Undergraduate Program

Fall 2015 Revisions to the East Asian Studies Undergraduate Program

1. Students who entered CAS before Fall 2012 may satisfy either the prior to Fall 2012 major requirements or the Fall 2012-Spring 2014 major requirements.
2. Students entering CAS between Fall 2012 and Fall 2015 may satisfy either the the Fall 2012-Spring 2014 requirements or the new, revised requirements.
3. Students entering after Fall 2015 must satisfy the major with the new, revised requirements

If you have any questions about the major or minor requirements, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies. See Academic Advising for more information about the program and how to declare a Major or Minor.

The Department of East Asian Studies offers courses on China, Japan, and Korea. The focus of the program is primarily on language and literature and the way in which these three civilizations have interacted with the Western world to reconstitute received cultures into modern societies. By intensive study of Asian culture, the student is encouraged to reflect on the global interrelatedness of human society. Three language sequences are offered: a six-semester Chinese language sequence, a six-semester Japanese language sequence, and a six-semester Korean language sequence.

Fourth-year study is also offered in all three languages. In addition, various courses in Asian culture in history, religion, literature, film, philosophy and art are offered in the Department of East Asian Studies and in conjunction with other departments.

The program has two objectives: (1) to develop a high level of competence in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean and (2) to introduce students to Asian cultures through the study of translated literary and cultural documents (literature, history, religion, film, and philosophy) created within those societies. Ongoing study of those cultures is encouraged as a means of acquiring a broad comparative perspective. The courses are offered in conjunction with various departments, underscoring the multidisciplinary nature of the program.