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:
Language (four courses in total, 18 credits):
- Second-year language courses (10 credits): JPN 220 and 221 or CHI 220 and 221 (two courses). Students who place into the third year or above will have this credit requirement waived (that is, such students need only nine courses or 36 credits for the major).
- Third-year language courses (8 credits): JPN 301 and 302 or CHI 301 and 302 (two courses). In consultation with their major advisers, students whose proficiency places them beyond the third year should substitute advanced language or literature courses for this requirement.
Literature (four courses in total, 16 credits):
- At least three EAL-prefix courses (12 credits) in the literature or culture of the student's concentration, including a departmental seminar or equivalent. Students concentrating on China are strongly encouraged to take EAL 231 and 232 early, and they must take at least one of these two courses. Students focusing on Japan are encouraged to take EAL 241 and 242 early, and they must take at least one of these courses.
- At least one EAL-prefix course (4 credits) focusing principally on the literature of another East Asian country.
Electives (three courses in total, 12 credits):
- Three additional courses (12 credits) may be chosen from other advanced language, literature and culture courses in the department, or, with the approval of the adviser, from East Asia-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 prior to taking such courses. S/U grading options are not allowed for courses counting toward the major. Native speakers of a language must consult with the major adviser regarding the language requirement.