The Major in East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC) - Miami University

The Major in East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC)

The EALC Major provides intensive studies in the languages and cultures of East Asia, focusing on Japan and China. Students can choose either from the Japan Concentration, the China Concentration, or the Combination of Japan and China. Related hours which are requirements for the three cases provide broadly based background for both the three curricula. Study abroad is encouraged. Credits earned abroad may count toward the major.

I. Japan Concentration (24 semester hours + 15 related hours)

A. Required Courses in Japanese (15 credits):
  • JPN 201 - Second Year Japanese I (3)
  • JPN 202 - Second Year Japanese II (3)
  • JPN 301 - Third Year Japanese I (3)
  • JPN 302 - Third Year Japanese II (3)
  • JPN 401 - Japanese Culture and Society in Contemporary Texts I (3)
B. Selected Courses (9 credits) from:
  • JPN 231 - Japanese Tales of the Supernatural in English Translation (3)
  • JPN 255 - Drama in China and Japan in English Translation (3)
  • JPN 260 - Topics in Japanese Literature in English Translation (3)
  • JPN 266 - Survey of Japanese Cinema: Japanese Film and Culture (3)
  • JPN 279 - Buddhism and Culture: China and Japan (3)
  • JPN 381 - ntroduction to Japanese Linguistics (3)
  • JPN 402 - Japanese Culture and Society in Contemporary Texts II (3)
C. Related Hours (15 semester hours, including at least one course from “Japan”)
Note: The Chinese minor will also satisfy this requirement.
  • Japan
    • ART 312 - Japanese Painting and Prints
    • HST 356 - Modern Japanese History
    • (The courses from B. Selected Courses in Japan Concentration may be counted toward related hours if they are not used as the selected courses)
  • China
    • ART 311 - Chinese Painting History
    • CHI 251 - Traditional Chinese Literature in English Translation (3)
    • CHI 252 - Modern Chinese Literature in English Translation (3)
    • CHI 253 - Three Kingdoms: Character, Authority and Strategy in Traditional China (3)
    • CHI 254 - Modern Chinese Autobiography (3)
    • CHI 255 - Drama in China and Japan in English Translation (3)
    • CHI 264 - Chinese Cinema and Culture in English Translation (3)
    • CHI 277w - Chinese Culture Live (1-3)
    • CHI 402 - Fourth Year Chinese (3)
    • HST 353 - History of Chinese Civilization
    • HST 354 - Modern Chinese History
    • HST 383 - Women in Chinese History
    • HST 400.6 - Modern China (Senior Seminar)
    • HST 434 - China and the Silk Road: Patterns of China’s Interactions with Other Peoples before 1600
    • GEO 410.D - Regional Analysis of China
  • East Asia
    • GEO 308 - Geography of East Asia
    • GEO 408/508 - Geography of the Silk Road: The Heart of Asia
    • POL 335 - Politics of China and Japan
    • POL 375 - International Relations of East Asia
    • REL 324 - Buddhism in China, Korea, and Japan
  • Linguistics
    • ATH309/ENG303/GER309/SPN303 - Introduction to Linguistics
II. China Concentration (24 semester hours + 15 related hours)

A. Required Courses in Chinese (15 credits):
Notes: CHI 401 is required for all China Concentration majors. These Requirement courses may be used in Selected or Related hours if not used as Required courses.
  • CHI 201 - Second Year Chinese I (3)
  • CHI 202 - Second Year Chinese II (3)
  • CHI 301 - Third Year Chinese I (3)
  • CHI 302 - Third Year Chinese II (3)
  • CHI 311 - Business Chinese (3)
  • CHI 312 - Business Chinese (3)
  • CHI 401 - Fourth Year Chinese (3)
B. Selected Courses (9 credits) from:
  • CHI 251 - Traditional Chinese Literature in English Translation (3)
  • CHI 252 - Modern Chinese Literature in English Translation (3)
  • CHI 253 - Three Kingdoms: Character, Authority and Strategy in Traditional China (3)
  • CHI 254 - Modern Chinese Autobiography (3)
  • CHI 255 - Drama in China and Japan in English Translation (3)
  • CHI 264 - Chinese Cinema and Culture in English Translation (3)
  • CHI 277w - Chinese Culture Live (1-3)
  • CHI 402 - Fourth Year Chinese (3)
C. Related Hours (15 semester hours, including at least one course from “China”)
Note: The Japanese minor will also satisfy this requirement.    
  • China
    • ART 311 - Chinese Painting History
    • HST 353 - History of Chinese Civilization
    • HST 354 - Modern Chinese History
    • HST 383 - Women in Chinese History
    • HST 400.6 - Modern China (Senior Seminar)
    • HST 434 - China and the Silk Road: Patterns of China’s Interactions with Other Peoples before 1600
    • GEO 410.D - Regional Analysis of China
    • (The courses from B. Selected Courses in China Concentration may be counted toward related hours if they are not used as the selected courses)
  • Japan    
    • ART 312 - Japanese Painting and Prints
    • HST 356 - Modern Japanese History
    • JPN 231 - Japanese Tales of the Supernatural in English Translation (3)
    • JPN 255 - Drama in China and Japan in English Translation (3)
    • JPN 260 - Topics in Japanese Literature in English Translation (3)
    • JPN 266 - Survey of Japanese Cinema: Japanese Film and Culture (3)
    • JPN 279 - Buddhism and Culture: China and Japan (3)
    • JPN 381 - Introduction to Japanese Linguistics (3)
    • JPN 402 - Japanese Culture and Society in Contemporary Texts II (3)
  • East Asia
    • GEO 308 - Geography of East Asia
    • GEO 408/508 - Geography of the Silk Road: The Heart of Asia
    • POL 335 - Politics of China and Japan
    • POL 375 - International Relations of East Asia
    • REL 324 - Buddhism in China, Korea, and Japan
  • Linguistics    
    • ATH309/ENG303/GER309/SPN303 - Introduction to Linguistics

III. Japan and China Combination (27 semester hours + 12 related hours)

A. Required Courses in Japanese and Chinese (15 credits):
Notes: CHI 301 or CHI 311 may be used in Selected or Related Hours if not used as Required courses.
  • JPN 201 - Second Year Japanese I (3)
  • JPN 202 - Second Year Japanese II (3)
  • CHI 201 - Second Year Chinese I (3)
  • CHI 202 - Second Year Chinese II (3)
  • JPN 301 - Third Year Japanese (3) or CHI 301 - Third Year Chinese (3) or CHI 311 - Business Chinese (3)
B. Selected Courses (12 credits) from:
  1. Two courses from Japan
    • JPN 231 - Japanese Tales of the Supernatural in English Translation (3)
    • JPN 255 - Drama in China and Japan in English Translation (3)
    • JPN 260 - Topics in Japanese Literature in English Translation (3)
    • JPN 266 - Survey of Japanese Cinema: Japanese Film and Culture (3)
    • JPN 279 - Buddhism and Culture: China and Japan (3)
    • JPN 302 - Third Year Japanese (3)
    • JPN 381 - Introduction to Japanese Linguistics (3)
    • JPN 401 - Japanese Culture and Society in Contemporary Texts I (3)
    • JPN 402 - Japanese Culture and Society in Contemporary Texts II (3)
  2. Two courses from China:
    • CHI 251 - Traditional Chinese literature in English Translation (3)
    • CHI 252 - Modern Chinese Literature in English Translation (3)
    • CHI 253 - Three Kingdoms: Character, Authority and Strategy in Traditional China (3)
    • CHI 254 - Modern Chinese Autobiography (3)
    • CHI 255 - Drama in China and Japan in English Translation (3)
    • CHI 264 - Chinese Cinema and Culture (3)
    • CHI 277w - Chinese Culture Live (1-3)
    • CHI 302 - Third Year Chinese (3)
    • CHI 312 - Business Chinese (3)
    • CHI 401 - Fourth Year Chinese I (3)
    • CHI 402 - Fourth Year Chinese II (3)
C. Related Hours (12 credits, including at least one course from each area, China and Japan.)
  • Japan
    • ART 312 - Japanese Painting and Prints
    • HST 356 - Modern Japanese History
    • (The courses from B-a may be counted toward related hours if they are not used as the selected courses)
  • China
    • ART 311 - Chinese Painting History
    • HST 353 - History of Chinese Civilization
    • HST 354 - Modern Chinese History
    • HST 383 - Women in Chinese History
    • HST 400.6 - Modern China (Senior Seminar)
    • HST 434 - China and the Silk Road: Patterns of China’s Interactions with Other Peoples before 1600
    • GEO 410.D - Regional Analysis of China
    • The courses from B-b may be counted toward related hours if they are not used as the selected courses)
  • East Asia
    • GEO 308 - Geography of East Asia
    • GEO 408/508 - Geography of the Silk Road: The Heart of Asia
    • POL 335 - Politics of China and Japan
    • POL 375 - International Relations of East Asia
    • REL 324 - Buddhism in China, Korea, and Japan
  • Linguistics
    • ATH309/ENG303/GER309/SPN303 - Introduction to Linguistics


For more information or questions about the EALC major, please contact:

Dr. Liang Shi
147 Irvin Hall
Telephone : (513) 529-2526 or (513) 529-2231

(revised 6 September 2013)

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Student Profiles in EALC

  • Katherine Youngkin

    "During my time at Miami, I had the wonderful opportunity to study abroad twice."
  • Adam Cook

    "It was halfway into my second year when I realized that the part of the day that I enjoyed the most was my Japanese class. From then on I decided to take as many classes as I could to expand my knowledge of East Asia."
  • Maria Moore

    "I think it's very interesting to experience different lifestyles and compare them to my own, so International Studies is a good way for me to explore this passion and turn it into a career."
  • Glenn Danielson

    "My degrees from Miami have given me the practical knowledge needed for my position in addition to preparing me to live and work in a foreign country."

  • Michelle Mego

    "Within a couple months, I developed an intense fascination with language studies and changed my major immediately to East Asian Languages and Cultures."