Currently the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures offers two undergraduate majors and two undergraduate certificates to new students:
- BA and BS degrees in Chinese
- BA and BS degrees in Japanese
- BA and BS in Asian Languages and Cultures--coming soon!
The requirements for our majors are layered on top of General Education Requirements universal to all majors at UW-Madison (Comm A, Comm B, Quan A, Quan B, ethnic studies, etc) and the Breadth Requirements shared by all majors in the College of Letters and Science (12 credits each in Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences, etc). The combination of these two sets of general requirements for a BA or BS degree in any department in the College of Letters & Science (including us) is available here.
- Certificate in Japanese Professional Communication
- Certificate in Chinese Professional Communication
Our certificates both require four semesters of language courses and 12 additional credits, including one required course in Professional Communication to prepare students for careers utilizing Chinese or Japanese.
These certificates (similar to undergraduate minors or concentrations) are designed to provide a credential in targetted language training for students majoring in another field of study.
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Rachel Weiss joined the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures on July 1, 2016 as the Undergraduate Advisor. Prior to joining ALC, Rachel worked for nearly fifteen years at the Center for South Asia, UW-Madison. At CSA Rachel managed the Annual Conference on South Asia, Directed K-12 Outreach Programs, served as the FLAS Coordinator, and Undergraduate Certiticate Advisor. She also enjoyed working with the International Internship Program to develop internships in India.
Rachel received a B.A. in Art History (with a focus in Asian Art) and South Asian Studies, at UW-Madison (1994). She completed a M.A. in South Asian Studies, at UW-Madison (1998), under Professor David Knipe.
After high school, Rachel’s first experience in South Asia was on a semester-long program in Kathmandu, Nepal – Sojourn Nepal. As an undergraduate, Rachel studied in Madurai, Tamilnadu on the University of Wisconsin’s College-Year-in-India program and studied Tamil language and researched a caste of traditional potters, studying their art and religious traditions. After graduate school, Rachel received an academic year AIIS Fellowship to study Tamil Language in Madurai, Tamilnadu. Rachel remained in Madurai for two additional years, serving as the “Monitor” for the College-Year-in-India, Madurai Program.
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