University of California, Riverside

Comparative Literature and Languages



Asian Literatures & Cultures Minor


Committee in Charge

  • Yenna Wu, Ph.D., Director, Chinese/Civilizations/Comparative Literature
  • Kelly Jeong, Ph.D. Korean Literature and Culture
  • John N. Kim, Ph.D., German/Japanese/Comparative Literature
  • Mariam Beevi Lam, Ph.D. Vietnamese/Comparative Literature
  • Perry Link, Ph.D. Chinese Literature, Language and Culture
  • Hendrik M.J. Maier, Ph.D. Southeast Asian Literature/Comparative Literature
  • Lisa Raphals, Ph.D. Chinese/Comparative Literature
  • Yang Ye, Ph.D. Chinese/Civilizations/Comparative Literature

Asian Literatures and Cultures Minor

Subject abbreviations: CHN, JPN, SEAS, KOR

The Asian Literatures and Cultures minor provides students with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of Asian languages, cultures, and literatures.

Chinese Track (24 units)

  1. Lower-division requirements (4 units plus language proficiency)
    1. Proficiency in Chinese through the intermediate level (second year)
    2. Four (4) units from lower-division lecture courses on Chinese literature and culture: AST 030/CHN 030, AST 040/CHN 040, AST 046/CHN 046, AST 048/CHN 048
  2. Upper-division requirements (20 units)
    1. 8 upper-division units in Chinese language from CHN 101A, CHN 101B, CHN 101C, CHN 105, CHN 108, CHN 110 (E-Z), CHN 115 (E-Z)
    2. Eight (8) units in Chinese literature and culture from CHN 104, CHN 105, AST 107/CHN 107/RLST 107, CHN 108, CHN 110 (E-Z), CHN 115 (E-Z), AST 135/CHN 135, AST 136/CHN 136, AST 142/CHN 142, CPLT 142E/WMST 142E, AST 148/CHN 148, AST 185/CHN 185, CHN 190
    3. Four (4) units in Asian literatures and cultures: can be chosen from all the upper-division lecture courses on Asian literature and culture from the department as well as China-related upper- division courses from other departments (with adviser's consent), including the courses listed under (b).

Japanese Track (24 units)

  1. Lower-division requirements (4 units plus language proficiency)
    1. Proficiency in Japanese through the intermediate level (JPN 006 or its equivalent)
    2. Four (4) units from lower-division lecture courses on Japanese literature and culture: AST 022/JPN 022, AST 032/JPN 032, AST 034/JPN 034, JPN 035
  2. Upper-division requirements (20 units)
    1. Eight (8) upper-division units in Japanese language from: JPN 101A, JPN 101B, JPN 101C, JPN 110
    2. Eight (8) units in Japanese literature and culture from: JPN 110, CPLT 142J/WMST 142J, JPN 150, AST 151/JPN 151, AST 152 (E-Z)/JPN 152 (E-Z), AST 153 (E-Z)/JPN 153 (E-Z), AST 154 (E-Z)/JPN 154 (E-Z), AST 184/JPN 184, AST 190, JPN 190.
    3. Four (4) units in Asian literatures and cultures: can be chosen from all the upper-division lecture courses on Asian literature and culture from the department as well as Japan-related upper- division courses from other departments (with adviser's consent), including the courses listed under (b).

Korean Track (24 units)

  1. Lower-division requirements (8 units plus language proficiency)
    1. Proficiency in Korean through the intermediate level, KOR 005 (second year)
    2. Eight (8) units from lower-division lecture courses on Korean literature and culture: KOR 042, KOR 047/AST 047/MCS 047
  2. Upper-division requirements (16 units)
    1. Four (4) upper-division units in Korean language from KOR 101
    2. Eight (8) units in Korean literature and culture from KOR 110 (E-Z), KOR 112/AST 112,
    3. Four units in Asian literatures and cultures: can be chosen from all the upper-divison lecture courses on Asian literature and culture from the department as well as Korea-related upper-division courses from other departments (with adviser’s consent), including the courses listed under (2)

Southeast Asian Track (24 units)

  1. Lower-division requirements (8 units plus language proficiency)
    1. Proficiency in one of the Southeast Asian languages (Vietnamese/Indonesian/Tagalog) through the first-year level
    2. Eight (8) units from lower-division lecture courses on Southeast Asian literature and culture: AST 062/CPLT 062, AST 063/CPLT 063, AST 064/VNM 064, AST 065
  2. Upper-division requirements (16 units)
    1. Sixteen (16) units in Southeast Asian literature and culture from CPLT 142V/WMST 142V, AST 161, AST 162/VNM 162, AST 163/CPLT 163, AST 165 (E-Z)/VNM 165 (E-Z)/WMST 165(E-Z), AST 166/CPLT 166/VNM 166, AST 167/CPLT 167, AST 168/MUS 168, or graduate courses in Southeast Asian literature and culture (with consent of instructor) such as CPLT 200/SEAS 200 and CPLT 205/SEAS 205.

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