Courses of Study

East Asian Studies
See course descriptions for this program

Language courses offered by the department are listed separately under “Chinese” and “Japanese.”

Chair, Associate Professor Ankeney Weitz
Professors Tamae Prindle (Japanese) and Nikky Singh (Religious Studies); Associate Professors Ariel Armony (Government), Kimberly Besio (Chinese), Steven Nuss (Music), Ankeney Weitz (East Asian Studies and Art), and Hong Zhang (Chinese); Assistant Professors Hideko Abe (Japanese), James Behuniak Jr. (Philosophy), and Walter Hatch (Government); Instructor Elizabeth LaCouture (East Asian Studies and History); Teaching Assistants Ayaka Tanaka (Japanese) and Hung-ying Liu (Chinese)

East Asian studies contributes a new dimension to the traditional liberal arts curriculum by introducing the student to rich cultures outside the scope of Western civilization. Study abroad during the junior year is strongly encouraged.
Requirements for the Major in East Asian Studies
One introductory comparative course (East Asian Studies 151 or 152 or Art 173); a language and literature concentration consisting of three language courses beyond the all-college requirement (normally Japanese 128, 321, and 322 or Chinese 128, 321 and one 400-level Chinese course) and one literature course in the country of the language concentration; and an additional six courses chosen from those approved for the East Asian studies major. These six courses must conform to the fol-lowing distribution: one 200-level art, religion, music, or history course; one 200-level government, anthropology, economics, or sociology course; one 300-level course; one 400-level senior project or seminar; and two additional electives. Of these six courses a minimum of three must focus on the country of the language concentration; a minimum of two must focus on either the East Asian region as a whole or on an East Asian country different from that of the language concentration. Fourth-year language courses or one East Asian language course outside the language concentration may substitute for one or both of the elective courses. Students who start taking a Chinese or Japanese course from an upper level are expected to take at least four language courses probably including courses chosen from our 400-level language offerings and independent study 491 and 492. For the Class of 2013 and after: East Asian studies majors are required to spend at least one semester of study in the country of their language concentration. Under extraordinary circumstances students may petition to substitute an equivalent immersion experience in the country of the language concentration for a semester of study.

The point scale for retention of the major applies to all courses offered toward the major. No requirement for the major may be taken satisfactory/unsatisfactory. To achieve distinction in the East Asian studies major, the student will have to achieve a 3.5 grade point average in the courses listed for the major and will have to take two additional language courses beyond those required for the major. These courses may be a continuation of the language of concentration at the 400 level, or they may be introductory courses in a second Asian language.
Honors in East Asian Studies
An honors program is available for senior majors who have earned a 3.5 major average. Normally, application to the program must be submitted prior to the senior year. Some aspect of the culture of East Asia must be studied as the honors project in East Asian Studies 483 and 484.

Attention is called to the minor in Chinese and the minor in Japanese. Requirements for these minors are listed under “Chinese” and “Japanese.”
Requirements for the Minor in East Asian Studies
The East Asian studies minor consists of eight courses: one introductory comparative course (East Asian Studies 151 or 152 or Art 173); four language courses in either Chinese or Japanese; three non-language courses, one at the 200 level, one at or above the 200 level, and the third at the 300 level or above. Courses may be selected from offerings in art, government, history, literature, philosophy, and religious studies courses on East Asia. With the exception of one introductory comparative course, no content course at the 100 level will count toward the minor.
Courses Offered in 2009-2010 and Approved for the Major in East Asian Studies
  • Art 
    • 173 Introduction to Asian Art
    • 273 The Arts of China
    • 275 The Arts of Korea
    • 293 Asian Museum Workshop: Word Play and Visual Imagery in China
  • Chinese 
    • All courses offered
  • East Asian Studies 
    • All courses offered
  • Economics
    • 294 Economic Policy and Performance in East Asia
  • Government 
    • 256 Conflict in East Asia
    • 355 Winners and Losers in Chinese Politics
  • History
    • 297 History of Modern China
    • 398 Women and Gender in East Asia
  • Japanese 
    • All courses offered
  • Philosophy
    • 265 Chinese Philosophy
  • Religious Studies 
    • 212 Religions of China, Japan, and Tibet