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How to Become a Major:

Student must bring the declaration form to UAH or Program Administrator.

Major Requirements

Overview:  Ten courses are generally required to complete the EAS major. At least six courses are required to be taken in residence at Brandeis and all courses used to fulfill the EAS major degree requirements must be passed with a C- or higher.

A. Core Course:  HIST 80a (East Asian Civilization to 1650) or HIST 80b (East Asia: Nineteenth Century to the Present China and Japan).

B. Language Requirement: at least up to CHIN 40b or JAPN 40b, or by exemption.  Students with demonstrated language skills at the 40 level or are native speakers may be exempted from this requirement by application and/or exam.

The procedures for applying for language exemption for the major are the same as those for the minor.

C. Three EAS electives, one selective from each of the creative arts, humanities, and the contemporary E. Asia social science courses (see course listing).

For humanities courses that are languages, only courses above the 40-level may be counted toward fulfilling this specific elective requirement.

D. Generally five additional EAS electives are required; however students who are exempted from the language requirement must complete six electives. East Asian language courses (such as in a second EAS language area) at the 20-level or higher which are not used toward fulfilling the language requirement may be used as electives for the major degree; however, at least one elective must be an EAS non-language course taken outside the GRALL Department.

E. No more than four (three, if language exempt is earned) courses taken outside of Brandeis may be counted for the major.

F. No course taken pass/fail may count toward the major requirements.

Senior Honors Thesis Candidates for honors are required to register for EAS 99 (or for a 99 course in an appropriate department) and to prepare an honors thesis on a topic relating to East Asia. If completed successfully, the 99 can be counted as two of the five (six) EAS electives needed for the major.