East Asian Languages and Civilizations: East Asian Area Studies, BA

East Asian Studies focuses on East Asia as a region of the world and human experience, and provides an integrated curriculum drawing on the approaches of the social sciences and the humanities. The program requires relevant courses in areas including history, international relations, political science, sociology, legal studies, and East Asian arts and cultures, while maintaining high standards in language study.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 32. Double majors may entail more course units.

For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives20
Major Requirements
Gateway Courses
EALC 0020Introduction to Chinese Civilization (China)1
EALC 0040Introduction to Japanese Civilization (Japan)1
EALC 0060Introduction to Korean Civilization1
History, Social Science, and Humanities
Select 1 course unit of History1
Select 1 course unit of Social Sciences1
Select 1 course unit of Humanities1
Language Requirement 2
Select a minimum of 4 course units in one language: Chinese, Japanese, or Korean4
Regional Coverage 3
Select 1 course unit on China
Select 1 course unit on Japan
Select 1 course unit on Korea
Seminar Requirement
Select 2 course units of Seminar 42
Select a maximum of 3 course units of Electives 5
Total Course Units32

You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.


Up to 4 course units of electives may be taken in place of the language requirement. Consult with major advisor.


One of the above may be a general East Asia course.


Can be fulfilled by other requirements.


To be chosen in consultation with the Major Advisor.


Required: A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and 3.5 in major related courses.


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.