University of Southern California

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

East Asian Area Studies

Undergraduate Degrees

B.A. in East Asian Area Studies Requirements

Requirements for the lower division are: EALC 110 and EASC 150 or the equivalent; a minimum of four courses in one East Asian language (or the proficiency equivalent); and seven upper-division courses approved for the major in addition to the language courses used to meet the requirements. One lower-division course other than EALC 110 and EASC 150 may be substituted for one of the seven upper-division courses. Upper-division courses must include those from at least three departments, one of which must be History. At least one course must be taken on two of the following: China, Japan or Korea.

Requirements for the Minor in East Asian Area Studies

The minor in East Asian Area Studies gives students the opportunity to supplement more narrowly defined departmental majors with a multidisciplinary focus on an area of increasingly great importance to our nation in general and our region in particular. There is no language requirement.

Twenty-four units are required from among the more than 120 courses offered on East Asia at the university. Students are required to take EALC 110 and EASC 150; and at least four upper-division four-unit courses (16 units). At least one of these courses must be from the History Department and one from the humanities area. At least one course must be taken on two of the following: China, Japan or Korea.

Minor in Korean Studies

The minor in Korean studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to studying a dynamic and crucial region. Drawing on courses from departments across the social sciences, humanities and professional schools, the minor challenges and stimulates students who wish to learn about the political, economic, social and cultural changes of the area.

Twenty units (five courses) are required. All students must take EASC 150 East Asian Societies or HIST 105 The Korean Past as a gateway course, as well as four upper-division four-unit courses from the list below. There is no language requirement for the minor.

Required Courses Units
EASC 150 East Asian Societies, or
HIST 105 The Korean Past 4

Four 4-unit courses from the following:
CTCS 403** Studies in National and Regional Media 4–8, max 8
CTCS 494** Advanced Critical Studies Seminar 4–8, max 8
EALC 315* Advanced Korean I 4
EALC 317 Advanced Korean II 4
EALC 332 Korean Literature in English Translation 4
EALC 344 Korean Literature and Culture 4
EALC 415 Advanced Korean III 4
EALC 417 Advanced Korean IV 4
EALC 418* Korean Writing in Mixed Script 4
EALC 419* Newspaper and Documentary Korean 4
EALC 429 Gender in Korean Film and Literature 4
EALC 499** Special Topics 2–4, max 8
HIST 333 Korea: The Modern Transformation 4
HIST 404 Seminar in Korean History 4
HIST 498** Seminar on Selected Historical Topics 4, max 8
IR 499** Special Topics 2–4, max 8

*Prerequisite: EALC 217

**For these repeatable courses, only classes with ­Korean-based foci will count.