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East Asian Studies, Japan Subplan

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

The Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies, Japan Subplan, offers students the ability to study East Asia with a special focus on Japanese culture and language. The Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies, Japan Subplan, replaced the department's Bachelor of Arts in Japanese. Students currently pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Japanese may choose to continue his or her plan of study, or opt to complete the Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies, Japan Subplan requirement instead. Note: Once students drop the Bachelor of Arts in Japanese on Axess, he or she cannot re-enroll/declare under the Bachelor of Arts in Japanese again. Consult Prof. Yiqun Zhou, 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, Japan Subplan. Courses can be from the “East Asian Gateway Course Cluster” and/or the “Gateway Course Cluster for the 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.
  2. Proficiency of the modern Japanese language, at the third year level: Students take a minimum of 3 years of modern Japanese language courses. Students should take a language assessment test offered at the Language Center to determine language proficiency before signing up for classes.
  3. 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 JAPAN courses at the 100-level with one in each of the following areas: pre-modern Japan, modern Japan, and Japanese linguistics.
    2. Four other content courses dealin with Japan primarily at the 100-level.
    3. Amongst the list of "Additional courses," all students must take JAPAN 138: Introduction to Modern Japanese Literature and Culture, our Writing in the Major (WIM) course
  4. 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 (