East Asian Studies Major Requirements

(See also Requirements of a Bachelor's Degree.)

The curriculum of the East Asian Studies major consists of a balanced mixture of language and area studies. All majors must study an East Asian language during their time at Hopkins. They also have the opportunity to choose from a rich menu of content courses dealing with East Asia. 

In addition to solid language training and content courses about the region, EAS majors receive training in the methods and theory of the particular academic discipline they select as a focus area. Students select from among four discipline-based focus areas - history, political science, history of science and technology, or sociology - or create an individualized focus area. Possible individualized focus areas include art history, archaeology, or business. The individualized focus area requires consultation and approval of the program director.

If they choose, East Asian Studies majors may double major in International Studies, as the requirements of each of the four focus areas overlap with those of International Studies. Students may also find it convenient to double major in history, political science, sociology, or history of science, medicine and technology.

No major requirements may be taken satisfactory/unsatisfactory. All courses required for the major must be passed with a grade of C- or higher. The University encourages students enrolled in this program to take advantage of foreign study options. Courses and programs must be pre-approved by the program director.  Seven of the 14 courses required for the major are required to be taken at JHU.  

East Asian Survey Course 1
AS.100.243China: Neolithic to Song3
or AS.100.248 Japan in the World
or AS.100.347 Early Modern China
or AS.100.348 20th-Century China
or AS.310.106 Introduction to Korean History and Culture
Additional East Asian Studies Courses
Two East Asian Studies courses at any level6
One East Asian Studies course at the 300- or 400-level3
East Asian Foreign Language
Six courses in an East Asian Language 224
Focus Area - History, Political Science, Sociology, or History of Science and Technology
Select one of the following focus areas:12-14
History focus area
AS.100.193Undergraduate Seminar In History3
AS.100.194Undergraduate Seminar in History3
One East Asian history course at any level 33
One East Asian history course at the 300- or 400-level 33
Political Science focus area
Two core courses at the 100- or 200-level in two of the following subfields - American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, or Political Theory.6
One East Asian political science or sociology courses at any level 33
One East Asian political science or sociology course at the 300- or 400-level 33
Sociology focus area
Select two of the following:3-4
Introduction to Sociology
Research Methods for the Social Sciences
Introduction to Social Statistics
Social Theory
One East Asian sociology or political science course at any level 33
One East Asian sociology or political science course at the 300- or 400-level 33
History of Science and Technology focus area 4
Select two survey courses of the following list:3
History of Medicine
History of Modern Medicine
History of Science: Antiquity To Renaissance
Rise Of Modern Science
Select two upper level East Asian courses from the following list:3
From the Compass to Androids: History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Asia
Godzilla and Fukushima: Japanese Environment in History and Films
History of Chinese Medicine
History of Public Health in East Asia
Individualized focus
Requires approval of the EAS director. Focus requirements to be determined in consultation with the director.
Total Credits87-90

Sample Program of Study

The plan below assumes the student begins language study in Chinese at JHU.

First Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
East Asian Studies course at any level3 
 8 5
Second Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
Focus area requirement3Required survey course3
 Focus area requirement3
 8 11
Third Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
Focus area requirement3East Asian Studies course at 300-400 level3
 6 6
Fourth Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
East Asian Studies course at any level3Focus area requirement3
Additional language study (optional)Additional language study (optional)
 3 3
Total Credits 50

Honors in East Asian Studies

  • Honors in the major may be earned by maintaining a GPA of 3.7 in the major and writing a senior honors thesis by taking a two-semester seminar, AS.310.431 Senior Thesis Seminar: East Asian Studies and AS.310.432 Senior Thesis Seminar: East Asian Studies. The thesis seminar is a total of six credits and may count toward two of the required EAS courses.