Asian Languages and Linguistics B.A.


Division of Asian Languages and Cultures

About the Major

The Asian Languages and Linguistics major has the following learning outcomes:

Identification of major linguistic features of Asian languages, with attention to chosen region of expertise
Demonstrated working knowledge of one or two Asian languages
Demonstrated competency in fieldwork with Asian languages in their natural social and cultural contexts
Demonstrated familiarity with current theories of language pedagogy with practical skills in classroom teaching of an Asian language
Understanding of the interdependency and dynamic relationship between language, society, culture, and social interaction in the context of Asia languages across time and different modes of communication
Conduct research and formulate effective written and oral arguments that address important themes and issues in languages and cultures of Asia


Asian Languages & Cultures in the General Catalog
Asian Languages & Cultures website

Contact Information

Asian Languages & Cultures
290 Royce Hall, Box 951540
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1540

Choosing Your Course of Study at UCLA

Making the Right Decision

One of the most important decisions you will make in college is your choice of major — the field of study that represents your principal interest and that will likely contribute to your career goals. Some students select their major at the time they fill out the University’s application for admission, although a far greater number are undecided about their major.

Students in the College of Letters and Science do not need to declare their major in their freshman year. In fact, you can be an “undeclared major” until the end of your sophomore year, which is particularly advantageous if you are not certain of your specific academic goals. It is wise to wait and explore the diversity of subject areas offered at UCLA through taking introductory courses in a variety of disciplines. It would not be unusual for you to become enthusiastic about disciplines previously unfamiliar to you. With careful planning, these courses may also apply toward fulfilling your university and college requirements.

To narrow your choice of study, carefully consider the general college requirements, the description of courses offered in the major, and the departmental requirements for completing the program of study. Look at the books required for each course. Sit in on a few classes and talk with professors during their office hours. Discuss interests and plans with a departmental counselor or faculty adviser, a college counselor, or advisers in the UCLA Career Center.

Certain majors, especially in the arts, engineering, the sciences, and theater, film, or television require early declaration. Some have enrollment quotas and allow application by new majors only during a specified term. Students should check with the departmental adviser for the majors that interest them.

In addition, UCLA undergraduate students are limited to between 208 and 216 quarter units, depending on the college or school, to complete the academic program and fulfill all degree requirements. So, if you wait to declare a major, you should not wait too long. In any case, you must declare your major by the beginning of your junior year (90 quarter units).

When you are ready to declare your major, you should obtain a Petition for Change of Major from your college or school office.