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Course Requirements

Major and Concentrations

For undergraduates in the department, the B.A. degree in East Asian languages and cultures is available in the following concentrations:

  1. Chinese language and literature
  2. Japanese language and literature
  3. East Asian studies with Chinese language
  4. East Asian studies with Japanese language
  5. East Asian studies with Korean language
  6. Double language Concentration: Chinese and/or Japanese and/or Korean

The concentrations each require a minimum of 30 or 31 credit hours of junior/senior-level courses (courses listed as 300 or above).

*Please note that first and second year language courses do not count toward the major, and third year Japanese consists of JPN 504 and JPN 306 in the first semester and JPN 508 and JPN 310 in the second semester.

Please note: If you have learned an East Asian language elsewhere, you should take a placement test.  There is no fee for this test, and it may be taken at any time of the year. If you enter with less than the two-year minimum requirement, you may take courses to remedy the deficiency, but they will not count toward the degree. The appropriate Undergraduate Advisor will help decide which courses to take. By graduation, all students must have at least third-year level language proficiency (Chinese 504-508, Japanese 504-508, or Korean 504-508). Students in the Language and Literature concentrations must also take the equivalent of fourth-year language and for students in Chinese, classical Chinese. 

Chinese, Japanese and Korean language placement exams are available online and at no cost.  Please contact the East Asian Languages and Culture Department for information related to placement in Korean, Tibetan, and Uyghur.

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