Major Requirements

Students who entered Johns Hopkins in the 2019-2020 academic year should refer to the current Academic Catalog for a current list of major requirements. Students who entered Johns Hopkins University in a previous academic year should refer to the catalog of that academic year.

One East Asian History Survey Course

  • 100.243 China: Neolithic to Song
  • 100.248 Japan in the World
  • 100.347 Early Modern China
  • 100.348 20th-Century China
  • 310.106 Introduction to Korean History and Culture

Three Additional East Asian Studies Courses

  • Two East Asian Studies courses at any level
  • One East Asian course at the 300 or 400 level

East Asian Foreign Language

  • Students must complete six courses in East Asian languages (Korean, Japanese, Chinese) after high school graduation and while in college working toward their degrees. Students may not use language waivers toward this requirement.
  • Students can use at most two different languages toward the six-course requirement.
  • Students must demonstrate proficiency through the advanced level for one East Asian language (as indicated by proficiency through the third year, second semester).
  • Students studying two East Asian languages must demonstrate proficiency through the¬†intermediate level (as indicated by proficiency through the second tear, second semester) for the second language to count.

One Focus Area

Students must choose one focus area and complete all requirements listed for that area: history, political science, sociology, history of science and technology, or an individualized program.

History

  • 100.193 Undergraduate Seminar in History
  • 100.194 Undergraduate Seminar in History
  • One East Asian history course at any level
  • One East Asian history course at the 300 or 400 level

Political Science

  • Two core courses at the 100 or 200 level in two of the following subfields: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, or political theory
  • One East Asian political science or sociology¬†course at any level
  • One East Asian political science or sociology course at the 300 or 400 level

Sociology

  • Two courses chosen from the following:
    • 230.101 Introduction to Sociology
    • 230.202 Research Methods for the Social Sciences
    • 230.205 Introduction to Social Statistics
    • 230.213 Introduction to Social Theory
  • One East Asian sociology or political science course at any level
  • One East Asian sociology or political science course at the 300 or 400 level

History of Science and Technology

  • Two courses from the following list:
    • 140.105 History of Medicine
    • 140.106 History of Modern Medicine
    • 140.301 History of Science: Antiquity to. Renaissance
    • 140.302 Rise Of Modern Science
  • Two upper-level courses from the following list:
    • 140.305 From the Compass to Androids: History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Asia
    • 140. 398 Godzilla and Fukushima: Japanese Environment in History and Films
    • 140.346 History of Chinese Medicine
    • 140.146 History of Public Health in East Asia
  • Courses taught by Profs. Y. Frumer, M. Hanson, and H.Y. Kim may be applicable even if not coded AS.140, pending permission.

Individualized Focus

  • Requires approval of the EAS director. Focus requirements to be determined in consultation with the director.

Other Departmental Requirements

No major requirements may be taken satisfactory/unsatisfactory. All courses required for the major must be passed with a grade of C- or above.

The university encourages students enrolled in this program to take advantage of foreign study options. Courses and programs must be pre-approved by the program director.

Transfer credit policy: Up to six classes may be transferred from study abroad programs or other schools upon approval of the major adviser.

Honors

Honors in the major may be earned by maintaining a GPA of 3.7 in the major and writing a senior honors thesis by taking a two-semester seminar, AS.310.431 Senior Thesis Seminar: East Asian Studies and AS.310.432 Senior Thesis Seminar: East Asian Studies. The thesis seminar is a total of six credits and may count toward two of the required EAS courses.