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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

At least 31 credit hours of junior/senior-level courses are required: CHIN 504-CHIN 508; CHIN 342 or CHIN 542; CHIN 562; and a choice of the following: CHIN 564, CHIN 544 or a course in Chinese linguistics; ECIV 304 or ECIV 305; 1 course in Chinese literature or culture in translation (must be taught by an EALC faculty member or in an approved study abroad program); and 1 course each on *premodern and *modern China (e.g., EALC 415 Ancient China, EALC 585 Reform in Contemporary China). A course that is cross-regional in scope may be substituted for either the premodern or modern China course (e.g., Buddhism in Asia for premodern China, Entrepreneurship in East Asia or Asian Film for modern China).

*The honors course EALC 499 may be used to fulfill either of the requirements marked with an asterisk (*) above. At least 9 hours of content courses must be taken at KU.

Japanese Language and Literature Concentration

At least 31 credit hours of junior/senior-level courses are required: JPN 306-JPN 310 and JPN 504-JPN 508; JPN 562; and a choice of the following: JPN 564, JPN 569 Business Japanese or a course in Japanese linguistics or language pedagogy; ECIV 304 or ECIV 305; 1 course each in premodern and modern Japanese literature in translation (e.g., EALC 312 Traditional Japanese Literature in Translation; EALC 575 Love, Sexuality, and Gender in Japanese Literature; EALC 316 Modern Japanese Literature in Translation); EALC 410 The Culture of Play in Japan (must be taught by an EALC faculty member or in an approved study abroad program); and 1 course each on *premodern and *modern Japan (e.g., courses on Japanese film, Japanese history, Japanese religion). A course that is cross-regional in scope may be substituted for either the premodern or modern Japan course (e.g., Buddhism in Asia for premodern Japan, Entrepreneurship in East Asia or Asian Film for modern Japan).

*The honors course EALC 499 may be used to fulfill either of the requirements marked with an asterisk (*) above. At least 9 hours of content courses must be taken at KU.

East Asian Studies with Chinese Language Concentration

At least 31 credit hours of junior/senior-level courses are required: CHIN 504-CHIN 508; ECIV 304 or ECIV 305; 1 course each on premodern and modern China (e.g., EALC 415 Ancient China, EALC 318 Modern Chinese Literature in Translation); *1 course on China in a discipline in the humanities and *1 course on China in a social science discipline, either of which may be cross-regional in scope; 1 additional upper-level course in East Asian studies; and 1 course wholly on an East Asian country other than China.

*The honors course EALC 499 may be used to fulfill either of the requirements marked with an asterisk (*) above. At least 9 hours of content courses must be taken at KU.

East Asian Studies with Japanese Language Concentration

At least 31 credit hours of junior/senior-level courses are required: JPN 306-JPN 310 JPN 504-JPN 508; ECIV 304 or ECIV 305; 1 course each on premodern and modern Japan (e.g., EALC 312 Traditional Japanese Literature in Translation, EALC 316 Traditional Japanese Literature in Translation, EALC 589 Japan since 1945 ); *1 course on Japan in a discipline in the humanities and *1 course on Japan in a social science discipline, either of which may be cross-regional in scope; 1 additional upper-level course in East Asian studies; and 1 course wholly on an East Asian country other than Japan.

*The honors course EALC 499 may be used to fulfill either of the requirements marked with an asterisk (*) above. At least 9 hours of content courses must be taken at KU.

East Asian Studies with Korean Language Concentration

At least 30 credit hours of junior/senior-level courses are required: KOR 504-KOR 508; ECIV 304 or ECIV 305; 1 course each on premodern and modern Korea, *1 course on East Asia in a discipline in the humanities, *1 course on East Asia in a social science discipline; and three East Asian studies courses in any field.

*The honors course EALC 499 may be used to fulfill either of the requirements marked with an asterisk (*) above. At least 9 hours of content courses must be taken at KU.

Double Language Concentration

At least 32 hours of junior/senior level courses are required (31 hours if 1 of the languages is Korean). 1 year of advanced-level language study is required: CHIN 504-CHIN 508 for 10 credit hours, JPN 306-JPN 310 and JPN 504-JPN 508 for 10 credit hours, and/or KOR 504-KOR 508 for 6 credit hours. Student must take 1 course on the premodern culture and 1 on the modern culture of each of the languages they are studying. If 1 of the languages is Korean, the student must take an additional East Asian studies course. At least 9 hours of content courses must be taken at KU.

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