Program of Study (CAS Bulletin)

Major

The major in the Department of East Asian Studies (EAS) consists of nine 4-point courses (36 points). The program leads to an EAS humanities major in one of two ways:

Language and Civilization Major: Students must complete 8 points in a language (Chinese, Korean, or Japanese) at the advanced level or above. Elementary and intermediate courses do not count toward the major point total. No compromise on language levels will be permitted.

In addition to the fulfillment of the language component, students must take 28 civilization course points from among the Department of East Asian Studies offerings.

  • 4 of these points (one course) must be one of the following MAP Cultures and Contexts courses:
    • Cultures and Contexts: The Chinese and Japanese Traditions (MAP-UA 506)
    • Cultures and Contexts: Japan—A Cultural History (MAP-UA 507)
    • Cultures and Contexts: China (MAP-UA 512)
    • Cultures and Contexts: Korea (MAP-UA 543)

No other Cultures and Contexts courses will be considered as fulfilling this prerequisite, including Eastern Civilization or equivalent in Liberal Studies. Transfer students from Liberal Studies must take one of the above-listed courses.

  • Students must have at least one course in each of the three areas: China, Japan, and Korea.
  • At least 16 of the 28 civilization points must be taken at the New York NYU campus.


Civilization Major
: Students must complete 36 points of civilization East Asian Studies courses. In this version, no language course points will count toward the major.

  • 4 of these points (one course) must be one of the following MAP Cultures and Contexts courses:
    • Cultures and Contexts: The Chinese and Japanese Traditions (MAP-UA 506)
    • Cultures and Contexts: Japan—A Cultural History (MAP-UA 507)
    • Cultures and Contexts: China (MAP-UA 512)
    • Cultures and Contexts: Korea (MAP-UA 543)

No other Cultures and Contexts courses will be considered as fulfilling this prerequisite, including Eastern Civilization or equivalent in Liberal Studies. Transfer students from Liberal Studies must take one of the above-listed courses.

  • Students must have at least one course in each of the three areas: China, Japan, and Korea.
  • At least 24 of the 36 points must be taken at the New York NYU campus.

Notes (applying to both major tracks):

  • Courses must have an East Asian Studies course number (EAST-UA) to count toward the EAS major.
  • An upper limit of 16 points can be transferred from outside NYU and applied to the major. This includes non-NYU study abroad credits, as well as credits from other universities in the United States. Transfer students from other universities should meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) to discuss the number of points they can transfer from their previous institution toward the major.
  • Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Tibetan languages may not be counted toward either major or minor requirements.
  • NYU Shanghai and Beijing civilization courses are counted toward the major only contingently. Students must contact the DUS to discuss the courses before or during the process of applying. The director gives final approval for major points after the course has been successfully completed and the student's work is reviewed.
  • Courses listed as "electives" on the EAS departmental website course listings do not count toward the major; Freshman Honors Seminars may count toward the major, although the specific seminar must be approved by the DUS.
  • No double-counting of courses will be permitted. Courses to be counted toward the EAS major must be exclusive to the EAS major, whether or not they are cross-listed with another department.

Minor

The minor consists of 16 points. The program leads to a Department of East Asian Studies humanities minor in one of four ways:

  1. Civilization minor: 16 civilization course points in the Department of East Asian Studies.
  2. Chinese minor: 16 Chinese language course points through the Advanced II level. Elementary I and II do not count toward fulfilling the minor requirements. Typical plan of study: Intermediate I, Intermediate II, Advanced I, and Advanced II.
  3. Japanese minor: 16 Japanese language course points through the Advanced II level. Elementary I and II do not count toward fulfilling the minor requirements. Typical plan of study: Intermediate I, Intermediate II, Advanced I, and Advanced II.
  4. Korean minor: 16 Korean language course points through the Advanced II level. Elementary I and II do not count toward fulfilling the minor requirements. Typical plan of study: Intermediate I, Intermediate II, Advanced I, and Advanced II.

Notes (applying to the minor):

  • If Advanced II of the target language is reached prior to fulfilling the 16 points, fourth-year language courses (i.e., past Advanced II) must be taken to fulfill the remaining points.
  • No more than two transfer courses (8 points) may be accepted toward the minor, subject to review by and approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
  • NYU Shanghai and Beijing civilization courses are counted toward the minor only contingently. Students must contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) to discuss the courses before or during the process of applying. The Director gives final approval for minor points after the course has been successfully completed and the student's work is reviewed.
  • No double-counting of courses will be permitted. Courses to be counted toward the EAS minor must be exclusive to the EAS minor, whether or not they are cross-listed with another department.

Honors Program

Eligibility: Students must spend at least two full years in residence at the College of Arts and Science, completing at least 64 points of graded work in the College. Students must maintain a general GPA of 3.65 and a major average of 3.7.

Requirements: (1) Substantial completion of the major requirements (24 to 28 points), (2) GPA of 3.7 or better, and (3) the student must register in his or her senior year for two semesters of independent study, at 4 points per semester (a total of 8 points), under the supervision of a departmental faculty member (or affiliate). This total of 8 points is in addition to the 32 points of the major. The 8-point honors sequence must result in a substantively researched thesis, normally 30 to 50 typed pages. The faculty supervisor and the subject of the honors thesis are chosen by the student in consultation with the director of undergraduate studies, who must approve the topic/adviser in the first semester of the honors sequence.