East Asian Studies

Major, Minor & Honours


Undergraduate Programs



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Who May Enter?

Any student who qualifies for admission to the Faculty of Arts is eligible for any of the programmes described here. Potential Arts students who lack a language other than English at the matriculation level may use Chinese, Japanese or Korean to satisfy the requirement. Students registered in other faculties or departments are also encouraged to take Chinese, Japanese or Korean to complete language requirements, for their general interest, or to serve as a tool in their various careers.

Undergraduate Degrees in East Asian Studies


There are two types of Bachelor's degrees available through the Department at present: BA and BA (Honours). These degrees offer many different areas of study. They are outlined below.

Prospective students are asked to contact the Department for information, advice and program planning.

For previous Major and Minor requirements please scroll down.

The Department offers major, minor, and honors programs in East Asian Studies. Please note that from September 2015 onwards there will be no further admissions to the Chinese or Japanese majors, minors, or honors programs. Students who entered one of these programs prior to September 2015 must complete all program requirements by April 30, 2019. The last BA degree with a Chinese or Japanese major, minor, or honors will be granted at Spring Convocation 2019.

The Department reserves the right to place students in the language course appropriate to their level of study. Students assessed by the Department as having a prior language proficiency beyond 400-level will be required to pursue a different language for the major. More information on language screening in the Department can be found here.

BA (Major)

Major in East Asian Studies

A major in East Asian Studies requires EASIA 101 and a minimum of 30 to a maximum of 48 units of course weight at the senior level from EASIA, CHINA, JAPAN, or KOREA, including:

• 6 units of course weight in language courses from among CHINA, JAPAN, KOREA at the senior level, including one or more of 302, 401, 402;
• 3 units of course weight from among CHINA 341, JAPAN 341, or KOREA 302;
• 12 units of course weight in EASIA at the senior level, 6 units of which must be at the 400 level.

Related East Asian content courses may be taken as options, or applied to the major to a maximum of 9 units of course weight. Please note that such courses will be in addition to, not in place of, the requirements above.

Note: The list of related East Asian content courses is available here.

BA (Minor)


Minor in East Asian Studies

A minor in East Asian Studies requires EASIA 101 and a minimum of 15 to a maximum of 42 units of course weight at the senior level from EASIA, CHINA, JAPAN, or KOREA, 6 units of which must be at the 300 or 400 level.

Note: The minor in East Asian Studies may not be combined with the major in East Asian Studies.

Additional program requirements for the BA degree are outlined in the University Calendar.

BA (Honors)


Students planning to apply for admission to the Honors program should consult §16.2.2 for admission requirements. See §43.6 for Faculty regulations concerning the Honors program.

Honors in East Asian Studies

Honors in East Asian Studies requires EASIA 101 and a minimum of 48 to a maximum of 60 units of course weight at the senior level in EASIA, CHINA, JAPAN, KOREA, including:

• 6 units of course weight in CHINA 402 and 341; or, 6 units in JAPAN 402 and 341; or, 3 units in KOREA 402;
• 12 units of course weight in EASIA at the senior level, including 6 units in EASIA at the 400 level, excluding EASIA 480 and 490;
• EASIA 480, the Honors Seminar;
• EASIA 490, a 6-unit Honors thesis, to be written under the supervision of an advisor appointed by the Department.

Related East Asian content courses may be taken as options, or applied to the major to a maximum of 12 units of course weight. Please note that these will be in addition to, not in place of, the requirements above.

Note: The list of related East Asian content courses is available here.

Promotion Requirements


Promotion from year to year in the honors programs requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 with an average of at least 3.3 on all courses applied to the major.

Graduation Requirements


Graduation with Honors requires a GPA of at least 3.0 with an average of at least 3.3 in all courses applied to the major. Graduation with First Class Honors requires a GPA of at least 3.7 in all senior courses applied to the major and a GPA of at least 3.5 or better on the last 30 completed.
Combined Honors in East Asian Studies and one other discipline
For common requirements in these Combined Honors programs refer to §43.6.

The Combined Honors in East Asian Studies and one other discipline requires EASIA 101 and a minimum of 36 units of course weight at the senior level in EASIA, CHINA, JAPAN, KOREA, including:

• 6 units of course weight in CHINA 402 and 341; or, 6 units in JAPAN 402 and 341; or, 3 units in KOREA 402;
• 12 units of course weight in senior-level EASIA, including 6 units in EASIA at the 400 level excluding EASIA 480 and 490;


• A minimum of 36 units of course weight in the other discipline, meeting the requirements specific to that program.
• EASIA 480, the Honors Seminar, or an equivalent class in the other discipline;
• EASIA 490, a 6-unit Honors thesis, to be written under the supervision of an advisor appointed by the Department. With the permission of the Honors Advisor, students pursuing Combined Honors in East Asian Studies and another discipline may write a combined honors essay (INT D 520) that is supervised jointly by faculty from both programs and the subject of which integrates both disciplines. In these circumstances, students will complete INT D 520 in place of EASIA 490.

Promotion and Graduation Requirements


In a combined honors program, students must meet the promotion and graduation standards of each department. The requirements for Honors in East Asian Studies are outlined in §44.9.1.


PREVIOUS DEGREE PROGRAMS: No students are currently being admitted to these programs but there are students still completing these programs as part of their degree requirements.
BA (Major)

There are a variety of programmes of study in the Department of East Asian Studies for the BA degree.

1. A Major in Chinese requires a minimum of 36 to a maximum of 48 units of course weight at the senior level in the language chosen, which must include:

• China 342, 402
• a minimum of 3 units of course weight in 400 level non-language China courses

2. A Major in Japanese requires a minimum of 33 to a maximum of 48 units of course weight at the senior level in the language chosen, which must include:

• Japan 341, 402
• A minimum of 3 units of course weight in a 400 level non-language course

3. A Combined Major in Chinese and Japanese requires EASIA 101, and a minimum of 33 to a maximum of 48 units of course weight at the senior level in the two languages combined. The requirements are as follows:
• a minimum of 12 units of course weight at the senior level in each language;
• a minimum of 6 units of course weight in 400 level language courses consisting of 3 units of course
weight in each language
• a minimum of 3 units of course weight in 400-level non-language CHINA or JAPAN courses
• up to 6 units of course weight may be counted from senior level EASIA courses

4. A major in East Asian Studies requires EASIA 101, and a minimum of 36 units to a maximum of 48 units at the senior level which must include the following:

a minimum of 12 units from senior level language courses, selected from one of CHINA, JAPAN or KOREA;
a minimum of 12 units in non-language courses offered by the Department, including 6 units at the 400 level;
a minimum of 9 units in approved cross-listed East Asian content courses, including 3 units at the 400 level.

Additional program requirements for the BA degree are outlined in the University calendar.

BA (Minor)


1. A Minor in Chinese or Japanese requires EASIA 101, and a minimum of 12 to a maximum of 42 units of course weight at the senior level in one of Chinese or Japanese, and must include a minimum of 6 units at the 300-or 400-level, including 3 at the 400-level and 6 units in language courses at the senior level.

Note: If the major subject is East Asian Studies, and the minor is in the same language as that used to fulfill the language requirement for the major, a maximum of 30 credits of course weight at the senior level will be permitted, as 12 units in the language are required for the major.

2. A Minor in East Asian Studies requires EASIA 101, and a minimum of 12 to a maximum of 42 units of course weight at the senior level, selected from approved cross-listed East Asian content courses, or from non-language courses offered by the Department, and which must include a minimum of 6 units at the 300- or 400-level, including 3 units at the 400-level.BA (Honours)

BA (Honors)

The Department offers the following honors programmes:
1. Honors in Chinese Studies requires a minimum of 48 and a maximum of 60 units of course weight at the junior and senior levels, with a maximum of 12 units from EASIA courses. The program must include:
• CHINA 342, 402; EASIA 101,
• 6 in 400-level non-language CHINA courses, plus CHINA 490 and EASIA 480.

2. Honors in Japanese Studies requires a minimum of 48 and a maximum of 60 units of course weight at the junior and senior levels, with a maximum of 12 units from EASIA courses. The program must include:
• EASIA 101, Japan 341, 402
• 6 in 400-level non-language JAPAN courses, plus JAPAN 490 and EASIA 480.

3. Combined Honors in East Asian Studies

The requirements in these Combined Honors programs are the same as for other Honors programs (refer to §43.5). Available combined Honors programs are:
a) Combined Honors in Chinese and one other discipline, which may be East Asian Studies.
b) Combined Honors in Japanese and one other discipline, which may be East Asian Studies.
c) Combined Honors in East Asian Studies and one other discipline, which may be Chinese or Japanese.

A Combined Honors program as specified above in (a) or (b) requires a minimum of 36 units of course weight in Chinese or Japanese, which must include the courses identified as requirements for the Honors in Chinese Studies or the courses identified as requirements for the Honors in Japanese Studies, and a minimum of 36 units in the other discipline or in East Asian Studies.

A Combined Honors program as specified in (c) above requires a minimum of 42 units of course weight, including 18 units in either Chinese or Japanese language, 9 units in either Chinese or Japanese literature and culture, and 9 units to be chosen from EASIA courses, and/or from the approved list of East Asian content courses. As well, EASIA 480 Honors Seminar and EASIA 490 Honors thesis must be taken in the final year of the (c) program. No credit can be counted twice to meet these requirements.

In each of these programs, an original thesis is required on a topic related to senior course material. The thesis will be written under the supervision of an advisor chosen by the Department.

Promotion Requirements



Promotion from year to year in any of the department’s honors programs requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 with an average of at least 3.3 on all courses applied to the major.

Graduation Requirements



Graduation with Honors in any of the department’s honors programs requires a graduation average of at least 3.0 with an average of at least 3.3 in all courses applied to the major. Graduation with First Class Honors requires an average of at least 3.7 in all senior courses applied to the major and a GPA of at least 3.5 or better in all courses in the final year (last 30 units).

4. Honors in Interdisciplinary East/West Stream: Comparative Literature with an emphasis in East Asian Studies
Note: See Honors in Comparative Literature in an Interdisciplinary East/West Stream with an emphasis on East Asian Studies (§44.5.1(3)) for these requirements.

Other requirements of the BA (Honours) are outlined in the University Calendar.
JAPAN 30 IB Students

For those students who have taken Japan 30IB in high school and wish to receive credit for JAPAN 101/102, a Transfer Credit system has been implemented (i.e. students with grades 6 or 7 from the IB transcript will get an A or A- automatically upon entering the university. You can find more information here. For further information, please contact the Japanese Language Advisor.
CHINESE, JAPANESE, OR KOREAN AS LOE REQUIREMENT

Chinese, Japanese or Korean may be used by students to satisfy the Language Other than English (LOE) requirement of their degree or program. Courses that DO NOT satisfy the LOE requirement for the BA degree are those dealing with culture or literature taught exclusively in English, which generally have the subject code EASIA.

All language courses integrate the development of the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The spoken language together with written composition continues through all levels. Senior courses in reading are conducted in the spoken language.

It should be noted that courses in this Department are primarily designed for students who do NOT speak and who are NOT literate in the language in question. This generally includes dialect speakers as well. Those courses which are open to all students are appropriately marked in the "Details of Courses" section (§§211.34, 211.118 and 211.119) of the University Calendar. It should also be noted that there are special routes for students with background in one of the languages. These students should consult with the Department before making course selections.