All students minoring in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations must fulfill a set of Basic Requirements. These requirements are to be met within one of three linguistic and cultural concentrations:
- Chinese Studies
- Japanese Studies
- Korean Studies
In addition to the Basic Requirements below, there are further requirements specific to each concentration.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS: 8 C.U.
- Language Requirement: 4 c.u.
- Both basic language courses and advanced courses in literature in the original language count toward this requirement.
- EALC001 (for Chinese minors) or EALC002 (for Japanese minors) or EALC003 (for Korean minors)
- Electives: 3 c.u.
These will normally be content courses within the chosen concentration, but each concentration may specify additional requirements. Electives must be selected for appropriateness with the student's major advisor. Students may count up to two courses from outside the Department (i.e., not cross-listed in EALC) towards the minor electives; and up to four courses, with the special approval of the student's advisor. In no case may a student count more than half of the total minor requirements in non-EALC courses. All classes must be taken for grade; they cannot be taken pass/fail.
The 4 c.u. language requirement is normally fulfilled by taking Intensive Beginning Chinese (CHIN021 and CHIN022, 4 c.u.) or four semesters of non-intensive Chinese (CHIN011, 012, 111 and 112). For those who place out of CHIN022 or CHIN112, established by placement exam or transfer credit, the language requirement is reduced to 2 c.u. so that the total minor requirement for these students is reduced to 6 c.u. The 3 electives must be non-language courses pertaining to China, but may include Classical Chinese (CHIN491 and 492). No other language courses are permissible without prior approval.
Please note: CHIN031 and 032 are considered equivalent to CHIN 111 and 112.
The 4 c.u. language requirement is normally fulfilled by taking Intensive Beginning Japanese (JPAN021 & 022, 4 c.u.) or four semesters of non-intensive Japanese (JPAN011, 012, 111 & 112). For those who place out of JPAN022 or JPAN112, established by placement exam or transfer credit, the language requirement is reduced to 2 c.u. so that the total minor requirement for these students is reduced to 6 c.u. Of the three Japan-related electives, 2 c.u. may be additional language courses.
Students must complete 4 cu of Korean language, usually KORN011 & 012: Elementary Korean I & II and KORN111 & 112: Intermediate Korean I & II. The requirement may also be fulfilled by taking two semesters of Korean for Heritage Speakers (KORN131 and 132). For those students who place out of KORN112 or KORN132, established by qualifying exam or transfer credit, the language requirement is reduced to 2 cu taken at PENN so that the total minor requirement for these students is reduced to 6 cu. The three electives should be non-language courses pertaining to Korea; however, higher level language and literature courses may be accepted with prior approval.
This interdisciplinary minor is intended to offer undergraduates an experience which focuses on East Asia as a region of the world and of human experience, and provides an integrated curriculum drawing on the approaches of the social sciences, humanities, and legal studies. In addition to an introduction to East Asian language, students take relevant courses in such departments and programs as History, International Relations, Political Science, Sociology, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and Law. The minor is administered by the Center for East Asian Studies, an interdisciplinary institution that also facilitates interdepartmental initiatives and outreach programs.
At least 6 course units on East Asia , to be chosen from the published lists of relevant courses. Courses to be counted toward the Minor must be taken for a letter grade. Within these courses the following must be included:
At least one gateway course (EALC001, EALC002, or HIST 120/EALC081) as an introduction to East Asian Studies.
Two course units in an East Asian language (Chinese, Japanese, or Korean). This requirement may be filled by AP or transfer credit. Students who take intensive first year Chinese or Japanese for a total of 4 course units may count all 4 units toward their minor, in which case the 8 total credit units are required for the minor.
Three course units in East Asian studies content courses taken from the published course lists. At least one course unit must come from courses on China , at least one from courses on Japan , and at least one from courses on Korea.
NB: No more than 2 of the 6 course units may overlap with other courses being counted for major credit.