East Asian Studies Major and Minor Requirements

Major Requirements

The Major in East Asian Studies requires 24 upper-level credits (300-level or above), no more than 9 of which may be in language.

Prerequisites:

Two of the following courses:

  • East Asia 227C Chinese Civilization
  • East Asia 226C Japanese Civilization
  • East Asia 223C Korean Civilization

Requirements:

  1. Achieve third year competence in Chinese, Japanese or Korean in one of the following ways: 1) by completing the second semester of the third year with a grade of B- or higher, or 2) by testing into the fourth year of the language. (Up to 9 units of advanced language [300-level and above], including classical language, may be used to fulfill the upper-level requirements for the major.) Native speakers who place out of all available courses in their native language may fulfill this requirement either with a second EA language, or, with the approval of their major advisor, completing 9 additional units (any level) in non-language EAS courses.
  2. 24 upper-level units selected from at least three different disciplines (anthropology, art history, film, history, literature, philosophy, religious studies or, when available, economics, political science, sociology, etc.), and at least two different areas of East Asia (e.g. Korea and Japan, China and Korea, China and Japan). Please note that at least one of these courses must deal with the premodern period.
  3. L03 484 Core Seminar in East Asian Studies (for students matriculating in FL20 and later)
  4. A capstone experience (prime majors).  Students may satisfy the capstone requirement in one of two ways, both of which require a presentation in the Senior Symposium in the spring.
  5. Successful completion of a senior honors thesis. This option, which also entitles the student to Latin Honors, requires a minimum of a 3.65 GPA. The thesis is researched and written over two semesters, for a total of 6 units, which are in addition to the 24 units required for the major.
  6. Successful completion of an approved 400-level course taken during the fall or spring of the senior year. (This course may be included as one of the required upper-level courses for the major.)  Writing Intensive courses cannot fulfill the Capstone requirement.

Additional Information

  • Students must earn at least a B- in language courses in order to continue to the next level. They must also maintain a B- average in all required courses for the major. Students who do not meet this requirement may either repeat the course/s in question or earn at least a B- in an approved equivalent course or courses (either during the summer or in a study abroad program).
  • Since FL15, if a student has two majors or a major and a minor, only introductory (100- and 200-level) courses may be counted, when relevant, toward the requirements of both majors. All advanced (300- and 400-level) courses must be unique to each major; i.e., no advanced course may "double-count" for the course work needed to fulfill the minimal requirements for either major.
  • L51 437 and 438 can fulfill either the language requirement or an upper-level elective requirement.
  • Courses for the major may not be taken Credit/No Credit.
  • Study Abroad: All students are strongly encouraged, although not required, to study abroad in one of Washington University's overseas programs in East Asia during the junior year or in the summer.
  • No more than 6 units of transfer or study abroad non-language courses may be applied to the major.
  • Undergraduate majors may apply to the EAS Director to enroll in L03-399 Independent Study as the course designation for a qualifying internship. Students may receive both major credit and compensation if their enrollment request is approved. No more than 3 units of Independent Study may be applied towards the required upper-level 24 units for the major.  To apply for L03-399 course designation for a qualifying internship, students must submit a copy of their internship award letter; the internship schedule; and a 500-word statement on how the internship contributes to their EAS major. Following the conclusion of the internship program, students must submit a 500-word statement on the internship experience and outcome.
  • Undergraduate students who wish to enroll in L03-502 Directed Research or L03-565 Directed Field Work should speak with their major/minor advisor and the EAS Program Director. These courses are not meant for internships except under extraordinary circumstances.
  • Students matriculating in FL20 and later are required to take the EAS Core Seminar. With the instructor’s approval, the course will be open to sophomores who are majoring in EAS; however, we expect that majors will usually take the course during their junior or senior year.  The required Core Seminar will count for 3 units of the required 24 upper-level units of credit.  The Core Seminar does not fulfill the Capstone Requirement.

 

Minor Requirements

The minor in East Asian Studies requires a minimum of 12 upper-level (300 or above) units, no more than 3 of which may be in language.

Requirements:

  1. One of the following courses:
    • East Asia 227C Chinese Civilization
    • East Asia 226C Japanese Civilization
    • East Asia 223C Korean Civilization
  2. Achieve second year competence in Chinese, Japanese or Korean in one of the following ways: 1) by completing the second semester of the second year with a grade of B- or higher, or 2) by testing into the third year of the language.
  3. Native speakers who place out of all available courses in their native language may fulfill this requirement either with a second EA language, or, with the approval of their major advisor, completing 6 additional units (any level) in non-language EAS courses.
  4. At least 12 upper-level units selected from at least two different disciplines (e.g. anthropology and literature, art history and political science) and at least two different areas of East Asia (e.g. Korea and Japan, China and Korea, China and Japan). 

Additional Information

  • Students must earn at least a B- in language courses in order to continue to the next level. They must also maintain a B- average in all required courses for the major. Students who do not meet this requirement may either repeat the course/s in question or earn at least a B- in an approved equivalent course or courses (either during the summer or in a study abroad program).
  • Since FL15, if a student has two majors or a major and a minor, only introductory (100- and 200-level) courses may be counted, when relevant, toward the requirements of both majors. All advanced (300- and 400-level) courses must be unique to each major; i.e., no advanced course may "double-count" for the course work needed to fulfill the minimal requirements for either major.
  • Courses for the minor may not be taken Credit/No Credit.
  • L51 437 and 438 can fulfill either the language requirement or an upper-level elective requirement.
  • Study Abroad: All students are strongly encouraged, although not required, to study abroad in one of Washington University's overseas programs in East Asia during the junior year or in the summer. No more than 3 units may be applied to the minor.
  • Independent Study units may not be used to fulfill the requirement for the minor.

 

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