East Asian Studies Major

A minimum of 40 credits of course work on East Asia. Any course that devotes 50% or more of its substance to East Asian countries, peoples, or issues may be included in the major.  One (1) course on East Asian diasporas (e.g., Asian-American Studies) may count toward the major. 

Requirements for the major are:

1. Four (4) courses (16 credits), equivalent to two years of college-level study of an East Asian language—Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. Japanese and Chinese are taught at Mount Holyoke and elsewhere in the Five Colleges, and Korean is taught at Smith College.  A maximum of 16 lower level language credits and a total of 24 language credits can be counted toward the major

2. History 137 (“Modern East Asia”). 

3. At least three additional courses (12 credits), including at least one from each of the following two groups:

  • Group One: Humanities, (literature, art, history, philosophy, and religion and interdisciplinary courses in these areas). Note: Language courses are not included in this group).  In order to count toward the major, Studio Art or performance courses must be supplemented with analytical written work
  • Group Two: Social Sciences (anthropology, economics, geography, international relations, linguistics, politics, and sociology interdisciplinary courses in these areas).

At least three (3) courses (12 credits) must be 300-level courses. A course that is taught outside of Mount Holyoke must be approved by the chair of the Asian Studies Program to count as a 300-level course. One (1) of the three 300-level courses must be a non- language course.