Jun 19, 2024  
USC Catalogue 2023-2024 
USC Catalogue 2023-2024

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 an upper-division cultural studies course and a language requirement that may be waived by diagnostic exam. Students then also take three upper-division elective courses (12 units) for an overall minimum of 16 units. Students minoring in EALC are strongly encouraged to take at least one lower division cross-cultural survey course.

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 to fulfill the Cultural Studies requirement.

Language Requirement

Minors must complete four semesters (two years) of one East Asian Language. This requirement may be waived by placement exam.

Upper Division Electives (Choose three)

Our faculty teach new courses every year. Please check the department’s Schedule of Classes to see the full range of courses. EALC 324gw , EALC 340gp , EALC 342gp , EALC 350gp  and EALC 382  may count as an elective if not taken to satisfy the Cultural Studies course requirement. One upper-division course on East Asian culture from another department may likewise count toward the minor with an adviser’s approval.

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