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  • East Asian Languages and Literatures

    The major in East Asian languages and literatures (EALL) develops proficiency in the Chinese (EAC) and Japanese (EAJ) languages and acquaints students with the literature and cultural history of China and Japan. Courses are also available for those interested in business Chinese and Japanese, classical Chinese and Japanese, film and women's studies.

    About This Major

    Overview

    The major provides a foundation for graduate-level work in East Asian studies or allied fields (anthropology, art history, history, linguistics, political science and religion). An EALL major is excellent general preparation for entry to professional schools (business, journalism, law and medicine) or careers in foreign service, commerce, diplomacy, translation, business, import and export of information and culture, museums and libraries and tourism.

    Coursework for the Major

    The major requires a minimum of 30 credits at the 3000 level or above. Students must earn minimum grades of C in all courses that apply toward the major; satisfactory or unsatisfactory (S-U) designations are not acceptable.

    Required Coursework

    Course Details

    All languages offered through this department may fulfill college language requirements. EALL majors are not allowed to minor in Asian studies (either option 1 or 2).

    Transfer Students interested in Majoring in Japanese (EAJ)
    If your current institution does not offer Japanese, an academic record must be established by taking the Summer Intensive Beginning Japanese course sequence to be accepted as an EAJ major:

    1. Summer A: JPN 1130 Beginning Japanese 1 (5 credits). A minimum grade C is required to advance to the next level course.
    2. Summer B: JPN 1131 Beginning Japanese 2 (5 credits). You must achieve a minimum 2.5 GPA between JPN 1130 and JPN 1131 to be accepted to UF as an EAJ major for the following fall semester.

    After an academic record has been established during the summer, students will be accepted as an EAJ major in the fall semester. The courses taken as non-degree seeking will be converted into prerequisites for the EAJ major.

    Overseas Study

    UF in Chengdu at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics is a summer program that provides the equivalent of the UF courses Beginning Chinese 1 and 2 (CHI 1130/1131), and uses the same syllabus and required textbooks. Similarly, UF in Beijing at Tsinghua University provides the equivalent of UF’s Intermediate Chinese 1 and 2 (CHI 2230/2231) and Advanced Chinese 1 and 2 (CHI 3410/3411) through a 12-week summer session. Both transfer-credit programs feature courses in English that also may apply toward the Chinese specialization.

    Two year-long study abroad programs are available in Japan. The Asian Studies Program at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan is specifically designed for international students for an academic year program of study abroad. The program offers courses in Japanese language (all levels) and area studies focusing on Japan and its international role. Another academic year study abroad program at Aoyama Gakuin, Tokyo, offers students the challenge of taking courses in the target language, thus it is limited to those who have completed three years of language study at UF, or the equivalent.

    Maximum credit earned abroad for lecture courses is limited to twelve, and applies to group B or D of the major. JPT 3500 Japanese Culture must be taken at UF. No substitution is allowed for JPT 3500.

    Placement

    Students with previous training in Chinese or Japanese, as well as those with heritage background in these languages, should consult the undergraduate coordinator or the language coordinator of the Chinese or Japanese specialization before enrolling in any CHI, CHW, JPN, JPW course. Placement tests are given at the start of each semester; refer to the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures for location and times.

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    Chinese

    • Group A: CHI 3410/3411 Advanced Chinese 1 and 2 or
      two 400-level advanced language courses (language requirement)
    • Group B: Any five courses from
      CHI 3403 Chinese Calligraphy
      CHI 3440 Business Chinese
      CHI 4850 Structure of Chinese
      CHI 4905 Independent Study
      CHI 4930 Special Topics (excluding those special topics courses designated as lower-level courses)
      CHI 4935 Senior Honors Thesis
      CHI 4940 Internship
      CHT 3110 Chinese Literary Heritage
      CHT 3123 Premodern Chinese Fiction in Translation
      CHT 3124 Modern Chinese Fiction in Translation
      CHT 3391 Chinese Film and Media
      CHT 3500 Chinese Culture
      CHT 3513 Taoism and Chinese Culture
      CHT 4111 Dream of the Red Chamber
      CHT 4122 Religious Dimensions of Late Imperial Chinese Literature
      CHT 4603 Journey to the West
      CHW 4120 Classical Chinese 1
      CHW 4121 Classical Chinese 2
      CHW 4130 Readings in Chinese Literature
      CHW 4140 Newspaper Chinese
    • Group C: Any combination of three courses from
      Group B Japanese, and
      Additional Group B Chinese and courses specifically about East Asia from disciplines such as anthropology, art history, history, religion and political science.
    • LIN 3010 Introduction to Linguistics is required, in addition to the 30 credits of Chinese coursework at the 3000 level or above.
    • Students must take the Chinese STAMP Proficiency Test Level 4, or the equivalent, by the end of the second semester of the third-year language course.
    • Students also must achieve satisfactory faculty evaluation of a self-selected term paper written for an upper-division course or senior thesis.

    Offerings vary from semester to semester, particularly within Group C. Majors should consult the undergraduate coordinator before registration every semester.

    Japanese

    • Group A: JPN 3410/3411 Advanced Japanese 1 and 2 or
      two advanced language courses at 4000 level (language requirement).
      Prospective majors should be aware of the prerequisites to JPN 3410 Advanced Japanese 1 and JPN 3411 Advanced Japanese 2.
    • Group B: Any four of
      JPN 3730 Language in Japanese Society
      JPN 4850 Structure of Japanese
      JPN 4930 Special Topics in Japanese Studies
      JPN 4935 Senior Honors Thesis
      JPN 4940 Internship
      JPT 3100 Tales of Kyoto
      JPT 3120 Modern Japanese Fiction in Translation
      JPT 3121 Contemporary Japanese Literature: Postwar to Postmodern
      JPT 3150 Classical Japanese Poetry
      JPT 3300 Samurai War Tales
      JPT 3391 Introduction to Japanese Film
      JPT 4130 The Tale of Genji
      JPT 4502 Japanese Folklore
      JPW 3143 Classical Japanese 1
      JPW 4130 Readings in Japanese Literature
      JPW 4131 Texts and Contexts
    • Group C: JPT 3500 Japanese Culture, and
    • Group D: Three Group B Chinese or three additional Group B Japanese and courses specifically about East Asia from other disciplines such as history, anthropology, religion, fine arts, etc.
    • LIN 3010 Introduction to Linguistics is required, in addition to the 30 credits of Japanese coursework at the 3000 level or above. A student should take this course before taking JPN 4850.
    • Students must take the Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level N3, or the equivalent, by the end of the second semester of the third-year language course.
    • Students also must achieve satisfactory faculty evaluation of a self-selected term paper written for an upper-division course or senior thesis.

    Course offerings vary from semester to semester, particularly within Group D. Majors should consult the undergraduate coordinator before registration every semester.

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    Critical Tracking

    To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college and major requirements. For degree requirements outside of the major, refer to CLAS Degree Requirements: Structure of a CLAS Degree.

    Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

    Semester 1

    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 2

    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

    • Complete one Chinese or Japanese language course
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 4

    • Complete 1 additional Chinese or Japanese language course with 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 5

    • Complete 2 additional East Asian language and literature-related courses with 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Recommended Semester Plan

    This represents an ideal progression through the EALL major. Actual courses may be different depending on language preparation and availability of courses. In particular, beginning language is best started semester 1 and no later than semester 3, but study abroad or accredited intensive summer courses can be used to catch up.

    Students are expected to complete the writing and math requirement while in the process of taking the courses below. Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE-D) requirements concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, GE-C, H or S). Several courses in this major count for GE-H and N or GE-S and N requirements.

    Semester 1 Credits
    CHI 1130 Beginning Chinese 1 or
    JPN 1130 Beginning Japanese 1
    5
    HUM 2305 What is the Good Life (GE-H) 3
    Biological Science (GE-B) 3
    Composition (GE-C, WR) 3
    Total 14
    Semester 2 Credits
    CHI 1131 Beginning Chinese 2 or
    JPN 1131 Beginning Japanese 2
    5
    Mathematics (GE-M) 3
    Physical Science (GE-P) 3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 3
    Total 14
    Semester 3 Credits
    CHI 2230 Intermediate Chinese 1 or
    JPN 2230 Intermediate Japanese 1
    5
    CHT 3500 Chinese Culture (GE-H and N) or
    Elective in the major:
    CHT 3110 for Chinese specialization (GE-H and N) or
    JPT 3500 Japanese Culture for Japanese specialization (GE-H and N)
    3
    Elective in the major (CHT/JPT 3100 series) (GE-H and N)​ 3​
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 3
    Physical Science (GE-P) 3
    Total 17
    Semester 4 Credits
    CHI 2231 Intermediate Chinese 2 or
    JPN 2231 Intermediate Japanese 2
    5
    Electives 6
    Mathematics (GE-M) 3
    Total 14
    Semester 5 Credits
    CHI 3410 Advanced Chinese 1 (GE-S and N) or
    JPN 3410 Advanced Japanese 1 (GE-H and N)
    3
    LIN 3010 Introduction to Linguistics (GE-H) 3
    Biological Science (GE-B) 3
    Composition (GE-C, WR) 3
    Elective in the major (3000 level or above) 3
    Total 15
    Semester 6 Credits
    CHI 3411 Advanced Chinese 2 (GE-S and N) or
    JPN 3411 Advanced Japanese 2 (GE-H and N)
    3
    Electives (3000 level or above) 6
    Electives in the major (3000 level or above) 6
    Total 15
    Semester 7 Credits
    Elective (3000 level or above) 3
    Electives in the major (3000 level or above) 6
    Science laboratory (GE-P or B) 1
    Senior thesis option or elective 3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 3
    Total 16
    Semester 8 Credits
    Electives (3000 level or above) 9
    Electives in the major (3000 level or above) 6
    Total 15
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