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College of East Asian Studies:
    Frequently Asked Questions

In the Fall of 2014, Wesleyan’s Asian Languages and Literatures Department (founded in 1967), major in East Asian Studies (begun in 1973), and Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies (opened in 1987) merged to become the new College of East Asian Studies (CEAS).  

College of East Asian Studies: FAQ 

This webpage aims to answer the most frequent questions about the CEAS. For detailed major requirements, see the About the Major page. If you have further questions, please contact the current Chair of CEAS.

  • What are the differences between the major in CEAS and the major in EAST?
    • In brief, the CEAS requirements are: 3rd-year competence in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean; 3 core courses including the Proseminar; 4 courses in a concentration; a minimum of one semester study abroad; and a senior capstone project. This is very similar to EAST. The main differences between CEAS and EAST are:

      • CEAS requires 3 years of language instead of 2. Admittedly, the large majority of EAST majors in recent years have done at least 3 years of language study.

      • The current rule allowing EAST majors to use two summers of language study or supervised research abroad to substitute for full-semester study abroad, which was almost never used, has been eliminated.

  • Other than changes to the major, what else is new about CEAS?
    • The merger of the three administrative units will allow us to take better advantage of existing resources. We also anticipate that a combination of support from the university, grant applications to major foundations, and general fundraising will enable us to replace a number of faculty positions that either have or will be vacated due to retirements.

      In addition, this combination of existing and new faculty will allow us to both strengthen our lower-level CJK language classes and to add innovative options for advanced language learners and native speakers. Over the next two years, we will be developing both new “hybrid” courses, which are “content” classes (i.e., literature, history, philosophy, etc.) taught in a CJK language, and “lab” classes, which are 0.5-credit classes with instruction in CJK, offered as add-ons to existing English-language classes.

      Finally, there will be a range of new activities, both social and co-curricular, for the majors and faculty of the College, much of which will also be open to minors and to the whole university community.

  • I hear there is going to be a minor in CEAS. What are the requirements, when is it available, and what do I do to declare the minor?
    • The minor is available starting with Fall 2014, via the minor declaration form in a student’s electronic portfolio. The minor requires any 5 CEAS courses and Intermediate-level competence in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. No more than 2 of the 5 courses may be language courses.

      • The rule that no more than 2 of the 5 can be language courses means that students beginning their CJK language study at Wesleyan may have to take as many as 7 courses to fulfill the minor (because 4 courses would be required to reach intermediate competence, but only 2 will count toward the minor).

      • Note that the CEAS/EAST rule mandating that native speakers of a CJK language must study a different language does not apply to the minor, so a native speaker of Korean, for example, can pass the “intermediate competence” standard without taking any classes, and simply take any 5 CEAS classes.

  • I am a current Senior (class of '15) EAST major. How does this affect me?
    • Current seniors will graduate with degrees in EAST.
  • I am a current Junior; I have been thinking about declaring an EAST major. Is that still possible? Would it be possible to become a CEAS major?
    • Current Juniors (class of '16) may contact the CEAS Chair to petition to join the CEAS major, if you are able to fulfill the CEAS requirements. The EAST major is no longer an option.
  • I am a current Sophomore, but did not apply to join CEAS last spring. Can I still join the major?
    • Yes! Please contact the current CEAS Chair to petition to join the major. It is a simple process and so long as you can show that you wiull be able to satisfy the CEAS requirements, we will welcome you.
  • I am a current First-Year student. I hear that first-years can apply for CEAS, because it is a three-year major (like CSS or COL). How do I apply?
    • There is a straight-forward application process for first-year students, to be completed by March 31, 2015. More information is available here.