Minor Requirements

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures offers minor degrees in the following:

The undergraduate minors in Chinese and Japanese have been designed to give students majoring in other departments an opportunity to gain a substantial introduction to Chinese or Japanese language, as well as an introduction to the culture and civilization of East Asia. The minors consist of a minimum of 20 units from the following requirements: One introductory core course, below. Three other departmental courses in the relevant field approved by the advisor, and language requirement as listed below.

Declaring the Minor

Potential minors should declare by winter quarter of the senior year on Axess, and must meet with the Student Services Officer (SSO) or Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) to discuss and submit a proposal to complete the East Asian Studies minor. The minor declaration request will not be approved on Axess until a proposal has been submitted and approved. Minors must complete at least 20 units of coursework on China, Japan, and/or Korea. Courses to be credited toward minor degree requirements must be completed with a 3-unit minimum and a letter grade of 'C' (GPA of 2.0) or better.

Language Proficiency Notation

Students who demonstrate levels of achievement equivalent to those expected at the end of the third quarter of the third year of study in a language may apply for the Proficiency Notation, which is a notation of “Proficiency in [that language]" on the official transcript. Successful candidates tend to have completed the third year or beyond of language study at Stanford and spent considerable time studying abroad in the foreign language.

In order to receive the proficiency notation, the student must complete the following oral and written requirements. The notation is available only for languages where external assessment is offered through Language Testing International. Successful completion of the oral component is required before proceeding with the writing component. This certification process is conducted through the Stanford Language Center, and more information can be found on the Language Center website, including a helpful timetable.

The goal of the minor in East Asian Studies is to provide the student with a broad background in East Asian culture as a whole, while allowing the student to focus on a geographical or temporal aspect of East Asia. The minor may be designed from the following, for a total of six courses and a minimum of 20 units. All courses should be taken for a letter grade.

The Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages (DLCL) offers a "Minor in Translation Studies" which may be of interest to students in East Asian Languages and Cultures. The DLCL, in cooperation with EALC and the English Department, teaches undergraduates to develop and apply their foreign language knowledge to the production and analysis of translations. The minor is designed to give students majoring in a variety of fields the tools to consider the practical and theoretical issues brought up by translation as an aesthetic, cultural, and ethical practice. Please see the Stanford Bulletin for more information on the Minor in Translation Studies.

Minor in East Asian Studies

The goal of the minor in East Asian Studies is to provide the student with a broad background in East Asian culture as a whole, while allowing the student to focus on a geographical or temporal aspect of East Asia. The minor may be designed from the following, for a total of six courses and a minimum of 20 units. All courses should be taken for a letter grade.

East Asian Studies Minor Requirements

  1. Three area courses, one in each category (see East Asian Studies List of Area Courses, see below).
  2. One undergraduate seminar above the 100 level and two other courses from among those listed as approved for East Asian Studies majors, including literature courses but excluding language courses. These courses are listed under the East Asian Studies major in this bulletin.

Applications for the minor should be submitted online through Axess and are due no later than the second quarter of the junior year.

 

East Asian Studies List of Area Courses

Humanities

  • CHINGEN 132, Chinese Fiction and Drama in Translation
  • CHINGEN 133, Literature in 20th Century China
  • CHINGEN 135, Chinese Bodies, Chinese Selves
  • CHINGEN 194, The History and Culture of Peking Opera
  • CHINGEN 198, Senior Colloquium in Chinese Studies
  • JAPANGEN 124, Manga as Literature
  • JAPANGEN 138, Introduction to Modern Japanese Literature and Culture
  • JAPANGEN 184, Aristocrats, Warriors, Sex Workers, and Barbarians: Lived Life in Early Modern Japanese Painting
  • KORGEN 101N, Kangnam Style: Korean Media and Pop Culture
  • KORGEN 121, Doing the Right Thing: Ethical Dilemmas in Korean Film
  • RELIGST 50, Exploring Buddhism
  • RELIGST 55. Exploring Zen
  • RELIGST 56, Exploring Chinese Religions

History

  • HISTORY 92. Early Empires in China 
  • HISTORY 11SC, How is a Buddhist 
  • HISTORY 13, The Historical and Geographical Background of Current Global Events 
  • HISTORY 92A, The Historical Roots of Modern East Asia 
  • HISTORY 95/195, Modern Korean History 
  • HISTORY 95C/195C, Modern Japanese History: From Samurai to Pokemon 
  • HISTORY 106A, Global Human Geography: Asia and Africa 
  • HISTORY 194B, Japan in the Age of the Samurai 
  • HISTORY 292F, Culture and Religions in Korean History 
  • HISTORY 295J, Chinese Women's History

Social Sciences 

  • JAPANGEN 51, Japanese Business Culture and Systems 
  • EASTASN 217, Health and Healthcare Systems in East Asia 
  • LAW 245, China Law and Business 
  • IPS 244, U.S. Policy toward Northeast Asia 
  • IPS 246, China on the World Stage 
  • POLISCI 148, Chinese Politics: The Transformation and the Era of Reform 
  • POLISCI 211, Political Economy of East Asia 
  • SOC 116, Chinese Organizations and Management 
  • SOC 117A, China Under Mao 
  • SOC 167A, Asia-Pacific Transformation
Minor in East Asian Studies, China Subplan

The EALC department offers a minor in East Asian Studies, China Subplan. The "China Subplan" minor has been designed to give students majoring in other departments an opportunity to gain a substantial introduction to the Chinese language, as well as an introduction to the culture and civilization of East Asia. 

Minor in East Asian Studies, China Subplan

The minors consist of a minimum of 20 units from the following requirements (see below). All courses for the minor must be taken for a letter grade and completed with a GPA of 2.0 or better. Consult with the department to potentially count one of the BOSP courses taught by a Stanford home campus faculty member toward the minor:

  1. Proficiency of the modern Chinese language, at the second year level: Students study two years of modern Chinese. Students who already have a competence at the second-year level may fulfill the language component of the minor by taking three courses in the department using materials in Chinese. These courses may be language courses such as the third-year sequence mentioned above, the fourth-year language sequence, or they may be advanced literature and linguistics courses, depending on the capabilities and interests of the student.
  2. Gateway courses: Complete two gateway courses offered by the EALC department; students make take courses from the “East Asian Gateway Course Cluster” and/or the “Gateway Course Cluster for 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. Please note that courses listed are not exhaustive; you can take these courses, but the list should give you an idea of what courses should and should not count. All students should check with the department's student services officer regarding fulfilling course requirements. If the courses that you have taken or are planning to take are not on the list, please consult with our Student Services Officer to see whether or not they will meet the requirement.
  3. Additional content courses:Three courses selected from among the department's other offerings in the literature, linguistics, and civilization of the relevant minor area. Courses should be offered by the EALC department at the 100-level or above, or approved by SSO and/or DUS.
Minor in East Asian Studies, Japan Subplan

The EALC department offers the minor in East Asian Studies, Japan Subplan. The "Japan Subplan" minor has been designed to give students majoring in other departments an opportunity to gain a substantial introduction to the Japanese language, as well as an introduction to the culture and civilization of East Asia. 

Minor in East Asian Studies, Japan Subplan

The minors consist of a minimum of 20 units from the following requirements (see below). All courses for the minor must be taken for a letter grade and completed with a GPA of 2.0 or better. Consult with the department to potentially count one of the BOSP courses taught by a Stanford home campus faculty member toward the minor:

  1. Proficiency of the modern Japanese language, at the second year level: Students study two years of modern Japanese. Students who already have a competence at the second-year level may fulfill the language component of the minor by taking three courses in the department using materials in Japanese. These courses may be language courses such as the third-year sequence mentioned above, the fourth-year language sequence, or they may be advanced literature and linguistics courses, depending on the capabilities and interests of the student.
  2. Gateway courses: Complete two gateway courses offered by the EALC department; students make take courses from the “East Asian Gateway Course Cluster” and/or the “Gateway Course Cluster for Japan 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. Please note that courses listed are not exhaustive; you can take these courses, but the list should give you an idea of what courses should and should not count. All students should check with the department's student services officer regarding fulfilling course requirements. If the courses that you have taken or planning to take are not on the list, please consult with our Student Services Officer to see whether or not they will meet the requirement.
  3. Additional content courses:Three courses selected from among the department's other offerings in the literature, linguistics, and civilization of the relevant minor area. Courses should be offered by the EALC Dept at the 100-level or above, unless otherwise approved by DUS and/or SSO.
Minor in East Asian Studies, Japanese Language Subplan

The undergraduate minor in East Asian Studies, Japanese Language Subplan, has been designed to give students majoring in other departments an opportunity to gain a substantial introduction to the Japanese language, as well as an introduction to the culture and civilization of East Asia.

Minor in East Asian Studies, Japanese Language Subplan

The minor consists of a minimum of 20 units. Students must complete the following requirements:

  1. Proficiency of Modern Japanese, at the Fourth-Year level: Students must complete JAPANLNG 213: Fourth-Year Japanese, Third Quarter, or higher. Students who place out of fourth-year Japanese are required to take 3 courses in addition to JAPAN 235: Academic Readings in Japanese.
  2. Additional content courses: Students must take two content courses with the JAPAN subject code.
Minor in East Asian Studies, Korea Subplan

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures offers a minor in East Asian Studies, Korea Subplan. The "Korea Subplan" minor has been designed to give students majoring in other departments an opportunity to gain a substantial introduction to the Korean language, as well as an introduction to the culture and civilization of East Asia.

Minor in East Asian Studies, Korea Subplan

The minors consist of a minimum of 20 units from the following requirements (see below). All courses for the minor must be taken for a letter grade and completed with a GPA of 2.0 or better. Consult with the department to potentially count one of the BOSP courses taught by a Stanford home campus faculty member toward the minor:

  1. Proficiency of the modern Korean language, at the second year level: Students complete two years of modern Korean. Those who already have a competence at the second-year level may fulfill the language component of the minor by taking three courses in the department using materials in Korean. These courses may be language courses such as the third-year sequence mentioned above, the fourth-year language sequence, or they may be advanced literature and linguistics courses, depending on the capabilities and interests of the student.
  2. Gateway courses: Complete two gateway courses offered by the EALC department; students make take courses from the “East Asian Gateway Course Cluster” and/or the “Gateway Course Cluster for Korea 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. Please note that courses listed are not exhaustive; you can take these courses, but the list should give you an idea of what courses should and should not count. All students should check with the department's student services officer regarding fulfilling course requirements. If the courses that you have taken or planning to take are not on the list, please consult with our Student Services Officer to see whether or not they will meet the requirement.
  3. Additional content courses:Three 100-level courses selected from among the Department's other offerings in the literature, film, and popular culture. Up to one course outside the department can be approved with the Director of Undergraduate Studies's approval.

For questions or inquiries regarding the minor and any of the subplans in China, Japan, or Korea, please contact Cyril Millendez, Student Services Officer, or asianlanguages@stanford.edu.

Minor in Translation Studies

The Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages (DLCL), in cooperation with East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC) and the English Department, teaches undergraduates to develop and apply their foreign language knowledge to the production and analysis of translations. The minor is designed to give students majoring in a variety of fields the tools to consider the practical and theoretical issues brought up by translation as an aesthetic, cultural, and ethical practice.

Minor in Translation Studies

Faculty Director: Alexander Key

Minor Advisor: Cintia Santana

The DLCL offers a "Minor in Translation Studies" which may be of interest to students in EALC. See the DLCL's "Minors" tab for the full requirements; go to the menu in the right hand column and click on the link to the "Minor in Translation Studies". Course work in this minor may not duplicate work counted toward other majors or minors. Course selection must be approved by the minor adviser.

Students must take a minimum of 23 units for a letter grade, in fulfillment of the following requirements:

  1. Prerequisite: Complete or test out of a first-year course in the language of interest.
  2. Core course: At least 4 units in a Translation Studies core course: JAPAN 123/223/COMPLIT 228, COMPLIT 111Q/ILAC 111Q, COMPLIT 285/FRENCH 185, COMPLIT 293/ENGLISH 293, or RELIGST 210/310.
  3. Language study: At least 8 units, second year or beyond (not including conversation/oral communication) and/or relevant literature courses taught in the target language. Up to 3 units from Overseas Studies Programs (OSP) and transfer courses may be considered in consultation with the minor advisor.
  4. Literature study: At least 7 units in relevant literature courses at the 100-level or above, taught in a DLCL department, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Classics, English, Religious Studies, or other relevant departments determined in consultation with the minor advisor.
  5. Electives: At least 4 units in a creative writing course, or a course that foregrounds translation in departments such as Anthropology, any DLCL department, English, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Classics, Linguistics (e.g., LINGUIST 130A), or Computer Science (e.g., CS 124) determined in consultation with the minor advisor.
  6. Final Project: Students must also complete a capstone project: a significant translation and/or translation studies project (e.g., 20 pages of prose, 10 poems, or similar appropriate amount to be determined in consultation with the minor advisor). This work may be carried out under the supervision of an instructor in a required course or as an independent study.

For questions or inquiries regarding the Minor in Translation Studies, please contact Cintia Santana, Minor Advisor, or dlcl@stanford.edu.