Major – Requirements
The B.A. degree is granted in Chinese, Japanese, and East Asian Studies. The following courses and their prerequisites must be completed with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better.
These requirements are in addition to the University’s basic requirement for the bachelor’s degree. Letter grades are mandatory for all required courses.
Major in Chinese
- CHINGEN 91 and JAPANGEN 92
- Chinese language requirement:
- first-year modern Chinese (one of the following series: CHINLANG 1, 2, 3, or CHINLANG 1B, 2B, 3B, or CHINLANG 5)
- second-year modern Chinese (one of the following series: CHINLANG 21, 22, 23, or CHINLANG 21B, 22B, 23B, or CHINLANG 25)
- third-year modern Chinese (one of the following series: CHINLANG 101,102 103 or CHINLANG 101B, 102B, 103B)
- Beginning Classical Chinese (CHINLIT 125, 126, or 127)
- three courses in CHINGEN or CHINLIT at the 100 level with one in each of the following areas, pre-modern China, modern China, and Chinese linguistics
- four other content courses dealing with China primarily at the 100 level, as approved by the undergraduate advisor
- CHINGEN 133 is the required Writing in the Major (WIM) course.
- CHINGEN 198. Senior Colloquium: completion of a capstone essay of approximately 7,500 words, written either in a directed reading course or for one of the courses above.
Major in Japanese
- CHINGEN 91 and JAPANGEN 92
- Japanese language requirement:
- first-year Japanese Language, Culture, and Communication: JAPANLNG 1, 2, 3 (formerly JAPANLNG 7, 8, 9) or JAPANLNG 5)
- second-year Japanese Language, Culture, and Communication: JAPANLNG 21, 22, 23 (formerly JAPANLNG 17, 18, 19) or JAPANLNG 20
- third-year Japanese Language, Culture, and Communication: JAPANLNG101, 102, 103 (formerly JAPANLNG 117, 118, 119)
- three courses in JAPANGEN or JAPANLIT at the 100 level with one in each of the following areas, pre-modern Japan, modern Japan, and Japanese linguistics
- four other content courses dealing with Japan primarily at the 100 level, as approved by the undergraduate adviser
- JAPANGEN 138 is the required Writing in the Major (WIM) course.
- JAPANGEN 198, Senior Colloquium: completion of a capstone essay of approximately 7,500 words, written either in a directed reading course or for one of the courses above.
JAPANGEN 71N can be used to satisfy the Japanese language/linguistics area requirement. JAPANGEN 51/251 does not counted toward the major. Students who complete third-year Japanese at KCJS satisfy the language requirement but are required to take a placement test if they wish to enroll in JAPANLNG 211, 212, 213.
Students who want to concentrate in Chinese or Japanese language/linguistics can substitute the four other content courses primarily at the 100 level with LINGUIST 1 and three other linguistic courses at the 100 level, as approved by the undergraduate adviser in consultation with the student’s academic adviser.Back to Top
Major in East Asian Studies
Majors in East Asian Studies begin or continue the mastery of Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. Within the humanities or social sciences, they may focus on a particular sub-region, for example, Japan; South China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan; or western China and Central Asia; or a substantive issue involving the region as a whole, such as environmental protection, public health, rural development, historiography, cultural expression, or religious beliefs. The major seeks to reduce the complexity of a region to intellectually manageable proportions and illuminate the interrelationships among the various facets of a society.
Potential majors must submit a Student Proposal for a Major in East Asian Studies form not later than the end of the first quarter of the junior year. Majors must complete at least 75 units of course work on China, Japan, and/or Korea in addition to a 1 unit Senior Colloquium. Courses to be credited toward major requirements must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better. Requirements are:
- Language: proficiency in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean language at the second-year level or above, to be met either by course work or examination. Students who meet the requirement through examination are still expected to take an additional 15 units of language at a higher level, or literature courses taught in the language, or the first year in an additional Asian language. No more than 30 units of language courses are counted toward the major.
- Area Courses: a minimum of three area courses, one in each category below (courses listed are examples and by no means exhaustive--if uncertain whether a particular course fits into one of these categories, please contact the department to check).
- Art, Literature and Religion
- ARTHIST 2. Asian Art and Culture
- CHINGEN 91. Traditional East Asian Civilization: China
- JAPANGEN 92. Traditional East Asian Civilization: Japan
- RELIGST 136. Buddhist Yoga
- HISTORY 92. Early Empires in China
- HISTORY 94B. Japan in the Age of the Samurai
- HISTORY 95. Modern Korean History
- HISTORY 95C. Modern Japanese History
- Contemporary Social Sciences
- ANTHRO 148. Health, Politics and Culture of Modern China
- OSPKYOTO 215X. The Political Economy of Japan
- POLISCI 140L. China in World Politics
- POLISCI 148. Chinese Politics: The Transformation and the Era of Reform
- SOC 117A. China Under Mao
- Art, Literature and Religion
- Substantive Concentration: additional courses on East Asia, one of which must be a seminar above the 100 level. Majors are encouraged to distribute their course work among at least three disciplines and two subregions in Asia. The subregions need not be traditionally defined. Examples include China, Japan, or Korea; or, in recognition of the new subregions which are emerging, South China and Taiwan, or Central Asia. At least four courses must have a thematic coherence built around a topic such as:
- East Asian religions and philosophies
- Culture and society of modern Japan
- Ethnic identities in East Asia
- Arts and literature in late imperial China
- Foreign policy in East Asia
- Social transformation of modern Korea
- China’s political economy
- Capstone Essay: completion of a paper of approximately 7,500 words, written either in a directed reading course or for one of the courses in item 3 above, which should be built upon the student’s thematic interest. CHINGEN or JAPANGEN 198, Senior Colloquium (1 unit), is required of majors during Spring Quarter of their senior year to develop and present the capstone essay of honors paper.
- At least one quarter overseas in the country of focus.
- An East Asian Studies course that satisfies the University Writing in the Major requirement (WIM) should be completed before beginning the senior essay. This year, CHINGEN 133, JAPANGEN 138 and Korean 120 satisfy the WIM requirement.
- The courses for the major must add up to at least 75 units and all must be taken for a letter grade, in addition to the 1 unit Senior Colloquium, for a total of 76 units. Courses must be at least three units to be counted towards the degree.
Majors with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or better in all courses related to East Asia may apply for the honors program by submitting a senior thesis proposal to the honors committee during Winter or Spring Quarter of the junior year. The proposal must include a thesis outline, a list of all relevant courses the student has taken or plans to take, a preliminary reading list including a work or works in Chinese or Japanese, and the name of a faculty member who has agreed to act as honors supervisor. If the proposal is approved, research begins in Spring Quarter of the junior year, or by Autumn Quarter at the latest, when the student enrolls in 2-5 units of credit for independent study. In Winter Quarter, the student enrolls in five units of independent study with the thesis supervisor while writing the thesis, and the finished essay (normally about 15,000 words) is submitted to the committee no later than the end of the Winter Quarter of the senior year. Students enroll in CHINGEN 198 or JAPANGEN 198 in Spring Quarter of the senior year to polish and present their theses (instead of writing a capstone essay). Eight to eleven units of credit are granted for honors course work and the finished thesis. One advanced level colloquium or seminar dealing with China, Japan, or Korea is required as well.