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Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and LiteraturesArabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean

Chair: Sarah Allan

Professors S. Allan, L. H. Glinert, D. Washburn; Associate Professors S. Blader, J. Dorsey, H. N. Kadhim, H. Mowry; Assistant Professors D. Abouali, C. P. Hanscom, J. Smolin; Senior Lecturers N. Ben Yehuda, M. Ishida, A. Li, J. B. Rudelson, I. W. Watanabe; Lecturers E. Drott, A. Field, L. L. Kasbari; Visiting Associate Professor Y. Lü.

PLACEMENT

Placement examinations for students with background in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, or Korean will be scheduled for the 2007-08 academic year on September 20, 8 - 10:30 am. Consult the orientation week schedule for details.

MAJORS

Note: DAMELL revised the description of the major in 2005. The revised major options take effect beginning with the Class of 2009. Students in the classes of 2007 and 2008 who wish to do a major in DAMELL should plan their course of study according to the requirements set out in the old description of the major, which follows below.

Major Options for Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures (for Class of 2009 and beyond)

Option 1. The major in language and literature

Prerequisite for all languages: 23 or the equivalent

The major consists of 11 courses:

10 [Note: these introductory courses are taught in English. The department offers Arabic 10, Chinese 10, Hebrew 10, and Japanese 10; students must take the offering that corresponds to the language they are studying for the major (e.g. students of Arabic must take Arabic 10, students of Japanese must take Japanese 10, etc.).]

four upper-level language courses beyond 23 [Note: for majors in Chinese one of these four courses must be Chinese 51]

three literature-in-translation courses at the 60 level [Note: 60-level courses are basic surveys taught in English; majors in Chinese may substitute either Chinese 52 or 53 for one of these three courses]

one course in another DAMELL literature that is not in the student’s primary language [Note: this requirement may be fulfilled by taking either one 10 or one 60-level course (e.g. a student of Arabic may take Hebrew 10 or a student of Chinese may take Japanese 10)]

one course in literary theory or linguistics chosen from an approved list of departmental and non-departmental courses [Note: examples of non-departmental courses include Comparative Literature 10 or 72, English 15 or 17, Linguistics 1; for updated lists please contact the department administrator]

one seminar at the 80-level [this course will serve as the culminating experience]

Students doing the Honors track for Option 1 will substitute the 80-level seminar with thesis writing (AMEL 85 and 87)

Note: Substitutions of courses under option 1 of the DAMELL major may be made with the approval of the major advisor and the chair.

Option 2. The major in two languages and literatures

Prerequisite: 23 or the equivalent for both languages

The major consists of 11 courses

10 in both languages (two courses)

four upper level language courses beyond 23 [These courses may be all in one language or split equally between the two languages]

three courses at the 60 level [these must be split between the two languages, two in one literary tradition and one in the second]

one course in literary theory or linguistics chosen from an approved list of departmental and non-departmental courses [Note: examples of non-departmental courses include Comparative Literature 10 or 72, English 15 or 17, Linguistics 1; for updated lists please contact the department administrator]

one seminar at the 80-level that will serve as the culminating experience.

Students doing the Honors track for Option 2 will substitute the 80-level seminar with thesis writing (AMEL 85 and 87)

Option 3. The modified major

AMELL will permit students to modify the major in language and literature with offerings from other departments or programs. Students will design this major in consultation with a department adviser. The modification to the major in language and literature must consist of a coherent selection of courses that focus on a single discipline. Possible partnering departments and programs include Anthropology, Art History, Comparative Literature, Economics, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Geography, Government, History, Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, and Religion. Students would be required to take a combination of courses that provide training in basic theory and background on subjects related to the study of Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew, and Japanese.

Prerequisite for all majors: 23 or the equivalent

The major consists of 11 courses:

Six courses from AMELL: 10; three language courses beyond 23; two courses at the 50 or 60 level

Four advanced courses from among those offerings in another department or program that deal with the culture of the student’s chosen language and literature in AMELL [Note: students will not be permitted to count introductory-level courses that are used as prerequisites for the major in another department or program]

One advanced seminar either in AMELL or in the partnering department or program

Students doing the Honors track for Option 3 will substitute the 80-level seminar with thesis writing (AMEL 85 and 87)

Old Major Options for Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures (for Class of 2008)

Arabic:

Prerequisite: Arabic 3 or equivalent

The major in Arabic consists of eleven (11) required courses:

1) Four (4) upper-level language courses

2) Two (2) literature-in-translation courses chosen from Arabic 61, 62, or 63

3) Three (3) non-AMELL courses in an area of concentration chosen from an approved course-list (one of which may be Comparative Literature 10, 71, 72, or 73); or appropriate AMELL courses approved by the Major Advisor

4) One advanced seminar or independent-study (this requirement may serve as the culminating experience in the DAMELL major)

5) One course chosen from Hebrew 61, 62, or 63

Chinese:

Prerequisite: Chinese 23 or equivalent

The major in Chinese consists of eleven (11) required courses:

1) Chinese 10: Introduction to Chinese Culture

2) Three (3) upper-level language courses (31, 32, 33, 41, 42, 43, 52, 53 or 59)

3) Chinese 51: Introduction to Classical Chinese

4) Two (2) literature or literature-in-translation courses chosen from Chinese 52, 53, 61, 62, or 63

5) Two (2) non-AMELL courses in an area of concentration chosen from an approved course-list (one of which may be Comparative Literature 10, 71, 72, or 73); or appropriate AMELL courses approved by the Major Advisor

6) One advanced seminar or independent-study (this requirement may serve as the culminating experience in the AMELL major)

7) One course chosen from Japanese 10, 61, 62, or 63

Hebrew:

Prerequisite: Hebrew 3 or equivalent

The major in Hebrew consists of eleven (11) required courses:

1) Hebrew 10: Introduction to Hebrew Culture

2) Three (3) upper-level language courses

3) Two (2) literature-in-translation courses chosen from Hebrew 61, 62, or 63

4) Three (3) non-AMELL courses in an area of concentration chosen from an approved course-list (one of which may be Comparative Literature 10, 71, 72, or 73); or appropriate AMELL courses approved by the Major Advisor

5) One advanced seminar or independent-study (this requirement may serve as the culminating experience in the AMELL major)

6) One course chosen from Arabic 61, 62, or 63

Japanese:

Prerequisite: Japanese 23 or equivalent

The major in Japanese consists of ten (10) required courses:

1) Four (4) intermediate and advanced language courses: two (2) courses at the 30 level and two (2) courses at the 40 level. Students who participate in the Tokyo program may substitute Japanese 29 for one of the 30-level courses.

2) Japanese 10: Introduction to Japanese Culture

3) Japanese 61: Topics in 20th Century Japanese Culture (taught in English)

4) Japanese 62: Topics in Early Modern Japanese Culture (taught in English)

5) Japanese 63: Topics in Classical Japanese Literature and Culture (taught in

English)

6) Either Chinese 10 or one course in Chinese literature in translation

(Chinese 61, 62, or 63)

7) Either Japanese 81: Advanced Seminar, AMEL 85: Independent Research, or AMEL 87: Honors Thesis. Either of these courses may serve as the culminating experience for graduating majors.

East Asian Languages and Literatures:

Prerequisite: Chinese 23 and Japanese 23 or equivalents.

The major in East Asian Languages and Literatures consists of eleven (11) required courses:

1) Four (4) upper level language courses: 2 Chinese and 2 Japanese.

2) Chinese 10 and Japanese 10

3) Three (3) topics courses (i.e., Chinese/Japanese 61, 62, and 63), two in one culture and one in the other.

4) A non-AMELL course from an approved list.

5) A senior seminar, relating to the culture in which just one topics course was taken.

MINORS

The minor has the following requirement: six (6) AMELL courses approved either by a faculty adviser or by the Chair. Literature courses should be in the student’s primary area of language study (i.e, students of Arabic language should take courses in Arabic literature). Only language courses beyond the first year count towards the minor; a minimum of two but no more than three of the six courses for a minor should be language courses. In the case of students who want to minor in Chinese language and literature, Chinese 52 or 53 and above may be counted as a literature course.

FOREIGN STUDY PROGRAMS

Students are encouraged to pursue study-abroad programs recognized by the Department (information on these programs can be obtained from the Department web site). At present, AMELL sponsors two Foreign Study Programs in Beijing, China, one Advanced Language Study Abroad (LSA+) in Tokyo, Japan, and one LSA+ in Fez, Morocco.

Dartmouth Foreign Study Program in Beijing, People’s Republic of China

Prerequisite: Chinese 3 or the equivalent, with at least a B average, and Chinese 10, or the equivalent, with at least a B average, or permission of the instructor.

The Dartmouth Chinese Foreign Study Program is conducted at Beijing Normal University (BNU) twice each year: once during the summer term, and once during the fall term. Dartmouth-at-BNU includes nine-and-one-half weeks of instruction on the BNU campus, with short trips to places of historical or cultural interest in Beijing and vicinity. There is also an optional field trip within China (totaling 12-14 days) at the end of the term. Students participating in Dartmouth-at-BNU will live in the foreign student dormitories on the BNU campus, and will enroll in three courses. All students will enroll in Chinese 11 (taught by the Dartmouth faculty member in residence). In addition, students will be placed in two language courses appropriate to their level of proficiency. Students at the second-year level will enroll in Chinese 22 and 23; students at the third-year level will enroll in Chinese 31 and 32; and students at the fourth-year level will enroll in Chinese 41 and 42. Successful completion of the summer term BNU program will serve in satisfaction of the Summer Residence Requirement, even when taken in the summer following a student’s first year or third year. For application and further information, contact the Off Campus Programs Office, 44 North College Street.

Dartmouth Advanced Language Study Abroad (LSA+) Program in Fez, Morocco

Prerequisites: Arabic 1, 2 and 3 with a B+ average grade or permission of the instructor.

The Dartmouth Arabic LSA+ program is held in Fez, Morocco, at the Arabic Language Institute in Fez. The program offers two credits in language study at the intermediate level (Arabic 22, 23) and one credit for Arabic 11, a seminar course taught by the Dartmouth director in residence. In addition to classroom instruction and basic training in Moroccan colloquial Arabic, students will participate in regularly scheduled cultural trips, cooking and music lessons, lectures on Morocco, and bi-weekly lunches conducted in Arabic. The program lasts from the second week of June until the middle of August. Successful completion of the Arabic LSA+ program will satisfy the Summer Residence Requirement (even when taken in the summer following a student’s first or third year). For application and further information, please contact the Off-Campus Programs Office, 44 North College Street.

Dartmouth Advanced Language Study Abroad (LSA+) Program in Tokyo, Japan

Prerequisite: Japanese 1, 2, 3, or the equivalent, with at least a B average, and Japanese 10, or the equivalent, with at least a B average.

The Dartmouth Japanese LSA+ Program is conducted during the summer term at Kanda University of International Studies in Tokyo, Japan. The program includes nine and one half weeks of instruction, as well as organized trips to areas of cultural interest. Students enroll in three courses: Japanese 11 (taught by the Dartmouth faculty member in residence) and two second-year-level Japanese language courses (Japanese 22, 23). Successful completion of the Tokyo program will serve in satisfaction of the Summer Residence Requirement (even when taken in the summer following the first year or third year). For application and further information, contact the Off Campus Programs Office, 44 North College Street.

HONORS PROGRAM

Admission to the Honors Program is by application to the Department. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA overall and a 3.3 GPA in the major to qualify for the Honors Program. The Honors Program, involving one credit over and above the regular major, is a two-term project, outlined as follows:

1) Senior fall or winter: AMEL 85: Independent Research (may serve as Advanced Seminar for the major)

2) Senior winter or spring: AMEL 87: Honors Thesis

Proposals are normally submitted to the Department by the fifth week of the junior-year spring term. The proposal should be written in consultation with a prospective advisor, and is to include:

1) the title and nature of the project to be undertaken

2) the significance this research may have within the designated field of study

3) any relevant background (e.g., related courses; other preparation) which the student brings to the work

4) a tentative bibliography of studies germane to the project

5) the name of, and approval by, the thesis advisor

The Honors Program student must achieve and maintain a B+ in AMEL 85; otherwise, the project will be terminated. An informal oral presentation to AMELL faculty and students is required upon completion of the thesis, usually during the third week of May. The thesis must be turned in to the department office on the last day of spring term classes. Completion of the Honors Program is required for graduation with Honors or High Honors in the major.