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

EAS minor

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.

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




PHI 103

CHI 102*

Year 2 (even) Fall


PHI 311

CHI 201*


GPY 354



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



PHI 315

EAS 301

PHI 310


Year 4 (even) Fall


PHI 495


33 credits, 3 can be counted toward EAS elective

19 credits + 3 PHI credits = 22

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