The EALC Major

Concentrations and Requirements

Chinese Studies
Japanese Studies
Korean Studies
Chinese-Japanese Studies
Chinese-Korean Studies
Japanese-Korean Studies
Advisors

All students majoring in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations must earn a minimum of 14 c.u. within one of two linguistic and cultural concentrations: Chinese Studies or Japanese Studies; or 18 c.u. for the dual major, Chinese/Japanese Studies. A minimum grade of 2.0 or C is needed for the credit to count for the major.  Classes cannot be taken pass/fail.

Specific requirements vary with the concentration.

THE CHINESE MAJOR: 14 c.u..

Language Requirement: 6 c.u.

For students without any prior knowledge of Chinese, the 6 c.u. language requirement will be met by taking Intensive Beginning Modern Chinese (CHIN021/022) OR Beginning Modern Chinese (CHIN011/012 and CHIN111/112) and Intermediate Modern Chinese (CHIN211/212). Students who place out of elementary courses must fulfill the 6 c.u. with more advanced courses chosen in consultation with the Chinese Concentration Advisor.

EALC001 and Second Gateway Course: 2 c.u.

Students must take Introduction to Chinese Civilization (EALC001) and a second “gateway” course, either Introduction to Japanese Civilization (EALC002) or Introduction to Korean Civilization (EALC003). They do not have to be taken in sequence. Students who plan to study in China should complete EALC001 and at least Beginning Modern Chinese before going abroad. Gateway courses should be taken at Penn. Similar courses at other institutions will not be accepted in place of EALC001, EALC002, or EALC003 without prior approval.

EALC Seminars 200-level: 2 c.u.

Students must take two EALC 200-level courses focusing on China. Study Abroad credit given as EALC297 or EALC298 does not count toward the seminar requirement.

EALC301: 1 c.u.

Students must take the Major Seminar on China (EALC301). EALC001 is a prerequisite for EALC301.

Electives: 3 c.u.

Majors should consider taking an additional 1 c.u. of Chinese language as an elective so that they may apply for the Language Certificate which requires 7 c.u. of Chinese language. Consult with the advisor for options that fulfill the elective requirement. Courses on China from outside the EALC department are usually acceptable.

THE JAPANESE MAJOR: 14 C.U.

Language Requirement: 6 c.u.

For students without any prior knowledge of Japanese, the 6 c.u. language requirement will be met by taking Intensive Beginning Modern Japanese (JPAN021/022) OR Beginning Japanese (JPAN011/012 and JPAN111/112) and Intermediate Japanese (JPAN211/212). Students who place out of elementary courses must fulfill the 6 c.u. with more advanced courses chosen in consultation with the Japanese Concentration Advisor.

EALC002 and Second Gateway Course: 2 c.u.

Students must take Introduction to Japanese Civilization (EALC002) and a second “gateway” course, either Introduction to Chinese Civilization (EALC001) or Introduction to Korean Civilization (EALC003). They do not have to be taken in sequence. Students who plan to study in Japan should complete EALC002 and at least Beginning Japanese before going abroad. The gateway courses should be taken at Penn. Similar courses at other institutions will not be accepted in place of EALC001, EALC002, or EALC003 without prior approval.

EALC Seminars 200-level: 1 c.u.

Students must take one EALC 200-level courses focusing on Japan. Study Abroad credit given as EALC297 or EALC298 does not count toward the seminar requirement.

EALC302: 1 c.u.

Students must take the Major Seminar on Japan (EALC302). EALC002 is a prerequisite for EALC302.

Electives: 4 c.u.

Majors should consider taking an additional 1 c.u. of Japanese language as an elective so that they may apply for the Language Certificate which requires 7 c.u. of Japanese language. Consult with the advisor for options that fulfill the elective requirement. Courses on Japan from outside the EALC department are usually acceptable.

THE KOREAN MAJOR: 14 C.U.

Language Requirement: 6 c.u.

For students without any prior knowledge of Korean, the 6 c.u. language requirement will be met by taking Elementary Korean (KORN 011/012), Intermediate Korean (KORN 111/112), and Advanced Korean (KORN 211/212). Students who place out of elementary courses must fulfill the 6 c.u. with more advanced courses chosen in consultation with the Korean Concentration Advisor.

EALC003 and Second Gateway Course: 2 c.u.

Students must take Introduction to Korean Civilization (EALC003) and a second “gateway” course, either Introduction to Chinese Civilization (EALC001) or Introduction to Japanese Civilization (EALC002). They do not have to be taken in sequence. Students who plan to study in Korea should complete EALC003 and at least Beginning Korean (KORN011/012) before going abroad. The gateway courses should be taken at Penn. Similar courses at other institutions will not be accepted in place of EALC001, EALC002, or EALC003 without prior approval.

EALC Seminar 200-level: 1 c.u.

Students must take an EALC200-level course focusing on Korea. Study Abroad credit given as EALC297 or EALC298 does not count toward the seminar requirement.

EALC303: 1 c.u.

Majors must take the Korean Major Seminar (EALC303). Introduction to Korean Civilization (EALC003) is a prerequisite for EALC303.

Electives: 4 c.u.

Majors should consider taking an additional 1 c.u. of Korean language as an elective so that they may apply for the Language Certificate which requires 7 c.u. of Korean language. Consult with the advisor for options that fulfill the elective requirement. Courses on Korea from outside the EALC department are usually acceptable.

THE CHINESE/JAPANESE MAJOR: 18 C.U.

Language Requirement: 12 c.u.

Students must take 6 c.u. of Chinese and 6 c.u. of Japanese. Students who place out of elementary courses must fulfill the requirement with advanced courses chosen in consultation with the Concentration Advisor.

EALC001 and EALC002: 2 c.u.

Students must take Introduction to Chinese Civilization (EALC001) offered only in the fall and Introduction to Japanese Civilization (EALC002) offered only in the spring. They do not have to be taken in sequence. Students who plan to study in Japan should complete EALC002 and at least Beginning Japanese before going abroad. EALC001 and EALC002 should be taken at Penn. Similar courses at other institutions will not be accepted in place of EALC001 and/or EALC002 without prior approval.

EALC301: 1 c.u.

Students must take the Major Seminar on China (EALC301). EALC001 is a prerequisite for EALC301.

EALC302: 1 c.u.

Students must take the Major Seminar on Japan (EALC302). EALC002 is a prerequisite for EALC302.

EALC Seminars 200-level: 2 c.u.

Students must take two EALC 200-level courses, one focusing on a Chinese topic and one focusing on a Japanese topic. Study abroad credit given as EALC 297 or 298 does not count toward the seminar requirement.

THE CHINESE/KOREAN MAJOR: 18 C.U.

Language Requirement: 12 c.u.

Students must take 6 c.u. of Chinese and 6 c.u. of Korean. Students who place out of elementary courses must fulfill the requirement with advanced courses chosen in consultation with the Concentration Advisor.

EALC001 and EALC003: 2 c.u.

Students must take Introduction to Chinese Civilization (EALC001), offered only in the fall term, and Introduction to Korean Civilization (EALC003). They do not have to be taken in sequence. EALC001 and EALC003 should be taken at Penn. Similar courses at other institutions will not be accepted in place of EALC001 and/or EALC003 without prior approval.

EALC301: 1 c.u.

Students must take the Major Seminar on China (EALC301). EALC001 is a prerequisite for EALC301.

EALC303: 1 c.u.

Students must take the Major Seminar on Korea (EALC303). EALC003 is a prerequisite for EALC303.

EALC Seminars 200-level: 2 c.u.

Students must take two EALC 200-level courses, one focusing on a Chinese topic and one focusing on a Korean topic. Study abroad credit given as EALC 297 or 298 does not count toward the seminar requirement.

THE JAPANESE/KOREAN MAJOR: 18 C.U.

Language Requirement: 12 c.u.

Students must take 6 c.u. of Japanese and 6 c.u. of Korean. Students who place out of elementary courses must fulfill the requirement with advanced courses chosen in consultation with the Concentration Advisor.

EALC002 and EALC003: 2 c.u.

Students must take Introduction to Japanese Civilization (EALC002), offered only in the spring term, and Introduction to Korean Civilization (EALC003). They do not have to be taken in sequence. EALC002 and EALC003 should be taken at Penn. Similar courses at other institutions will not be accepted in place of EALC002 and/or EALC003 without prior approval.

EALC302: 1 c.u.

Students must take the Major Seminar on Japan (EALC302). EALC002 is a prerequisite for EALC302.

EALC303: 1 c.u.

Students must take the Major Seminar on Korea (EALC303). EALC003 is a prerequisite for EALC303.

EALC Seminars 200-level: 2 c.u.

Students must take two EALC 200-level courses, one focusing on a Japanese topic and one focusing on a Korean topic. Study abroad credit given as EALC 297 or 298 does not count toward the seminar requirement.

THE East asian area studies MAJOR: 12 C.U.

This interdisciplinary degree is intended to offer undergraduates a course of study that focuses on East Asia as a region of the world and human experience, and provides an integrated curriculum drawing on the approaches of the social sciences, humanities, and legal studies. The program requires relevant courses in a number of departments and programs--History, International Relations, Political Science, Sociology, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Law--while maintaining high standards in language study. The degree is administered by the Center for East Asian Studies, an interdisciplinary institution that also facilitates interdepartmental initiatives and outreach programs.

Basic Requirements:

At least 12 course units on East Asia, to be chosen from the published lists of relevant courses, and including the following: Three gateway courses (EALC001, EALC002, and HIST 120/EALC081) - 3 credit units Disciplinary distribution: At least one course in each of the following three categories: History, the Social Sciences, and Humanities- 3 credit units. Language; Four credit units in one East Asian language (Chinese, Japanese, or Korean), including at least 2 credit units at the 200 (second year) level or above. Note: Students with AP or other language credits may count other East Asian language or content courses toward the major. Regional coverage: At least one course (beyond the gateway courses) centered on EACH of China, Japan , and Korea . One or two of these may also be courses about the East Asian region in general. [These may also fulfill other requirements.]- 3 credit units. Two "seminar" courses requiring significant research papers. [These may also fulfill other requirements.]- 2 credit units The Honors Program Honors in EAS requires a thesis in addition to the basic requirements listed above. The honors thesis will be written over the course of the senior year under the supervision of an advisor selected from the EAS standing faculty. Adequate foreign language preparation is required; the kinds of sources to be used, and how much language preparation is adequate, will be left to the discretion of the thesis advisor. The thesis must receive a grade no lower than "B" for the student to receive honors in East Asian Studies. This interdisciplinary degree is intended to offer undergraduates a course of study that focuses on East Asia as a region of the world and human experience, and provides an integrated curriculum drawing on the approaches of the social sciences, humanities, and legal studies. The program requires relevant courses in a number of departments and programs--History, International Relations, Political Science, Sociology, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Law--while maintaining high standards in language study. The degree is administered by the Center for East Asian Studies, an interdisciplinary institution that also facilitates interdepartmental initiatives and outreach programs.

CONCENTRATION ADVISORS 

Chinese Studies: Dr. Adam Smith
  510 Museum
 
  215-898-9367
   
Japanese Studies: Dr. David Spafford
  855 Williams Hall
  spafford@sas.upenn.edu
  215-573-9613
   
Korean Studies: Dr. Eugene Park
  642 Williams Hall
 
  215-573-4203
   
East Asian Area Studies:Dr. Ayako Kano
 841 Williams Hall
 
 215-573-9614