(Interdisciplinary Minor)
Coordinator Robert Hellyer

The minor in East Asian studies provides an opportunity for students to undertake a multidisciplinary study of the art, history, philosophy, politics, religion, and culture of East Asia. It consists of a total of 18 hours. Candidates for the minor are required to take at least one course from three of the four curriculum groupings noted. (See course descriptions under appropriate course listings.) Nine or more of the hours towards the minor must focus on a geographical area—Japan, China, or Korea.

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 list of approved courses. Additional elective courses may have been approved since publication of this bulletin. The program coordinator maintains a complete list of all approved elective courses. For course descriptions, see the relevant department’s listings in this bulletin.

311. Special Topics in East Asian Studies. (1h-3h) Intensive survey of one or more important issues in East Asian studies not included in the regular course offerings. P—POI.
381. Independent Research in East Asian Studies. (1h-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.

East Asian Studies Electives Group One: Humanities


219. Major Works of Japanese Literature. (3h)
221. Themes in Chinese Literature. (3h)
222. Traditional Chinese Literature. (3h)
231. Early 20th-century Chinese Modernist Practices. (3h)
241. Gender in Japanese Literature. (3h)
252. Chinese Cinemas. (3h)
253. Japanese Film: Themes and Methods. (3h)
270. Contemporary Japanese Culture. (3h)
271. Mass Culture in Modern China. (3h)
273. Literature and Film from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Beyond. (3h)
275. Survey of East Asian Cultures. (3h)
285. Contemporary East Asian Cinema. (3h)


221. Themes in Chinese Literature. (3h)
223. Traditional Chinese Literature. (3h)
251. The Asian-American Experience: Literature and Personal Narratives. (3h)
252. Introduction to Chinese Film. (3h)
253. Japanese Film: Themes and Methods. (3h)
257. Early 20th-century Chinese Modernist Practices. (3h)
270. Contemporary Japanese Culture. (3h)

East Asian Studies Electives Group Two: Art, Philosophy, and Study of Religions

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


361. Topics in Buddhism. (3h)
363. The Religions of Japan. (3h)
381. Zen Buddhism. (3h)
382. Religion and Culture in China. (3h)

East Asian Studies Electives Group Three: Social Sciences

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

COM 351. Comparative Communication. (1.5h, 3h) (when topic is appropriate)

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


248. Chinese Politics. (3h)
260. U.S. and East Asia. (3h)

East Asian Studies Electives Group Four: History


244. Pre-Modern China to 1850. (3h)
245. Modern China since 1850. (3h)
246. Japan before 1600. (3h)
247. Japan since 1600. (3h)
249. Introduction to East Asia. (3h)
343. The Silk Road. (3h) Contact minor coordinator for credit approval.
344. Early Modernity in China. (3h)
348. Samurai and Geisha: Fact, Film, and Fiction. (3h)
352. Ten Years of Madness. (3h)