East Asian Languages and Cultures Major & Minor Requirements

East Asian Languages and Cultures Major

EALC degrees effective for students who matriculate FL21 or later. Students who matriculated pre-FL21 may elect to follow the new EALC degree with permission of the department.

Units required: Eight courses for a minimum of 24 upper-level (300-level or above) units

Prerequisites:

  • First and second levels of the chosen language: Modern Chinese, Japanese, or Korean (or the equivalent)
  • One Civilization course: L04 227C Chinese Civilization, L05 226C Japanese Civilization, or L51 223C Korean Civilization

Requirements:

Eight courses for a minimum of 24 advanced (300-level or above) units, including the following:

  1. One 300-level EALC Topics course: EALC Seminar (e.g., L81 EALC 3900 Kitchen, Studio, Factory: Making in East Asia; L81 EALC 3900 EALC Seminar: Screening East Asia: From Scroll Painting to Haptic Interface)
  2. Two courses focusing on the premodern era: one course to be chosen from L04 341 Early and Imperial Chinese Literature, L05 332C Japanese Literature: Beginnings to 19th Century, or L51 370 When Tigers Smoke: Songs and Stories from Traditional Korea
  3. Two courses focusing on the modern era: one course to be chosen from L04 342 Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature, L05 333C The Modern Voice in Japanese Literature, or L51 352 Literature of Modern and Contemporary Korea
  4. One approved 400-level Capstone course (prime majors)
  5. Senior Capstone Experience (prime majors): Students may satisfy the capstone requirement in one of two ways, both of which require a presentation at the EALC Senior Symposium, which is held in the spring:
    1. Successful completion of a senior honors thesis. This option, which also entitles the student to Latin Honors, requires a minimum of a 3.65 grade-point average. The thesis is researched and written over two semesters, for a total of 6 units; this is in addition to the 24 upper-level units required for the major.
    2.  Successful completion of the approved 400-level Capstone seminar course (to be taken during the senior year). This course may be included among the required upper-level courses for the major. The Capstone course must be an EALC home-based course within the student's area of focus. Writing-intensive courses and language courses cannot fulfill the Capstone requirement.

Additional Notes:

  • With adviser approval, students may include two courses in a related area offered outside of the department among the 24 advanced units. (For example, a student may take one course in Film and Media Studies or Art History that focuses on East Asia.)
  • At least a B- grade in the language courses is required to continue to the next level. Students must also maintain a B- average in all required courses for the major. Those who do not meet this requirement may either repeat the course(s) in question or earn at least a B- in an approved equivalent course or courses (either during the summer or in a study abroad program).
  • Courses for the major and minor may not be taken credit/no credit.
  • Up to 6 units of credit may be applied toward the major from one semester abroad, and up to 12 units of credit may be applied from two semesters abroad.
  • No more than 3 units of independent study may be counted toward the required upper-level 24 units.
  • The 300-level EALC Seminar course and the 400-level Capstone course may also fulfill the premodern or modern requirement.

The East Asian Languages and Cultures Minor

The minor in East Asian Languages and Cultures requires 18 units. These 18 units must include:

Requirements:

  • Two semesters of one of the chosen languages: Chinese, Japanese, or Korean
  • One Civilization course: L04 227C Chinese Civilization, L05 226C Japanese Civilization, or L51 223C Korean Civilization
  • One 300-level Topics course: EALC Seminar (e.g., L81 EALC 3900 Kitchen, Studio, Factory: Making in East Asia; L81 EALC 3900 EALC Seminar: Screening East Asia: From Scroll Painting to Haptic Interface)
  • One course focusing on the premodern era to be chosen from L04 341 Early and Imperial Chinese Literature, L05 332C Japanese Literature: Beginnings to 19th Century, or L51 370 When Tigers Smoke: Songs and Stories from Traditional Korea
  • One course focusing on the modern era to be chosen from L04 342 Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature, L05 333C The Modern Voice in Japanese Literature, or L51 352 Literature of Modern and Contemporary Korea
  • At least 9 units must be from 300-level courses or above

Additional Notes:

  • Students must earn at least a B- or above in language courses to continue to the next level. They must also maintain at least a B- average in all courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements. Students who do not meet this requirement may either repeat the course(s) in question or earn at least a B- in an approved equivalent course or courses (either during the summer or in a study abroad program).
  • Courses for the minor may not be taken credit/no credit.
  • No more than 3 units of transfer or study abroad non-language courses may be applied to the minor.

 

Placement Exams & Back Credit

Placement tests are required for all students entering our language programs, with the exception of those students who have had no previous knowledge of the language and are planning to enroll in the first semester of the first year of instruction. Students who test into second-year Chinese, Japanese, or Korean and satisfactorily complete (with a grade of B– or better) at least one semester of language study may petition for 3 units of back credit; students who test into third-year or above and satisfactorily complete (with a grade of B– or better) at least one semester of language study may petition for 6 units of back credit. Credit is limited to 3 units for testing into second year and 6 units for testing into third-year or above.

Chinese                                                                        

L04 211 or 212 = 3 units for 102D
L04 360 or 361 = 3 units for 102D and 3 units for 212           

Japanese

L05 213 or 214 = 3 units for 104D
L05 412 or 413 = 3 units for 104D and 3 units for 214

Korean

L51 217 or 218 = 3 units for 118D
L51 417 or 418 = 3 units for 118D and 3 units for 218

Note that students with native language proficiency as determined by the language section, as well as students who enroll in a course below their placement level, are ineligible for back credit units. Evidence of secondary or post-secondary study of the language is required. Students who misrepresent the extent of their background so as to gain entrance to a course at the elementary or intermediate level will be dropped from that course.