Major in East Asian Studies

Students may seek either an academic major or minor in East Asian studies.

The East Asian studies major provides an interdisciplinary overview of the history, economics, politics, culture, and languages of the East Asian region, including China, Korea, and Japan. It examines the region's rich past and continuing contributions to the global community. The curriculum emphasizes an understanding of East Asia based on both expanded cultural awareness and scholarly analysis in multiple disciplines. Students are provided with background knowledge that both enriches their appreciation of the area and helps prepare them for a range of careers that require a broad knowledge of the region and accurate understanding of the culture.

Intended Program Outcomes

The student who graduates with a major in East Asian studies should be able to

  • Interpret, communicate, educate, and advise others based on understanding, research, and analysis of the social, historical, and cultural contexts of East Asia.
  • Use knowledge of East Asia to identify, create, facilitate, and promote opportunities for interaction and cooperation between Asia and the global community, as well as to mediate and negotiate between East Asians and others.
  • Apply knowledge of East Asian diversity, values, and expectations to perform in a culturally appropriate way in personal and professional settings.
  • Communicate in both written and spoken form in an East Asian language, integrating interpersonal skills and cultural knowledge.

Degree Requirements

A degree with a major in East Asian studies requires the successful completion of 120 credits of coursework, including 30 credits for the major; 41 credits in general education requirements; and 49 credits in the minor, electives, and other degree requirements. At least 15 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above).

Requirements for the East Asian Studies Major

Coursework for a major in East Asian studies includes the following:

  • Required foundation courses (6 credits): ASTD 284 and 285
  • East Asian language sequence (9 credits): Sequential courses in a single language (primarily Chinese, Japanese, or Korean)—e.g., CHIN 111, 112, and 114
  • Required intercultural communication course: SPCH 482
  • Supplemental major courses (9 credits): Chosen from ANTH 417; PHIL 348; or any upper-level ASTD, JAPN, KORN, Asian HIST, or Asian GVPT courses
  • Required capstone course (3 credits): ASTD 485

Recommended Sequence

The following course sequence will fulfill all the requirements for the BA in East Asian studies. Coursework for the major is indicated by Coursework for the major. Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may make it necessary to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Students should consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options.

East Asian Studies Degree Courses

First Courses (to be taken within the first 18 credits)

Note: Placement tests are required for math and writing courses.

  • EDCP 100 Principles and Strategies of Successful Learning (3)
    (strongly recommended as first course)
  • LIBS 150 Introduction to Research (1)
  • WRTG 101 Introduction to Writing (3)
    or WRTG 101S Introduction to Writing (3)
  • MATH 106 Finite Mathematics (3)
    or a higher-level math course

Introductory Courses (to be taken within the first 30 credits)

  • HUMN 100 Introduction to Humanities (3)
    or other arts and humanities course
  • BIOL 103 Introduction to Biology (4)
    or other biological and physical sciences lecture and laboratory course(s)
  • WRTG 293 Introduction to Professional Writing (3)
    or other writing course
  • Coursework for the major ASTD 284 Foundation of East Asian Civilization (3)
  • ECON 103 Economics in the Information Age (3)
    or other behavioral and social sciences course
  • IFSM 201 Concepts and Applications of Information Technology (3)
    or CMST 301 Digital Media and Society (3)

Foundation Courses (to be taken within the first 60 credits)

  • Coursework for the major JAPN 111 Elementary Japanese I (3)
    or CHIN 111 Elementary Chinese I or other first East Asian language course for the major
  • BEHS 103 Technology in Contemporary Society (3)
    or other behavioral and social sciences course (discipline must differ from first)
  • Coursework for the major ASTD 285 Introduction to Modern East Asia (3)
  • NSCI 100 Introduction to Physical Science (3)
    or other biological and physical sciences lecture course
  • HIST 125 Technological Transformations (3)
    or other arts and humanities/historical perspective course (discipline must differ from other humanities course)
  • Coursework for the major JAPN 112 Elementary Japanese II (3)
    or CHIN 112 Elementary Chinese II or other second East Asian language course for the major
  • CMIS 111 Social Networking and Cybersecurity Best Practices (3)
    or other computing course
  • COMM 202 Media and Society (3)
    or other communication, writing, or speech course
  • Coursework for the major JAPN 114 Elementary Japanese III (3)
    or CHIN 114 Elementary Chinese III or other third East Asian language course for the major

Additional Required Courses (to be taken after introductory and foundation courses)

  • WRTG 391 Advanced Research Writing (3)
    or other upper-level advanced writing course
  • Coursework for the major PHIL 348 Religions of the East (3)
    or other supplemental major course
  • Coursework for the major HIST 481 History of China from 1839 to 1997 (3)
    or other supplemental major course
  • Coursework for the major HIST 483 History of Japan Since 1800 (3)
    or other supplemental major course
  • Coursework for the major SPCH 482 Intercultural Communication (3)

Capstone Course for Major (to be taken in the last 15 credits)

  • Coursework for the major ASTD 485 Issues in East Asian Studies (3)

Minor and/or Elective Courses (46)
(to be taken in the last 60 credits along with required major courses)

Recommended Minors 

Cybersecurity, homeland security, accounting or any business-related minor

 

Total credits for BA in East Asian studies: 120

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