East Asian Studies Course Objectives 

Students will:

  1. Demonstrate second year language proficiency (minimum) of an East Asia language.  (Proficiency defined as “intermediate-mid” by the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Language and JCU’s CMLC class structure.)
  2. Identify common elements of the East Asian region as well as differences within the region based on society and culture.
  3. Analyze East Asian society from at least three disciplinary perspectives (including, but not limited to anthropology, art history, economics, history, literature and the arts, political science, religious studies, and sociology).
  4. Understand the role of artists, the arts and the artistic impulse in society and recognize how culture, history, politics, religion, philosophy, science and technology influence art and how art influences culture, history, politics, religion, philosophy, science and technology.
  5. Articulate the political, economic, and sociocultural relationships among East Asian nations and between East Asia and other regions.

East Asian Studies Major: 36 credits

The East Asian Studies (EAS) Major offers a flexible course of study leading to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) that can help prepare students for graduate and professional study and careers in business, government, education, the arts, medicine, the sciences, including computer science, and law, among other areas. Many EAS students combine the EAS Major with a second major, or a minor from another discipline.

Requirements for the Major

Students majoring in EAS complete at least 36 credits (twelve courses) in EAS-approved coursework from across the University curriculum, including foundational language training, coursework that examines East Asia as a region, and more intensive and/or specialized studies. Distribution of courses in the EAS Major is as follows:

1.  Four courses in Chinese or Japanese language. Normally these include the 100-200 level sequence of language courses.

2.  Eight additional EAS-approved courses in at least three different disciplines, including:

  • One course that examines an aspect of East Asia as a region (usually, but not always, at the 100-200 level) or that examines a country in East Asia other than the country whose language the student is studying.
  • Three courses at the 300-400 level, including language courses beyond the four courses required above.
  • One 400-level capstone course. The capstone may involve a traditional research paper, internship, or some other structured project that ties together the student’s EAS coursework and reflects upon the student’s experience in the EAS major. The capstone encourages students who are double majors to synthesize and reflect upon both courses of study.