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Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Asian Languages and Literature offers undergraduate majors and minors in East and South Asian languages and literature. Undergraduate students in the Department receive instruction in language, literature, linguistics, and culture, and are encouraged to take advantage of numerous study abroad opportunities. Graduates of the Department go on to a wide variety of careers in which knowledge of and familiarity with Asian languages and cultures have become indispensible in our increasingly interconnected world. A popular option for many undergraduates at the University of Washington is to combine a major in an Asian language with a second major from another department, such as Computer Science, Business Administration, and International Studies.

Undergraduate degrees are offered in:

In addition to these degree programs, the department offers language instruction in a number of South, East, and Southeast Asian languages.  The department also offers a BA Honors program and teaching endorsements in Chinese and Japanese.

Prospective students may wish to review the Learning Goals for our majors and minors.

Application for B.A. Major in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature

In the Department of Asian Languages and Literature emphasis is placed on the roles of Asian languages within the cultures they serve as well as on linguistic (particularly historical) and literary analysis.

Admission to a major in Asian Languages and Literature prerequisites:

1) Completion of at least 20 credits of college course work (or Department-approved equivalent) in the intended primary language of concentration (e.g., Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi, Sanskrit, depending on the specific major).

The following stipulations also apply to prerequisite (1) above: the most recent course completed in the intended primary language of concentration must be a course offered by the University of Washington. The final grade in the most recent course in that language must be 2.5 or higher.

2) Completion of one W-prefix writing course, conducted in English, with a grade of 2.0 or higher. (A "second" English composition course, such as Engl 111, 121, 131, 182, will also satisfy this requirement. Postbaccalaureate students are exempt from this requirement.)

The Department prefers that prospective majors present a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Please note: For the major in Asian Languages and Cultures, students in good academic standing may declare the major at any time, without fulfilling requirements stated above.

To apply to major or minor in one of the department's programs, first familiarize yourself with the program requirements by following one of the links above, then contact the department's undergraduate adviser.

Major and Minor Approved Courses

To see lists of courses that can be counted towards completing your major and/or minor requirements, please download the files below. You are always encouraged to contact your Student Advisor should you have any questions.