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Minor
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Minor, General Anthropology
Minor, Visual Anthropology
Arabic
Certificate
Asian Studies
Minor, Asian Studies
Minor, Asian American Studies
Certificate, Asian Business and Society
Chinese
Certificate
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Concentration, Classical Languages & Literature
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Minor
Minor, Ancient Mediterranean Studies

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Minor
Critical Languages
Minor, Japanese
Certificate, Arabic
Certificate, Chinese
Certificate, Japanese
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Certificate, Political Economy
Certificate, Management Career
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Minor
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Minor
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Minor
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Minor
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Certificate, Geog. of Sports Rec. & Tourism Planning
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Minor
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Minor
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Minor
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Minor
Certificate, Foreign Language
Japanese
Minor
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Emphasis, Pre-Law
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Minor, Psychology
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Minor
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Language, Literature, and Linguistics
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Spanish for Education
Minor, Spanish
Minor, Portuguese
Certificate, Multilingual Business and Gov. Studies
Certificate, Spanish
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Critical Languages

Barbara Thornbury, Chair
332 Anderson Hall
215-204-4492
Barbara.Thornbury@temple.edu

332 Anderson Hall
215-204-8268
www.temple.edu/critlang

 

Certificate of Specialization in Arabic
Certificate of Specialization in Chinese

Major in Hebrew

Minor in Hebrew

Certificate of Specialization in Japanese

Minor in Japanese


Critical Languages offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Modern Greek, and Vietnamese. Students enroll in these courses for a variety of reasons, which include career goals, personal interest, preparation for study abroad, and the desire to fulfill certain university and college program requirements.

In addition, Critical Languages offers courses taught in English.

For East Asia, Critical Languages courses in Chinese and Japanese literature and in Japanese film and popular culture—all given in translation—invite students from any major to develop familiarity with Chinese and Japanese culture.

For the Middle East, Critical Languages offers courses in Israeli literature as well as Hebrew literature from the Diaspora.  Thematically, these courses explore contemporary Israel and its relations to its region and the world as well as the Jewish historical experience and the cultural heritage.  These courses invite students from any major to develop familiarity with Hebrew literature and its culture.

Within Critical Languages, students can earn a Major in Hebrew, a Minor in Hebrew, a Minor in Japanese, a Certificate of Specialization in Arabic, a Certificate of Specialization in Chinese, and a Certificate of Specialization in Japanese. Critical Languages courses also count toward many of the requirements and electives of the Asian Studies major and minor.  Students are encouraged to study Japanese language and culture at Temple University in Japan.  Contact the Office of International Programs for more information.


Certificate of Specialization in Arabic

A Certificate of Specialization in Arabic focuses on learning language skills and developing a strong foundation for the effective use of Arabic socially and professionally. This program should be of particular interest to students considering careers in international business, government service, or other professions where foreign language proficiency is important. This program has two tracks: one for undergraduate students who enter Temple University with little or no previous background in Arabic; and one for students who enter Temple University with a previous background in Arabic.  The curriculum consists of six developmentally-sequenced semesters of instruction in Arabic.  Students with no background in Arabic will begin the six-course sequence with Arabic 1001.  Students who enter the program with a placement above Arabic 1001 will need to complete the six-course requirement by taking either or both Arabic 4183 and 4283.  A grade of C- or higher must be earned in all required courses to qualify for the certificate.

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Arabic 1001* Arabic Elements I 4 LC
Arabic 1002* Arabic Elements II 4 LC
Arabic 2001 Arabic Intermediate I 3 LC
Arabic 2002 Arabic Intermediate II 3  
Arabic 3001 Arabic Advanced I 3  
Arabic 3002 Arabic Advanced II 3  
         
Total     18-20  

*Students who place above Arabic 1001 will need to complete the six-course requirement by taking either or both Arabic 4183 and 4283.


Certificate of Specialization in Chinese

A certificate of specialization in Chinese focuses on learning language skills and developing a strong foundation for the effective use of Chinese socially and professionally. This program should be of particular interest to students considering careers in international business, government service, or other professions where foreign language proficiency is important. This program also contributes to meeting the diverse language needs of students with personal or academic interests in China and its culture. A grade of C- or higher must be earned in all required courses.

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Chinese 1001 Chinese Elements I 4  
Chinese 1002 Chinese Elements II 4 LC
Chinese 2001 Chinese Intermediate I 3 LC
Chinese 2002 Chinese Intermediate II 3  
Chinese 3001 Chinese Advanced I 3  
Chinese 3002 Chinese Advanced II 3  
         
Total     20  


Hebrew Division

Ayala Guy, Advisor
215-204-8274
ayala.guy@temple.edu

Requirements for the Major - Hebrew

  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of Hebrew 1001 or equivalent placement.
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Hebrew 1002 Elements II 4 LA
Hebrew 2001 Intermediate I 3 LB
Hebrew 2002 Intermediate II 3  
Hebrew 3098 Readings I (Capstone) 3 WI
Hebrew Electives Four Hebrew courses at the 3000/4000 level 12  
Hebrew Elective One writing-intensive elective at the 3000/4000 level 3 WI
Hebrew Elective One Bible course at the 4000 level 3  
         
Total     31  

At least one elective must be writing-intensive, ending in -96, -97, or -98. A total of two writing-intensive Hebrew courses, one of which must be the capstone course, are required for the major.

Year Abroad

Students declaring concentration in the Division of Hebrew are encouraged to spend one year in one of the universities of Israel.

Requirements for the minor - Hebrew

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Select two introductory courses: 6-8  
Hebrew

Hebrew
1001 & 1002

2001 & 2002
Elements I & II
          or
Intermediate I & II
  LA

LB/
Advanced students will take two electives instead of the above courses.    
         
Two courses from the following: 6  
G+R CL
Hebrew/J ST
1068
3797
Israel in the Middle East
Literature & Art of the Holocaust
  IS
WI
         
Hebrew Electives Any two Hebrew courses above 2000-level 6  
         
Total     18-20  

 


Minor in Japanese

The Minor in Japanese emphasizes language study while also recognizing the importance of learning about Japan through work in fields such as literature, history, anthropology, religion, and geography and urban studies. A grade of C- or higher must be earned in all courses for the minor.

Students who place out of 2002 will need one additional elective; those who place out of 3001 will need two additional electives; those who place out of 3002 will need three additional electives.

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Japanese 2002 Japanese Intermediate II 3  
Japanese 3001 Japanese Advanced I 3  
Japanese 3002 Japanese Advanced II 3  
         
Select one course from the following list: 3  
Japanese 2096 or 2996 Japanese Popular Culture & Literature   WI
Asian Studies 2098 Japanese Popular Culture & Literature   WI
Japanese/
Asian Studies
2021 Japanese Literature in Film    
Japanese/
Asian Studies
2011 Survey of Japanese Literature: Pre-Modern    
Japanese/
Asian Studies
2012 Survey of Japanese Literature: Modern    
         
Select any two CLA courses that focus exclusively on Japan 6  
         
Total     18  

 

Certificate of Specialization in Japanese

 

A Certificate of Specialization in Japanese focuses on learning language skills and developing a strong foundation for the effective use of Japanese socially and professionally. This program should be of particular interest to students considering careers in international business, government service, or other professions where foreign language proficiency is important. This program also contributes to meeting the diverse language needs of students with personal or academic interests in Japan and its culture. A grade of C- or higher must be earned in all required courses.

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Japanese 1001 Japanese Elements I 4 LC
Japanese 1002 Japanese Elements II 4 LC
Japanese 2001 Japanese Intermediate I 3 LC
Japanese 2002 Japanese Intermediate II 3  
Japanese 3001 Japanese Advanced I 3  
Japanese 3002 Japanese Advanced II 3  
         
Total     20  

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