Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BA in East Asian Languages & Culture with a concentration in Japanese Language. To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the KU Core website.

ENGL 101 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing I)13ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing II)3
MATH 101 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Reasoning)3Quantitative Reasoning (Goal 1.2, BA Quantitative Reasoning)23
Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking3Goal 2.2 Communication3
JPN 104 (Major Pre-requisite)5JPN 108 (Major Pre-requisite)5
Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3
 17 17
Goal 3 Social Science3Goal 3 Humanities3
JPN 204 (Major Pre-requisite)5Goal 3 Natural Science3
ECIV 304 or 305 (Goal 4.2 Global Awareness, Major Requirement)3Lab Science (BA Lab Requirement)1-2
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3JPN 208 (Major Pre-requisite, BA Second Language)5
 EALC Elective (Major Requirement)33
 14 15-16
Goal 4.1 US Diversity3Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics 3
JPN 306 (Major Requirement)2JPN 310 (Major Requirement)2
JPN 504 (Major Requirement)3JPN 508 (Major Requirement)3
Modern Japan course (Major Requirement)43Pre-Modern Japan course (Major Requirement)43
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
 14 14
Japan in the Social Sciences course (Major Requirement)43Goal 6 Integration & Creativity63
Japan in Humanities course (Major Requirement)43EALC Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)53
LA&S 490 (Recommended, or elective)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)2
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
 15 14
Total Hours: 120-121

The BA requires completion of two courses of collegiate-level writing instruction. Students who test out of Composition will still need to complete ENGL 102 (or equivalent) and one additional Goal 2.1 course. 


Visit this website for a list of courses that fulfill the BA Quantitative Reasoning requirement. 


Satisfied by one course based on an East Asian country other than Japan.


One course from each of the following categories is required: Pre-Modern Japan, Modern Japan, Japan in the Humanities, Japan in the Social Sciences. Visit the degree requirements tab for a list of approved courses that fulfill each category. 


An additional 300+ level EALC elective is required. See an advisor for help choosing a course.


Typically Goal 6 is fulfilled using a course required by the major. Review the list of Goal 6 courses that may apply to the major, or choose another course. A free elective may need to be used to fulfill pre-requisites if a course within the major is not chosen.  

Please note:

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to completed 120 total hours of which 45 hours must be at the Jr/Sr (300+) level.

The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one KU Core Goal. However, overlap of a KU Core course with a major or degree-specific requirement is allowed. Overlapping is recommended to allow more opportunities to explore other majors and/or minors.