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Minor in East Asian Studies, Japan Subplan

As of September 1, 2016, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures will no longer offer the undergraduate minor in Japanese. In its place the department instead 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. Students who have delcared the Japanese minor prior to September 1, 2016 should still complete the Japanese minor requirements. Which can be found here.

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.
  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.

​For questions or inquiries regarding the minor, please contact our department student services officer, Ai Tran (