About Critical Languages

Critical Languages offers courses in Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Korean, Hindi, and Modern Greek, Vietnamese and Hebrew. 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. Successful completion of Critical Languages courses can satisfy the international studies core requirement as well as the language requirements of majors ranging from Asian Studies to International Business.

Learn Languages
Critical Languages offers courses in Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Korean, Hindi, Modern Greek Vietnamese and Hebrew. 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. Successful completion of Critical Languages courses can satisfy the international studies core requirement as well as the language requirements of majors ranging from Asian Studies to International Business.

Study Literature, Film, and Pop Culture
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.


Critical Language Minors

Minor in Arabic

The Minor in Arabic emphasizes language study while also recognizing the importance of learning about the Arab world 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.

Required Courses

  • Arabic Intermediate II
  • Arabic Advanced I
  • Arabic Advanced II
Note: students who place out of Arabic Intermediate II will need one additional elective. Those who place out of Arabic Advanced I will need two additional electives. Those who place out of Arabic Advanced II will need three additional electives.]

Also, students must complete two of the following: Contemporary Arabic Literature in Translation, Contemporary Arabic Society in Film, and Arabic 868, World Society in Literature and Film.

Electives

Additionally, students must complete one College of Liberal Arts course that focuses exclusively on the Arab world. These may include the Arabic literature, film, and culture courses noted above. They may also include courses given in departments such as History, Religion, Anthropology, Geography and Urban Studies, etc. This course should be selected in consultation with the Arabic faculty advisor.

For up-to-date requirements, visit the Undergraduate Bulletin »

Major or Minor in Asian Studies

Critical Languages courses count toward many of the requirements and electives of the Asian Studies major and minor.

Minor in Chinese

The Minor in Chinese emphasizes language study while also recognizing the importance of learning about China 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.

Required Courses

  • Chinese Intermediate II
  • Chinese Advanced I
  • Chinese Advanced II
Note: students who place out of Chinese Intermediate II will need one additional elective. Those who place out of Chinese Advanced I will need two additional electives. Those who place out of Chinese Advanced II will need three additional electives.

Also, students must complete two of the following: Pre-Modern Chinese Literature, Contemporary Chinese Urban Film and Fiction in Translation, and Chinese 868, World Society in Literature and Film.

Electives

Additionally, students must complete one College of Liberal Arts course that focuses exclusively on China. These may include the Chinese literature, film, and culture courses noted above. They may also include courses given in departments such as History, Religion, Anthropology, Geography and Urban Studies, etc. This course should be selected in consultation with the Chinese faculty advisor.

For up-to-date requirements, visit the Undergraduate Bulletin »

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.

Required Courses

  • Japanese Intermediate II
  • Japanese Advanced I
  • Japanese Advanced II
Note: students who place out of Japanese Intermediate II will need one additional elective. Those who place out of Japanese Advanced I will need two additional electives. Those who place out of Japanese Advanced II will need three additional electives.

Also, students must complete one of the following: Japanese Popular Culture and Its Literature, Japanese Literature in Film, Survey of Japanese Literature: Pre-Modern, and Survey of Japanese Literature: Modern.

Electives

Additionally, students must complete any two College of Liberal Arts courses that focus exclusively on Japan . These may include the Japanese literature, film, and culture courses noted above. They may also include courses given in departments such as History, Religion, Anthropology, Geography and Urban Studies, etc.

For up-to-date requirements, visit the Undergraduate Bulletin »

 


Certificate Programs

Certificates of specialization in Chinese, Japanese and Arabic focus on learning language skills and developing a strong foundation for the effective use of Chinese, Japanese and Arabic socially and professionally.

Requirements for the Certificate of Specialization in Chinese: Chinese Elements I, Chinese Elements II, Chinese Intermediate I, Chinese Intermediate II, Chinese Advanced I, and Chinese Advanced II. A grade of C- or higher must be earned in all required courses.

Requirements for the Certificate of Specialization in Japanese: Japanese Elements I, Japanese Elements II, Japanese Intermediate I, Japanese Intermediate II, Japanese Advanced I, and Japanese Advanced II. A grade of C- or higher must be earned in all required courses.

Requirements for the Certificate of Specialization in Arabic: Arabic Elements I, Arabic Elements II, Arabic Intermediate I, Arabic Intermediate II, Arabic Advanced I, and Arabic Advanced II. A grade of C- or higher must be earned in all required courses.