East Asian Languages (Minor)

The minor in East Asian language is designed to permit students focused language study in concert with coursework in allied disciplines. UMass Boston offers Chinese and Japanese, with limited offerings in Vietnamese as well. Students in this minor must focus on one of these languages and complete coursework through the second year of language study.

Students interested in this minors must complete a “Declaration of Major/Minor” form, which can be obtained at the One Stop or from the Asian studies office (Wheatley, 6-037). For more information, students should consult with a faculty member in their area of interest.

The minor has a seven-course minimum. Only one of those seven can be doubled counted towards another major or minor. Only one of the minimum seven courses may be taken pass-fail. Students must maintain a 2.0 average in the minor.


• Language proficiency through to at least the second year, in Mandarin-Chinese or Japanese.
• Students must complete first-semester language (the "101" course) or place out of that course to begin accumulating credits towards this program.
• Students must take three language courses.
     *Students wishing to count Vietnamese or Korean language toward fulfilling the language requirement should see the director of Asian studies.
• Four Electives
• Two of these courses must be at the 300-level or above, but only one of them may be in the focus language.
• Students may take no more than two 100-level courses total to count toward this minor (typically, one 100-level course is devoted to language study).
• Students are encouraged to take courses that build context for language, such as those focused on cross-cultural studies or those devoted to the country of interest, but this is not required.
• Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to enroll in the Minor, and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 across all courses counting toward the Minor.

Note that the Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Department also offers a minor in Chinese and a minor in Japanese.