Why study East Asian languages and cultures?

Because knowledge of East Asia is critical in the new global culture and marketplace.

Undergraduate Admission

Admission to KU

All students applying for admission must send high school and college transcripts to the Office of Admissions. Unless they are college transfer students with at least 24 hours of credit, prospective students must send ACT or SAT scores to the Office of Admissions. Prospective first-year students should be aware that KU has qualified admission requirements that all new first-year students must meet to be admitted. Consult the Office of Admissions for application deadlines and specific admission requirements.

Visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services for information about international admissions.

Students considering transferring to KU may see how their college-level course work will transfer on the Office of Admissions website.

Admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Admission to the College is a different process from admission to a major field. Some CLAS departments have admission requirements. See individual department/program sections for departmental admission requirements.

Major and Concentrations

For undergraduates in the department, the B.A. degree in East Asian languages and cultures is available in the following concentrations:

  1. Chinese language and literature.
  2. Japanese language and literature.
  3. East Asian studies with Chinese language.
  4. East Asian studies with Japanese language.
  5. East Asian studies with Korean language.
  6. Double language Concentration: Chinese and/or Japanese and/or Korean.

First- and Second-Year Preparation

Students considering a major in EALC should begin language training as soon as possible, starting with CHIN 104/JPN 104/KOR 104-CHIN 108/JPN 108/KOR 108 in the first year and advancing to the intermediate 204-208 level. Students are encouraged to take ECIV 304/ECIV 305 as soon as possible. Talk to the undergraduate advisor in the target language to plan a 4-year course of study. Call 785-864-3100 for information about advisors to contact.

Requirements for the B.A. Major

Chinese Language and Literature Concentration

East Asian Languages and Cultures Prerequisite Knowledge (20)
Elementary Chinese I. Satisfied by:
CHIN 104Elementary Chinese I5
Elementary Chinese II. Satisfied by:
CHIN 108Elementary Chinese II5
Language Proficiency. Satisfied by:
CHIN 204
CHIN 208
Intermediate Chinese I
and Intermediate Chinese II
10
East Asian Languages and Cultures Core Knowledge and Skill (22)
Majors choosing this concentration must complete a course or courses in each of the following areas:
Eastern Civilizations. Satisfied by:
ECIV 304Eastern Civilizations3
or ECIV 305 Eastern Civilizations Honors
Advanced Language. Satisfied by:
CHIN 504
CHIN 508
Advanced Modern Chinese I
and Advanced Modern Chinese II
10
CHIN 342Introduction to Classical Chinese3
or CHIN 542 Introduction to Classical Chinese
CHIN 562Modern Chinese Texts I3
And one of the following:3
Readings in Classical Chinese: _____
Modern Chinese Texts II
East Asian Languages and Cultures Required Electives (9)9
Majors choosing this concentration must complete a course in each of the following areas (A course cannot be used in more than 1 area):
Satisfied by one course in Pre-modern Chinese literature or culture:
China's Cultural Legacy
China's Cultural Legacy
Ancient China
Ancient China
Sexual Politics in Chinese Literature and Culture: Premodern Times
Sexual Politics in Chinese Literature and Culture: Premodern Times
Daily Life in China From the Opium War to 1911
Honors Thesis
Readings in Classical Chinese: _____
Satisfied by one course in Modern Chinese literature or culture:
Modern Chinese Fiction and Film
Modern Chinese Fiction & Film
Contemporary Chinese Fiction and Film
Contemporary Chinese Fiction and Film
Chinese Cinema
Honors Thesis
Chinese Cinema
Gender and Society in Modern China
Satisfied by one course on China:
Modern Chinese Fiction and Film
Modern Chinese Fiction & Film
Contemporary Chinese Fiction and Film
Contemporary Chinese Fiction and Film
China's Cultural Legacy
China's Cultural Legacy
Chinese Cinema
Chinese Cinema
The Peoples of China
Ancient China
Sexual Politics in Chinese Literature and Culture: Premodern Times
Daily Life in China From the Opium War to 1911
Honors Thesis
Religion in China
Buddhists and Buddhism in China
The Structure of Chinese
Gender and Society in Modern China
Imperial China
Modern China
Reform in Contemporary China
Art and Culture of China
Art and Culture of China, Honors
Chinese Painting, Honors
Early Chinese Art
Chinese Sculpture
Buddhist Scriptures in Chinese Painting
Chinese Painting

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 31 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 31 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Japanese Language and Literature Concentration

East Asian Languages and Cultures Prerequisite Knowledge (20)
Elementary Japanese I. Satisfied by:
JPN 104Elementary Japanese I5
Elementary Japanese II. Satisfied by:
JPN 108Elementary Japanese II5
Language Proficiency. Satisfied by:
JPN 204
JPN 208
Intermediate Japanese I
and Intermediate Japanese II
10
East Asian Languages and Cultures Core Knowledge and Skills (19)
Majors choosing this concentration must complete a course or courses in each of the following areas:
Eastern Civilizations. Satisfied by one of the following:
ECIV 304Eastern Civilizations3
or ECIV 305 Eastern Civilizations Honors
Advanced Language. Satisfied by:
JPN 306
JPN 310
Advanced Japanese Conversation I
and Advanced Japanese Conversation II
4
JPN 504
JPN 508
Advanced Modern Japanese I
and Advanced Modern Japanese II
6
JPN 562Modern Japanese Texts I3
And one of the following:3
Modern Japanese Texts II
The Structure of Japanese
The Structure of Japanese
East Asian Languages and Cultures Required Electives (12)12
Majors choosing this concentration must complete a course in each of the following areas (a course cannot be used in more than 1 area). Please consult an EALC advisor for additional courses that may fulfill the requirements.
Pre-Modern Japanese Literature. Satisfied by one course, e.g.:
Japan's Literary Legacy
Love, Sexuality and Gender in Japanese Literature
Modern or Contemporary Japanese Literature or Film. Satisfied by one course, e.g.:
Survey of Japanese Film
Modern Japanese Fiction and Film
Contemporary Japanese Fiction and Film
The Body in Japan
Visual and Literary Culture in Modern Japan
Contemporary Japanese Film
Pre-Modern Japan or East Asia. Satisfied by one of the following:
Japan's Literary Legacy
The Culture of Play in Japan
The Culture of Play in Japan, Honors
Religion in Japan
Early Modern Japan
Honors Thesis
Japanese Prints
Art and Culture of Japan
Art and Culture of Japan, Honors
History of Sushi
Introduction to History of Japan: Anime to Zen
The Samurai
Ancient Japan
Beer, Sake, Tea-Beverages in Japan History
Modern Japan or East Asia. Satisfied by one of the following:
Survey of Japanese Film
Modern Japanese Fiction and Film
Contemporary Japanese Fiction and Film
Modern East Asia: Multiple Perspectives
Minorities in Japan
Minorities in Japan
The Body in Japan
Contemporary Japan
Gendered Modernity in East Asia
Popular Cultures of East Asia
Asian Media Studies
Honors Thesis
Asian Film
Contemporary Japanese Film
Popular Images in Japanese Culture, Literatures, and Films
Japan, 1853-1945
Japan Since 1945
Modern and Contemporary Visual Arts of Japan
The Japanese Empire

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 31 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 31 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

East Asian Studies with Chinese Language Concentration

East Asian Languages and Cultures Prerequisite Knowledge (20)
Elementary Chinese I. Satisfied by:
CHIN 104Elementary Chinese I5
Elementary Chinese II. Satisfied by:
CHIN 108Elementary Chinese II5
Language Proficiency. Satisfied by:
CHIN 204
CHIN 208
Intermediate Chinese I
and Intermediate Chinese II
10
East Asian Languages and Cultures Core Knowledge and Skills (13)
Majors choosing this concentration must complete a course or courses in each of the following areas:
Eastern Civilizations. Satisfied by one of the following
ECIV 304Eastern Civilizations3
or ECIV 305 Eastern Civilizations Honors
Advanced Language. Satisfied by:
CHIN 504
CHIN 508
Advanced Modern Chinese I
and Advanced Modern Chinese II
10
East Asian Languages and Cultures Required Electives (18)18
Majors choosing this concentration must complete a course in each of the following areas (a course cannot be used in more than one area):
Pre-Modern Chinese Literature, Culture, or Language. Satisfied by one of the following:
Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation
China's Cultural Legacy
Ancient China
Sexual Politics in Chinese Literature and Culture: Premodern Times
Daily Life in China From the Opium War to 1911
Imperial China
Introduction to Classical Chinese
Readings in Classical Chinese: _____
Modern or Contemporary Chinese Literature, Culture, or Language. Satisfied by one of the following:
Modern Chinese Fiction and Film
Modern Chinese Fiction & Film
Contemporary Chinese Fiction and Film
Contemporary Chinese Fiction and Film
Chinese Cinema
Chinese Cinema
Gender and Society in Modern China
Modern China
Reform in Contemporary China
Modern Chinese Texts I
China. Satisfied by two courses chosen from either of the electives categories above or:
Cultural Traditions of China, Inner Asia, and Tibet
The Chinese Novel
Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation
The Peoples of China
Chinese Folk Belief
Religion in China
Buddhists and Buddhism in China
The Structure of Chinese
Gender and Society in Modern China
Imperial China
Modern China
Reform in Contemporary China
Chinese Foreign Policy
Art and Culture of China
Art and Culture of China, Honors
Chinese Painting, Honors
Early Chinese Art
Chinese Sculpture
Buddhist Scriptures in Chinese Painting
Chinese Painting
From Mao to Now: China's Red Revolution
East Asia. Satisfied by one of the following:
Modern East Asia: Multiple Perspectives
Gendered Modernity in East Asia
Popular Cultures of East Asia
Asian Media Studies
Asian Film
East Asia
The Asia-Pacific War, 1937-1945
Japan or Korea. Satisfied by one of the following:
Japan's Literary Legacy
Survey of Japanese Film
Modern Japanese Fiction and Film
Contemporary Japanese Fiction and Film
Minorities in Japan
Minorities in Japan
Colonial Korea
Post-Colonial Korea
Contemporary Japanese Film
Love, Sexuality and Gender in Japanese Literature
Early Modern Japan
Japan, 1853-1945
Japan Since 1945
Japanese Prints
Buddhist Art of Korea
Modern Korean Art and Culture
Art and Culture of Japan
Art and Culture of Korea
Modern and Contemporary Visual Arts of Japan
History of Sushi
Introduction to History of Japan: Anime to Zen
The Samurai
The Japanese Empire
Ancient Japan
Beer, Sake, Tea-Beverages in Japan History
Cultural History of Korea
Religion in Japan

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 31 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 31 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

East Asian Studies with Japanese Language Concentration

East Asian Languages and Cultures Prerequisite Knowledge (20)
Elementary Japanese I. Satisfied by:
JPN 104Elementary Japanese I5
Elementary Japanese II. Satisfied by:
JPN 108Elementary Japanese II5
Language Proficiency. Satisfied by:
JPN 204
JPN 208
Intermediate Japanese I
and Intermediate Japanese II
10
East Asian Languages and Cultures Core Knowledge and Skill (13)
Majors choosing this concentration must complete a course or courses in each of the following areas:
Eastern Civilizations. Satisfied by one of the following:
ECIV 304Eastern Civilizations3
or ECIV 305 Eastern Civilizations Honors
Advanced Language. Satisfied by:
JPN 306
JPN 310
Advanced Japanese Conversation I
and Advanced Japanese Conversation II
4
JPN 504
JPN 508
Advanced Modern Japanese I
and Advanced Modern Japanese II
6
East Asian Languages and Cultures Required Electives (18)18
Majors choosing this concentration must complete a course in each of the following areas (a course cannot be used in more than one area):
Japanese Literature, Culture, or Language. Satisfied by one of the following:
Japan's Literary Legacy
Survey of Japanese Film
Modern Japanese Fiction and Film
Contemporary Japanese Fiction and Film
The Body in Japan
The Culture of Play in Japan
The Culture of Play in Japan, Honors
Visual and Literary Culture in Modern Japan
Love, Sexuality and Gender in Japanese Literature
Japan. Satisfied by two courses from the elective category above or the following:
Minorities in Japan
Minorities in Japan
Contemporary Japan
Religion in Japan
Contemporary Japanese Film
Popular Images in Japanese Culture, Literatures, and Films
Early Modern Japan
Japan, 1853-1945
Japan Since 1945
Japanese Prints
Art and Culture of Japan
Art and Culture of Japan, Honors
Modern and Contemporary Visual Arts of Japan
The Samurai
East Asia. Satisfied by two of the following:
Modern East Asia: Multiple Perspectives
Gendered Modernity in East Asia
Popular Cultures of East Asia
Asian Media Studies
Asian Film
East Asia
The Asia-Pacific War, 1937-1945
China or Korea. Satisfied by one of the following:
Modern Chinese Fiction and Film
Contemporary Chinese Fiction and Film
China's Cultural Legacy
China's Cultural Legacy
Chinese Cinema
Chinese Cinema
Colonial Korea
Colonial Korea
Post-Colonial Korea
Post-Colonial Korea
Ancient China
Sexual Politics in Chinese Literature and Culture: Premodern Times
Daily Life in China From the Opium War to 1911
Religion in China
Buddhists and Buddhism in China
Gender and Society in Modern China
Imperial China
Modern China
Reform in Contemporary China
Buddhist Art of Korea
Modern Korean Art and Culture
Art and Culture of Korea
From Mao to Now: China's Red Revolution
Cultural History of Korea

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 31 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 31 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

East Asian Studies with Korean Language Concentration

East Asian Languages and Cultures Prerequisite Knowledge (20)
Elementary Korean I. Satisfied by:
KOR 104Elementary Korean I5
Elementary Korean II. Satisfied by:
KOR 108Elementary Korean II5
Language Proficiency. Satisfied by:
KOR 204
KOR 208
Intermediate Korean I
and Intermediate Korean II
10
East Asian Languages and Cultures Core Knowledge and Skills (11)
Majors choosing this concentration must complete a course or courses in each of the following areas:
Eastern Civilizations. Satisfied by one of the following:
ECIV 304Eastern Civilizations3
or ECIV 305 Eastern Civilizations Honors
Advanced Language. Satisfied by:
KOR 504
KOR 508
Advanced Modern Korean I
and Advanced Modern Korean II
8
East Asian Languages and Cultures Required Electives (18)18
Majors choosing this concentration must complete a course in each of the following areas (a course cannot be used in more than one area):
Korea. Satisfied by the following:
Colonial Korea
Colonial Korea
Post-Colonial Korea
Post-Colonial Korea
Korea or East Asia. Satisfied by two of the following:
Modern East Asia: Multiple Perspectives
Gendered Modernity in East Asia
Popular Cultures of East Asia
Asian Media Studies
Asian Film
East Asia
Buddhist Art of Korea
Modern Korean Art and Culture
Art and Culture of Korea
The Korean War, 1950-1953
The Asia-Pacific War, 1937-1945
Cultural History of Korea
Modern Korea
China. Satisfied by one of the following: 1
Modern Chinese Fiction and Film
Modern Chinese Fiction & Film
Contemporary Chinese Fiction and Film
Contemporary Chinese Fiction and Film
China's Cultural Legacy
Chinese Cinema
Chinese Cinema
Ancient China
Ancient China
Sexual Politics in Chinese Literature and Culture: Premodern Times
Daily Life in China From the Opium War to 1911
Religion in China
Buddhists and Buddhism in China
Gender and Society in Modern China
Imperial China
Modern China
Reform in Contemporary China
From Mao to Now: China's Red Revolution
Japan. Satisfied by one of the following:
Japan's Literary Legacy
Survey of Japanese Film
Modern Japanese Fiction and Film
Contemporary Japanese Fiction and Film
Minorities in Japan
Minorities in Japan
Contemporary Japan
Religion in Japan
Contemporary Japanese Film
Love, Sexuality and Gender in Japanese Literature
Early Modern Japan
Japan, 1853-1945
Japan Since 1945
Japanese Prints
Art and Culture of Japan
Modern and Contemporary Visual Arts of Japan
History of Sushi
Introduction to History of Japan: Anime to Zen
The Samurai
The Japanese Empire
Ancient Japan
Beer, Sake, Tea-Beverages in Japan History

Major Hours & Major GPA

1

 EALC 499 may be used to fulfill either of these requirements.

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 32 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 32 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Double Language Concentration

Majors choosing this concentration must complete the following requirements for 2 languages from the following: Japanese, Chinese, and/or Korean. Total hours required for this concentration will depend on the languages chosen and will range from 30-32 jr/sr hours.

East Asian Languages and Cultures Prerequisite Knowledge (0)
Elementary Japanese or Chinese or Korean I. Satisfied by one of the following:
Elementary Japanese I
Elementary Chinese I
Elementary Korean I
Elementary Japanese or Chinese or Korean II. Satisfied by one of the following:
Elementary Japanese II
Elementary Chinese II
Elementary Korean II
Language Proficiency. Satisfied by one of the following:
Intermediate Japanese I
and Intermediate Japanese II
Intermediate Chinese I
and Intermediate Chinese II
Intermediate Korean I
and Intermediate Korean II
East Asian Languages and Cultures Core Knowledge and Skills (0)
Advanced Language. Satisfied by one of the following sequences:
Advanced Japanese Conversation I
and Advanced Japanese Conversation II
and Advanced Modern Japanese I
and Advanced Modern Japanese II
Advanced Modern Chinese I
and Advanced Modern Chinese II
Advanced Modern Korean I
and Advanced Modern Korean II
Pre-Modern Culture (6)6
Choose 2 of the following 3, matching language choices (6 credits combined - must be in the same two languages as chosen to fulfill the language sequences):
China
Japan
Korea
Modern Culture (6)6
Choose 2 of the following 3, matching language choices (6 credits combined - must be in the same two languages as chosen to fulfill the language sequences):
China
Japan
Korea

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 30-32 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 30-32 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Sample 4-year plans for the BA degree in East Asian Languages and Cultures with the following concentrations can be found here: Chinese Language & Literature, Japanese Language & Literature, East Asian Studies-Chinese Language, East Asian Studies-Japanese Language, East Asian Studies-Korean Language, Double Language, or by using the left-side navigation.

Departmental Honors

The department awards honors to undergraduates who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement. Students should make their intentions known in writing before the final undergraduate semester, preferably during the junior year. The candidate must achieve a minimum overall grade-point average of 3.25 and a minimum of 3.5 in the major and complete EALC 499 with a grade of B or higher. In EALC 499, the student writes an honors thesis under the supervision of a faculty member. Two faculty members evaluate the thesis.

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to undertake a substantial study abroad experience as part of the major. Studying abroad helps students master the language and affords them cultural understanding far beyond what can be conveyed in a classroom.

KU offers several options for academic-year abroad, direct-exchange programs for undergraduates and graduates in China (Nankai, Nanjing, Huazhong Normal universities and the University of Hong Kong), Japan (Fukuoka, J.F. Obirin, Okayama, Sophia universities and Tsuda College) and South Korea (Korea University). The department sponsors a five-week study abroad program in Hiratsuka, Japan, every summer.

The study abroad office also helps students find other summer, semester, or academic-year programs that meet unique student needs. Credit is usually similar to credit earned during an academic year at KU, and costs are about the same. Some scholarship aid is available. Consult the Office of Study Abroad for program and scholarship information as well as program offerings in other countries in Asia.