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 3409 Dwinelle Hall or email Presi Diaz at ealc-advising@berkeley.edu.

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.

General Guidelines

  1. All minors must be declared before the first day of classes in your Expected Graduation Term (EGT). For summer graduates, minors must be declared prior to the first day of Summer Session A. 

  2. All upper-division courses must be taken for a letter grade. 

  3. A minimum of three of the upper-division courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements must be completed at UC Berkeley.

  4. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required in the upper-division courses to fulfill the minor requirements.

  5. Courses used to fulfill the minor requirements may be applied toward the Seven-Course Breadth requirement, for Letters & Science students.

  6. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs.

  7. All minor requirements must be completed prior to the last day of finals during the semester in which the student plans to graduate. If students cannot finish all courses required for the minor by that time, they should see a College of Letters & Science adviser.

  8. All minor requirements must be completed within the unit ceiling. (For further information regarding the unit ceiling, please see the College Requirements tab.)


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 [4]
Intensive Readings in Tibetan [4]
Tibetan Buddhism [4]
Contemporary Tibet [4]
Traditional Tibet [4]
The Politics of Modern Tibet [4]
Tibetan Medicine in History and Society [4]
Death, Dreams, and Visions in Tibetan Buddhism [4]
Select two upper division electives from Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, Tibetan, and East Asian Languages courses 3

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


All courses require advisor approval.


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 advisor in advance.


Contact Information

East Asian Languages and Cultures

3413 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-3480

Fax: 510-642-6031


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Department Chair

Robert Ashmore

3403 Dwinelle Hall


Student Services Advisor

Cassandra Dunn

7228 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-643-8741


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