Undergraduate

Program options

Minor concentrations

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration East Asian Cultural Studies (18 Credits)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Supplementary Minor Concentration East Asian Language (18 Credits)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration East Asian Language and Literature (18 Credits)

Major concentration

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Major Concentration East Asian Studies (36 Credits)

Honours

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Honours East Asian Studies (60 Credits)

Joint Honours

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Joint Honours Component East Asian Studies (36 Credits)

General information

Advising

Major Undergraduate Program Director

Dr. Michelle Cho
Office Hours: Tuesdays 2:00 - 4:00 and by appointment
688 Sherbrooke St. W. Room 267
Phone: 514-398-3926
Email: michelle.cho [at] mcgill.ca (Michelle Cho)

Minor Program Advisors

Mrs. Myung Hee Kim 
Office Hours: Wednesdays from 11:00 - 12:00 or by appointment
688 Sherbrooke St. W. Room 255
Phone: 514-398-5872
Email: myung.kim [at] mcgill.ca (Myung Hee Kim)

Mrs. Miwako Uesaka
Office Hours: Friday 2:00 - 3:00  or by appointment
688 Sherbrooke St. W. Room 263
Phone: 514-398-6745
Email: miwako.uesaka [at] mcgill.ca (Miwako Uesaka)

Student resources

Arts OASIS resources

Japanese language course registration

Due to limited enrolment in East Asian Studies Language Courses; priority is given to students registered in East Asian Studies Programs and students in the Faculty of Arts.

All students with or without any background in Japanese MUST complete the PDF icon east_language_waiver_regulations.pdf and return it to the Instructor on the first day of class.

Please note: Failure to submit the East Asian Language Waiver form may affect your registration in the course.  

Students with absolutely no prior knowledge or background in Japanese: Please register for EAST 240D (section 1 or 2) for both Fall and Winter via Minerva. A placement test is not required.

Students with background in Japanese and without the prerequisite: If you have studied Japanese before, including self-study, and/or you use Japanese at home, you must take a placement test.

The placement test will take place in late August. Details will be announced in April. Registration is NOT required for the placement test. Please fill out the language placement questionnaire below and bring it to the test site. If you want to take a test earlier or you need consultation, please send an email to one of the following Japanese language instructors to make an appointment: miwako.uesaka [at] mcgill.ca (Mrs. Miwako Uesaka) or yasuko.senoo [at] mcgill.ca (Ms. Yasuko Senoo)Please note that during the summer time, instructors may not be available.

You must fill out the form below, sign it, and bring it to the interview/placement test.

Japanese placement questionnaire

Schedule for Japanese language course interviews/placement tests:

  • Date: August 30th, 2018
  • Time: 10:00 - 12:00 AND 13:00 - 15:00
  • Location: 688 Sherbrooke, Room 268

For summer Japanese language courses: If you have studied Japanese before, including self-study, and/or you use Japanese at home, you must contact Ms. Tomoko Ikeda, Mrs. Miwako Uesaka, or Ms. Yasuko Senoo before registering for the summer course.

Chinese language course registration

All students with or without any background in Chinese Language must complete the PDF icon EAST language waiver regulations form and return it to the instructor on the first day of class.

Please note: Students must bring the PDF icon Chinese language placement questionnaire completed and signed to the placement test.

Schedule for Chinese language course interviews/placement tests:

  • Date: August 30, 2018
  • Time: 10:00 - 12:00 AND 13:00 - 15:00
  • Location: 688 Sherbrooke, Room 294 and 295

Students with prior knowledge of Chinese (whether acquired through self-study, at home or schools other than McGill Univeristy) MUST write the placement test.

Students with absolutely no prior knowledge of Chinese MUST fill out the PDF icon Chinese language placement questionnaire, sign it, and submit it by email to renzhong.wang [at] mcgill.ca (Mr. Bill Wang).

Students who have already taken Chinese language courses at McGill University do not need the instructor’s or departmental permission to register for the next level. Please register via Minerva (i.e., EAST 330, EAST 430, EAST 530).

Notification of placement test results

Only students who have been granted permission/approval to register for the course will be notified by email before the start of class.

How will the placement test proceed?

  • Please take a number once you arrive at the site for the placement test, then wait for your turn to be interviewed. The order of interviews is on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • You will have a face-to-face interview with a Chinese instructor to assess your listening and oral skills.
  • You will be given 10 minutes to read a selected Chinese text and answer questions about it.
  • You will be given one hour to write a written Chinese exam in another room in the same building.

Priority to register for a Chinese language course is given to students as follows:

Due to the high demand for Chinese language courses, the Department of East Asian Studies gives priority to students who have declared an Honours, Major, or Minor in East Asian Studies. Second priority is given to students in the Faculty of Arts. For other students permission for registration in a Chinese language course will be given on a first-come-first-served basis.

Suggestions for placement test preparation

All Chinese courses at McGill emphasize equally the four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

If you feel you need to strengthen any of these skills prior to taking the Placement Test, we suggest that you study the textbooks used for our courses:

  • EAST 230D (First Level Chinese) covers 20 lessons (Lesson 1-Lesson 20 of New Practical Chinese Reader Book I & Book II 新实用汉语课本: Beijing Language and Culture University Press). 
  • EAST 330D (Second Level Chinese) covers 18 lessons (Lesson 21 – Lesson 38 of New Practical Chinese Reader Book II& Book III: Beijing Language and Culture University Press). 
  • EAST 430D (Third Level Chinese) uses  ZHU Zhiping. 《实践汉语 – 中级读写》Application: Intermediate Chinese-Reading and Writing  (Peking Normal University Press, 2009 or later edition) and the workbook: ZHU Zhiping. 《实践汉语 – 中级读写 练习册》Workbook for Application: Intermediate Chinese-Reading and Writing   (Peking Normal University Press, 2009 or later edition)

Important note: If you have a valid reason for being unable to sit the placement test in August, please send an email to either renzhong.wang [at] mcgill.ca (Bill Wang) or jennie.chang [at] mcgill.ca (Jennie Chang) to make an appointment.

Please note that during the summer time, instructors may not be available.

Korean language course registration

All students with or without any background in Korean Language, must complete the East Asian Studies Language Waiver regulations Form, and return it to the Instructor on the first day of class: PDF icon EAST language waiver regulations

Please note: Failure to submit the East Asian Language Waiver form may affect your registration in the course.

Students with no prior knowledge or background in Korean

Please register for EAST220D (section 1 or section 2) for both Fall and Winter via Minerva. A placement test or interview is NOT required.

Students with background in Korean

If you have studied Korean before, including self-study, and/or you use Korean at home, you must contact the instructor with description of your level by email: myunghee.kim [at] mcgill.ca. Depending on the level you describe, the instructor will schedule an interview with you and notify students by email of the exact date, time and location.

Summer courses

If you have studied Korean before, including self-study, and/or you use Korean at home, you must contact myunghee.kim [at] mcgill.ca (Ms. Myunghee Kim) before registering for the summer course.

Study away

Li Ka Shing Initiative

Students planning to register at a university outside of Québec, must see a Department Advisor PRIOR to leaving for their study away. Retroactive credit will not be approved upon return from studies. Provide your advisor with detailed course descriptions, course syllabi, including methods of evaluation and reading lists.

Please follow the procedures outlined on the OASIS (Arts Advising) website

Once your study away activity has been approved by your Department Advisor/Academic Unit, a travel registry form (only for international activity) will be created on Minerva.