Doctoral training in East Asian languages, literature, and premodern history and civilizations is offered by the Department of East Asian Studies while programs in art, modern history, religion, politics, and sociology, with principal focus on the civilizations or societies of East Asia, are arranged through the cooperating departments represented on the interdepartmental committee. Training and research in East Asian Studies requires intensive language work and familiarity with the special methodological and bibliographical traditions of scholarship on East Asia. Program students are expected to achieve the same level of proficiency in an East Asian language as that which is required of regular students in the Department of East Asian Studies. At the same time a thorough grasp of the discipline represented by the cooperating department is essential in order to qualify students for their professional careers. East Asian language requirements are in addition to those set by the several departments, which may in some instances accept Chinese or Japanese as substitutes for French or German.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges