Dec 01, 2023  

East Asian Studies Major

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Administered by the Chinese Studies  Department.

EAS majors gain a comprehensive knowledge of at least one East Asian civilization, including its culture, history and contemporary conditions. EAS is an interdisciplinary major; it requires study of language, literature, history, religion, and social sciences. Advanced study of Chinese language is the core of the major, because the body of knowledge comprising an EAS major cannot be mastered without advanced language study. (Students who become proficient in Chinese by the sophomore year may study a second East Asian language for the major, including during Study Abroad). EAS majors will be prepared for graduate study in East Asian Studies and other disciplines with an East Asian focus. Study abroad is required.


(or the equivalent in Chinese of another East Asian Language)

These courses do not count toward the major. 

CHI 101 - Elementary Chinese I 

CHI 102 - Elementary Chinese II 

CHI 201 - Intermediate Chinese I 


Foreign Language (2)

Two courses above 201 in Chinese or another East Asian Language, or the equivalent.  May be taken abroad.

Electives and Capstone (5 courses)

  1. One course in East Asian Religions
  2. One course in East Asian Politics or Anthropology
  3. Three courses in East Asian Anthropology, Art, History, Literature, Music, Politics or Religion
  4. At least one elective must be a Research Seminar in an appropriate department or an Honors Thesis. Students will consult with advisers to select the research seminar. Examples of such seminars include POL 453: The Rise of China and HIS 473: Thinking About Asia.

Immersion Requirement

Study or independent research in East Asia (summer, semester, or year) is required. Intensive training in the US in an East Asian language (Middlebury, Monterrey) may count toward this requirement.



East Asian Studies majors who maintain a GPA of at least 3.5 in major courses and successfully complete an honors thesis will receive honors in East Asian Studies.

East Asian Studies Electives

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