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Upper Division Courses

General Education Category A must be completed prior to taking any upper division course except upper division language courses where students meet formal prerequisites and/or competency equivalent for advanced study.

 

Asian American Studies – ASAM Courses

Upper Division

305. Theories and Methods in Asian Studies and Asian American Studies (3)

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing or consent of instructor, completion of the GE Foundation requirements; ASAM 120 or 200.
Explores theories and interdisciplinary methodologies employed in Asian Studies and Asian American Studies. Students will have opportunities to conduct research on topics of their interest.
Letter grade only (A-F).

310. Asian Americans and Education (3)

Examines issues and potential of a multi-ethnic classroom for the understanding of, and relating to students of, diverse cultural backgrounds, with an emphasis on Asian Americans.

319. The Ethnic Experience in the U.S. (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
Examines the dynamics of our multicultural society, emphasizing ways in which Asian American, Black American, Mexican American, and American Indian experiences have shaped cultural diversity in the U.S.
Same course as AIS 319, AFRS 319, CHLS 319, WGSS 319. Not open for credit to student with credit in AFRS 319, AIS 319, B/ST 319, CHLS 319, W/ST 319, WGSS 319. (Lecture/Discussion.)

330. Japanese American Experience (3)

A study of the culture, history, and literature of Japanese in America, emphasizing immigrant experience, agricultural contributions, World War II, generational issues, women in transition and family.

331. Chinese American Experience (3)

A study of the culture, history, and literature of Chinese in America, emphasizing immigrant experience, generational issues, women in transition and family.

332. Korean American Experience (3)

Examines major historical, social, political, and cultural themes that have shaped Korean American experiences, with attention to intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, and class in the U.S. Emphasizes contemporary issues in local communities and transnational connections in the Korean diaspora.

333. Vietnamese American Experience (3)

A study of the culture, history, and literature of Vietnamese in America, emphasizing immigrant experience, generational issues, women in transition and family.

334. Cambodian American Experience (3)

A study of the culture, history, and literature of Cambodians in America, emphasizing refugee and immigrant experiences, generational issues, women in transition and family.

335I. Asian and Latino Immigration Since World War II (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
Examines the causes of massive Asian and Latino immigration as well as major contemporary issues in the Asian and Latino communities.
Same course as CHLS 335I. Not open for credit to student with credit in CHLS 335I. (Lecture and discussion, 3 hours)

340. Asian American Family (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of Foundation courses and upper-division standing.
Provides perspectives on the varieties of Asian American families by examining the social, economic, political, and cultural factors crucial in the development of conventional as well as alternative familial units.

341. Asian American/Chicano and Latino Cinema (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of the Foundation courses. A team-taught course that explores connections between Asian American and Chicano/Latino cinema, with emphases given to grounding issues presented in films within historical, literary, and cultural studies frameworks.
Same course as CHLS 341. Not open for credit to students with credit in ASAM 403.

342. Chicanos, Filipinos, and Popular Cultures (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of the Foundation courses and upper-division status.
This course is a team-taught seminar that explores the historical roots of politics of expressive and cultural practices among Chicanos and Filipinos. Special attention will be paid to themes of resistance, gender, migrations, imperialism, hybridity, and post-colonial identities and transformations.
Same course as CHLS 342. Not open for credit to student with credit in CHLS 342.

345. Asian American Community Analysis (4)

Examines socioeconomic, political and cultural profile of Asian American communities, as well as role and function of community organizations. Training in community surveys and service.
(Lecture, activity)

346. Asian Americans and the Law (3)

Examines how laws have been used to restrict Asian Americans’ social, political, educational, and economic activities, as well as how this ethnic group has utilized the legal system to fight discrimination and seek justice.

352. Filipino/a American Experiences (3)

Focusing on social, economic, political, and cultural dimensions of Filipino/a experiences in the United States, this course examines major issues, including legacies of imperialism, transnational patterns of capital and labor, colonial and post-colonial identities, resistance to oppression, and literary expressions.

353. Contemporary Issues in Filipino/a American Experiences (3)

Prerequisite: Upper-division Standing. Recommended: ASAM 352
Interdisciplinary approach used to examine the social, economic, political, and cultural dimensions of Filipino/a experiences in the United States from 1965 to the contemporary period. Emphases on issues of post-colonial identities, the Philippine Diaspora, patterns of labor, strategies of resistance, and cultural practices.

354. Transnational Filipino Communities (3)

Prerequisite: Upper Division Standing. Recommended: ASAM 352.
Examines the social, economic, political, and cultural realities in the Philippines and their relationship with the formation of transnational Filipino/a communities.

370. Gender and Sexuality in Asian America (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of Foundation courses and upper-division standing.
Explores the diverse historical and contemporary experiences of Asian Americans with respect to gender roles and relationships, family, expressions of desire, as well as the relationships among gender, sexuality, and racial/ethnic identity.

381. Asian American Women (3)

Reconstructs and examines Asian American women’s history and contemporary experiences. Assesses the complexities of intersecting social categories of oppression and Asian American women’s active pursuit of equality and dignity.
Same course as WGSS 381. Not open for credit to student with credit in HIST 381, WGSS 381 or W/ST 381. (Lecture)

407. Asians in Latin America (3)

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing or consent of instructor. Recommended: HIST 161
Examines the diverse histories and experiences of Asians in Latin America. Emphases placed on patterns of labor and settlement, socio-economic development of local and transnational communities, formation of ethnic identities, and expressive cultures.
Letter grade only (A-F).

490. Special Topics in Asian American Studies (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Topics of current interest in Asian American Studies selected for intensive development. Topics will be announced in the Schedule of Classes.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Topics will be announced in the Schedule of Classes.

AAAS 492. Senior Research Seminar (3)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Prerequisites: Upper-division standing in Asian Studies, Japanese, Chinese or Asian American Studies.  Students must have scored 11 or higher on the GWAR Placement Examination or completed the necessary portfolio course that is a prerequisite for a GWAR Writing Intensive Capstone.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The goal of this course is to assist each AAAS major in bringing together his or her experiences in an intellectually cohesive and presentable manner.  This serves to provide an intellectual summery of the years of study in AAAS, a comparison to the experiences of others, and a tangible product reflecting this achievement.

499. Directed Studies (1-3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Directed studies to permit individual students to pursue topics of special research interest.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units.

595. Seminar in Asian American Studies (3)

Selected topics in Asian American Studies. Area and topics of emphasis will vary from year to year. Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units.

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Asian Studies – AST Courses

Upper Division- minimum of 21 units: 9 units of core courses and 12 units of upper division electives:

  •  306. Traditional Asia (3)
  • Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
  • An interdisciplinary examination of the traditional civilizations of Asia focusing on the transfer of culture and technology along the Spice Route, Silk and Tea Roads linking the region to the wider world prior to 1500 ace.
  • 307. Modern Asia (3)
  • Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
  • An interdisciplinary examination of the cultural change and globalization of Asia since 1500 ace through the exchange of ideas, commodities and technology.
  • 309. Asia and Globalization (3)
  • Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
  • A comparative analysis of the political and economic systems of Asia, with a focus on the East Asian sphere of influence and its contribution to globalization.
  • 320. East Asian Fiction and Film (3)
  • Prerequisites: Students must have scored 11 or higher on the GWAR Placement Examination or completed the necessary portfolio course that is a prerequisite for a GWAR Writing Intensive Capstone.
  • This course introduces the historical background and cultural context of fiction and film in East Asia and how they reflect changes in individual and national identities since the twentieth century.
  • 336. Southeast Asian Literature and Political Culture (3)
  • Prerequisites: Students must have scored 11 or higher on the GWAR Placement Examination or completed the necessary portfolio course that is a prerequisite for a GWAR Writing Intensive Capstone.
  • This course introduces the historical background and political context of Southeast Asian modern literature during the twentieth century.
  • 393. Japan’s Heritage (3)
  • Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
  • This course explores the cultural heritage of Japanese civilization emphasizing history, philosophy, religion, literature and fine arts from prehistory to the present.  Letter grade only (A-F).
  • 490. Special Topics in Asian Studies (3)
  • Topics of special interest in Asian Studies selected for intensive study.  Topics will be announced in the Schedule of Classes.  May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics.
  • AAAS 492. Senior Research Seminar (3)
  • Prerequisites: Upper-division standing in Asian Studies, Japanese, Chinese or Asian American Studies.  Students must have scored 11 or higher on the GWAR Placement Examination or completed the necessary portfolio course that is a prerequisite for a GWAR Writing Intensive Capstone.
  • The goal of this course is to assist each AAAS major in bringing together his or her experiences in an intellectually cohesive and presentable manner.  This serves to provide an intellectual summery of the years of study in AAAS, a comparison to the experiences of others, and a tangible product reflecting this achievement.
  • 495I. China Heritage (3)
  • Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
  • Cultural heritage explored through history, philosophy, religion and science, side by side with the fine arts; seen as the totality of a people’s humanistic experience. (Lecture, discussion and film).
  • 499. Directed Studies (1-3)
  • Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
  • Directed studies to permit individual students to pursue topics of special research interest.  May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units.  Letter grade only (A-F).

 

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Chinese Studies – CHIN Courses

Upper Division

301. Advanced Chinese (3)

Prerequisites: CHIN 202 or its equivalent, or consent of the instructor.
Study of modern spoken and written Chinese involving advanced expressions. Emphasis on reading, comprehension, vocabulary building and idiomatic usage.

302. Advanced Chinese (3)

Prerequisites: CHIN 301 or its equivalent, or consent of the instructor.
Study of modern spoken and written Chinese involving advanced expressions. Emphasis on reading, comprehension, vocabulary building and idiomatic usage.

311. Advanced Spoken Chinese (3)

Prerequisite: CHIN 202 or its equivalent as determined by the instructor.
Advanced study in modern spoken Chinese and Chinese communication. Designed to enhance advanced speaking ability in Mandarin on a range of topics.
Letter grade only (A-F).

321. Chinese Calligraphy (3)

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Completion of first-year Chinese or Japanese language or equivalent preferred.
Focuses on the history, development, artistry, and appreciation of Chinese calligraphy. Equal emphasis placed on hands-on practice in and outside of the classroom.

350. Business Chinese for Bilinguals (3)

Prerequisites: Native/near native proficiency in the Chinese language or consent of instructor.
Introduction of written business forms and exploration of business culture, practice, and etiquette. Students must have reading and writing ability in Chinese for general purposes.

360. Classical Chinese (3)

Prerequisites: CHIN 202 or equivalent Chinese reading proficiency or bilingual students.
Study of the basic vocabulary, grammatical structure, and style of classical Chinese. Introduction to various genres of classical literature: prose, poetry and other literary forms.

370. Chinese Literature in English Translation (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
Readings in translation of representative works of the major literary genres in China covering both the classical and the modern periods. Previous knowledge of the language is highly desirable, but not necessary.

375. The Supernatural and Fantastic in Chinese Literature (3)

Prerequisite: Upper Division standing or consent of instructor.
Study of the supernatural and fantastic elements that commonly comprise a variety of Chinese zhiguai genre from the Six Dynasties (317-588) to the present. Samples of representative works will be examined in depth from the textual and intertextual perspectives.

380. Topics in Chinese Linguistics (3)

Prerequisites: CHIN 102 or equivalent.
Chinese language viewed in its linguistic context, synchronically and diachronically. Introduction to descriptive grammar of modern standard Chinese, classical Chinese, the rise of written vernacular, dialect variations and sociolinguistic issues. Lecture/discussion.

382B. Modern China (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the GE Foundation. Chinese society from the 17th century to 1949.
Chinese society from the 17th century to 1949. Impact of imperialism, reform and revolutionary movements, and the background of Chinese communism.
Not open for credit to students with credit in HIST 482B.

390. Topics in Chinese Cultural Studies (3)

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing or consent of instructor.
Interdisciplinary study of representative features of contemporary Chinese culture and society.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics.

410./510. Chinese Information Processing (3)

Prerequisite: CHIN 202 or equivalent. May be waived with instructor’s consent.
Introduction to the fundamentals of Chinese web design, including word-processing, HTML, layout, and user interaction.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics. Undergraduates register in CHIN 410; Graduates register in CHIN 510.

421. Newspaper and Web Reading (3)

Prerequisite: CHIN 302 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.
The course enhances students’ proficiency in Chinese through reading newspapers. Students will familiarize themselves with all aspects of Chinese culture and contemporary society, as well as the language use. A hybrid course. Letter grade only (A-F).

430A./530A. Classical Chinese Fiction (3)

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing or consent of instructor.
Study and examination of traditional Chinese fiction, ranging from major works of fiction from the Six Dynasties (317-588) through the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
Undergraduates register in CHIN 430A; graduates register in CHIN 530A. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics in different semesters. Letter grade only (A-F).

430B./530B. Classical Chinese Drama (3)

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing or consent of instructor.
Study and examination of Yuan (1279-1368) and Ming (1368-1644) drama, ranging from major works of Northern Drama (Zaju) and Southern Drama (Nanxi) to Peking Opera (Jingxi).
Undergraduates register in CHIN 430B; graduates register in CHIN 530B. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics in different semesters. Letter grade only (A-F).

430C./530C. Classical Chinese Poetry (3)

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing or consent of instructor.
Study and examination of traditional Chinese poetry, ranging from major poetic works form antiquit to Qin Dynasty (1644-1911). Textual analysis and literary interpretational are emphasize..
Undergraduates register in CHIN 430A; Graduates register in CHIN 530A. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics in different semesters. Letter grade only (A-F).

451./551. Chinese Culture and Tradition (3)

Prerequisite: One China-related course in Asian Studies or History and CHIN 302 (Advanced Chinese) or equivalent proficiency.
Designed as a capstone language class. Instruction of this class is in Mandarin.
Undergraduates register in CHIN 451; Graduates register in CHIN 551.

461./561. The Structure of Modern Chinese Language (3)

Prerequisite: CHIN 301 or equivalent or by consent of instructor.
The Chinese language viewed in its linguistic context, synchronically and diachronically. Introduction to descriptive grammar of modern standard Chinese, the rise of written vernacular, dialect variations and sociolinguistic issues.
Letter grade only (A-F).

462./562. Contrastive Analysis of Chinese and English (3)

Prerequisite: CHIN 302 or equivalent. Designed for students who plan to teach the Chinese language or do research in Chinese linguistics. Comparison of phonological, morphological, syntactic and discourse aspects of English and Chinese. Analysis of common errors in learning Chinese. Letter grade only (A-F).

471./571. Chinese Literature and Culture (3)

Prerequisite: CHIN 451, or minimum of 3 years of Chinese study, or consent of instructor.
This course will enhance students’ proficiency in Chinese through reading Chinese literature and culture-related topics with in-depth examination of representative works from linguistic, literary, textual, and intertextual perspectives.
Letter grade only (A-F).

475./575, Reading of Chinese Communist Documents (3)

Prerequisites: CHIN 451 or consent of instructor.
Advanced Chinese language course designed to develop students’ ability to understand and analyze the newspaper editorials, documents of the Chinese Communist Party and government and works of its leaders in original Chinese text.

481./581. Principles and Practice of Teaching Chinese (3)

Prerequisite: CHIN 461/561 or consent of instructor.
Designed for students planning to become Chinese language teachers, Single Subject Credential program students or graduate students in Asian Studies or Linguistics. Prepares the student to be a Chinese teacher at all levels. Lectures, discussions, class observation and teaching preparation.
Letter grade only (A-F).

485./585. Masterpieces from China (3)

Prerequisites: Instructor’s consent.
Reading of major works from China in Chinese. Selected writings represents different periods of Chinese history, thoughts,and literary tradition. Course conducted in Chinese. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Undergraduates register in CHIN 485; Graduate register in CHIN 585.

490./590. Special Topics in Chinese (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Independent study under supervision of a faculty member.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics. Undergraduates register in CHIN 490; Graduates register in CHIN 590.

492./592. Senior Seminar (3)

Prerequisite: One China-related course in Asian Studies or History and CHIN 302 (Advanced Chinese) or equivalent proficiency.
Introduction to research methods and study of conceptual and theoretical Chinese issues.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics. Undergraduates register in CHIN 492; Graduates register in CHIN 592.

499./599. Directed Studies in Chinese (1-3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Independent study under supervision of a faculty member.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics in different semesters.

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Japanese – JAPN Courses

Upper Division

301. Advanced Japanese (3)

Prerequisites: JAPN 202 or its equivalent as determined by the instructor.
Study of modern spoken and written Japanese involving advanced patterns and expressions. Emphasis on reading comprehension, vocabulary building and idiomatic usage.
Native speakers of Japanese who have completed compulsory education in Japan may not enroll.

302. Advanced Japanese (3)

Prerequisites: JAPN 301 or its equivalent as determined by the instructor.
Study of modern spoken and written Japanese involving advanced patterns and expressions. Emphasis on reading comprehension, vocabulary building and idiomatic usage.
Native speakers of Japanese who have completed compulsory education in Japan may not enroll.

311. Advanced Spoken Japanese (3)

Prerequisites: JAPN 202 or its equivalent as determined by the instructor.
Advanced study in modern spoken Japanese and Japanese communication.
Native speakers of Japanese who have completed compulsory education in Japan may not enroll.

312. Advanced Spoken Japanese (3)

Prerequisites: JAPN 311 or its equivalent as determined by the instructor.
Advanced study in modern spoken Japanese and Japanese communication.
Native speakers of Japanese who have completed compulsory education in Japan may not enroll.

350. Japanese Language, Culture, and Communication (3)

Study of Japanese language and culture through sociolinguistic perspectives. Exploration of the interrelationship between the language and culture by focusing on verbal and nonverbal communicative behaviors. Taught in English and Japanese.
Letter grade only for Japanese majors.

371. Survey of Japanese Literature (3)

Prerequisite: JAPN 302 and JAPN 312, or instructor consent.
Presents a survey of the major literary works from Kojiki to contemporary Japanese authors. Students reflect on the predominant movements, genres, rhetorical devices, literary techniques, and writers of the works.
Conducted in Japanese and English. Letter grade only (A-F).

385. Japanese Language and Culture for Heritage Learners (3)

Prerequisite: By consent of instructor or a placement test.
Designed to address the particular needs of students of Japanese as a heritage language, the course emphasizes individual learning to improve formal use of the language in listening, speaking, reading and writing, and cultural knowledge.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in different semesters. Letter grade only (A-F)

421./521. Selected Readings/Writing in Japanese (3)

Prerequisites: JAPN 302 and JAPN 312, or consent of instructor.
Readings from a selection of contemporary materials including literary works, magazines, newspapers, instructional and technical materials.
Letter grade only for Japanese majors.

422./522. Technical Japanese (3)

Prerequisites: JAPN 302 and JAPN 312, or consent of instructor..
Development of receptive and productive skills using authenthic materials drawn from business, humanities, sciences, and others that will be selected according to students’ interest.
Undergraduates register in JAPN 422; graduates register in JAPN 522. (Lecture) Letter grade only (A-F).

451./551. Japanese Civilization (3)

Prerequisites: JAPN 302 and JAPN 312, or consent of instructor.
Introduction and exploration of characteristic features of Japanese civilization and culture through studying selected topics and themes in fields such as arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences.
Conducted in Japanese.
Letter grade only for Japanese majors.

452. Japan: Its Land, People and Culture (3)

Prerequisites: JAPN 302 and 312, or instructor consent.
Students will study the land of Japan and learn how the land’s physical features have influenced its people and culture, including history, way of life, and language. Taught in Japanese.
Letter grade only (A-F).

453. Japanese Culture as Social Process (3)

Prerequisites: JAPN 302 and 350, or instructor consent.
Major features of Japanese culture and society are analyzed. Key characteristics of contemporary Japanese society are compared with Western society, emphasizing processes in common. Taught in Japanese and English.
Letter grade only (A-F).

461./561. The Structure of the Japanese Language (3)

Prerequisites: JAPN 302 and JAPN 312, or consent of instructor.
Introduction to phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and discourse of modern Japanese. Conducted in Japanese with some readings in English.
Letter grade only for Japanese majors.

462./562. Contrastive Analysis of English and Japanese (3)

Prerequisites: JAPN 302 and JAPN 312, or equivalent as determined by the instructor.
Contrastive analysis of phonological, morphological, syntactic and discourse aspects of English and Japanese. Conducted in Japanese with some readings in English.
Letter grade only for Japanese majors.

463./563. Acquisition of Japanese as a Second/Foreign Language: Theory and Practice (3)

Prerequisites: LING 101 or 170, or JAPN 461; and JAPN 302 or Placement Test.
Theoretical and practical background of language acquisition of Japanese as a second/foreign language. Aims at building knowledge of current research and its pedagogical implications. Conducted in Japanese with some readings in English.
Letter grade only for Japanese majors.

471. Readings in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Literature (3)

Prerequisite: JAPN 371, or equivalent as determined by the instructor.
Readings of representative works of modern and contemporary Japanese literature including short stories, novellas, diaries, memoirs, poetry, and excerpts from novels and plays. Taught in Japanese.
Letter grade only for Japanese majors.

481./581. Principles and Practice of Teaching Japanese (3)

Prerequisites: JAPN 302, 312, 350, and at least one 400-level course, or equivalents as determined by the instructor.
Introduces Japanese language pedagogy in the U.S. with principles of second language acquisition, and explore linguistic/pedagogical/sociocultural issues. Conducted in Japanese with some readings in English.
Letter grade only for Japanese majors.

490. Special Topics in Japanese (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Select topics related to advanced Japanese study.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics

492./592. Japanese Internship (3-6)

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor; completion of a minimum of 15 upper division units required for the major in Japanese.
Field work in Japanese under joint direction of activity sponsor and faculty.
Undergraduates register in JAPN 492; graduates register in JAPN 592. Credit/No Credit grading only.

497. Directed Studies (1-6)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Independent study under supervision of a faculty member.

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