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Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Languages and Cultures

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Major and Concentrations

For undergraduates in the department, the B.A. degree in East Asian languages and cultures is available, with 1 of the following concentrations:

  1. Chinese language and literature.
  2. Japanese language and literature.
  3. East Asian studies with Chinese language.
  4. East Asian studies with Japanese language.
  5. East Asian studies with Korean language.
  6. Double language Concentration: Chinese and/or Japanese and/or Korean.

First- and Second-Year Preparation

Students considering a major in EALC should begin language training as soon as possible, starting with CHIN 104/JPN 104/KOR 104-CHIN 108/JPN 108/KOR 108 in the first year and advancing to the intermediate 204-208 level. Students are encouraged to take ECIV 304/ECIV 305 as soon as possible. Talk to the undergraduate adviser in the target language to plan a 4-year course of study. Call 785-864-3100 for information about advisers to contact.

Requirements for the B.A. Major

Chinese Language and Literature Concentration

East Asian Languages and Cultures Prerequisite Knowledge

East Asian Languages and Cultures Core Knowledge and Skill. Majors choosing this concentration must complete a course or courses in each of the following areas:

East Asian Languages and Cultures Required Elective. Majors choosing this concentration must complete a course in each of the following areas (A course cannot be used in more than 1 area):

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 31 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 31 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

 

Japanese Language and Literature Concentration

East Asian Languages and Cultures Prerequisite Knowledge

  • Elementary Japanese I. Satisfied by JPN 104.
  • Elementary Japanese II. Satisfied by JPN 108.
  • Language Proficiency. Satisfied by JPN 204 and JPN 208.

East Asian Languages and Cultures Core Knowledge and Skills. Majors choosing this concentration must complete a course or courses in each of the following areas:

East Asian Languages and Cultures Required Elective. Majors choosing this concentration must complete a course in each of the following areas (a course cannot be used in more than 1 area):

  • Pre-Modern Japanese Literature in Translation. Satisfied by 1 course (e.g., EALC 312).
  • Modern Japanese Literature in Translation. Satisfied by 1 course (e.g., EALC 575, EALC 316)
  • Pre-Modern Japan. Satisfied by 1 course on pre-modern Japan.
  • Modern Japan. Satisfied by 1 course on modern Japan.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 31 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 31 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

East Asian Studies with Chinese Language Concentration

East Asian Languages and Cultures Prerequisite Knowledge

East Asian Languages and Cultures Core Knowledge and Skills. Majors choosing this concentration must complete a course or courses in each of the following areas:

East Asian Languages and Cultures Required Elective. Majors choosing this concentration must complete a course in each of the following areas (a course cannot be used in more than 1 area):

  • Pre-Modern China. Satisfied by: one course on pre-modern China (e.g. EALC 415)
  • Modern China. Satisfied by 1 course on modern China (e.g. EALC 318).
  • China in the Humanities. Satisfied by 1 course on China in a humanities discipline.
  • China in the Social Sciences. Satisfied by 1 course on China in a social science discipline.
  • Advanced East Asian Languages and Cultures. Satisfied by 1 junior/senior-level (300+) EALC course.
  • East Asian Course. Satisfied by 1 course based on an East Asian country other than China.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 31 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 31 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

East Asian Studies with Japanese Language Concentration

East Asian Languages and Cultures Prerequisite Knowledge

  • Elementary Japanese I. Satisfied by JPN 104.
  • Elementary Japanese II. Satisfied by JPN 108.
  • Language Proficiency. Satisfied by JPN 204 and JPN 208.

East Asian Languages and Cultures Core Knowledge and Skill. Majors choosing this concentration must complete a course or courses in each of the following areas:

East Asian Languages and Cultures Required Elective. Majors choosing this concentration must complete a course in each of the following areas (a course cannot be used in more than one area):

  • Pre-modern Japan. Satisfied by 1 course on pre-modern Japan (e.g., EALC 312).
  • Modern Japan. Satisfied by 1 course on modern Japan (e.g., EALC 316, EALC 589).
  • Japan in the Humanities. Satisfied by 1 course on Japan in a humanities discipline. 
  • Japan in the Social Sciences. Satisfied by 1 course on Japan in a social science discipline.
  • Advanced East Asian Languages and Cultures. Satisfied by 1 junior/senior-level (300+) EALC course.
  • East Asian Course. Satisfied by 1 course based on an East Asian country other than Japan.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 31 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 31 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

East Asian Studies with Korean Language Concentration

East Asian Languages and Cultures Prerequisite Knowledge

  • Elementary Korean I. Satisfied by KOR 104.
  • Elementary Korean II. Satisfied by KOR 108.
  • Language Proficiency. Satisfied by KOR 204 and KOR 208.

East Asian Languages and Cultures Core Knowledge and Skills. Majors choosing this concentration must complete a course or courses in each of the following areas:

East Asian Languages and Cultures Required Elective. Majors choosing this concentration must complete a course in each of the following areas (a course cannot be used in more than one area):

  • Pre-modern Korea. Satisfied by 1 course on pre-modern Korea.
  • Modern Korea. Satisfied by 1 course on modern Korea.
  • East Asia in the Humanities. Satisfied by 1 course on East Asia in a humanities discipline.
  • East Asia in the Social Sciences. Satisfied by 1 course on East Asia in a social science discipline.
  • East Asian Studies. Satisfied by 3 courses (9 hours) in any East Asian field.<

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 31 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 31 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Double Language Concentration

Majors choosing this concentration must complete the following requirements for 2 languages from the following: Japanese, Chinese, and/or Korean. If 1 of the languages chosen is Korean, an additional East Asian Studies course is required to fulfill the major requirements.

East Asian Languages and Cultures Prerequisite Knowledge

East Asian Languages and Cultures Core Knowledge and Skills

East Asian Languages and Cultures Required Electives. Majors choosing this concentration must complete 1 course in each category that pertains to the languages being studied for a total of 2 courses per each category.

  • Pre-Modern Culture. Satisfied by 1 course on pre-modern culture of 2 of the following: Japan, China, and/or Korea.
  • Modern Culture. Satisfied by 1 course on modern culture of 2 of the following: Japan, China, and/or Korea.
  • Additional East Asian Studies Course. Majors choosing to study Korean as 1 of their 2 languages must also complete an additional East Asian studies course. Satisfied by 1 course on East Asia.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 31-32 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 31-32 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Graduation Plans

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Download a sample 4-year plan for East Asian language and culture or East Asian studies.

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