EAST ASIAN LANGUAGES & CULTURES (EALC)
EAST ASIAN LANGUAGES & CULTURES (EALC) Updated March 13, 2013 Director: Professor A. Welter (Religion & Culture); Professors: X-Y. Dong (Economics); S. Peou (Politics); Assistant Professors: E. Alexander-Mudaliar (History); J. Newmark (Religion & Culture). DEGREES/PROGRAMS OFFERED 3-Year BA 4-Year BA Minor INTRODUCTION The East Asian region constitutes one of the most dynamic and intellectually rich regions in the world. The impact of East Asian economic development has been keenly felt in recent decades and the region has a major impact on world affairs. The legacy of East Asian history, religious and social values, literatures, etc., is a major factor in current affairs in the region, and this legacy will continue to shape our global future. The EALC program is devoted to the study of East Asian cultures. The program introduces students to East Asian cultures and societies through two components: a) the study of East Asian languages (Chinese—Mandarin and Classical, and Japanese), and b) the study of East Asian cultures through a multi-disciplinary approach (Religion & Culture, History, Literature, Cinema, Economics, Politics, and International Development Studies). A unique feature of the program is its focus on the intellectual legacy of East Asian cultures, introduced through the study of texts and ideas in the historical and cultural contexts that shaped them. The rationale for this focus is a belief that just as East Asian economies are having a global impact beyond the East Asian region, intellectual beliefs and cultural habits will challenge hitherto global presuppositions regarding accepted practices and habits of thought. The EALC program is currently administered through the Department of Religion & Culture. Graduates who are interested in careers related to East Asia in fields such as education, government, and business benefit greatly from courses in East Asian Languages & Cultures. REQUIREMENTS FOR A 3-YEAR BA IN EAST ASIAN LANGUAGES & CULTURES ADMISSION REQUIREMENT Students are advised to consult with the faculty advisor in planning their curriculum at the beginning of each registration session. GRADUATION REQUIREMENT RESIDENCE REQUIREMENT Degree: Major: GENERAL DEGREE REQUIREMENT Humanities: Science: Writing: Maximum Introductory Courses: Distribution: 90 credit hours Minimum 30 credit hours Minimum 18 credit hours 12 credit hours in Humanities 6 credit hours in Science Minimum 3 credit hours of Academic Writing. Students may use a maximum of 42 credit hours at the 1000 level. Of these, a maximum of 6 credit hours may be below the 1000 level. Minimum three (3) credit hours from each of five (5) different subjects. MAJOR REQUIREMENT Single Major: Double Major: Distribution: Required courses: EALC-1004(3) Minimum 30 credit hours/Maximum 48 credit hours. 30 credit hours in East Asian Languages & Cultures and the specified number of credit hours in the other department/program. Students must take at least 3 credit hours relating to Chinese culture and 3 credit hours relating to Japanese culture. East Asian Cultural Foundations Minimum of 6 credit hours in an East Asian language (Chinese or Japanese). Minimum of 18 credit hours in East Asian culture courses (up to 6 credit hours may be taken from courses with significant Asian content—see below). Minimum 6 credit hours at the 3000 level in East Asian Languages & Cultures. Combined Major: Minimum 48 credit hours from 2 different majors with not less than 18 credit hours from each major subject. Prescribed courses: EALC-1004(3) East Asian Cultural Foundations Minimum of 6 credit hours in an East Asian language (Chinese or Japanese). Minimum of 12 credit hours in East Asian culture courses (up to 6 credit hours may be taken from courses with significant Asian content—see below). Minimum 3 credit hours at the 3000 level in East Asian Languages & Cultures.