East Asian Studies

Professors: Bundy (Director, Japan Track), Chu (Director, China Track), Frost, Hong, Sugimori

East Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary major that provides students with a broad exposure to the languages, culture, and history of East Asia (China and Japan). With ancient cultures that rival that of the Mediterranean in age and significance, this area of the world has been of increasing importance to the U.S. in the twenty-first century. Students choose to concentrate either in the study of China or of Japan in the majority of their coursework for the major and spend at least six months in that country on study abroad. Students will take at least two full years of language (six units) or their equivalent. Whether planning to attend graduate school or seek employment in an East Asia-related occupation, students are strongly encouraged also to major or minor in another disciplinary area in order to enrich their qualifications. Students who are particularly interested in languages are encouraged to supplement their East Asian language with the other East Asian language offered on campus or another second language.

Requirements for the Major

Number of Units
8 units, not including language courses or a SIP

Required Courses
A. Language courses:

For the China Track: CHIN 201, 202, 203 (or demonstrated equivalent competence)
For the Japan Track: JAPN 201, 202, 203 (or demonstrated equivalent competence)

B. Non-language courses: (4 Units)

HIST 103 Introduction to East Asian Civilizations
Three courses from among:

CHIN 225, 235; JAPN 236, 237, 238, 239;
CHIN 215, 220, 245; JAPN 215, 240, 242, 245, 250

Students are strongly encouraged to take either JAPN/SEMN 242 or CHIN/SEMN 220 as their sophomore seminar when offered.

C. Senior Seminar (1 unit)

               SEMN 495 Thinking about Nature: East and West 

Electives (3 units)
Three, non-language courses from at least two different areas below.  (With written permission, students may apply one course from a six-month study abroad program or two relevant courses from a nine-month program toward the elective requirement.)  Students are strongly encouraged to take at least one course specifically about the country that is not their focus. Note: students who wish to count on-campus, one-time offering courses related to East Asia that are not on the list below should consult the directors.

Literature: CHIN 225, 235; JAPN 236, 237, 238, 239
Culture: CHIN 215, 220, 245, 260; JAPN 215, 240, 242, 245
Humanities: HIST 280, 282, 283, 285, 288, 289, 397; THEA 290
Social Sciences: POLS 250
Arts: CHIN 215

Students wishing to count one of the courses listed above among the electives as a senior seminar must consult with the instructor and determine what extra requirements they will fulfill in order for the class to count as a senior seminar. Requirements may include an extra seminar paper, extra class presentations, etc.