The first year of Chinese (CHI 110 and 111) or Japanese (JPN 110 and 111) is a prerequisite for admission to the major. A language placement test is required prior to registration for students who have previously studied the language.
Students are expected to concentrate in China or Japan and take a total of 11 courses (46 credits), distributed as follows:
- Second-year language courses (10 credits): JPN 220 and 221 or CHI 220 and 221 (two courses).
- Third-year language courses (8 credits): JPN 301 and 302 or CHI 301 and 302 (two courses). Students whose proficiency places them beyond the third year should substitute advanced language or literature courses for this requirement.
- At least three EALL courses (12 credits) in the literature or culture of the student's concentration, including a departmental seminar. Students concentrating on China are encouraged to take EAL 231 and 232, and they must take at least one of these two courses. Students focusing on Japan are encouraged to take EAL 241 and 242, and they must take at least one of these courses.
- At least one course (4 credits) focusing principally on the literature of another East Asian country.
- Electives: Three additional courses (12 credits) may be chosen from other advanced language or literature courses in the department, or, at the recommendation of the adviser, from related courses in other departments.
Of the 11 required courses, no more than five normally shall be taken in other institutions, such as Five Colleges, Junior Year Abroad programs or summer programs. Students should consult their advisers before taking such courses. S/U grading options are not allowed for courses counting toward the major. Native speakers of a language are encouraged to take another East Asian language.