EALC Major Requirements (32 units)

  • The core requirements for the EALC major allow students flexibility in designing their own course of study. Majors typically select one language and cultural area (Chinese, Japanese, or Korean) in which they do most of their course work. For this reason, one frequently hears students on campus speaking about "majoring" in Japanese, Chinese, or Korean, though strictly speaking all these students are actually majoring in EALC. Majors are encouraged to explore beyond their individual language focus by enrolling in the full range of EALC courses available in literature, film, history, media, and other aspects of East Asian cultures.

  • The requirements are as follows:
  •   Course Course Title

    Language
    (three years or six semesters)

    EALC-306

    Advanced Modern Chinese II

    EALC-317

    Advanced Korean II

    EALC-322

    Advanced Japanese II

    Civilization Course
    (choose one)

    EALC-340g
    EALC-345
    EALC-350g

    Japanese Civilization
    Korean Civilization
    Chinese Civilization
    * Or an equivalent course approved by the department

    Literature Course
    (choose one)

    EALC-332
    EALC-335m
    EALC-342g
    EALC-352g
    EALC-354g
    EALC-380
    EALC-385
    EALC-386

    EALC-428
    EALC-455 
    EALC-460

    See 'Upper-Division Electives' Link

    Upper-Division Electives (+300)
    (choose four)*

    See 'Upper-Division Electives' Link

  • * One lower-division EALC “culture” course (110g, 130g, 145) may be used to count toward the 16 upper-division units. In addition, one upper-division course on East Asia from another department may likewise be used to count toward the 16 units.

  • Many EALC majors complete part of their departmental requirements while studying abroad in China (Nanjing University or Beijing University), Taiwan (National Chengchi University), Japan (Waseda University, Nanzan University, or Tokyo International University), or Korea (Yonsei University), typically during   their junior year. Also, many EALC majors complete double-majors (e.g. EALC & International Relations, EALC & Business, etc.). In fact, the EALC majors have had very good representation among Renaissance Scholars at USC.


  • Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • University of Southern California
  • Taper Hall 356
  • Los Angeles, California 90089-0357

  • All photos taken by Elissa L., Yulee Kim and Ka Wong