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.