Major & Minor

East Asian Area Studies Major

The East Asian Area Studies (EAAS) major offers an interdisciplinary approach to learning about East Asia, combining language study with history, social sciences and the humanities. EAAS is a complementary double major; students have successfully combined their study of East Asia with majors in biology, business, communication, film, international relations, and more.

The EAAS major also provides a strong foundation for students pursuing additional training in graduate or professional programs as well as those seeking careers in public service, journalism, international business and law, government, and the private sector.

EAAS majors are encouraged to learn about East Asia in East Asia. In addition to Overseas Studies semester and year-long study abroad opportunities, EASC offers funding for students--EAAS majors and non-majors alike--to participate in the summer Global East Asia programs in China, Japan or Korea.

Requirements

Lower Division

  • Language: Up to level 4 of Chinese, Japanese, or Korean
  • EASC 150g: East Asian Societies (4 units)
  • EALC 110g: East Asian Humanities, or an equivalent course approved by the EAAS advisor (4 units)

Upper Division

  • 7 courses on East Asia (28 units) from the course list
    >One course from the Department of History
    >Courses on at least two East Asian countries: China, Japan, Korea
    >Courses in at least 3 different departments/schools

Total: 36 units + language
EAAS Recommended 4-year Course Plan


East Asian Area Studies Minor

A minor in East Asian Area Studies is a great complementary focus for students in professional schools or liberal arts. Students who have minored in EAAS have majored in a range of disciplines, including economics, religion, business, neuroscience, and public policy.

Requirements

Lower Division

  • EASC 150g: East Asian Societies (4 units)
  • EALC 110: East Asian Humanities, or an equivalent course approved by the EAAS advisor (4 units)

Upper Division

  • 4 courses on East Asia (16 units) from the course list
    >One course from the Department of History
    >One course in the Humanities field
    >Courses on at least two East Asian countries: China, Japan, Korea

Total: 24 units

Note: USC policy states that you must complete 16 units unique to the minor, meaning 16 units that are not counted for GE, major, or other minor requirements. 

Korean Studies Minor

The Korean Studies minor is intended for students who are interested in the political, economic, social and cultural changes of the area, and draws upon courses from departments across the social sciences, humanities, and professional schools.

Requirements
Lower Division

One course from the following (4 units):

  • EASC 150g East Asian Societies
  • HIST 105g The Korean Past

Upper Division
Four courses from the following (16 units):

  • CTCS-403: Studies in National and Regional Media: Korean Cinema*
  • CTCS-494: Advanced Critical Studies Seminar: The History of South Korean Cinema: From National to Transnational*
  • EALC-315: Advanced Korean I
  • EALC-317: Advanced Korean II
  • EALC-332: Korean Literature in English Translation
  • EALC-344g: Korean Literature and Culture
  • EALC-415: Advanced Korean III
  • EALC-417: Advanced Korean IV
  • EALC-418: Korean Writing in Mixed Script
  • EALC-419: Newspaper and Documentary Korean
  • EALC-429: Gender in Korean Film and Literature
  • EALC-499: Special Topics: History and Memory in Modern Korea
  • EALC-499: Special Topics: Travel in Korean Visual Culture
  • HIST-333: Korea: The Modern Transformation
  • HIST-404: Seminar in Korean History
  • HIST-498: Seminar on Selected Historical Topics: Asia and Trauma*
  • IR-499: Special Topics: Business and Politics of the Korean Peninsula*
  • IR-499: Special Topics: Korea in its Regional Context*

    *For these repeatable courses, only the classes with Korean-based foci will count.  

If a Korea-focused course is not listed above but is on the EASC course list, it will still count towards the minor. Please consult with the KRNS advisor.

Total:  20 units

Note: USC policy states that you must complete 16 units unique to the minor, meaning 16 units that are not counted for GE, major, or other minor requirements. 

 

 

EASC Learning Objectives:

• As an interdisciplinary major, knowledge of the variety of research methods used in both the humanities and social sciences to investigate the East Asia region.

• Ability to identify the main argument in a reading and to interpret it critically based on the logic and evidence presented.

• Demonstrate an understanding of the interplay between human action and institutions and organizations in the contemporary global economy.

• Apply methods of critical and social analysis from anthropology, sociology, international relations, political science, economics, literature, arts, and/or history to the study of East Asia. 

• Understand the principal issues and trends in contemporary and historical East Asia.

• Have a thorough knowledge of the history and culture of the region as well as understand the strategies and choices East Asian countries have made in pursuing economic, political, and social development.

Advisement

Students interested in the East Asian Area Studies major/minor or the Korean Studies minor should contact Jier Dong, the undergraduate advisor, to set up a meeting appointment. He can be reached by email (jierdong@usc.edu) or telephone (213.740.2992). No walk-ins please.

EAAS VS. EALC

Many students wonder about the difference between East Asian Area Studies and East Asian Languages and Cultures. EAAS requires fewer language courses for the major and no language requirement for the minor. EAAS also has more diverse upper division course offerings from a wide variety of departments and schools. For students mostly interested in language, literature and culture, the EALC major may be a good fit. Those interested in the historical or contemporary political, economic, social and cultural changes in East Asia, however, should strongly consider EAAS.

 

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  • University of Southern California
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  • College House (CLH 101)
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089