Major and Minor Requirements

2022 - 2023 Catalog

We have the following degrees:

East Asian Languages and Literatures major leading to BA degree

A major in East Asian Languages and Literatures leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of at least 33 credits, including an emphasis in either Chinese or Japanese as follows.

  1. Language core: At least four courses (12-14 credits), in either Chinese or Japanese, including CHIN 302 or JAPN 302, chosen from the following:
    CHIN 261, 262, 301, 302 311, 312
    JAPN 261, 262, 301, 302, 311, 312
  2. Literature and Culture Core: Two courses chosen from
    EALL 175, 215;
    LIT 218, 220, 221, 222, 223, 225, 235, and 295 (when appropriate)
  3. At least 6 additional credits chosen from the following:
    CHIN 311, 312, 315, 401, 402, 403
    JAPN 311, 312, 401, 402, 403
    LIT 395 (when appropriate)
  4. General courses: At least 6 additional credits taken from the following, or from additional courses approved in advance by the department head.
    ARTH 140, 240, 241
    CHIN 103,113, 263, 305, 315, 363 (maximum of 4 credits from this group)
    ECON 274
    HIST 103, 104
    JAPN 100, 115, 265, 365 (4 credits total from this group)
    PHIL 130, 223
    POL 227
    REL 103, 131
  5. Capstone Experience: EALL 399 (1), and optionally, EALL 493-493 (6)

Students with background in the core language may substitute courses with the advance approval of the East Asian Languages and Literatures department head. Native speakers in either Chinese or Japanese will be required to study the other language to fulfill the requirements.

The East Asian Languages and Literatures major may not be combined with the interdisciplinary minor in East Asian Studies.

  1. Language core:
  2. At least 4 courses (12-14 credits), including CHIN 302 or JAPN 302, chosen from the following:

  3. Literature and Culture Core:
  4. Two courses chosen from:

  5. At least 6 additional credits chosen from the following:
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  7. General courses:
  8. At least 6 additional credits taken from the following or from additional courses approved in advance by the department head.

    • ARTH 140 - Asian Art
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      A survey of artistic traditions from South (including the Himalayan region), East, and Southeast Asia from roughly the 1st to the 18th centuries CE. The course focuses on a wide range of media - including architecture, sculpture, painting, textiles, and book arts - that serve a spectrum of religious and secular functions. The broad temporal, geographic, and topical scope of this course is meant to provide students with a basic understanding of not only the greatest artistic achievements and movements in Asia, but also the historical and political contexts that gave rise to these extraordinary pieces of art.


    • ARTH 240 - Arts of China
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      This broad-based investigation of Chinese art from the Neolithic period to the present examines a wide spectrum of media: painting, illustrated scrolls, architecture, ceramics, and sculpture. This general survey will be paired with single-focused analyses of materials, issues, and genres particular to Chines art, such as the use of jade, development of ceramics, lore of calligraphy, and tradition of landscape painting. To this end, we use objects from the W&L Special Collections.


    • ARTH 241 - The Arts of Japan
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      This survey of Japanese art, which includes material from protohistoric times to the 20th century, is structured chronologically with lectures addressing seminal artistic developments and movements throughout Japan's history. Central to this course is an investigation of the ways in which Japan's dynamic socio-political contexts shaped its religious and political artistic developments.


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    • (4 credits total from this group of JAPN courses)

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  9. Capstone Experience
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Chinese minor

A minor in Chinese requires completion of at least seven courses beyond CHIN 111. A student may not complete both a major and a minor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures which focus on the same language. In meeting the requirements of this discipline-based minor, a student may not use more than nine credits used to meet the requirements of another major or minor. Chinese minors are encouraged, though not required, to study abroad (for Spring Term or longer) in a reputable language-based Chinese program. Students must complete CHIN 111 or equivalent prior to declaring the minor.


1. Language requirement: CHIN 112, 261, 262, or equivalent
2. At least two 300-level Chinese-language courses chosen from CHIN 301, 302, 311, 312
3. At least one course on Chinese literature chosen from LIT 218 or 220
4. Additional course(s) chosen from CHIN 311, 312; EALL 215; LIT 218, 220; or one course only chosen from CHIN 113, 263, and 363

  1. Language requirement:
  2. At least two 300-level Chinese-language courses chosen from:
  3. At least one course on Chinese literature chosen from:
  4. Additional course(s) chosen from:

Japanese minor

A minor in Japanese requires completion of at least seven courses beyond JAPN 111. A student may not complete both a major and a minor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures which focus on the same language. In meeting the requirements of this discipline-based minor, a student may not use more than nine credits used to meet the requirements of another major or minor. Japanese minors are encouraged, though not required, to study abroad (for Spring Term or longer) in a reputable language-based Japanese program. Students must complete JAPN 111 or equivalent prior to declaring the minor.


1. Language requirement: JAPN 112, 261, and 262, or equivalent
2. At least two 300- level Japanese-language courses chosen from JAPN 301, 302, 311, 312
3. At least one course on Japanese literature chosen from LIT 221, 222, 223, 225
4. Additional course(s) chosen from EALL 175; JAPN 311, 312; LIT 221, 222, 223, 225; or one course only chosen from JAPN 115, 265, and 365

  1. Language requirement:
  2. At least two 300- level Japanese-language courses chosen from:
  3. At least one course on Japanese literature chosen from:
  4. Additional course(s) chosen from: