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East Asian Studies, China Subplan

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies, China Subplan

The Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies, China Subplan, offers students the ability to study East Asia with a special focus on Chinese culture and language. The Bachelor of Arts The Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies, China Subplan, replaced the department's Bachelor of Arts in Chinese. Students currently pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Chinese may choose to continue his or her plan of study, or opt to complete the Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies, China Subplan requirement instead. Note: Once students drop the Bachelor of Arts in Chinese on Axess, they cannot re-enroll/declare under the Bachelor of Arts in Chinese again. Consult Prof. Yiqun Zhou, EALC’s Director of Undergraduate Studies, or Ai Tran, EALC’s student services officer, for more clarification.

The following requirements are are in addition to the University’s basic requirements for the bachelor’s degree. Letter grades are mandatory for required courses.

Courses taken to complete the major requirements as well as their prerequisites must be completed with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better.

  1. Gateway Courses: Students must take two gateway courses appropriate to the East Asian Studies, China Subplan. Courses can be from the “East Asian Gateway Course Cluster” and/or the “Gateway Course Cluster for the China Subplan." At least one of the two gateway courses chosen must be taught by a member in the EALC department. List of Approved Gateway Courses.
  2. Proficiency of the modern Chinese language, at the third year level: Students take a minimum of 3 years of modern Chinese language courses. Students should take a language assessment test offered at the Language Center to determine language proficiency before signing up for classes. 
  3. Beginning classical Chinese: Students must take at least one classical Chinese course.
    1. CHINA 105: Beginning Classical Chinese, First Quarter
    2. CHINA 106: Beginning Classical Chinese, Second Quarter
    3. CHINA 107: Beginning Classical Chinese, Third Quarter
  4. Additional courses: Students must take additional content courses to fulfill the requirement. The following courses selected should be discussed with the Director of Undergraduate Studies for approval.
    1. Three CHINA courses at the 100 level with one in each of the following areas: pre-modern China, modern China, and Chinese linguistics.
    2. Four other content courses, as approved by the undergraduate faculty adviser. One of these should be a History course offered by the Department of History.
    3. All students take CHINA 111: Literature in 20-th Century China as part of the Writing in the Major (WIM) requirement.
  5. Capstone requirement: Students enroll in EALC 198: Senior Colloquium winter quarter of the senior year with other seniors to complete the Senior Capstone Essay or Honors Thesis. A capstone essay is approximately 7,500 words, and the honors thesis approximately 15,000.

For questions or inquiries regarding the major, please contact our department student services officer, Ai Tran (aitran@stanford.edu).