International Studies

East Asia

The International Studies Program consists of a combination of a major and a concentration. For those interested in East Asia, the requirements are: 

A. A Major   (Minimum 9 courses)

This can be in Art History, or History, or Political Science. These majors provide not only a strong disciplinary base from which to study East Asia, but also provide international and comparative perspectives expanding your understanding of East Asia in a global context. At least two courses you take in this major must focus on East Asia. Of course, you may take more.

B. An East Asian Concentration:  (Minimum 5 courses)

1. Advanced Language: Two full-semester Chinese language courses at the 300 level or above or four half-semester courses at the 300 level or above. These courses must include at least one full-semester worth of literature courses. You are encouraged to take conversation classes, but these courses may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

2. Study Abroad: The required study abroad experience must be directly related to the East Asian area of emphasis. The program, satisfied by one or two semesters in a study abroad program, must entail significant work in Chinese. The International Studies Program has a set of approved study abroad programs. Exceptions require International Studies Committee approval. You should discuss your plans with your advisor and receive the Committee’s approval a year in advance of the experience.

3. The East Asian Area of Emphasis: Three courses on East Asia are required. These are in addition to the two taken in the disciplinary major. You should take courses approved as East Asian International Studies courses (see the list below) from at least two different disciplines in addition to your disciplinary major. One course on pre-1500 East Asia can be substituted for one of the approved International Studies courses listed below with the consent of the International Studies Committee.

In sum, the I.S. Program totals approximately 14 courses. At least 7 of those will be on East Asia and on Chinese language/literature. You will also be credited with a major on your transcript.

Note that by the end of the sophomore year at the latest, all students will complete the form called International Studies Plan of Study. See the Majoring page for further details.