The Minor

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EAST LANGUAGES AND CIVILIZATIONS MINOR (8/6 C.U.)

Students minoring in East Asian Languages and Civilizations must select one of three concentrations:

  • Chinese Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Korean Studies

Each concentration comprises a Language Requirement (4 c.u.; see below for details) and a combination of gateway and thematic courses (Content Courses), to be taken in the concentration of choice, for a total of 4 c.u. These Content Courses must include one gateway course (EALC 0020, for Chinese minors; EALC 0040; for Japanese minors; or EALC 0060, for Korean minors) and three electives. 

  • Electives must be selected for appropriateness with the student's major advisor. 
  • Students may count up to two courses that are not cross-listed by EALC towards the minor electives. 
  • Up to four courses outside the department (including study abroad) may be used toward the minor with the special approval of the student's advisor, but 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 a grade; they cannot be taken pass/fail.

The 4 c.u. language requirement is normally fulfilled by taking Intensive Beginning Chinese (CHIN0210 and CHIN0410, 4 c.u.) or four semesters of non-intensive Chinese (CHIN0100, 0200, 0300 and 0400). For those who place out of CHIN0410 or CHIN0400 or CHIN 0420, 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 (EALC3621 and 3622). No other language courses are permissible without prior approval.

Please note:  CHIN0320 and 0420 are considered equivalent to CHIN0300 and 0400 and therefore cannot fulfill the language portion of the minor without further language coursework.

The 4 c.u. language requirement is normally fulfilled by taking Intensive Beginning Japanese (JPAN0210 & 0410, 4 c.u.) or four semesters of non-intensive Japanese (JPAN0100, 0200, 0300 & 0400). For those who place out of JPAN0410 or JPAN0400, 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 three electives should be non-language courses pertaining to Japan. However, up to two higher level language and literature courses may be accepted with prior approval from the minor advisor.

Students must complete 4 cu of Korean  language, usually KORN0100 & 0200: Elementary Korean I & II and KORN0300 & 0400:  Intermediate Korean I & II. For those students who place out of  KORN0400 or KORN0420, established by placement test 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, up to two higher level language and literature courses may be accepted with prior approval from the minor advisor.

EAST ASIAN AREA STUDIES MINOR (6 C.U.)

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.

Basic Requirements:

At least 6 course units on East Asia. 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 (EALC0200, EALC0040, or EALC0060) 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 content (i.e., non-language) courses, one each on China, Japan, and Korea, in such departments and programs as East Asian Languages and Civilizations; History; Art History; Cinema and Media Studies; Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies; International Relations; Political Science; Sociology; and Law.