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  • Asian Studies B.A. 

    Because the Asian Studies Major is interdisciplinary, it is important that students meet regularly with the Asian Studies advisor, and attend the group advising meetings each semester (Early October in the fall, and late March in the spring). Since the courses for Asian Studies come from different departments and colleges throughout the university, it is vital that students attend the meetings and meet with an advisor to select the best courses for their schedules in order to graduate on time. Together, we can design a program that fits your interests best, and allows you to explore the topics and themes that most appeal to you. We can also figure out when it would be best for you to study abroad and/or do one of our internships in Asia, while still allowing you to graduate on time.

    Asian Studies Liberal Arts Emphasis

    Chinese K-12 Teaching Emphasis

    Japanese K-12 Teaching Emphasis

    Asian Studies Minor

  • Asian Studies BA - K-12 Chinese Teaching Emphasis and/or Chinese Minor 

    Asian Studies BA - K-12 Japanese Teaching Emphasis

    Chinese Minor

    The Chinese Minor comprises 18 credit hours – 15 in language at the 200+ level, and 3 credits in Chinese civilization (taught in English). As language builds upon previous knowledge, the language courses in the minor all have prerequisites; Chinese language courses should be taken in sequence.

    The program of study in Chinese at UNC includes five semesters of language classes at UNC as well as study abroad opportunities. Students can easily reach advanced proficiency in Chinese through dedication, a little time, and some time abroad. We begin by teaching basic pronunciation, vocabulary, sentence structure and grammar, as well as reading and writing Chinese full-form characters (繁体字) and the pīnyīn Romanization system. Students continue to increase their vocabulary in each class, adding more sentence structure and grammar review while engaging in authentic materials. By the third year of study, students improve their language skills by focusing on content. Students read and analyze modern and classical Chinese literature, discuss ancient philosophy and traditional poetry, as well develop their critical thinking and oratory skills while learning about Chinese history and politics. By the conclusion of the program, students will present arguments and lead discussions on stimulating topics such as Chinese foreign policy and economy, environmental issues and development.

    Recommended plan of study* 

    • First year fall semester: CHIN 201
    • First year spring semester: CHIN 202, CHIN 116
    • Second year fall semester: CHIN 301 (or whichever 300+ course is offered)
    • Second year spring semester: CHIN 302 (or whichever 300+ course is offered)
    • Third year spring semester: CHIN 407

    *This plan assumes that students have already studied the equivalent of one year university level Chinese.

  • Asian Studies B.A. - K-12 Japanese Teaching Emphasis 

    Asian Studies BA - K-12 Japanese Teaching Emphasis

    Japanese Minor

    The Japanese Minor comprises 18 credit hours – 15 in language at the 200+ level, and 3 credits in Contemporary Japan (taught in English). As language builds upon previous knowledge, the language courses in the minor all have prerequisites; Japanese language courses should be taken in sequence.

    Students completing the Japanese Minor will have an intermediate proficiency in Japanese in all four skills (speaking, reading, writing and listening) and should have the cultural and linguistic competence to engage in an international setting in the target culture. Students will be able to communicate in Japanese to conduct daily transactions, and will have the necessary understanding of contemporary Japan and history to behave appropriately in a cultural context.

    Students who have a valid Colorado Teacher or Special Services Provider License can add a Foreign Language (Japanese) endorsement to your license by completing at least 24 hours of relevant college level coursework or by passing the PLACE Foreign Language (Japanese) exam.

    Recommended plan of study*

    • First year fall semester: JAPN 201
    • First year spring semester: JAPN 202, JAPN 116
    • Second year fall semester: JAPN 301 (or whichever 300+ course is offered)
    • Second year spring semester: JAPN 302 (or whichever 300+ course is offered)
    • Third year spring semester: JAPN 407** (or whichever 300+ course is offered)

    *This plan of study assumes that students have already studied the equivalent of one year university level Japanese.

    **JAPN 407 and JAPN 450 are repeatable up to 9 credits with different topics.

  • Foreign Languages B.A. - Spanish 

    Foreign Languages B.A. - Spanish

    Liberal Arts Emphasis

    K-12 Teaching Emphasis

    Spanish Minor

  • Master of Arts in Foreign Language: Spanish Teaching Emphasis

    The program is primarily a summer program, although selected courses are offered during the academic year to supplement the summer offerings. By following the prescribed sequence of courses, students may complete the MA in three continuous summers on the Greeley campus. The three-year cycle includes curriculum rotation featuring Spain, Latin America and Mexico/Hispanic United States. The summer sessions begin with a one-week pedagogy workshop, followed by three weeks of course work covering literature, civilization/culture and advanced language topics. Following the on-campus course sessions, course work and assignments are submitted and graded electronically.

    Contact the graduate coordinator for more information:

    Dr. John Ryan
     Phone: (970) 351- 3105

    Program Requirements

    Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit to earn the M.A. in Foreign Languages, Spanish Teaching Emphasis. Of those, 24 hours of graduate level courses are in Spanish (SPAN), and 6 hours taught in English, Pedagogy (FL 531). Each summer, students take 9 credit hours (3 summers @ 9 credits = 27).

    The 3 credit SPAN 600 or SRM 600 is a specially designed course to introduce Research Methods. It is suggested that this course be taken early in the students' program so that they can apply the research methods throughout their course work instead of at the end of their studies.

    Options for Study

    • Salamanca Semester: During the Spanish Peninsular rotation, up to nine hours of course work may be completed during a summer Study Abroad experience in Salamanca, Spain. Credit for these classes is treated as transfer credit from the University of Salamanca to UNC. For information about the program, please, contact The Office of Global Engagement.
    • Academic Year: Since ours is primarily a summer program, all students are expected to complete at least one summer session on campus as part of the MA experience at UNC. Occasionally, selected courses are offered during the academic year to supplement the summer offerings. Our MA program accommodates a variety of student needs and options.

    Sequence of Summer Courses

    Students take nine hours per summer for three summers (9 x 3=27) plus SPAN 600 (3 hours), for a total of 30 hours. After 30 hours, students must pass written and oral comprehensive examinations.

    MEXICO/HISPANIC AMERICAN Sequence Offered: Summer 2020

    • Pedagogy: FL 531 (2) Teaching of Foreign Language. 
    • Literature: SPAN 570 (3) Readings in U.S. Hispanic Literature
    • Civilization/Culture: SPAN 562 (2) Mexico and US Hispanic Civilization and Culture
    • Language: SPAN 581 (2) Advanced Spanish Grammar
    • Research: SPAN 600 (3) if not taken previously. A total of 3 hours are required.

    LATIN AMERICA Sequence Offered: Summer 2021

    • Pedagogy: FL 531 (2) Teaching of Foreign Language.
    • Literature: SPAN 572 (3) Readings in Latin American Literature
    • Civilization/Culture: SPAN 561 (2) Latin American Civilization and Culture
    • Language: SPAN 581 (2) Advanced Spanish Grammar
    • Research: SPAN 600 (3) if not taken previously. A total of 3 hours are required.

    SPAIN Sequence Offered: Summer 2022

    • Literature: SPAN 571 (3) Readings in Spanish Literature
    • Civilization/Culture: SPAN 560 (2) Spanish Civilization and Culture
    • Language: SPAN 506 (2) Translation
    • Research: SPAN 600 (3)

    Required Texts for Summer 2020

    Professors in the summer graduate courses have identified the following essential texts for their classes. Students are advised to read them prior to coming to class. Contact the Coordinator of the Hispanic Studies Graduate program for further information, John.Ryan@unco.edu.

    Comprehensive Examinations

    After course work is completed, all students who are granted a "Masters of Arts in Foreign Languages: Spanish Teaching Emphasis" must pass both written and oral comprehensive exams in Spanish. These exams are designed to test a student’s mastery of a broad field of knowledge in the chosen areas of concentration. The exams encourage comprehensive and critical thinking and are not limited to formal course work, but also include material from the MA Comprehensive Reading Lists below. Written Comprehensive Examinations are given twice a year, once in the Fall Semester, usually in the month of October, and once in the Spring Semester, usually in the month of March. Written exams are given to all eligible candidates at the same time, with individual oral exams administered within three weeks following the written exams. Results are reported in compliance with the Graduate School deadlines.

    Our redesigned 3-year course sequence encourages students to complete their programs as quickly as possible, and not stretch them out to the 5-year time limit allowed by the Graduate School. The uniform Comprehensive Exam Policy makes testing available on a regular basis, rather than having students arrange times on their own whenever they think they are ready to take exams. Students are urged to complete their tests within one or two semesters following completion of course work, thereby insuring that the material is current and fresh in their minds, and that they prepare the reading lists in a timely fashion. Not all students pass their Comprehensive Exams on the first try. In keeping with Graduate School policy, a student is allowed to retake a failed exam only one time, and may not retake it in the same semester that they failed it, to allow for additional study time.

    MA Comprehensive Reading Lists


General Advising Information

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  • All students at UNC have an assigned academic advisor who can assist them during the academic journey to graduation.
  • Advising services in the Office of Academic Support and Advising (ASA) are specialized for students who are exploring major options, or who
  • are having academic difficulty.
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  • Academic advisors provide students with the information needed to make decisions about their academic career.
  • Students will receive expert advice, but are ultimately responsible for their progress toward a degree.

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