Tibetan

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC) offers a minor in Tibetan. There is no major program in Tibetan.

Declaring the Minor

To declare the minor, please visit 3413 Dwinelle Hall.

Other Majors and Minors Offered by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Chinese Language (Major and Minor)
Japanese Language (Major and Minor)
Korean Language (Minor only)
East Asian Religion, Thought, and Culture (Major only)

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Minor Requirements

Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. These programs have set requirements and are noted officially on the transcript in the memoranda section but are not noted on diplomas.

General Guidelines

  1. All courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements below must be taken for graded credit.
  2. A minimum of three of the upper division courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements must be completed at UC Berkeley.
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.
  4. Courses used to fulfill the minor requirements may be applied toward the Seven-Course Breadth requirement, for Letters & Science students.
  5. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs.
  6. All minor requirements must be completed prior to the last day of finals during the semester in which you plan to graduate. If you cannot finish all courses required for the minor by that time, please see a College of Letters & Science adviser.
  7. All minor requirements must be completed within the unit ceiling. (For further information regarding the unit ceiling, please see the College Requirements tab.)

Requirements

Language Training 1
TIBETAN 1AElementary Tibetan5
TIBETAN 1BElementary Tibetan5
TIBETAN 10AIntermediate Tibetan3
TIBETAN 10BIntermediate Tibetan3
Upper Division (Five Courses, 20 Units Minimum) 2
Select three upper division Tibetan courses
Intensive Readings in Tibetan
Intensive Readings in Tibetan
Tibetan Buddhism
Contemporary Tibet
Traditional Tibet
The Politics of Modern Tibet
Tibetan Medicine in History and Society
Death, Dreams, and Visions in Tibetan Buddhism
Select two upper division electives from Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, Tibetan, and East Asian Languages courses 3
1

Students with previous language experience will be required to take a placement exam.

2

All courses require adviser approval.

3

EAP course(s) may be used to satisfy one of the electives; however, not all EAP courses will be approved for the minor. Please check with the adviser in advance.

Courses

TIBETAN 1A Elementary Tibetan 5 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
A beginning Tibetan class developing basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in modern Tibetan (Lhasa dialect). The course also helps students begin to acquire competence in relevant Tibetan cultural issues.

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TIBETAN 1B Elementary Tibetan 5 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
A continuation of Tibetan 1A, Tibetan 1B develops further listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in modern Tibetan (Lhasa dialect), with a gradually increasing emphasis on basic cultural readings and developing intercultural competence.

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TIBETAN 10A Intermediate Tibetan 3 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2012
This course, a continuation of 1A-1B (elementary Tibetan), is designed to develop the student's skills in modern standard Tibetan. The emphasis is on communication skills in vernacular Tibetan, as well as grammar, reading, writing, and a familiarity with contemporary Tibetan culture more generally.

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TIBETAN 10B Intermediate Tibetan 3 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2013, Spring 2010
This course, a continuation of 10A, is designed to develop further the student's skills in modern standard Tibetan. The emphasis is on communication skills in vernacular Tibetan, as well as grammar, reading, writing, and a familiarity with contemporary Tibetan culture more generally.

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TIBETAN 24 Freshman Seminar 1 Unit

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Prior to 2007
The Freshman Seminar Program has been designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small seminar setting. Freshman seminars are offered in all campus departments and topics vary from department to department and semester to semester. Enrollment limited to fifteen freshmen.

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TIBETAN 84 Sophomore Seminar 1 Unit

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Sophomore seminars are small interactive courses offered by faculty members in departments all across the campus. Sophomore seminars offer opportunity for close, regular intellectual contact between faculty members and students in the crucial second year. The topics vary from department to department and semester to semester. Enrollment limited to 15 sophomores.

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TIBETAN 100S Advanced Tibetan Conversation 1 Unit

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2012
This course is designed for advanced students of Tibetan language. Its goal is to provide an opportunity for advanced students to develop their colloquial Tibetan conversation skills. More sophisticated linguistic forms are used and reinforced while dealing with various socio-cultural topics, with a particular focus on Buddhist-related subjects toward the end of the term. Primary emphasis
will be on the Lhasa dialect of Tibetan, though some variant dialects may also be introduced.
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TIBETAN 110A Intensive Readings in Tibetan 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2010
This course is an intensive introduction to reading literary Tibetan literature. Following an introduction to basic grammar, the course moves quickly into selected readings from Buddhist texts in Tibetan. It typically builds on basic skills acquired in 1A-1B (elementary Tibetan), though with consent it may be taken independently.

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TIBETAN 110B Intensive Readings in Tibetan 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2010, Spring 2009
A continuation of Tibetan 110A, this course provides an intensive introduction to a range of literary Tibetan literature. Assuming knowledge of basic literary Tibetan grammar, the course focuses on selected readings from Buddhist texts in Tibetan.

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TIBETAN C114 Tibetan Buddhism 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2014
This course is a broad introduction to the history, doctrine, and culture of the Buddhism of Tibet. We will begin with the introduction of Buddhism to Tibet in the eighth century and move on to the evolution of the major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhist literature, ritual and monastic practice, the place of Buddhism in Tibetan political history, and the contemporary situation
of Tibetan Buddhism both inside and outside of Tibet.
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TIBETAN 115 Contemporary Tibet 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course seeks to develop a critical understanding of contemporary Tibet, characterized as it is by modernity, invasion, Maoism, liberalization, exile, and diaspora. It explores the cultural dynamism of the Tibetans over the last 100 years as expressed in literature, film, music, modern art, and political protest. The core topics include intra-Tibetan arguments regarding the preservation
and "modernization" of traditional cultural forms, the development of new aesthetic creations and values, the constraints and opportunities on cultural life under colonialism and in the diaspora, and the religious nationalism of the recent political protests.
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TIBETAN 116 Traditional Tibet 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This class will explore Tibetan civilization throughout the pre-modern period with an emphasis on literature, the visual arts, ethnography, and the history of Tibet's important cultural exchanges on the broader Inner Asian and Himalayan stages. The overall lesson plan will cover a wide range of Tibetan cultural forms and regions, and highlights the many international links that so animated Tibet itself and
were crucial to the politics of Asia for many centuries. Furthermore, the theme of "early modernities" will be prominent in the readings in the second half of the course.
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TIBETAN 118 The Politics of Modern Tibet 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2016
For over a hundred years, the political status of Tibet has commanded a level of attention on the international stage – and within China – seemingly disproportionate to the size of its population and economy, and in spite of its reputation as a remote periphery. This course will examine the historical, cultural, and economic assumptions underlying contemporary discourses of Tibetan politics, and relate them to
discourses of global power and peripheries more generally. Grounding discussion in primary sources and critical works from across regions and disciplines, we will examine the roots of current conflict and the ways in which contending Buddhist, nationalist and internationalist projects have contributed to the making of modern Tibet.
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TIBETAN 119 Tibetan Medicine in History and Society 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This course will investigate the theory, practice and development of Tibetan medicine or sowa rikpa, “the knowledge of healing.” Using Tibetan medicine as our lens, we will consider how all medical systems are based on ways of knowing that are culturally as well as biologically determined, and historically situated within linguistic, ecological, religious, and political frameworks. Drawing from primary sources
as well as cross-disciplinary scholarship, we will examine issues of translation in canonical medical literature; traditions of ritual and practice; how medicine is taught; relationships between medicine and Buddhism; ideas about human bodies, subtle anatomy, cosmology, and gender norms; and aspects of modernization and globalization.
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TIBETAN C154 Death, Dreams, and Visions in Tibetan Buddhism 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2014, Fall 2010
Tibetan Buddhists view the moment of death as a rare opportunity for transformation. This course examines how Tibetans have used death and dying in the path to enlightenment. Readings will address how Tibetan funerary rituals work to assist the dying toward this end, and how Buddhist practitioners prepare for this crucial moment through tantric meditation, imaginative rehearsals, and explorations of
the dream state.
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TIBETAN C214 Seminar in Tibetan Buddhism 2 or 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2012
This course provides a place for graduate-level seminars in Tibetan Buddhism that rely primarily on secondary sources and Tibetan texts in translation. Content will vary between semesters but will typically focus on a particular theme. Themes will be chosen according to student interests, with an eye toward introducing students to the breadth of available western scholarship on Tibet, from classics in the field
to the latest publications.
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TIBETAN C224 Readings in Tibetan Buddhist Texts 2 or 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This seminar provides an introduction to a broad range of Tibetan Buddhist texts, including chronicles and histories, biographical literature, doctrinal treatises, canonical texts, ritual manuals, pilgrimage guides, and liturgical texts. It is intended for graduate students interested in premodern Tibet from any perspective. Students are required to do all of the readings in the
original classical Tibetan. It will also serve as a tools and methods for the study of Tibetan Buddhist literature, including standard lexical and bibliographic references, digital resources, and secondary literature in modern languages. The content of the course will vary from semester to semester to account for the needs and interests of particular students.
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TIBETAN 298 Directed Study for Graduate Students 1 - 8 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Special tutorial or seminar on selected topics not covered by available courses or seminars.

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TIBETAN 299 Thesis Preparation and Related Research 1 - 8 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Prior to 2007

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TIBETAN 601 Individual Study for Master's Students 1 - 8 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Individual study for the comprehensive or language requirements in consultation with the graduate adviser. Units may not be used to meet either unit or residence requirements for a master's degree.

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TIBETAN 602 Individual Study for Doctoral Students 1 - 8 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Individual study in consultation with the major field adviser, intended to provide an opportunity for qualified students to prepare for various examinations required of candidates for the Ph.D.

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Faculty and Instructors

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Faculty

Jinsoo An, Assistant Professor.

Robert Ashmore, Associate Professor. China, lyric poetry, Chinese literature, Chinese culture, poetic theory.
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Weihong Bao, Assistant Professor.

Mark L. Blum, Professor. Buddhism, Japan, culture and society, modernization.
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Mark Csikszentmihalyi, Professor. Early China, Confucianism, Taoism, Daoism, Comparative Religion.
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Jacob Dalton, Associate Professor. Religion, ritual, Tibet, Buddhism, Tantra, Dunhuang.
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Yoko Hasegawa, Professor. Pragmatics, syntax, east asian languages and cultures, acoustic phonetics, semantics, sociolinguistics of Japanese, cognitive linguistics.
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+ H. Mack Horton, Professor. Performativity, east asian languages and cultures, classical poetry, diary literature, cultural context, anthology of vernacular poetry, Man'yoshu, poetry and poetics.
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Andrew Jones, Professor. East asian languages and cultures, Chinese popular music, sonic culture, media technology, modern Chinese fiction, children's literature, literary translation.
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Youngmin Kwon, Adjunct Professor. Korean literature.
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Ling Hon Lam, Assistant Professor.

Daniel C. O'Neill, Associate Professor. Modern Japanese Literature, East Asian Cinema, Global Modernism, visual studies.
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Lanchih Po, Associate Adjunct Professor.

Robert Sharf, Professor. East asian languages and cultures, medieval Chinese buddhism, Chan buddhism, Japanese buddhism, Zen buddhism, Tantric buddhism, buddhist art, ritual studies, methodological issues in the study of religion.
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Alan Tansman, Professor. Modern Japanese Literature, literary and cultural theory, aesthetics and politics, Comparative Responses to Violence, literary history.
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Paula Varsano, Associate Professor. Phenomenology, translation, comparative literature, aesthetics, epistemology, classical Chinese poetry and poetics (3rd-11th centuries), traditional Chinese literary theory.
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Sophie Volpp, Associate Professor. East asian languages and cultures, history of performance, gender theory, the history of sexuality, material culture, material objects in late-imperial literature.
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Lecturers

Yasuko Konno Baker, Lecturer. Japanese language.
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Brian Baumann, Lecturer. Mongolian language.
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Weisi Cai, Lecturer. Chinese language.
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Yuriko Caltabiano, Lecturer. Japanese language.
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Seung-Eun Chang, Lecturer. Korean language.
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Damien Donnelly, Lecturer. Chinese language.
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Kayoko Imagawa, Lecturer. Japanese language.
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Wakae Kambara, Lecturer. Japanese language.
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Minsook Kim, Lecturer. Korean language.
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Kyung-Ah Kim, Lecturer. Korean language.
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Jiyoung Kim, Lecturer. Korean language.
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Noriko Knickerbocker, Lecturer. Japanese language.
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Kijoo Ko, Lecturer. Korean language.
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Yumi Konishi, Lecturer. Japanese language.
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Meehyei Lee, Lecturer. Korean language.
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Soojin C. Lee, Lecturer. Korean language.
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I-Hao Li, Lecturer. Chinese language.
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Hsin-yu Lin, Lecturer. Chinese language.
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Pei-Ying Lin, Lecturer.
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Li Liu, Lecturer. Chinese language.
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Sanjyot Mehendale, Lecturer. Near Eastern studies, Central Asia, Central Asian studies, archaeology and art history.
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Junghee Park, Lecturer. Korean language.
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Jann M. Ronis, Lecturer. Buddhist studies.
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Chika Shibahara, Lecturer. Japanese language.
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Maki Takata, Lecturer. Japanese language.
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Chen-Hui Tsai, Lecturer. Chinese language.
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Noriko Komatsu Wallace, Lecturer. Japanese language.
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John R. Wallace, Lecturer. Japanese language.
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Xianghua Wu, Lecturer. Chinese language.
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Chunhong Xie, Lecturer. Chinese language.
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Lihua Zhang, Lecturer. Chinese language.
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Emeritus Faculty

Haruo Aoki, Professor Emeritus.

Cyril Birch, Professor Emeritus.

James E. Bosson, Professor Emeritus.

Kun Chang, Professor Emeritus.

Hung-Nin Samuel Cheung, Professor Emeritus. East asian languages and cultures, East Asian studies, vernacular Chinese literature and linguistics.
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John C. Jamieson, Professor Emeritus.

Lewis Lancaster, Professor Emeritus. East asian languages and cultures, East Asian studies, east asian buddhism.
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Susan Matisoff, Professor Emeritus. Japanese literature, performing arts and folklore.
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Jeffrey Riegel, Professor Emeritus. East asian languages and cultures, ancient Chinese poetry and prose, early Chinese thought, Confucian classics, paleography, recently-excavated manuscripts.
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Pang-Hsin Ting, Professor Emeritus.

Stephen H. West, Professor Emeritus.

Contact Information

East Asian Languages and Cultures

3413 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-3480

Fax: 510-642-6031

ealang@berkeley.edu

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Department Chair

H. Mack Horton, PhD

3407 Dwinelle Hall

hmhorton@berkeley.edu

Student Services Adviser

Jan Johnson

3414 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-4497

jmj@berkeley.edu

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