Multidisciplinary Studies Center

East Asian Studies Minor

The minor in East Asian Studies will provide students with a rigorous interdisciplinary overview of the history and culture of East Asia. The minor is designed for students who have a strong interest in East Asia but who are unable to or choose not to pursue the study of an East Asian language. This program will be beneficial to students whose intellectual interests or career path require knowledge of East Asia’s history and culture but whose primary expertise lies elsewhere such as humanities majors engaged in comparative research, science and engineering majors who plan to collaborate with East Asian colleagues, or business and finance majors interested in East Asian markets. Since the requirements for the minor mirror those of the major, the minor program will also give students the opportunity to explore their interest in East Asia before committing to the several semesters of language study required of majors.

The minor consists of five courses. The division of the minor will be determined by the one in which the student takes three or more courses (determined by the division in which the parent department is listed). The division of the minor (Humanities or Social Sciences) will be that in which the student takes at least three courses.

Students must take East Asian Studies courses from at least 3 different departments to satisfy the requirements for the minor. Cross-listed courses will be considered according to their original parent department.

(No prerequisites)

Five courses total, with the following requirements:

I. 3 foundational survey courses (one each from the A, B, and C groups)

Group A: Pre-Modern East Asia

  • CHI 211 Pre-Modern Chinese Literature
  • HIS 140 East Asia to 1600
  • HIS 142 Traditional China
  • JPN 210 Traditional Japanese Literature & Culture
  • REL 1xx Introduction to Chinese Religions

Group B: Modern East Asia

  • ANT 200 The Two Koreas
  • CHI 212 Cities and the Country in Modern Chinese Literature
  • HIS 141 East Asia since 1600
  • HIS 143 Modern China
  • HIS 145 Modern Japan
  • HIS 249 Rich China, Poor China
  • JPN 283 History of Japanese Film

Group C: Contemporary East Asia

  • CHI 235 Contemporary Chinese Visual Culture
  • ANT 210 Global China
  • ANT 257 Chinese Society After Mao
  • HIS 244 China-U.S. Relations since 1900
  • JPN 246 Issues in Contemporary Japanese Culture
  • JPN 291 Contemporary Japanese Film

II. 2 electives at the 200 level or higher from the list of major elective courses.

Language courses do not count towards fulfilling the elective requirement for the minor.

Sample List of Available Electives:

  • ANT 200 The Two Koreas
  • ANT 2xx (number not yet assigned) Global China
  • ANT 257 Chinese Society After Mao
  • HIS 100 The Chinese Revolution
  • HIS 2xx (number not yet assigned) Asian America
  • HIS 187 The Mongols
  • HIS 244 / 244W China-U.S. Relations
  • HIS 245 Tibet: History and Myth
  • HIS 247 / 247W The Korean War
  • HIS 248 / 248W The Samurai
  • HIS 249 Rich China, Poor China
  • HIS 296W Women in East Asia
  • HIS 338W / 438 Modernity through East Asian Eyes
  • CHI 103 Ways of Seeing: Contemporary Asian Art
  • CHI 211 Pre-Modern Chinese Literature
  • CHI 212 Cities and the Country in Modern Chinese Literature
  • CHI 213 History and Structure of Chinese and Japanese
  • CHI 214 Dream of the Red Chamber
  • CHI 215 Powers of Images
  • CHI 220 Chinese Landscapes
  • CHI 235 Contemporary Chinese Visual Culture
  • CHI 283 China’s Silk Road
  • JPN 208 Traditions in Japanese Art
  • JPN 210W Traditional Japanese Literature & Culture
  • JPN 294 Hayao Miyazaki and Planet Ghibli
  • JPN 285 Akira Kurosawa
  • JPN 214 Atomic Creatures: Godzilla
  • JPN 219aW Tourist Japan
  • JPN 233 /233W The Culture of Zen
  • JPN 246W Issues in Contemporary Japanese Culture
  • JPN 269 The Floating World of Japanese Art, 1570-1870
  • JPN 273 20th Century Japanese Women Writers
  • JPN 283 History of Japanese Cinema
  • JPN 292 Anime: Japanese Animation
  • JPN 291 Contemporary Japanese Film
  • REL 2xx Introduction to Daoism REL 2xx Women and Religion in East Asia