Apr 25, 2019  
USC Catalogue 2017-2018 
USC Catalogue 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

East Asian Languages and Cultures Minor

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The core requirements for the EALC minor allow students flexibility in designing their own course of study. Students typically select one language and cultural area (Chinese, Japanese, or Korean) in which they do most of their course work. For this reason, one frequently hears students on campus speaking about “minoring” in Japanese, Chinese, or Korean, though strictly speaking all these students are actually “minoring” in EALC. Minors are encouraged to explore beyond their individual language focus by enrolling in the full range of EALC courses available in literature, film, history, media, and other aspects of East Asian cultures.

Core requirements for EALC minors consist of a cross-cultural survey course, a cultural studies course, and a language requirement that may be waived by placement test. Students then also take two upper-division elective courses (8 units). One upper-division course on East Asia from another department may be used to count toward the 8 units, if approved by the adviser.  

Cross-Cultural Survey Course (Choose One)

Cross-Cultural Survey courses offer students a broad, interregional introduction to East Asian philosophy, literature, film, and culture. All EALC minors are required to take at least one of these courses within the first two years of their study.

Cultural Studies Course (Choose One)

Cultural Studies courses provide students with an in-depth introduction to a cultural tradition within its regional context. Students are required to take one of these gateway courses preferably before advancing to more specialized, theme-specific courses.

Language Requirement


This requirement may be waived by placement test.​

  1. EALC 306 Advanced Modern Chinese II  
  2. or
  3. EALC 317 Advanced Korean II  
  4. or
  5. EALC 322 Advanced Japanese II 

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