Oct 01, 2023  
USC Catalogue 2023-2024 
USC Catalogue 2023-2024

East Asian Languages and Cultures (BA)

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The core requirements for the EALC major (24 units plus language requirement) allow students flexibility in designing their own course of study. Majors 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 “majoring” in Japanese, Chinese or Korean, though strictly speaking all these students are actually majoring in EALC. Majors 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 majors 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 four upper-division elective courses (16 units), two of which can be replaced by fourth-year language courses. Additional information can be found on the EALC website: dornsife.usc.edu/ealc.

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 majors 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 courses preferably before advancing to more specialized, theme-specific courses. 

Language Requirement

Majors must complete six semesters (three years) of one East Asian Language or equivalent through diagnostic exam.

Upper-Division Electives (Choose Four)

Our faculty teach new courses every year. Please check the department’s Schedule of Classes to see the full range of courses. At least 16 units (4 courses) are required. Additional 300- and 400-level cultural studies courses not listed here (including cross-listed courses taught by EALC-affiliated faculty) may fulfill this requirement with approval of the EALC Director of Undergraduate Studies. A maximum of 8 units of fourth-year language courses may be used to satisfy the 16 units of required Upper-Division Electives. Courses EALC 324, EALC 340, EALC 342, EALC 344, EALC 350 and EALC 382 can only be counted as an elective if not taken to satisfy the Cultural Studies Course requirement.

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