Undergraduate Programs 2012-13

 

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Undergraduate Programs

(For Students Who Matriculated in the Fall of 2010 or Later)

 

See the Calendar for current official requirements for all programs.

 

Undergraduate Degrees in East Asian Studies

There are two types of Bachelor's degrees available through the Department at present: BA and BA (Honors). These degrees offer many different areas of study as outlined below.
Prospective students are asked to contact the Department for information, advice and program planning.

BA (Major)

1. A Major in Chinese requires EASIA 101, and a minimum of 33 to a maximum of 48 units of course weight at the senior level in the language chosen, with a maximum of 6 units counted from senior level EASIA courses. The following courses are required:
• China 342, 402 must be included
• a minimum of 3 units of course weight in 400 level non-language China courses must be included

2. A Major in Japanese requires EASIA 101, and a minimum of 33 to a maximum of 48 units of course weight at the senior level in the language chosen, with a maximum of 6 units counted from senior level EASIA courses. The following courses are required:
• Japan 341, 402 must be included
• A minimum of 3 units of course weight in a 400 level non-language course must be included

3. A Combined Major in Chinese and Japanese requires EASIA 101, and a minimum of 33 to a maximum of 48 units of course weight at the senior level in the two languages combined. The requirements are as follows:
• a minimum of 12 units of course weight at the senior level in each language;
• a minimum of 6 units of course weight in 400 level language courses consisting of 3 units of course weight in each language
• a minimum of 3 units of course weight in 400-level non-language CHINA or JAPAN courses
• up to 6 units of course weight may be counted from senior level EASIA courses

4. A major in East Asian Studies requires EASIA 101, and a minimum of 33 units to a maximum of 48 units at the senior level, which must include the following:
• a minimum of 12 units from senior level language courses, selected from one of CHINA, JAPAN or KOREA;
• a minimum of 12 units in non-language CHINA, EASIA, JAPAN or KOREA courses, including 6 units at the 400 level;
• a minimum of 9 units in approved cross-listed East Asian content courses, including 3 units at the 400 level.

Additional program requirements for the BA degree are outlined in the University calendar. http://www.registrar.ualberta.ca/calendar/Undergrad/Arts/Honors-Major-Minor-Requirements/44.9.html#44.9

 

BA (Minor)

1. A Minor in Chinese or Japanese requires EASIA 101, and a minimum of 12 to a maximum of 42 units of course weight at the senior level in one of Chinese or Japanese, and must include a minimum of 6 units at the 300-or 400-level, including 3 at the 400-level and 6 units in language courses at the senior level.

Note: If the major subject is East Asian Studies, and the minor is in the same language as that used to fulfill the language requirement for the major, a maximum of 30 credits of course weight at the senior level will be permitted, as 12 units in the language are required for the major.

2. A Minor in East Asian Studies requires EASIA 101, and a minimum of 12 to a maximum of 42 units of course weight at the senior level, selected from approved cross-listed East Asian content courses, or from non-language courses offered by the Department, and which must include a minimum of 6 units at the 300- or 400-level, including 3 units at the 400-level.

BA (Honors)

The Department offers the following honor programmes:

1. Honors in Chinese Studies requires a minimum of 48 and a maximum of 60 units of course weight at the junior and senior levels, with a maximum of 12 units from EASIA courses. The program must include:
• CHINA 342, 402; EASIA 101,
• 6 in 400-level non-language CHINA courses, plus CHINA 490 and EASIA 480.

2. Honors in Japanese Studies requires a minimum of 48 and a maximum of 60 units of course weight at the junior and senior levels, with a maximum of 12 units from EASIA courses. The program must include:
• EASIA 101, Japan 341, 402
• 6 in 400-level non-language JAPAN courses, plus JAPAN 490 and EASIA 480.

3. Combined Honors in East Asian Studies
The requirements in these Combined Honors programs are the same as for other Honors programs (refer to §43.5). Available combined Honors programs are:
 a) Combined Honors in Chinese and one other discipline, which may be East Asian Studies.
 b) Combined Honors in Japanese and one other discipline, which may be East Asian Studies.
c) Combined Honors in East Asian Studies and one other discipline, which may be Chinese or Japanese.

A Combined Honors program as specified above in (a) or (b) requires a minimum of 36 units of course weight in Chinese or Japanese, which must include the courses identified as requirements for the Honors in Chinese Studies or the courses identified as requirements for the Honors in Japanese Studies, and a minimum of 36 units in the other discipline or in East Asian Studies.

A Combined Honors program as specified in (c) above requires a minimum of 42 units of course weight, including 18 units in either Chinese or Japanese language, 9 units in either Chinese or Japanese literature and culture, and 9 units to be chosen from EASIA courses, and/or from the approved list of East Asian content courses. As well, EASIA 480 Honors Seminar and EASIA 490 Honors thesis must be taken in the final year of the (c) program. No credit can be counted twice to meet these requirements.

In each of these programs, an original thesis is required on a topic related to senior course material. The thesis will be written under the supervision of an advisor chosen by the Department.

Promotion Requirements

 Promotion from year to year in any of the department’s honors programs requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 with an average of at least 3.3 on all courses applied to the major.

Graduation Requirements

 Graduation with Honors in any of the department’s honors programs requires a graduation average of at least 3.0 with an average of at least 3.3 in all courses applied to the major. Graduation with First Class Honors requires an average of at least 3.7 in all senior courses applied to the major and a GPA of at least 3.5 or better in all courses in the final year (last 30 units).

4. Honors in Interdisciplinary East/West Stream: Comparative Literature with an emphasis in East Asian Studies
 Note: See Honors in Comparative Literature in an Interdisciplinary East/West Stream with an emphasis on East Asian Studies (§44.5.1(3)) for these requirements.

Certificate in Translation Studies in Chinese or Japanese

Students may pursue this certificate in translation studies while fulfilling existing requirements in their disciplines by choosing courses (see below) for a minimum of *27. While the certificate does not prepare students to be full-fledged translators upon graduation, it provides them with the necessary focus to pursue further training in the profession. Furthermore, since cultural literacy is emphasized in the certificate, students who complete its requirements will have honed their skills in their area of specialization and will be ready to embark on many types of careers requiring cultural expertise in government organizations, foreign trade, business abroad, and tourism. The certificate is only granted at the time of graduation.

(1)

Chinese:

a.

MLCS 300

b.

MLCS 400

c.

*6 in Chinese at the 300-level

d.

*6 in Chinese at the 400-level

e.

Two courses in translation: CHINA 428 and 438.

f.

*3 from: CHINA 208, 238, 308.

(2)

Japanese:

a.

MLCS 300

b.

MLCS 400

c.

JAPAN 301 and 302

d.

JAPAN 401 and 402

e.

Three courses in translation: JAPAN 429 and 439, and one of JAPAN 241 or 325.

    Please note that the Certificate in Translation Studies in Chinese or Japanese is available only to students with a major or minor in Chinese or Japanese in the Faculties of Arts or Science (see §43.1).

JAPAN 30 IB Students

For those students who have taken Japan 30IB in high school and wish to receive credit for JAPAN 101/102, a Transfer Credit system has been implemented (i.e. students with grades 6 or 7 from the IB transcript will get an A or A- automatically upon entering the university. You can find more information here. For further information, please contact the Japanese Language Advisor.

CHINESE, JAPANESE, OR KOREAN AS LOE REQUIREMENT

Chinese, Japanese or Korean may be used by students to satisfy the language other than English requirement of their degree or program. Courses that DO NOT satisfy the L O E requirement for the BA degree are those dealing with culture or literature taught exclusively in English, for example:
CHINA 220; 323; 324; 337; 338; 410
JAPAN 321; 322; 330; 415; 416; 418; 419; 420
All language courses integrate the development of the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The spoken language together with written composition continues through all levels. Senior courses in reading are conducted in the spoken language.

Language other than English Examinations

The Edmonton Public Schools Continuing Education offers challenge exams in Chinese 35 and Japanese 35. Completion of one of these challenge exams will result in a grade being placed on an Alberta Education High School transcript and if that grade is 50% or better it will be counted along with the four other required matriculation subjects (or their equivalent) as specified for the particular Arts Faculty degree program to which you have applied. Contact Continuing Education Services at 10820 - 101 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5H 3Z9 or phone (780) 426-3280 to make arrangements for an examination. Examinations can be taken during the day, evening or Saturday morning.
It should be noted that courses in this Department are primarily designed for students who do NOT speak and who are NOT literate in the language in question. This generally includes dialect speakers as well. Those courses which are open to all students are appropriately marked in the "Details of Courses" section (§§211.34, 211.118 and 211.119) of the University Calendar. It should also be noted that there are special routes for students with background in one of the languages. These students should consult with the Department before making course selections.