Foreign Area Studies: East Asia Major

Foreign Area Studies: East Asia Major

Foreign Area Studies: East Asia

Major

Learn about the language, history, and culture of East Asia through an interdisciplinary approach.

Offered by the Department of Foreign Languages.

Cadets who major in East Asia foreign area studies pursue an interdisciplinary approach to understanding global and regional issues related to East Asia. Complementary support courses in the humanities and social sciences enrich major’s regional capabilities. The Foreign Area Studies major is designed to develop those just starting to study Chinese and those with previous experience. Courses in this major focus on language, culture, and Chinese life.  Class material will focus on functional language. At the advanced level, majors will focus on real-world news and documents. The major offers an honors curriculum.

To learn more about this area of study, visit the Department of Foreign Languages.

Required Courses

  • EV365 GEOGRAPHY OF GLOBAL CULTURES 
  • EV372GEOGRAPHY OF ASIA  
  • HI337 CHINA-C. KINGDOM TO COMM RULE  
  • SS366 COMPARATIVE POLITICS 
  • SS372 POLITICS AND GOV OF CHINA

Sample Electives

  • LC371 INTENSIVE INTERMEDIATE CHINESE 
  • LC372 CHINESE FOR ORAL & WRIT COMM 
  • LC470 SPECIAL TOPIC IN CHINESE 
  • LC475 CHINESE RDG/WRTG THRU MEDI 
  • LC476 MILITARY SPKG/RDG - CHINESE 
  • LC483 CHINESE CIVILIZATION I 
  • LC485 CHINESE LITERATURE I 
  • LN440C CHINESE IN CULTURAL CONTEXT 
  • DS455 COMPARATIVE DEFENSE POLICY  
  • EN351 WORLD LITERATURE 
  • EV482 MILITARY GEOGRAPHY  
  • HI344 MODERN DIPLOMACY
  • LW481 INTERNATIONAL LAW 
  • SS374 POL & GOV OF KOREAS & JAPAN

To learn more, view the full Foreign Area Studies - East Asia Major Curriculum.

Cadets can experience the Chinese language and culture through films, cuisine, or trip sections in the Chinese Forum. Cadets can also apply to spend a semester abroad in Taiwan, at either Fu Jen University or National Tsinghua University or experience a summer Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) program, USMA-run academic enrichment experience in Chinese-speaking areas such as Taiwan, Singapore, and China. Cadets may also apply to attend the Taiwanese version of Airborne School as a Military Individual through the Advanced Development (MIAD) Program.  

Honor Societies:
Phi Sigma Iota - International Foreign Language Honor Society
Golden Key - International Honour Society
Phi Kappa Phi - Oldest and Largest Collegiate Honor Society

To learn more about enrichment for this area of study, visit the Department of Foreign Languages or the Center for Languages, Cultures, and Regional Studies.