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East Asian Studies: Undergraduate Programs

Overview: 

Language instruction:

The basic goal of the language instructional program in EAS is to provide students (whether or not they are formally EAS majors) with the skills to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, with speakers of Chinese or Japanese and to be competent to read materials in the target language.

By the time students have finished the three years of the basic language program, students should ideally be able to: 1) communicate at an ACTFL oral proficiency level of Advanced, 2) produce written materials such as essays and letters that are well organized, easy to understand, and increasingly free of English-like structures, though not completely free of errors, and 3) read target-language materials aimed at native speaking adults, albeit slowly and with the use of dictionaries.

Non-language instruction:

All non-language courses, but most centrally general education lower division courses, are designed to provide students with a foundational understanding of East Asian peoples and cultures. The guidelines covering the Tier I and Tier II courses provide the basic parameters of the goals for these courses. Upper division undergraduate courses are designed to deepen understanding of East Asian cultures by focusing on more limited subject matters. Majors and graduate students alike acquire both breadth and depth of knowledge by taking introductory/survey courses, followed by more in-depth courses, including upper-level seminars that focus on specific aspects of culture, including literature, religion/thought, focused courses in history, and the study of language through linguistics.

The department uses a variety of strategies to assess student accomplishments in our various programs, with particular focus on the systematic development of speaking, listening, reading, writing skills, which enable students to communicate with native speakers of Chinese and Japanese in culturally appropriate ways, as well as the development of critical thinking and analytical skills through a variety of methods.

Expected Learning Outcomes: 

 

Undergraduate students will choose either the Language Track or the Culture Track as outlined in the Undergraduate Program for the East Asian Studies Bachelors Degree.

Upon completion of program requirements for the BA in East Asian Studies, graduates of the EAS Language Track will demonstrate success in meeting the following learning outcomes:

  • Express themselves effectively in written and verbal communication
  • Identify, locate, and evaluate sources for the study of East Asian cultures
  • Articulate the commonalities, complexity, and diversity within and across East Asian cultures
  • Articulate and apply appropriate disciplinary methods to the study of East Asian languages

Upon completion of program requirements for the BA in East Asian studies, graduates of the EAS Culture Track will demonstrate success in meeting the following learning outcomes:

  • Articulate and apply appropriate disciplinary methods to the study of East Asian cultures
  • Comprehend tradition and transformation in one cultural region of East Asia
  • Express themselves effectively in written and verbal communication
  • Identify, locate, and evaluate sources for the study of East Asian cultures
  • Articulate the commonalities, complexity, and diversity within and across East Asian cultures
Assessment Activities: 

Regular or Recurring Activities

 Last Modified: 11/29/2007

Updated date: Thu, 08/25/2016 - 12:01