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. 

 

 

>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.


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.

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. Students who major in EAAS have a strong interest in the historical or contemporary political, economic, social and cultural changes in East Asia, particularly China, Japan and Korea. EAAS is also a complementary double major; students have successfully combined their study of East Asia with majors in archaeology, biology, business, communication, cinema, international relations, sociology, and more.

The EAAS major 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 by the department to learn about East Asia in East Asia. In addition to Overseas Studies semester and year-long study abroad opportunities /overseas-studies/, 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.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Lower Division

Language: 4 semesters of Chinese, Japanese, or Korean
EASC 150g: East Asian Societies (4 units)
EALC 110g: East Asian Humanities, or an equivalent course chosen in consultation with 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

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.

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Lower Division

EASC 150g: East Asian Societies (4 units)
EALC 110: East Asian Humanities, or an equivalent course chosen in consultation with 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

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.

 

Minor Requirements

Lower Division

1 course from the following (4 units):
>EASC 150g East Asian Societies

>HIST 105g The Korean Past

 

Upper Division

4 courses from the following (16 units):

 

CTCS-403

Studies in National and Regional Media: Korean Cinema*

<pCTCS-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

 

EALC-417

 

EALC-418

 

EALC-419

 

EALC-429

 

EALC-499

 

EALC-499

 

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.

Total:  20 units

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