The minor in East Asian Studies provides an opportunity for students to undertake a multidisciplinary study of the history, politics, and culture of Asia. It consists of a total of eighteen hours. Candidates for the minor are required to take at least one course from three of the four curriculum groupings noted below. (See course descriptions under appropriate course listings.) Nine or more of the hours towards the minor must focus on a geographic area–Japan or China.

Appropriate credit in various fields of East Asian Studies also may be obtained by study abroad in programs approved by the coordinator. Interested students are encouraged, preferably in their sophomore year, to consult with the coordinator or an affiliated adviser to discuss their interests and structure a coherent course of study. Courses may be chosen from among the following list. Additional courses offered in East Asian Studies that are not included in the list may be approved with permission of the coordinator:

311. Special Topics in East Asian Studies. (1-3h) An intensive survey of one or more important issues in East Asian Studies not included in the regular course offerings. P–Permission of instructor.

381. Independent Research in East Asian Studies. (1-3h) Supervised independent research project on a topic related to East Asia.  P–Permission of both instructor and coordinator of East Asian Studies. May be repeated for credit.

Group One: Humanities

EAL 275 Survey of East Asian Cultures (3h)

EAL 285 Contemporary East Asian Cinema (3h)

HMN 170 Introduction to Japanese Culture (3h)

HMN 175 Japanese Culture: Insight and Outreach (3h)

HNN 219 Introduction to Japanese Literature (3h)

HMN 221 Introduction to Chinese Literature (3h)

HMN 252 Introduction to Chinese Film (3h)

HMN 253 Introduction to Japanese Film (3h)

HMN 270 Contemporary Japanese Culture (3h)

HMN 271 Mass Culture in Modern China (3h)

HMN 273 Literature and Film from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Beyond (3h)

Group Two: Art, Philosophy, and Religion

ART 104. Topics in World Art (when focus is East Asia). (3h)

REL 361. The Buddhist World of Thought and Practice. (3h)

REL 363. The Religions of Japan. (3h)

REL 381. Zen Buddhism. (3h)

REL 382. Religion and Culture in China. (3h)

Group Three: Social Sciences

AES (American Ethnic Studies) 240/SOC 240. Asian-American Legacy: A Social History of Community Adaptation. (3h)

COM 351. Comparative Communication. (when focus is Asian state) (1.5 h, 3h)

INS 220. Forms of Orientalism. (3h)

INS 349. Japanese and American Culture: Cross-Cultural Communication. (3h)

POL 248. Chinese Politics. (3h)

POL 260. United States and East Asia. (3h)

Group Four: History

HST 244. Imperial China. (3h)

HST 245. Modern China. (3h)

HST 246. Japan before 1800. (3h)

HST 247. Japan since 1800. (3h)

HST 249. Introduction to East Asia. (3h)

HST 346. Samurai and Geisha: Fact, Film, and Fiction. (3h)

HST 352 Ten Years of Madness: The Chinese Cultural Revolution, 1966 to 1976 (3h)