Majors & Minors

Majors

NEW MAJOR: Asian Languages and Linguistics BA

The Asian Languages and Linguistics (AL&L) major encourages students to be exposed to multiple Asian languages and cultures to gain awareness of linguistic diversities in Asia as well as diversities in multi-racial and multi-ethnic communities in Los Angeles. The AL&L major focuses on two related fields of linguistics, the discourse-functional and socio-linguistics, and language pedagogy. The skills for linguistic and cultural analysis gained in this major will prepare students for an advanced degree in related fields, international relations and business tracks, and teaching languages locally and globally.

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Chinese BA

The Chinese major offers a very extensive array of courses in Chinese language, premodern and modern literature, linguistics, religion, archaeology, and film. Students are required to achieve advanced levels of proficiency in modern spoken and written Chinese, while also acquiring basic knowledge of premodern texts. Students who complete this major have the linguistic and cultural competence to work in various fields related to China, including business, finance, trade, journalism, diplomacy, cultural institutions and non-profit organizations, education, and academia.

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Japanese BA

Japanese is a very popular major offering a broad range of courses in Japanese language, literature, linguistics, theater, religion, and film. Students are required to achieve advanced levels of proficiency in modern spoken and written Japanese, as well as broad and detailed knowledge of Japanese premodern, modern, and contemporary culture. Students who complete this major have the linguistic and cultural competence to work in various fields related to Japan, including business, finance, trade, journalism, diplomacy, cultural institutions and non-profit organizations, education, and academia.

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Korean BA

UCLA offers the widest range of undergraduate courses on Korea of any university in North America. In addition to achieving advanced levels of proficiency in modern spoken and written Korean, students are required to acquire broad and detailed knowledge of Korean literature, history, religion, linguistics, and popular culture. Students who complete this major have the linguistic and cultural competence to work in various fields related to Korea, including business, finance, trade, journalism, diplomacy, cultural institutions and non-profit organizations, education, and academia.

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Asian Humanities BA

Asian Humanities majors choose their main language concentration in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South Asian, or Southeast Asian languages, while simultaneously acquiring broad cultural competence by taking courses from at least four countries or areas across Asia. This provides students with a combination of strong language skills and the knowledge necessary to engage with various aspects of multiple Asian societies. Students who complete this major have the linguistic and cultural competence to work in various fields related to Asia, including business, finance, trade, journalism, diplomacy, cultural institutions and non-profit organizations, education, and academia.

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Asian Religions BA

Asian Religions majors choose their main language concentration in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South Asian, or Southeast Asian languages, while simultaneously acquiring broad cultural competence by taking courses in religion from at least four countries or areas across Asia. This provides them with a combination of strong language skills and the ability to analyze and interpret multiple religious traditions in a part of the world where religion still matters enormously in many facets of life. Students who complete this major have the linguistic and cultural competence to work in various fields related to Asia, including business, finance, trade, journalism, diplomacy, cultural institutions and non-profit organizations, education, and academia.

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Minors

Asian Languages Minor

The Asian Languages minor is designed to recognize a serious commitment to the study of Asian languages. It is especially suited for students who wish to augment their major program in the College of Letters and Science with mastery of an Asian language. The lower division survey course in civilization or religious tradition provides students with an essential introduction to the diverse cultural heritages of Asia. The upper division language courses provide students with advanced skills in speaking, aural comprehension, reading, and writing an Asian language.

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Asian Humanities Minor

The Asian Humanities minor is designed to recognize a serious commitment to the study of Asian cultures. Lower division survey courses in civilizations and religious traditions provide students with a solid foundation in the diverse cultural heritages of Asia. Students may fulfill upper division requirements from a wide variety of courses in all aspects and historical periods of Asian humanities.

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Frequently Asked Questions

To declare a major or minor in the Asian Languages and Cultures Department, students must complete all lower division preparation requirements.

Can I double major?
Please go to the College of Letters and Science’s info page http://www.ugeducation.ucla.edu/counseling/ concerning the procedures for declaring a second major.
Can I petition a course?
Download: Departmental Petition
Is there a departmental honors program?
Download: Departmental Honors Requirement

Download: Departmental Honors Application Form

Where can I get more information regarding General Education (GE) or University requirements?
Please go to your main counseling unit:

College of Letters and Science counseling located in A-316 Murphy
Honors Programs located in A-311 Murphy
AAP counseling in Campbell Hall