EAS Concentration

The concentration reflects the Department’s multi-disciplinary approach and eclectic interests, and encourages the pursuit of competence in one or more of the languages the Department offers, and the development of a  plan of study  - with the help of faculty advisors - that reflects a well articulated theoretical, (multi)disciplinary or thematic approach to the study of East Asia.  Recent graduates of the concentration have gone on to employment in public service, the media industry,  finance, and consulting. A significant percentage of our concentrators continue their studies in graduate and professional schools within a few years of graduation.

Concentration Checklist 

  • Language study through the level of 0600 or the equivalent of Chinese, Japanese, or Korean
  • Eight elective courses
    • EAST Requirement: At least three of the eight electives must be East Asian Studies (EAST) courses at any level or Chinese (CHIN),  Japanese (JAPN), or Korean (KREA) courses at the 1000-level and above may also count toward this requirement. 
    • Breadth Requirement: At least one of the eight electives must focus on content in an East Asian country or culture other than those associated with the language the student is using to satisfy the concentration’s language requirement. A concentrator studying China, for example, would choose at least one course that focuses on Korea and/or Japan. 
    • Senior Seminar Requirement: At least one of the eight elective courses must be an advanced research seminar, taken in the senior year. 
  • East 1930 (Senior Thesis, Semester 1) and 1940 (Senior Thesis, Semester 2) for Honors candidates only
  1. Review all concentration requirements and compile a course plan. 
  2. Meet with Program and Outreach Coordinator Lauren Leslie. Bring a copy of your draft course plan. Lauren will help determine if your plan of study meets the requirements for the concentration, she will try to answer any questions you may have, and may also suggest that you meet with our Director of Undergraduate Studies.
  3. Go to ASK (advising sidekick) to submit officially your concentration declaration.