Japanese National Honor Society

Attention: Students who are graduating this December 2014 from UT Austin: 

If you are interested in being nominated for membership in the Japanese National Honor Society, please contact Yukie Aida at aiday@austin.utexas.edu by Friday, November 7th. The criteria are described below.

Academic criteria for student membership in JNHS–CC are as follows:

  • completion of 5 semester- or 7 quarter- courses of Japanese language study (or their equivalent) at the college undergraduate level. All 5 semester courses or 7 quarter courses must be language study taken for a grade (as opposed to audit or pass-fail). Transfer credits from post-secondary institutions other than the institution from which the student will receive the undergraduate degree may count toward these credit requirements up to a maximum of 2 semester courses or 3 quarter courses (or their equivalent);
  • a GPA of 3.5 in Japanese language courses; and
  • an overall GPA of 3.0.

Students should be nominated for membership when they are in the last semester/quarter before graduating.

Visit http://www.aatj.org/studentactivities/jnhs/JNHS-CC.html for more information.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Undergraduate Student Fellowships Info Meeting

There will be an information session for interested staff and students on Monday, Nov. 3rd,

at 12:00 p.m. in the Glickman Conference Center, CLA 1.302D

What is a FLAS Fellowship?

These highly competitive fellowships, offered by three area studies centers at the University of Texas at Austin (UT), are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and are available for the academic year or the summer. The fellowships assist meritorious students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies.

What are the benefits of FLAS Fellowships?

The academic-year fellowship provides a nine-month stipend of $5,000 plus institutional payments (tuition and course-related fees) up to $10,000 per academic year.

The summer fellowship provides a stipend of $2,500 plus institutional payments (tuition and course-related fees) up to $5,000.

Who offers undergraduate FLAS Fellowships?

The Center for European Studies (CES)

The South Asia Institute (SAI):

The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES)

What are the eligibility requirements for FLAS Fellowships?

Undergraduate students from all fields of study, and from all departments and colleges are eligible to apply for FLAS funding, as long as the student:

• Is a citizen, or a national or permanent resident of the United States;

• Is a currently enrolled undergraduate student in good standing at UT Austin; and

• Is in a program of study that combines modern foreign language training with an area or international studies emphasis or;

• Is enrolled in a program of modern foreign language training at the intermediate or advanced level of study (please refer to the approved language list for each center);

• Awards will not be made to native speakers of the language nor those who possess fluency equivalent to educated native speakers in the language for which the award is sought.

• New program guidelines require consideration of financial need as part of a two-tiered ranking system; applicants will complete a FAFSA and provide results as part of FLAS application to indicate financial need.

What languages are approved for FLAS funding?

CES offers funding for the following languages: Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Modern Greek, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian/Croatian, Spanish and Swedish. Arabic, Hindi, Persian, Russian, and Turkish when a contemporary application of those skills will significantly enhance their work as distinctly European Studies scholars.

SAI offers funding for the following languages: Bengali, Hindi, Malayalam, Pashto, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu, and other pre-approved contemporary South Asian languages.

CREEES offers funding for the following languages: Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Persian/Tajik, Polish, Romani, Russian, Turkish, Ukrainian, Yiddish.

Who do I contact if I have questions regarding the specific FLAS Fellowships offered at UT and application materials?

If you have questions please visit each center’s website for more information on the FLAS programs at UT and for the appropriate contact person at each center.

CES website: https://www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/european_studies/Funding-Opportunities/About-Funding-Opportunities.php

SAI website: http://www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/southasia/FLAS%20Fellowship/Applications.php

CREEES Website: http://www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/creees/

What are the important FLAS deadlines?

Applications will be available on November 15, 2014

Applications are due on February 6, 2015

Notifications of awards are sent out at the end of March 2015


CHI 341 Classical Chinese Poetry

If you’re looking for an advanced-level Chinese class, have taken CHI 320L, and are not intimidated by native/advanced speakers of Chinese,  you might be interested in taking Classical Chinese Poetry next spring.

CHI 341 Classical Chinese Poetry

Instructor: Sung-sheng Yvonne Chang, Professor

Class times: TTh 3:30-5:00

​The class will read classical Chinese shi poems selected from the Book of Poetry, the “Nineteen Old Poems” of the Han Dynasty, and Tang poetry in both the “ancient-style” and the regulated, “recent-style.”  If time allows, we will also read some ci poems from the Song Dynasty.  Class time will be devoted to translating selected poems into English, analyzing their linguistic and aesthetic features, and discussing their cultural and historical significance.

Students who acquired Chinese as a second language should have completed at least three years of college-level Chinese in an American university (or the equivalents) before enrolling in this class.  Native speakers of modern Chinese vernacular or a specific dialect, such as Cantonese, with an intermediate or advanced level of reading proficiency may enroll without the CHI 320L pre-requisite.  Some knowledge of Classical Chinese would be helpful, but not required.

In addition to two interpretive papers, there will be occasional quizzes on assigned background reading and poetry memorization.  Attendance and class participation are both important.


Class preparation; participation in discussion   40 %

Papers     45% (mid-term, 20%; final, 25%)

Quizzes   15%


Jeannette Faurot, Drinking with the Moon: A Guide to Classical Chinese Poetry

Burton Watson, Chinese Lyricism: Shih Poetry from the Second to the Twelfth Century

Course packet

Reading materials:

Book of Poetry (Shijing)

The Songs of the South (Chuci)

Rhyme-prose or rhapsody (fu) from the Han Dynasty

Music Bureau ballads (Yuefu)

“The Nineteen Old Poems”

Poetry of the Six Dynasties

“Recent-style” poetry from the Tang Dynasty: ​five- and seven-character cut-off verse (jueju) and

five- and seven-character regulated verse (lushi)

“Ancient-style” poetry from the Tang Dynasty

Lyrics (ci) from the Song Dynasty