6: College of Arts and Sciences

General Information | Academic Information | Departments and Programs | Faculty

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Division of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures

Course Descriptions | Faculty

Overview   Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (formerly Oriental Languages) offers a comprehensive program in the languages, literatures, and cultures of Asia and the Middle East. Both undergraduate and graduate courses are offered in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi-Urdu, Japanese, Persian and Sanskrit, classical and modern literatures, and methodologies of translation. The program also offers courses in literature in translation, with emphasis on the relevance of these literatures to the sociopolitical, historical and cultural aspects of the Asian and Middle Eastern peoples.

The languages offered by the division are designed to serve the individual needs of students in various departments and disciplines. The undergraduate student may seek a minor in Asian and Middle Eastern languages and cultures. At the present time, there is no major available, but the courses can be combined with courses in other departments for an interdisciplinary degree in Asian studies or Middle East studies. The division is currently working on establishing a major in Asian and Middle Eastern languages and cultures for Arabic, Chinese and Japanese, which hopefully will be instituted in the next year or two.

Faculty   The faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures are recognized scholars, researchers, and teachers with national and international reputations in their respective fields, dedicated to their fields and to teaching their students. Faculty members are easily accessible for consultation outside of the classroom. In order to provide as much individualized attention as possible to students new to the languages, they maintain a small student-teacher ratio in all of their courses.

Students   There are more than four hundred students taking language courses through the Division of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures. Students study the languages offered through the program for a variety of reasons: to supplement a cultural interest in the field; to prepare for graduate work where they may need to translate original texts; or to prepare for the job market. A significant percentage of minors go on to graduate or professional schools. Many work in numerous governmental, federal, and congressional agencies, and national and international corporations.

Special Resources
Arts and Sciences Media Center   A resource containing many audio visual materials, which are used to help bring the culture surrounding our different languages alive for the students. The language laboratory is used extensively to help students practice and reinforce their speaking and listening skills.

Study Abroad   In addition to the University of Virginia-Yarmouk University Summer Arabic Program, many other study-abroad programs are available for students of all languages. Students are encouraged to participate in such programs so that they may experience firsthand the languages and their surrounding cultures.

Requirements for Minor   The minor in the Division of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures consists of 15 credits, distributed as follows:

  1. Successful completion of 12 credits in any language(s) above 202 offered by the Division of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Persian, Sanskrit, and Urdu), with the approval of the divisionís minor advisor.
  2. Three credits of literature in translation or culture courses which are offered by the Division of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, may count toward the minor.

The maximum of six credits may be transferred from other accredited institutions toward the minor. Only courses beyond 202 or its equivalent in a language offered by the Division of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Persian, Sanskrit, and Urdu) may transfer toward the minor.

Additional Information   For more information, contact Brantly Womack, Chair, Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, B027 Cabell Hall, Charlottesville, VA 22903; (804) 982-2304.


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