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EAS Minor

Sample Study Plan for Major in Philosophy and
Minor in East Asian Studies

East Asia has a long and rich philosophical tradition, which provides not only a valuable resource on its own, but also a contrast for gaining a deeper understanding of Western philosophy. In a pluralistic world today, building a cross-cultural education basis is particularly important. GVSU is proud of our unique strength in Eastern philosophy, particularly Chinese philosophy. With a major in philosophy, one can take PHI 210 (Eastern Philosophy) and PHI 306 (Eastern Great Philosophers), and take some additional courses for an EAS minor. The table below is a sample study plan for earning the major together with the minor. Please consult with an advisor in both programs to make your own plan.

* These are credit hours that are not included in the minor requirement.


Philosophy Major   30 credit hours, including PHI 103, 495 and 4 of the 5 history of philosophy courses (311, 312, 313, 314, 315) and one course in non-Western philosophy. EAS minor   21-22 credit hours: 4 credits of Chinese or Japanese language beyond 201 level, 9 credits of core courses (EAS 201, EAS 301, PHI 210), and 9 credits of electives.
Year 1 (odd) Fall
PHI 101 CHI 101* PHI 102   Winter
PHI 103 CHI 102* Year 2 (even) Fall
PHI 311 CHI 201*   GPY 354 Winter
PHI 312 CHI 202 (4 credits) Spring/Summer (study abroad in China)
PHI 210 EAS 201 Year 3 (odd) Fall
PHI 306 HST 342 PHI 313 or 314 PLS 283 Winter
PHI 315 EAS 301 PHI 310   Year 4 (even) Fall
PHI 495   Winter
    33 credits, 3 can be counted toward EAS elective 19 credits, + 3 PHI credits = 22.