You are here

Asian Languages and Cultures Undergraduate Major

Asian Languages and Cultures major

The Asian Languages and Cultures major combines the study of Asian languages with disciplinary or non-language humanities courses relating to East, South, and Southeast Asia.

Through an Asian Languages and Cultures major, all students can

  • emphasize either language or disciplinary courses, as desired
  • study more than one Asian language or cultural tradition.

Through an Asian Languages and Cultures major, an AL&L major will now be possible for

  • transfer students and “latecomers” to Asian studies
  • students with a primary interest in Southeast Asian languages
  • students who would like to pursue a double major
  • students who need verification of language expertise for pre-professional programs.

The Asian Languages and Culture major requires a total of 60 credits. Complete the following with a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average in courses applied to major requirements. At least 30 credits must be earned at the 300- and/or 400-level. A minimum of 30 credits must be taken in residence through the University of Washington. 

I. Core courses

1) 15 credits Primary Language: Complete second-year level or above in one Asian Language. (Including Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Sanskrit, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese)

2) 5 credits Literature, Culture, Linguistics: Complete one course at the 300- or 400-level from the list of approved courses:

  • ASIAN 323 Buddhist Literature
  • ASIAN 325 Indian Philosophical Literature
  • ASIAN 363 Great Works of Asian Literature
  • ASIAN 401 Introduction to Asian Linguistics
  • ASIAN 404 Writing Systems
  • ASIAN 411 Buddhist Literature
  • ASIAN 494 Ramayana in Comparative Perspective
  • ASIAN 498 Special Topics
  • CHIN 373 Chinese Poetry
  • CHIN 374 Chinese Prose
  • CHIN 380 Pre-Modern Chinese Narrative
  • CHIN 381 Literature in Modern China
  • CHIN 385 Popular Culture in Twentieth-Century China
  • JAPAN 321 Japanese Literature I
  • JAPAN 322 Japanese Literature II
  • JAPAN 325 Introduction to Japanese Film
  • JAPAN 360 Topics in Japanese Culture
  • JAPAN 361 Topics in Japanese Film
  • JAPAN 380 Modernism, Avant-Garde, Contemporary, and Pop Art and Culture in Japan
  • KOREAN 360 Topics in Korean Literature and Culture
  • KOREAN 365 Korean Pop Culture

II. Elective courses

1) 10 credits Literature, Culture, Linguistics: Complete two courses from the approved list of electives

  • ASIAN 203 Literature and Culture of Ancient and Classical India
  • ASIAN 204 Literature and Culture of China from Tradition to Modernity
  • ASIAN 205 Literature and Culture of Japan from Tradition to Modernity
  • ASIAN 206 Literature and Culture of South Asia from Tradition to Modernity
  • ASIAN 207 Special Topics in Literature and Culture of Asia
  • ASIAN 211 Languages and Cultures of China
  • ASIAN 223 Buddhist Literature
  • ASIAN 225 Indian Philosophical Literature
  • ASIAN 263 Great Works of Asian Literature
  • ASIAN 401 Introduction to Asian Linguistics
  • ASIAN 404 Writing Systems
  • ASIAN 411 Buddhist Literature
  • ASIAN 494 Ramayana in Comparative Perspective
  • ASIAN 498 Special Topics
  • CHIN 342 The Chinese Language
  • CHIN 373 Chinese Poetry
  • CHIN 380 Pre-Modern Chinese Narrative
  • CHIN 381 Literature in Modern China
  • CHIN 385 Popular Culture in Twentieth-Century China
  • CHIN 442 The Chinese Language
  • CHIN 443 Structure of Chinese
  • JAPAN 321 Japanese Literature I
  • JAPAN 322 Japanese Literature II
  • JAPAN 325 Introduction to Japanese Film
  • JAPAN 343 Japanese Language in Society
  • JAPAN 360 Topics in Japanese Culture
  • JAPAN 361 Topics in Japanese Film
  • JAPAN 380 Modernism, Avant-Garde, Contemporary, and Pop Art and Culture in Japan
  • JAPAN 431, 432, 433 Readings in Modern Japanese Literature
  • JAPAN 441 The Acquisition of Japanese as a Second or Foreign Language
  • JAPAN 442 Japanese Syntax and Semantics
  • JAPAN 443 Topics in Japanese Sociolinguistics
  • KOREAN 360 Topics in Korean Literature and Culture
  • KOREAN 365 Korean Pop Culture
  • KOREAN 440 Introduction to Korean Linguistics
  • KOREAN 442 Special Topics in Korean Language and Culture

2) 30 Credits Language, Literature, Culture, Linguistics: May include any combination of language and/or disciplinary AL&L courses, subject to meeting the major’s other requirements. 10 credits may be chosen from a unit outside AL&L. See advisor for approved courses.

III. Provisions

1) At least 30 credits must be at 300-400 level
2) Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA for courses applied to the major
3) Minimum 30 credits taken in residence through the UW

Share