In the East Asian Studies (EAS) major, students focus on a country or an area within East Asia and concentrate their work in the humanities or the social sciences. The major offers a liberal education that serves as excellent preparation for graduate study or for business and professional careers in which an understanding of East Asia is essential.
EAS is relatively small: usually 20-25 seniors, and as many as 20 juniors, many of whom are double majors. Upon entering the major, students are expected to draw up an intellectually coherent sequence of courses in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies (link sends e-mail) (DUS) in EAS. Students continue to consult with the DUS each term throughout their course of study. Students also, as soon as possible, identify and consult with a faculty adviser in their area of specialization.
The EAS major consists of 13 term courses, including at least 6 term credits in an East Asian language course, and 7 area courses, including the senior essay. Prerequisite to the major is the completion of elementary level II of an East Asian language taught at Yale or the equivalent.
As EAS is interdisciplinary, students typically select classes from a wide variety of disciplines. Council faculty offer classes in the departments of Anthropology, East Asian Languages & Literatures, Economics, History, History of Art, Political Science, Religious Studies, and Sociology. EAS draws on the resources of other departments and programs in the University, and students are encouraged to examine the offerings of other departments, as well as residential college seminars, for additional relevant courses in both the humanities and the social sciences. The proposed course of study must be approved by the DUS.
Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100.
After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department.
Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.
Prerequisite. Completion of elementary level II (L2) of an East Asian language taught at Yale or the equivalent
Language. Intermediate level II (L4) of an East Asian language and one year of advanced study (L5) with readings in the language (6 credits)
All majors, regardless of previous coursework completed, must take 6 credits of language classes. In some cases, advanced students may choose to start work on a second (or third) East Asian language.
Breadth. At least one course (but not more than two) with focus on East Asia outside of the country or area of concentration (1 credit)
Pre-modern. At least one course which focuses primarily on the pre-modern era of the country or area of concentration (1 credit)
China: before 1600
Japan: before the mid-19th century
Korea: before the mid-19th century
At least two seminars (but not freshman seminars) on related subjects, ideally about the same region and in the same discipline, which will help students to formulate the senior essay topic (2 or more credits). DUS approval required.
Additional Courses. Courses focusing on the country or area of concentration in the disciplinary area of concentration (2 or more credits)
Senior Essay. All students must satisfy a senior requirement undertaken during the senior year (1 credit).
Fee Waiver Program
Eligibility - in order to request a fee waiver you must
The Williams Prize in East Asian Studies was established in 1961 by Elizabeth Williams Garstin, B.F.A. 1925, and Professor Kenneth Scott Latourette, B.A. 1906, in honor of Professor Samuel Wells Williams, M.A. Hon. 1877, and Professor Frederick Wells Williams, B.A. 1879, M.A. Hon. 1924.
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