Major Requirements

Language Training

  1. Students must complete 6 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.
  2. Students can use (at most) two different languages toward the 6-course requirement.
  3. Students must demonstrate proficiency through the advanced level for one East Asian language (as indicated by proficiency through the third year, second semester).
  4. 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.

Complete an East Asian History Survey Course

  • 100.243 China: Neolithic to Song
  • 100.347 Early Modern China
  • 100.348 Twentieth-Century China
  • East Asian survey course offered by the history department or history of science and technology department

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


  • The full-year Undergraduate Seminar in History, 100.193 and 100.194
  • Two East Asian studies history courses. This can include offerings from the history department or history of science and technology department. At least one course must be at the 300-level or higher.

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.
  • Two East Asian studies political science or sociology courses, one of which must be at the 300-level or higher.


  • Two core 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
  • Two East Asian studies sociology or political science courses, one of which must be at the 300-level or higher

History of Science Technology and Medicine

  • Two survey courses from the following list:
    • AS.140.104 History of Medicine
    • 140.106 – History of Modern Medicine
    • 140.301 – History of Science: Antiquity-Renaissance
    • 140.302 – Rise Of Modern Science
    • 140.321 – Scientific Revolution
  • Two Upper Level East Asian courses from the following list:
    • 140.305 Science and Technology in East Asia
    • 140. 398- Godzilla and Fukushima
    • 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.

Three additional East Asian studies courses. At least one course must be at the 300-level or above. 

Other Departmental Requirements

No major requirements may be taken pass/fail. 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 student’s East Asian studies adviser.

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

Honors in the major may be earned by maintaining a GPA of 3.5 in the major and earning a grade of A- or above on the senior thesis. Students must enroll in the two semester sequence 310.431 and 310.432 Senior Thesis Seminar: East Asian Studies, which confers 6 credits that can be applied toward two of the eight required EAS courses. Students who earn a passing grade on the thesis will receive credit for the senior thesis seminar regardless of whether they qualify for honors.