Undergraduate Admissions Overview

First- and Second-Year Preparation

Students considering a major in EALC should begin language training as soon as possible, starting with CHIN 104/JPN 104/KOR 104 and then, JPN 108/CHIN 108/KOR 108 in the first year with advancement to the intermediate 204-208 level in the sophomore year. Students are encouraged to take ECIV 304/ECIV 305 as soon as possible. Talk to the undergraduate advisor in the target language, to plan a four-year course of study. Please email or call the East Asian Languages and Cultures Department at 785-864-3100, for information about contacting advisors.

Graduation Plans

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years ».


B.A. Major

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours:
Satisfied by 31 hours of major courses

Major Hours in Residence:
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours of KU resident credit in the major

Major Junior/Senior Hours:
Satisfied by a minimum of 31 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA:
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including Fs and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator ».

Departmental Honors

The department awards honors to undergraduates who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement. Students should consult with their EALC advisor and make their intentions known in writing before the final undergraduate semester, preferably during the junior year. The candidate must achieve a minimum overall grade-point average of 3.25, with a minimum of 3.5 in the major, and complete EALC 499 with a grade of B or higher. In EALC 499, the student writes an honors thesis under the supervision of a faculty member. Two faculty members evaluate the thesis, to determine if departmental honors shall be awarded to the candidate.​



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