The East Asian Studies Major and Minor

Introduction to the East Asian Studies Major

The East Asian Studies major is an interdisciplinary major featuring a language core in DEALLC and additional coursework in both DEALLC and other departments. Not all concentration courses must be from within DEALLC. For instance, a course on Buddhism in Religious Studies would count towards the major. Students are also encouraged to consider taking DEALLC and East Asia-related courses outside their country of concentration.

Requirements for the Major in East Asian Studies

Prerequisites:

  • 2020/2060 level or above in a DEALLC language. A grade of C or higher must be earned each semester of language instruction.

Requirements:

  • 30 credits in DEALLC and related courses, including courses in the selected country concentration, with the following distribution:

Distribution:

  • 6 credits at the 3010 and 3020 level of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Tibetan, with a grade of C or higher each semester; language courses above the 3000 level can be counted among the 9 credits of electives for the major.
  • 3 credits in EAST 1010
  • 3 credits in an East Asian History (HIEA) course (a second course is also strongly recommended)
  • 3 credits in an East Asian Humanities (Art History, Architectural History, Literature, Religious Studies) course
  • 3 credits in an East Asian Social Sciences (Anthropology, Economics, Politics, Studies in Women and Gender) course
  • 3 credits of a capstone course in a 4000- or 5000- level course in which a research paper is written using the students’ target East Asian language materials
  • 9 credits of elective courses with East Asian content

Notes:

  • Students who intend to double major are reminded that only 6 credits may be counted towards both majors
  • For single majors, 9 of the 30 non-language credits must come from a single academic department
  • Students are reminded that USEM credits do not count toward major requirements
  • A maximum of 15 study abroad and domestic transfer credits are allowed, with the permission of the major advisor
  • Students in this major must maintain a satisfactory grade point in the major and related courses each semester
  • Satisfactory is defined as an average of C (i.e., 2.0)
  • Students whose GPA falls below this minimum are subject to discontinuation from the major
  • For courses that are not clearly East Asian related courses, students must bring an instructor’s note, syllabus, or some other documentation as evidence that the course’s content is focused on East Asia.

Forms

Click here for forms related to the major. Our declaration worksheets, capstone completion forms, and DMP forms are all housed on this page. 

 

Declaring a Major in East Asian Studies

1. Select a region of concentration (China, Tibet, Korea, Japan)

2. Review course listings by area and the East Asian Studies Major Requirements Worksheet. You can download the form here.

3. Obtain the following two forms: the departmental Declaration of Major Advising Form and Declaration of Major for the B.A. or B.S. Degree form from The College of Arts and Sciences. You may download the Declaration of Major Advising Form here. The A&S Declaration of Major form can be found in Monroe Hall. All forms are also available on the bulletin board across from 158 New Cabell Hall.

4. Complete the top portion of the Declaration of Major Advising Form and Declaration of Major form.

5. Make an appointment with the East Asian Studies advisor.

6. Bring the following items to your meeting with the advisor: East Asian Studies Major Requirements Worksheet, Declaration of Major Advising Form, and College of Arts ands Sciences Declaration of Major form.

7. Submit all forms and copies to the appropriate parties (as indicated on the bottom of the forms).

 

The Minor in East Asian Studies

  • 1020/1060-level in a DEALLC language. A grade of C or higher must be earned each semester
  • at least 18 credits with the following distribution
  • 3 credits in EAST 1010
  • 3 credits in an East Asian History (HIEA) course
  • 3 credits in an East Asian Humanities (Art History, Architectural History, Literature, Religion) course
  • 3 credits in an East Asian Social Science (Anthropology, Economics, Politics, Studies in Women and Gender) course
  • 6 credits of elective courses with East Asian content
  • a maximum of 6 transfer credits can be used to satisfy the 18 credit requirement
  • students are reminded that credits applied toward a minor cannot count toward a major
  • For courses that are not clearly East Asian related courses, students must bring an instructor’s note, syllabus, or some other documentation as evidence that the course’s content is focused on East Asia.

 

Study Abroad Programs

For information on academic year and summer study abroad, please see the Study Abroad and Summer Study pages.

 

Scholarships

For information on scholarships and grant funding, please see the Grants page.