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East Asian Languages and Cultures

Undergraduate Requirements

For a Major in East Asian Studies

Language requirement

Three years of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Tibetan (completion of the W4005-W4006 level in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean; TIBT G4611-G4612 level in Tibetan), or the proficiency equivalent (to be demonstrated by placement examination). Students who reach the required proficiency level before their senior year are encouraged to continue language study.

Introductory courses

Three courses (12 points): AHUM V3400 (4 points) and any two of the following four 4-point survey courses: ASCE V2359, ASCE V2361, ASCE V2363, ASCE V2365.

First-year students and sophomores, prior to declaring an East Asian studies major, are strongly urged to take one or more of the introductory courses, as well as to begin their chosen East Asian language.

Disciplinary specialty

On entering the major, each student must choose an academic discipline from among the following: history, literature, anthropology, art history, eco­nomics, philosophy, political science, religion, or sociology. Depending on the chosen discipline, each student must complete a specific number of disciplinary courses. Normally, one of these courses is a basic introductory or methodology course, and the others are more specialized East Asia–related courses in the chosen discipline. Courses in closely related disciplines may be substituted with the approval of the director of undergraduate studies. Course requirements by disciplinary specialty are as follows:

  1. History. Students must take HSEA W4890 in the spring term of the junior year, and two other courses on East Asia-related historical topics.
  2. Literature. Students must take CLEA W4101 in the spring term of the junior year, and two other courses on East Asia–related literary topics
  3. Art History, Philosophy, Religion. Students take an introductory theory or method course from the corresponding department, and two courses on East Asia–related topics in the chosen discipline.
  4. Anthropology, Sociology. Students must take EAAS W4102 in the spring term of the junior year, and two other courses on East Asia–related topics in the chosen discipline.
  5. Political Science, Economics. Students must take EAAS W4102 in the spring term of the junior year, and three other courses on East Asia–related topics in the chosen discipline.

Elective courses

For students specializing in history, literature, anthropology, art history, philosophy, religion, or sociology, two courses. For students specializing in economics or political science, one course. Courses are to be chosen in consultation with the director of undergraduate studies. East Asia–related courses offered in other departments may be counted toward the elective requirement. Courses in a second East Asian language (one year minimum) or a classical East Asian language (one semester minimum) may be used to fulfill one of the two elective requirements, but placement examinations may not be used to do so.

Senior thesis

One course (4 points). Each student in the major is expected to prepare a research paper. The paper should be in the chosen disciplinary field and is written in consultation with an appropriate faculty adviser, who is responsible for the final grade. The thesis must be about 30 to 50 pages in length. The paper is prepared in two stages, first by enrolling in the spring term of the junior year in EAAS V3999, in which research methods are introduced and a paper topic chosen. In the senior year, each major enrolls in EAAS W3901 (3 points) in the fall term to complete the thesis.

East Asian Studies majors or thesis-track concentrators who opt to spend their junior spring abroad must take the required disciplinary and senior-thesis-related courses in the spring of their sophomore year (contact the director of undergraduate studies for details).

For a Concentration in East Asian Studies

Students may choose between two tracks for the concentration in East Asian studies.

  1. For the Thesis Track, requirements are identical to those for the major, except that there is no East Asian language requirement.
  2. For the Language Track, requirements are identical to those for the major, except that there is no senior thesis (students do not take EAAS V3999 and EAAS W3901). For this track, placement examinations may not be used to fulfill the required three years of language study; students with prior proficiency in an East Asian language who opt for the language track of the concentration in East Asian Studies must fulfill the language requirement by studying a second East Asian language.