Departments & Programs

East Asian Languages and Cultures

Major in East Asian Studies


The major in East Asian Studies includes two years of language training in one of the three East Asian languages (Chinese, Japanese, or Korean), in addition to course work in aspects of East Asian society and culture. It has been designed as a flexible program for students who want basic language training as well as the opportunity to study a variety of topics and approaches to the culture and history of East Asian countries. This major is suitable for students pursuing careers in business, international relations, cultural exchanges, and other occupations with a focus on East Asia.

Required Courses

A minimum of 26 credit hours in department-approved courses, including:

  1. Second-year, second-semester proficiency in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean (i.e., through the 202 level). First-year language courses (i.e., C101-C102, J101-J102, J110, K101-K102) are not credited toward the total number of hours in the major.
  2. At least six culture courses (18 credit hours) above the 100 level, one of which must be E200. Culture courses must include at least two culture areas (China, Japan, Korea). Three of the culture courses must be at the 300–400 level, selected from the subject area course list. For a list of culture courses, please see the section of this Bulletin entitled "East Asian Culture Courses by Subject Area," which can be found under the departmental listing for East Asian Languages and Cultures.

Students must complete the degree requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences. Students should also read Placement/Proficiency Examinations in this departmental section.