East Asian Studies Minor

(Interdisciplinary Minor)
Coordinator Qiong Zhang (zhangq@wfu.edu)

The minor in East Asian studies provides an opportunity for students to undertake a multidisciplinary study of the art, history, music, philosophy, politics, religion, and culture of East Asia. It consists of a total of 15 hours. Candidates for the minor are required to take at least one course from three of the four curricular groupings below. 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 faculty to discuss their interests and structure a coherent course of study.

Courses eligible for EAS minor credits are listed below in four curricular groupings. Additional elective courses may have been approved since publication of this page; the program coordinator maintains a complete list of all approved elective courses. “Special Topics” and “Individual (or Independent) Research” courses (titles may differ from department to department) will count if relevant to EAS. If you have taken courses with significant East Asian component but they are not listed here, please consult with the EAS Minor coordinator for credit approval. For course descriptions, see the relevant departments’ listings in the undergraduate bulletin: https://bulletin.wfu.edu/

East Asian Studies Electives Group One: Humanities

EAL
219. Major Works of Japanese Literature I. (3h)
220. Major Works of Japanese Literature II. (3h)
221. Themes in Chinese Literature I. (3h)
222. Themes in Chinese Literature II. (3h)
223. Traditional Chinese Literature (3h)
231. Experiments in Modern Chinese Literature and Visual Culture. (3h)
241. Gender and Sexuality in Modern and Contemporary Japan. (3h)
252. Chinese Cinemas. (3h)
253. Japanese Film: Themes and Methods. (3h)
260. Global Work and Life: A Chinese Linguistics Approach (3h) (cross-listed as LIN 260)
270. Contemporary Japanese Culture. (3h)
271. Mass Culture in Modern China. (3h)
272. Fiction and Film from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Beyond. (3h)
273. Kung Fu China: Culture, Narrative, Globalization (3h)
275. Survey of East Asian Cultures. (3h)
279. Korean Cinema: History, Gender, and Genre. (3h)
285. Contemporary East Asian Cinema. (3h)

HMN
211 Dialogues with Antiquity–The Good Life in Eastern and Western Perspectives. (3h)
219 Introduction to Japanese Literature

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

ART 104. Topics in World Art. (3h) (when focus is East Asia)
ART 286: East Asian Art. (3h) (new offering)

MUS 105. Performing Arts of Asia. (3h)
MUS 151. Chinese Ensemble. (1 h)

PHI 235. Main Streams of Chinese Philosophy. (3h)

REL
104C Introduction to East Asian Religions. (3h)
109 Introduction to Buddhist Traditions. (3h)
263 The Religions of Japan. (3h)
282 Religion and Culture in China. (3h)
329 Chinese Medicine (3h)
349 Asian Meditation Practices (3h)
361. Topics in Buddhism. (3h)
381. Zen Buddhism. (3h)
391 Topics in East Asian Religions (3h)

East Asian Studies Electives Group Three: Social Sciences

COM
351 A. Comparative Communication: Japan. (1.5h, 3h)
351 E. Comparative Communication: China. (1.5h, 3h)

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

POL
242. Topics in Comparative Politics (when topic is China-Africa Encounters (3h)
248. Chinese Politics. (3h)
260. U.S. and East Asia. (3h)

East Asian Studies Electives Group Four: History

HST
109 Asia and the World. (3h)
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 Roads. (3h)
344. Early Modernity in China. (3h)
345. China and the World in the Age of Discovery (formerly “Early Modern Global Encounters: China and the World, 1400-1800”). (3h)
347. The Rise of Asian Economic Power since WWII. (3 h)
348. Samurai and Geisha: Fact, Film, and Fiction. (3h)
352. Ten Years of Madness: The Chinese Cultural Revolution, 1966 to 1976 (3h)