Major and Minor Requirements

The Program in East Asian studies offers a major and minor that are interdisciplinary and interdepartmental. The primary purpose of the program is to introduce undergraduates to the knowledge, language skills, and research methods they will need to enter various academic and professional paths relating to China, Japan, and Korea.

Major Requirements

Students who major in East Asian Studies engage in intensive Chinese, Japanese, and/or Korean language study through the Center for Language Education. They work with faculty on such topics as China in the global economy, nationalism in East Asia, Korean politics, modern Japanese history and politics, Chinese urban history, and women in modern China. The university encourages students enrolled in this program to take advantage of foreign study options.

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

Students should refer to the current academic catalogue for a current list of major requirements. Students who entered Johns Hopkins University in a previous academic year should refer to the catalogue of that academic year.

Minor Requirements

This minor is effective fall 2020. The minor consists of six courses, including East Asian language courses, and content courses listed or cross-listed with East Asian Studies. Please reference to the academic catalogue for specific minor requirements.