The influence of Asian thought and culture in the Western world is continually increasing, and the importance of world markets in Asia and the Pacific Rim is just one more indication of the interdependence and reciprocity among our cultures. The programs in Chinese and Japanese provide an entryway into the literature, culture, and language of these ancient and still thriving civilizations.

The Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations offers a major in either Chinese or Japanese; each leads to a bachelor of arts (BA) degree. In your language of choice you may receive thorough preparation in the modern language, an introduction to the classical language and literature, and a broad familiarity with the literary and cultural history. Upon completing this course of study, you will be able to converse on an everyday level with native speakers, and read both utilitarian and literary materials. You will have a solid understanding of the cultural and intellectual traditions of either China or Japan, depending on your focus.

As a foreign language major, you will have the skills, information, and concepts that are relevant to careers in virtually every area. A knowledge of foreign language is extremely useful in business, engineering, industry, commerce, the civil or foreign service, law, library science, the media, the natural sciences, economics, public administration, journalism, government, the health professions, the social sciences, and teaching at all levels. Specifically, journalists, travel agents, creative and technical writers, diplomats, doctors, scientists, and economists are among those who benefit greatly from mastery of a foreign language.

A degree in Chinese or Japanese from the CU-Boulder program will provide you with a strong background for advanced study and specialization in foreign languages and other area studies. In addition, it will introduce you to a very different cultural heritage and historical experience.

 

Career Services (www.colorado.edu/career) helps students discover who they are, what they want to do, and how to get there. They are the bridge between academics and the world of work.

Career Services offers free services for all CU-Boulder degree-seeking students, and alumni up to one year after graduation. Meet individually the staff to discuss major and career exploration, internship or job searching, and graduate school preparation.

You will have access to state-of-the-art language instruction technology at the Anderson Language Technology Center (ALTEC), which includes audio, video, and computer equipment. Internship and service learning opportunities are available. In addition, the department collaborates with the School of Education in offering secondary licensure in Japanese.

Because the most satisfying way to learn a language is to live it, students of Japanese and Chinese are strongly encouraged to consider studying abroad. The university offers programs in both Japan and China. You can earn credit that counts as if you had taken courses here, in some cases fulfilling major and core requirements. You may spend a few weeks to a full academic year abroad, depending on the program you select.

Prior language study or other prerequisites are necessary for some programs, so early planning for study abroad is essential. Further information about study abroad is available from the Office of International Education in the Center for
Community, 303-492-7741, or http://studyabroad.colorado.edu/.

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) offers students a chance to work alongside a faculty sponsor on original research. Learn to write proposals, conduct research, pursue creative work, analyze data, and present the results. For more information, call UROP at 303-492-2596.

Advanced work in both classical and modern language and literature is also available through the BA/MA program.

Four Year Plan

Please speak with your advisor for specific recommendations; the following is intended to be a general outline only and there may be flexibility to this plan. The following plan assumes placement in the beginning level of the language. If you have any previous experience in the language, the appropriate course will be determined through a placement test, transfer credit, or AP/IB credit.

 

Chinese Language and Literature – 4 Year Plan

Average 30 credits per year.  Credits may vary due to 5 credit language courses.  Expect to take 14-17 credits per term.  Keep the first year schedule closer to 14. 
Not all courses will be taught in the semester listed below.  Be flexible with course options.

First Year – Fall Semester
CHIN 1010
(5): Beginning Chinese I (Language prerequisite, does not fulfill CHIN credit requirement)
CHIN 1051 (3): Masterpieces of Chinese Literature in Translation (Recommended prerequisite fulfills CHIN credit requirement)
Or CHIN 1012 (4) (Recommended prerequisite fulfills both Core Content Area-Human Diversity and CHIN credit requirement)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Quantitative Reasoning & Mathematical Skills)
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Lower-Division Written Communication)

First Year - Spring Semester
CHIN 1020
(5): Beginning Chinese II (Language prerequisite, does not fulfill CHIN credit requirement)
Elective/MAPS (3)
HIST 1618 or 1628 (3): Intro to Chinese History (Optional: Fulfills 3 credit hour non-CHIN elective as well as CORE Content Area - Historical Context)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science) http://www.colorado.edu/artsandsciences/student-resources/core-curriculum/natural-science


Second Year - Fall Semester
CHIN 2110
(5): Intermediate Chinese I (Language prerequisite, does not fulfill CHIN credit requirement) Skills Area of Core: Foreign Language
Elective (3)
CORE (3):  Content Area of Study (example: US Context)
CORE (4): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science and lab)

Second Year - Spring Semester
CHIN 2120
(5): Intermediate Chinese II
CHIN 3200 (3): Advanced Writing Chinese Literature (Optional: Fulfills upper division CHIN elective as well as CORE Skills Acquisition- Upper Division Writing Communication)
CORE (3):  Content Area of Study (example: Ideals & Values)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science)
Elective/MAPS (3)


Third Year - Fall Semester
CHIN 3110
(5): Advanced Chinese I
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science)
CHIN (3): Upper Division Major Elective
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Contemporary Societies)

Third Year - Spring Semester
CHIN 3120
(5): Advanced Chinese II
CHIN (3): Upper Division Major Elective
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective (3): Upper-Division
Elective (3): Upper-Division


Fourth Year - Fall Semester
CHIN 4210
(3): Intro to Classical Chinese
Completion of other majors/minors or electives (12-13): (20 of the remaining 25-26 credits must be upper division).

Fourth Year - Spring Semester
Completion of other majors/minors or electives
(13): (20 of the remaining 25-26 credits must be upper division).

Please speak with your advisor for specific recommendations; the following is intended to be a general outline only and there may be flexibility to this plan. The following plan assumes placement in the beginning level of the language. If you have any previous experience in the language, the appropriate course will be determined through a placement test, transfer credit, or AP/IB credit.

 

Japanese Language and Literature – 4 Year Plan

Average 30 credits per year.  Credits may vary due to 5 credit language courses.  Expect to take 14-17 credits per term.  Keep the first year schedule closer to 14. 
Not all courses will be taught in the semester listed below.  Be flexible with course options.

First Year – Fall Semester
JPNS 1010
(5): Beginning Japanese I (Language prerequisite, does not fulfill JPNS credit requirement)
JPNS 1051 (3): Masterpieces of Japanese Literature in Translation (Recommended prerequisite fulfills JPNS credit requirement)
Or JPNS 1012 (4) Intro to Japanese Civilization (Recommended prerequisite fulfills both Core Content Area-Human Diversity and JPNS credit requirement)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Quantitative Reasoning & Mathematical Skills)
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Lower-Division Written Communication)

First Year - Spring Semester
JPNS 1020
(5): Beginning Japanese II (Language prerequisite, does not fulfill JPNS credit requirement)
Elective/MAPS (3)
HIST 1708 (3): Intro to Japanese History (Optional: Fulfills 3 credit hour non-JPNS elective as well as CORE Content Area - Historical Context)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science) http://www.colorado.edu/artsandsciences/student-resources/core-curriculum/natural-science


Second Year - Fall Semester
JPNS 2110
(5): Intermediate Japanese I (Language prerequisite, does not fulfill JPNS credit requirement) Skills Area of Core: Foreign Language
Elective (3)
CORE (3):  Content Area of Study (example: US Context)
CORE (4): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science and lab)

Second Year - Spring Semester
JPNS 2120
(5): Intermediate Japanese II
JPNS 3200 (3): Advanced Writing Japanese Literature (Optional: Fulfills upper division JPNS elective as well as CORE Skills Acquisition- Upper Division Writing Communication)
CORE (3):  Content Area of Study (example: Ideals & Values)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science)
Elective/MAPS (3)


Third Year - Fall Semester
JPNS 3110
(5): Advanced Japanese I
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science)
JPNS (3): Upper Division Major Elective
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Contemporary Societies)

Third Year - Spring Semester
JPNS 3120
(5): Advanced Japanese II
JPNS (3): Upper Division Major Elective
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective (3): Upper-Division
Elective (3): Upper-Division


Fourth Year - Fall Semester
Completion of other majors/minors or electives
(15-16): (20 of the remaining 28-29 credits must be upper division).

Fourth Year - Spring Semester
Completion of other majors/minors or electives
(13): (20 of the remaining 28-29 credits must be upper division).