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East Asia Area Studies Major

Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Area Studies Center for East Asian Studies

(Williams 642, 215-573-4203) 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.

Please contact East Asian Area Studies adviser Ayako Kano (akano@upenn.edu) to consult or declare your major in East Asian Area Studies.