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Undergraduate Record 2011-2012 
    
Undergraduate Record 2011-2012 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

East Asian Languages, Literature and Culture


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The Major in East Asian Studies


The East Asian Studies major is an interdisciplinary major featuring a language core in DEAL-LC and additional coursework in both DEAL-LC and other departments. Not all concentration courses must be from within DEAL-LC. For instance, a course on Buddhism in Religious Studies would count towards the major. Current lists of possible concentration courses are on the DEAL-LC website. Students are also encouraged to take DEAL-LC and related courses outside their country concentration.

Requirements for the Major in East Asian Studies


Prerequisites:
 
• 2020/2060 level or above in a DEAL-LC language. A grade of C or higher must be earned each semester of language instruction.
 
Requirements:
• 30 credits in DEAL-LC and related courses, including courses in the selected country concentration, with the
• following distribution:
•  6 credits at the 3010 and 3020 level of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Tibetan, with a grade of C or higher each semester; language courses above the 3000 level count toward the 30 credits in the major; language courses below the 3000 level count toward university language requirements;
•  3 credits in EAST 1010;
•  3 credits in an East Asian History (HIEA) course (a second course is also strongly recommended.);
•  3 credits in an East Asian Humanities (Art History, Architectural History, Literature, Religious Studies) course;
•  3 credits in an East Asian Social Sciences (Anthropology, Economics, Politics, Studies in Women and Gender) course;
•  3 credits in a 4000- or 5000- level seminar in which a research paper is written using East Asian language materials;
•  9 credits of elective courses with East Asian content;
•  students who intend to double major are reminded that only two courses may be counted towards both majors;
•  for single majors, 9 of the 30 non-language credits must come from a single academic department
•  students are reminded that USEM credits do not count
• toward major requirements;
•  a maximum of 15 study abroad and domestic transfer
• credits are allowed, with the permission of the major advisor;
•  students in this major must maintain a satisfactory
• grade point in the major and related courses each
• semester; satisfactory is defined as an average of C
• (i.e., 2.0); students not maintaining this grade point
• are subject to discontinuation from the major.

Requirements for the Minor in East Asian Studies


  • 1020/1060-level in a DEAL-LC language. A grade of C or higher must be earned each semester;
  •  at least 18 credits with the following distribution:
  •  3 credits in EAST 1010;
  •  3 credits in an East Asian History (HIEA) course;
  •  3 credits in an East Asian Humanities (Art History, Architectural History, Literature, Religion) course;
  •  3 credits in an East Asian Social Science (Anthropology, Economics, Politics, Studies in Women and Gender) course;
  •  6 credits of elective courses with East Asian content;
  •  a maximum of 6 transfer credits can be used to satisfy the 18 credit requirement; 
  •  students are reminded that credits applied toward a minor cannot count toward a major

The Major in East Asian Languages and Literatures


The Department offers a major in East Asian Languages and Literatures for students wanting to achieve proficiency in an DEAL-LC language and a deeper understanding of its literature and culture.

Requirements for the Major in East Asian Languages and Literatures


Prerequisites:

  • 2020 or 2060 level of an DEAL-LC language. A grade of C or higher must be earned in each semester.
  • EAST 1010 with a grade of C or higher.

Requirements:

  • 30 credits in DEAL-LC and related courses, with the following distribution:
  • 18 credits must be in one DAL-LC language beyond the 2020 or 2060 level; at the discretion of the student’s advisor, 6 of these credits may be from a second language in the same region at the 1000 level or higher;
  • 6 additional credits must be in DEAL-LC courses;
  • 6 credits must be in regional concentration courses from the following areas: Anthropology, Art History, DEAL-LC, History, Politics, Religious Studies, and Studies in Women and Gender;
  • a maximum of 15 study abroad credits and domestic transfer credits are allowed at the discretion of the student’s advisor;
  • students in this major must maintain a satisfactory grade point in the major and related courses each semester; satisfactory is defined as an average of C (i.e., 2.0); students not maintaining this grade point are subject to discontinuation from the major.
  • students who wish to double major are reminded that only two courses may count towards both majors

 

It is crucial that language training begin early in the student’s career. Summer study and study abroad are also encouraged. (See the Study Abroad Programs section.)

The Distinguished Majors Program


DEAL-LC offers a Distinguished Majors Program for qualified majors in order to provide the opportunity to pursue in-depth analysis of issues and topics related to the major.

To qualify, students must meet the general requirements of their DEAL-LC major with the following modifications. They must take 12 credits of concentration courses at the 4000 level or above, including EAST 4970, a six-credit sequence of tutorial work on a senior thesis to be completed over the fall and spring semesters of the fourth year. Students are responsible for obtaining the agreement of a faculty member to serve as thesis advisor and a second faculty member from a different department to serve as a second reader. Students are encouraged to use primary language sources in researching their theses.

Admission into the DMP occurs in the spring semester of the third year. Applicants must be in either the East Asian Studies Major or the East Asian Languages and Literatures Major, with major and general GPAs of at least 3.4. Applications must be submitted by the second Monday after spring break of the student’s third year, and should include the following: 1) a statement of interest explaining the student’s desire to enter the program and his or her general area of research interest; 2) a writing sample for example, the best paper you have produced so far in one of your courses; 3) a letter of recommendation from a faculty member in the student’s concentration, either sent directly to the DEAL-LC Chair or sealed and submitted by the student with the other materials; and 4) a copy of the student’s most recent transcript. Decision concerning admission to the DMP are made by early April.

Commencement honors of Distinction, High Distinction and Highest Distinction require a minimum GPA of 3.4 as well as timely completion of the senior thesis. Honors are awarded on the basis of overall academic performance as well as at the recommendation of the first and second readers of the thesis.

Study Abroad Programs


Shanghai Chinese Language Program the UVA-in-Shanghai Intensive Chinese Language Program in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures at the University of Virginia is hosted by East China Normal University.  It is intended to enable students who are serious about studying Chinese language in a total immersion environment to cover a year’s worth of material and to earn 8 UVA credits.  This rigorous, demanding, and rewarding language program allows the student to have first-hand experience using Chinese in real world situations as well as studying and practicing it in the classroom.  For more information, use the “Find a Program” link at http://www.studyabroad.virginia.edu.

Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies the University of Virginia joins Harvard, Stanford, and about a dozen other top universities in running the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies, a well-regarded study abroad program based in Japan’s historic capital city available for one semester or an entire academic year. The program requires students to have two full years of college-level Japanese language coursework as a prerequisite, and it works to improve students’ language abilities through small-group instruction tailored to each students ability level. Content courses on Japan in the social sciences and humanities are also offered and are typically taught in English. KCJS also facilitates daily use of the language outside the classroom by placing all students who want to take advantage of this opportunity with host families. For more information on the program, application deadlines, and financial aid opportunities, please visit   www.ogp.columbia.edu.   KCJS also runs a summer program in classical and advanced modern Japanese, details for which can be found on the same website.
                                              
In addition to study abroad programs administered by U.Va., students are encouraged to develop their language skills at the many other study-abroad programs that are available throughout East Asia. Please note that in order to receive transfer credit for language courses offered at such programs, students must first consult with our faculty and the International Studies Office in Minor Hall.

Scholarships


East Asia Center Scholarship A generous endowment from the Weedon family allows the East Asia Center to award travel grants to undergraduates enrolled in language programs in East Asia as well as research travel grants to graduate students and faculty. Applications are due in mid-March.

Mastercard Asian Studies Scholarship This scholarship is awarded annually to a rising fourth-year major in Asian Studies, be it in the East Asian concentration or the South Asian. To be competitive, students applying for this scholarship should also be applying for the Distinguished Majors Program. This scholarship is in the amount of approximately $4000 for tuition, and it carries with it the possibility to apply for a paid summer internship with Mastercard. Unless we are informed otherwise, we assume that all applicants for the DMP are also applying for this scholarship. Therefore, no specific application is required.

Centers and Programs


Arts and Sciences Center for Instructional Technology (ASCIT) A resource containing many audio-visual materials which are used to help bring the culture surrounding our different languages alive for students. It is conveniently located in Cabell Hall along with most DEAL-LC classrooms and offices. The language laboratory is used to help students practice and reinforce their speaking and listening skills.

East Asia Center For more than twenty years the East Asia Center has promoted activities and events that enhance the study of East Asia and Southeast Asia at the University of Virginia. The Center sponsors ten to fifteen lectures and other events each year. It also manages graduate programs granting an M.A., in Asian Studies as well as an MA/MBA in conjunction with the Darden School of Business.

For a comprehensive list of funding available for study abroad, please visit the East Asia Center website at www.virginia.edu/eastasia
 

Additional Information


For more information, contact

deal-lc@virginia.edu; http://www.virginia.edu/deallc/

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