East Asian Studies

Humanities Track
Basic Requirements: 13 half-courses

  1. Required courses:

    1. Six half-courses in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, Tibetan, or Vietnamese; or an approved combination of courses involving two East Asian languages. The language requirement is met by attaining a level of competence equivalent to six half-courses of language study; thus it is possible for the requirement to be satisfied in part by work done or experience gained elsewhere than in formal course work at Harvard. However, students who are allowed to take fewer than six half-courses of language due to previous training or knowledge are required to substitute other courses.

    2. Two half-courses of tutorial or courses designated as equivalents.

    3. Five non-language half-courses in East Asian or related subjects, selected from the list available in the tutorial office. One of these courses must be one of the following survey courses: Historical Study A-13 (China), Historical Study A-14 (Japan), Historical Study A-75 or Korean 111 (Korea), or Historical Study B-68 (Vietnam). It is recommended that at least two area courses be upper-level seminars.

  2. Tutorials:

    1. East Asian Studies 97ab: Sophomore Tutorial (may be taken in sophomore or junior year).

    2. East Asian Studies 98: Junior Tutorial. With permission of the head tutor, an approved replacement course may be substituted for EAS 98.

  3. Thesis: None.

  4. General Examination: None.

  5. Other information: Courses counted for concentration credit may not be taken Pass/Fail, except by special petition.

Humanities Track
Requirements for Honors Eligibility: 14 half-courses

  1. Required courses:

    1. Six half-courses in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, Tibetan, or Vietnamese, or an approved combination of courses involving two East Asian languages (see Basic Requirements, item 1a).

    2. Four half-courses of tutorial or courses designated as equivalents.

    3. Four half-courses selected from among East Asian or related subjects (see item 1c of Humanities Track Basic Requirements), including language courses beyond Basic Requirements.

  2. Tutorials:
        a-c. Same as Basic Requirements.
        d. Senior year: East Asian Studies 99 (two terms), preparation of thesis, required. Letter-graded.

  3. Thesis: Required of all honors candidates.

  4. General Examination: None.

  5. Other information: Courses counted for concentration credit may not be taken Pass/Fail, except by special petition.