East Asian Studies

Major in East Asian Studies

The major in East Asian Studies includes two years of language training in one of the three East Asian languages (Chinese, Japanese, or Korean), in addition to course work in aspects of East Asian society and culture. It has been designed for students who want basic language training as well as the opportunity to study a variety of topics and approaches to the societies and cultures of East Asian countries.

Major in East Asian Studies - for students who first enrolled in IU Summer/Fall 2013 or later

A minimum of 30 credit hours in department-approved courses, at least 18 of which must be at or above the 300 level, including:

  1. Second-year, second-semester proficiency in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean (i.e., through the 202 level). First-year language courses (i.e., C101-C102, J101-J102, J110, K101-K102) are not credited toward the total number of hours in the major.
  2. At least six culture courses (18 credit hours) one of which must be E310. Culture courses at the 100 level are not credited toward hours in the major. Culture courses must include at least two culture areas (China, Japan, Korea), selected from the subject area course list.
Major in East Asian Studies - for students who first enrolled in IU between Summer 2008 and Spring 2013

A minimum of 26 credit hours in department-approved courses, including:

  • Two years of Chinese, Japanese, or Korean (or the equivalent). The total major hours of 26 credits cannot include first-year language courses (i.e., C101/C102, J101/J102, K101/K102).
  • At least six culture courses (18 credit hours) above the 100 level:
    • One class must be E310 (formerly E200).
    • Culture courses must include at least two culture areas (China, Japan, Korea).
    • Three of the culture courses must be at the 300-400 level, selected from the subject area courses.
Students who enrolled in IU prior to Summer 2008 should contact the department undergraduate academic advisor for EAS major requirements (see Academic Advising for advisor information)