1. One year of language study in one East Asian language
  2. One 200-level or higher EAS course 


  1. Language Proficiency

    EAS concentrators must attain language proficiency through the third year in one East Asian language.

  2. Departmental Courses

    Eight departmental courses ("departmentals") fulfilling the following requirements:

    1. Six EAS-prefix courses, which must include
      1. The Junior Seminar (EAS 300) as an introductory methods survey course, generally taken fall of the junior year
      2. Two of the following transnational courses:
        • "History of East Asia to 1800" (HIS/EAS 207)
        • "East Asia since 1800" (HIS/EAS 208)
        • "East Asian Humanities I: The Classical Foundations" (HUM/EAS/COM 233)
        • "East Asian Humanities II: Tradition and Transformations" (HUM/EAS/COM 234)
      3. At least one course on pre-modern East Asia

      Note: Either HIS 207 or HUM 233, when taken in fulfillment of (b), may also be used simultaneously towards requirement (c), however the course will only count towards one of the six required EAS-prefix departmentals.

    2. Two additional courses, which may be
      • Regularly offered 200-level EAS gateway courses (see the list below).
      • Other EAS courses including courses cross-listed with EAS
      • Cognate courses approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies
      • Language courses at or above the 300 level (after the three-year proficiency requirement is fulfilled)
      • Any second East Asian language courses
    3. The students are encouraged to take a close look at the regularly offered gateway courses that provide a comprehensive introduction to East Asia, in a specific regional and disciplinary perspective.
      • EAS 219 Japanese Literature to 1800 (Brian Steininger)
      • EAS 232 Introduction to Chinese Literature (Anna Shields, Martin Kern)
      • EAS 216 Writing and Culture of Premodern Korea (Ksenia Chizhova)
      • EAS 280 Nomadic Empires (Xin Wen)
      • EAS 218 The Origins of Japanese Culture and Civilization (Tom Conlan)
      • EAS 223 The Three Kingdoms Across Media (Paize Keulemans)
      • EAS 236 Chinese Cinemas (Erin Huang)
      • EAS 260 Japan Media Mix (Franz Prichard)
      • EAS 225 Japanese Society and Culture (Amy Borovoy)


Junior Year. In the fall term the student participates in the departmental junior seminar (EAS 300), and also writes a junior independent work. In the spring, the student writes a second junior independent work under the supervision of an appropriate faculty member. At the end of the junior year, the student begins to draft a proposal for the senior thesis.

Senior Year. Each student prepares a senior thesis in consultation with an appropriate member of the faculty. The senior thesis represents the culmination of the undergraduate curriculum. It should be an original contribution to scholarship on East Asia, based at least in part on source materials in the student's language of specialization.


At the end of the spring term, the student appears before a faculty committee for an oral defense of the thesis. In addition, each senior will take written comprehensive examinations in two fields selected from the core areas of history, literature, culture, and society taught in the department. If the two fields concern the same country, one must be premodern and one modern. Sample questions will be provided.