East Asian Studies Major Major Requirements Requirements for the major consist of 12 courses that emphasize language study, basic training in the approach of one academic discipline, and area studies components. The courses must be approved by the East Asian Studies program director. Criteria are as follows: Two intermediate (3000-level) courses in the same discipline that emphasize disciplinary-specific research or theoretical approaches. Some examples include: Ten Additional Courses At least four courses in an East Asian language Two introductory courses in Asian history, society, or economics Three intermediate (3000-level) courses in Asian history, society, or economics The East Asian studies capstone course, EAST 5960: Research in East Asian Studies, that connects disciplinary study and area study culminating in an independent research thesis. A semester or year abroad in the country of language study is strongly encouraged.