or temporal aspect of East Asia. The minor may be designed from the following, for a total of six courses and a minimum of 20 units. All courses should be taken for a letter grade.

    • Three area courses, one in each category (see major for listing of area courses).
    • One undergraduate seminar above the 100 level, and two other courses from among those listed as approved for East Asian Studies majors, including literature courses but excluding language courses. (Please consult the University Bulletin for a complete list of these courses.)

    Applications for the minor should be submitted online through Axess and are due no later than the second quarter of the junior year.

    Minor in Translation Studies

    Minor Adviser: Cintia Santana, Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages

    The Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages (DLCL) offers a "Minor in Translation Studies" that may be of interest to students in East Asian Langauges and Cultures. The DLCL, in cooperation with EALC and the English Department, offers courses that teach undergraduates to develop and apply their foreign language knowledge to the production and analysis of translations. The minor is designed to give students majoring in a variety of fields the tools to consider the practical and theoretical issues brought up by translation as an aesthetic, culture, and ethical practice. For more information, please see the DLCL's "Minors" tab on their website for a full list of requirements.

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