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
The Structure of Chinese
East Asian Languages and Cultures Required Elective (0)
Majors choosing this concentration must complete a course in each of the following areas (A course cannot be used in more than 1 area):
Chinese Literature or Culture in Translation. Satisfied by one course, e.g.:
Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation
Modern Chinese Fiction and Film
Modern Chinese Fiction & Film
Contemporary Chinese Fiction and Film
Contemporary Chinese Fiction and Film
Chinese Literature and Culture: Premodern Times
Chinese Folk Belief
Sexual Politics in Chinese Literature and Culture: Premodern Times
Honors Thesis
Gender and Society in Modern China
Pre-modern China. Satisfied by one course, e.g.:
Chinese Literature and Culture: Premodern Times
Ancient China
Sexual Politics in Chinese Literature and Culture: Premodern Times
Religion in China
Buddhists and Buddhism in China
Imperial China
Chinese Thought
Honors Thesis
Modern China. Satisfied by one course, e.g.:
Modern Chinese Fiction and Film
Modern Chinese Fiction & Film
Contemporary Chinese Fiction and Film
Contemporary Chinese Fiction and Film
The Peoples of China
Daily Life in China From the Opium War to the Present
Gender and Society in Modern China
Modern China
Reform in Contemporary China
Doing Business With China: Law and Policy
Chinese Foreign Policy
Honors Thesis

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
Advanced Business Japanese
The Structure of Japanese
East Asian Languages and Cultures Required Elective (0)
Majors choosing this concentration must complete a course in each of the following areas (a course cannot be used in more than 1 area):
Pre-Modern Japanese Literature in Translation. Satisfied by one course, e.g.:
Japan's Literary Legacy
Love, Sexuality and Gender in Japanese Literature
Modern Japanese Literature in Translation. Satisfied by one course, e.g.:
Modern Japanese Film and Fiction
Contemporary Japanese Literature in Translation: 1945-Present
The Body in Japan
Visual and Literary Culture in Modern Japan
Pre-Modern Japan. Satisfied by one course on pre-modern Japan, e.g.:
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
Modern Japan. Satisfied by one course on modern Japan, e.g.:
Modern Japanese Film and Fiction
Contemporary Japanese Literature in Translation: 1945-Present
The Body in Japan
Contemporary Japanese Film
Japan, 1853-1945
Japan Since 1945
Honors Thesis

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 Elective (0)
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 China. Satisfied by one course on pre-modern China, e.g.:
Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation
Chinese Literature and Culture: Premodern Times
Ancient China
Sexual Politics in Chinese Literature and Culture: Premodern Times
Imperial China
Modern China. Satisfied by one course on modern China, e.g.:
Modern Chinese Fiction and Film
Modern Chinese Fiction & Film
Contemporary Chinese Fiction and Film
Contemporary Chinese Fiction and Film
Gender and Society in Modern China
Daily Life in China From the Opium War to the Present
Modern China
Reform in Contemporary China
China in the Humanities. Satisfied by one course on China in a humanities discipline, e.g.:
Cultural Traditions of China, Inner Asia, and Tibet
The Chinese Novel
Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation
Contemporary Japanese Literature in Translation: 1945-Present
Modern Chinese Fiction and Film
Modern Chinese Fiction & Film
Chinese Literature and Culture: Premodern Times
Chinese Folk Belief
Ancient China
Sexual Politics in Chinese Literature and Culture: Premodern Times
Religion in China
Chinese Literature and Culture: Premodern Times
Buddhists and Buddhism in China
Gender and Society in Modern China
Imperial China
Modern China
China in the Social Sciences. Satisfied by one course on China in a social science discipline, e.g.:
The Peoples of China
The Structure of Chinese
Reform in Contemporary China
Chinese Foreign Policy
Advanced East Asian Languages and Cultures. Satisfied by one junior/senior-level (300+) EALC course.
East Asian Course. Satisfied by one course based on an East Asian country other than China, e.g.:
Cultural Traditions of Japan and 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 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 Elective (6)
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 Japan. Satisfied by one course on pre-modern Japan, e.g.:
Japan's Literary Legacy
The Culture of Play in Japan
The Culture of Play in Japan, Honors
Early Modern Japan
Modern Japan. Satisfied by one course on modern Japan, e.g.:
Modern Japanese Film and Fiction
Contemporary Japanese Literature in Translation: 1945-Present
The Body in Japan
Contemporary Japanese Film
Japan, 1853-1945
Japan Since 1945
Japan in the Humanities. Satisfied by one course on Japan in a humanities discipline, e.g.:
Japan's Literary Legacy
Survey of Japanese Film
Modern Japanese Film and Fiction
Contemporary Japanese Literature in Translation: 1945-Present
The Body in Japan
The Culture of Play in Japan
The Culture of Play in Japan, Honors
Visual and Literary Culture in Modern Japan
Religion in Japan
Contemporary Japanese Film
Love, Sexuality and Gender in Japanese Literature
Early Modern Japan
Japan, 1853-1945
Japan Since 1945
Japan in the Social Sciences. Satisfied by one course on Japan in a social science discipline, e.g.:
Contemporary Japan
The Body in Japan
The Structure of Japanese
Advanced East Asian Languages and Cultures. Satisfied by one junior/senior-level (300+) EALC course, e.g.:3
East Asian Course. Satisfied by one course based on an East Asian country other than Japan.3

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 Elective (0)
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 Korea. Satisfied by one course on pre-modern Korea, e.g.:
Cultural History of Korea
Art and Culture of Korea
Art and Culture of Korea, Honors
Modern Korea. Satisfied by one course on modern Korea, e.g.:
Modern Korea
East Asia in the Humanities. Satisfied by one course on East Asia in a humanities discipline, e.g.: 1
Popular Cultures of East Asia
Asian Media Studies
Asian Film
East Asia in the Social Sciences. Satisfied by one course on East Asia in a social science discipline, e.g.: 1
Gendered Modernity in East Asia
Entrepreneurship in East Asia
East Asian Communication
Government and Politics of East Asia
Political Economy of East Asia
International Relations of Asia
East Asian Studies. Satisfied by three courses (9 hours) in any East Asian field. One of these three may be KOR 562.

Major Hours & Major GPA

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 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:
JPN 306
  & JPN 310
  & JPN 504
  & JPN 508
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.