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East Asian Minor Requirements

East Asian Studies minor

A minor in East Asian studies requires completion of 22 credits, with an emphasis on either China or Japan, as follows. In meeting the requirements of this interdisciplinary minor, a student must use at least nine credits not also used to meet the requirements of any other major or minor. Students should consult on an ongoing basis with the Program Director about course substitutions due to changes in departmental offerings.

China emphasis (22 credits)

  1. History 103, EAS 391, 393
  2. Twelve additional credits on China, including at least one 300-level course and including no more than three credits of Chinese language study, chosen
    from among the following:
    ARTH 240, 348, 390 (on a China-related topic)
    CHIN 101, 105, 111
    ECON 274
    HIST 289 (on a China-related topic), 385, 386
    LIT 218, 220, 295 (on a China-related topic)
    PHIL 168
    POL 227, 392 (on a China-related topic)
  3. Three additional credits on General Asia or Japan, chosen from among the following:
    ARTH 140, 241, 242, 390 (on a Japan-related topic)
    ECON 272
    ENGL 382
    HIST 284, 289 (on an Asia-related topic), 382
    JAPN 100, 101, 111
    LIT 221, 223, 225
    POL 327, 392 (on a Japan-related topic)
    REL 103, 131, 132, 231, 235, 335, 340.

Japan Emphasis (22 credits)

  1. HIST 104, EAS 391, 393
  2. Twelve additional credits on Japan, including at least one 300-level course and including no more than three credits of Japanese language study, chosen from among the following:
    ARTH 241, 390 (on a Japan-related topic)
    ECON 272
    HIST 284, 289 (on a Japan-related topic)
    JAPN 100, 101, 111
    LIT 221, 223, 225
    POL 327, 392 (on a Japan-related topic)
  3. Three additional credits on General Asia or China, chosen from among the following:
    ARTH 140, 240, 242, 390 (on a China-related topic)
    CHIN 101, 105, 111
    ECON 274
    ENGL 382
    HIST 289 (on an Asia-related topic), 385, 386, 387
    LIT 218, 220, 295 (on a China-related topic)
    PHIL 168
    POL 227, 392 (on a China-related topic)
    REL 103, 131, 132, 231, 235, 335, 340
  1. China emphasis (22 credits)
    • Required courses:
      • HIST 103 - Chin Origins to 20th-Century Reforms

        FDR: HU
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall, not offered in 2014
        Credits: 3


        China's history embodies the full range of experience -as domain of imperial dynasties, target of imperial aggression, dissident member of the cold war Communist bloc, and current regional superpower in East Asia. This course tracks these transitions in political and social organization that, among other things, terminated history's longest lasting monarchical system, ignited two of its largest revolutions, began World War II and produced the most populous nation on earth. A wide range of cultural, political and intellectual stereotypes of China are challenged in the process of exploring its particular historical experience.

      • EAS 391 - Senior Capstone in East Asian Studies

        Credits: 1
        Planned Offering: Fall
        Credits: 1


        Prerequisite: Instructor consent.

        Weekly seminar in East Asian studies that focuses on research tools and methodology. Students develop and present to the group their capstone proposals. Additional presentations by East Asian Studies faculty and guest speakers.

      • EAS 393 - Senior Capstone in East Asian Studies

        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Winter
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: EAS 391 and instructor consent.

        Capstone project. Weekly seminar, focusing on the completion of the capstone project, including a formal presentation of the finished project to East Asian Studies faculty and students.

    • Twelve additional credits on China, including at least one 300-level course and including no more than three credits of Chinese language study, chosen from among the following:
      • ARTH 240 - Arts of China

        FDR: HA
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall 2013 and alternate years
        Credits: 3


        A survey of traditional Chinese art from its beginnings through the Qing dynasty. Includes architecture, sculpture, bronzes and ceramics, as well as painting.

      • ARTH 348 - Chinese Export Porcelain and the China Trade, 1500 to 1900

        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall
        Credits: 3


        This course covers the development and history of Chinese export porcelain made for the European and American markets and its role as a commodity in the China Trade. Students examine Chinese export porcelain from several different perspectives, including art history, material culture, and economic history.

      • ARTH 390 - Seminar in Asian Art (on a China-related topic)

        FDR: HA
        Credits: 3
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: Three credits in art history or instructor consent.

        Selected topics in Asian art. Includes guided research, reports, term paper, and possible visit to the Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington, D.C. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

      • CHIN 101 - Exploring Chinese Language and Culture

        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit
        Credits: 3


        This course is an introduction to Chinese language and culture. Students learn elementary oral and written Chinese and also about the evolution of the Chinese language. Slides, media presentations and film clips are used to demonstrate the impact the language has had on the culture and their interactions in contemporary Chinese society. This course is not a prerequisite for CHIN 111, nor does it allow a student to move to a language course numbered higher than CHIN 111 without permission of the department.

      • CHIN 105 - Supervised Study Abroad: Beginning Chinese

        Credits: 2
        Planned Offering: Spring 2013 and alternate years
        Credits: 2


        Prerequisite: Consent of the department and approval of the International Education Committee.

         This course is designed to introduce Chinese language and culture to students with little or no previous Chinese language background and prepare them for studying first-year Chinese. Combining language study with studies of other aspects of Chinese culture (literature, art, history, economy, etc.) provides students with firsthand experience of the development of contemporary China. Classes and discussions are held at the International College of Chinese Studies at East China Normal University in Shanghai. The program includes field trips to points of historical interests and many cultural activities. Students learn through personal experience about the emergence of modern China and its changing culture.

      • CHIN 111 - First-Year Chinese I

        Credits: 4
        Planned Offering: Fall
        Credits: 4


        An introduction to modern spoken and written Chinese. In addition to classroom drill in speaking and reading, extensive use is made of both the language laboratory and the computer in outside preparation.

      • ECON 274 - China's Modern Economy

        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall or Winter
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisites: ECON 101 and 102.

        Economic analysis of the Chinese economy in the 20th century. Comparisons of pre- and post-revolutionary periods. Performance and policies of Taiwan and mainland China. Issues include the population problem, industrialization, provision of public health and education, alleviation of poverty and inequality. Microeconomic emphasis.

      • HIST 289 - Topics in Asian, African, or Islamic History (on a China-related topic)

        FDR: HU
        Credits: 3 in fall or winter; 4 in spring
        Credits: 3 in fall or winter; 4 in spring


        A course offered from time to time depending on student interest and staff availability, on a selected topic or problem in Asian or African history. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

      • HIST 285 - Seminar: The Yin and Yang of Gender in Late Imperial China (10th-19th centuries)

        FDR: HU
        Credits: 3
        Credits: 3


        Relations between men and women are the basis of any human society, but the exact nature and interpretation of these relations differ from time to time and from place to place. The concepts of Yin (female) and Yang (male) were integral to the theory and practice of Chinese gender relations during the late imperial period, influencing marriage, medicine and law. This course examines the historical significance of late-imperial gender relations across these, and other, categories from both traditional and modern perspectives.

      • HIST 386 - Seminar: Managing Mongols, Manchus, and Muslims: China's Frontier History (16th-20th Centuries)

        FDR: HU
        Credits: 3
        Credits: 3


        The unprecedented expansionism of China's last dynasty, the Qing (1644-1911), produced an ethnically and geographically diverse empire whose legacy is the current map and multiethnic society of today's People's Republic of China. The Qing Empire's establishment, extension and consolidation were inextricably bound up with the ethnic identity of its Manchu progenitors. The Manchu attempt to unify diversity resulted in a unique imperial project linking East, Inner and Southeast Asia. This course explores the multiethnic nature and limits of this unification, as well as its 20th-century transformations.

      • LIT 218 - Pre-Modern Chinese Literature in Translation

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: Completion of FW FDR requirement.

        A survey of Chinese literature from the earliest period to the founding of the Republic in 1912. Taught in English, the course presupposes no previous knowledge of China or Chinese culture. The literature is presented in the context of its intellectual, philosophical and cultural background. Texts used may vary from year to year and include a wide selection of fiction, poetry, historical documents, Chinese drama (opera) and prose works. Audiovisual materials are used when appropriate and available.

      • LIT 220 - Modern Chinese Literature in Translation

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Winter
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: Completion of FW FDR requirement.

        This is a survey course to introduce students to the literature of 20th-century China. Through close reading of key literary texts from the 1910s to the present, students explore the social, historical and literary background that gave rise to the texts studied and the ways in which these texts address various issues that China faced at the time. Taught in English, the course presupposes no previous knowledge of China or Chinese culture. In addition to the selected literary texts, the course introduces several feature films that are cinematic adaptations of modern Chinese fiction and explore the complex and dynamic interchange between literary and cinematic language.

      • LIT 295 - Special Topics in Literature in Translation (on a China-related topic)

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3 credits in Fall or Winter; 4 credits in Spring
        Planned Offering: Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit
        Credits: 3 credits in Fall or Winter; 4 credits in Spring


        Prerequisites: Completion of FW requirement.

        A selected topic focusing on a particular author, genre, motif or period in translation. The specific topic is determined by the interests of the individual instructor. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

      • PHIL 130 - Chinese Philosophy

        FDR: HU
        Credits: 3
        Credits: 3


        An introductory course focusing on classical (Zhou period) Confucian and Taoist philosophers. No background in Chinese studies is presupposed.

      • POL 227 - East Asian Politics

        FDR: SS2
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall 2013 and alternate years
        Credits: 3


        An investigation of East Asian political systems and the global, historical, and cultural contexts in which their political institutions have developed. Students consider the connections between political structure and the rapid social and economic changes in East Asia since World War II, as well as the effectiveness of varied political processes in addressing contemporary problems. Emphasis is given to China, Korea, and Japan.

      • POL 392 - Seminar in Asian Politics (on a China-related topic)

        FDR: SS2
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: Vary with topic.

        A topical seminar focusing on Chinese politics, other Asian countries, or selected subjects in Asian politics. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

    • Three additional credits on General Asia or Japan, chosen from among the following:
      • ARTH 140 - Asian Art

        FDR: HA
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall
        Credits: 3


        An introduction to the study of traditional architecture, sculpture, painting, prints, and decorative arts of India, China, Korea, and Japan.

      • ARTH 241 - From Buddha to Anim The Arts of Japan

        FDR: HA
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall 2013 and alternate years
        Credits: 3


        A survey of Japanese art from its beginnings through the Edo period. Includes architecture, gardens, sculpture, prints, ceramics and other decorative arts, as well as painting.

      • ARTH 242 - Arts of India

        FDR: HA
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Winter 2015 and alternate years
        Credits: 3


        A survey of traditional Indian art from its Indus Valley beginnings through the period of Mughal domination. Includes architecture, sculpture, and painting, as well as decorative arts.

      • ARTH 390 - Seminar in Asian Art (on a Japan-related topic)

        FDR: HA
        Credits: 3
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: Three credits in art history or instructor consent.

        Selected topics in Asian art. Includes guided research, reports, term paper, and possible visit to the Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington, D.C. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

      • ECON 272 - Japan's Modern Economy

        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall or Winter
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisites: ECON 101 and 102.

        Analysis of the contemporary Japanese economy, including the comparative structure of its economy; the macroeconomics of the late 1980s "bubble economy" and subsequent growth; the changing role of women and its impact on fertility; and the future of an economy facing population decline and the fiscal burden of a rapidly aging population. Texts include works by sociologists and political scientists to emphasize the need to integrate the impact of policy and social structures on economic behavior.

      • ENGL 382 - Hotel Orient

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 4
        Planned Offering: Spring 2014 and alternate years
        Credits: 4


        Prerequisite: ENGL 299 or instructor consent.

        This seminar charts the historical encounters between East and West through the very spaces that facilitate cross-cultural transactions from the medieval to the postmodem. If modem hotel consciousness is marked by transience, ennui, eroticism, and isolation, we ask whether or not the same characteristics held true in premodern hotel practices, and if the space of the Orient makes a difference in hotel writing. Semantically, "Orient" means not only the geographic east. As a verb, to orient means to position and ascertain one's bearings. In this sense, to write about lodging in the East is to sort out one's cultural and geopolitical orientation.

      • HIST 289 - Topics in Asian, African, or Islamic History (on an Asia-related topic)

        FDR: HU
        Credits: 3 in fall or winter; 4 in spring
        Credits: 3 in fall or winter; 4 in spring


        A course offered from time to time depending on student interest and staff availability, on a selected topic or problem in Asian or African history. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

      • JAPN 100 - Supervised Study Abroad: Beginning Japanese

        Credits: 4
        Planned Offering: Spring 2014 and alternate years
        Credits: 4


        Prerequisites: Desire to study Japanese or JAPN 111, permission of the department, and approval of the International Education Committee.

        Spring Term Abroad course. This course is designed to introduce the Japanese language and culture to students with little or no previous language background. Classes are held at the Ishikawa Foundation for International Exchange, a prestigious Japanese institution in Kanazawa. Students live with a host family and can experience typical Japanese daily life. The program includes field trips to points of historical interest and many cultural activities.

      • JAPN 101 - Exploring Japanese Language and Society

        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Not offered in 2012-2013
        Credits: 3


        This course is an introduction to spoken Japanese. Students develop basic oral communication skills and are introduced to the three writing systems. Through cultural scenarios, media presentations, and film, students explore how language functions in contemporary Japanese society. This course is not a prerequisite for JAPN 111, nor does it allow a student to move to a language course numbered higher than JAPN 111 without permission of the instructor.

      • JAPN 111 - First-Year Japanese I

        Credits: 4
        Planned Offering: Fall
        Credits: 4


        An introduction to spoken and written Japanese. Classroom drills, written and audio materials emphasize basic sentence patterns. Daily practice in reading and writing.

      • LIT 221 - Japanese Literature in Translation

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Winter
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: Completion of FW FDR requirement.

        An introduction to Japanese literature in its historical and cultural contexts from premodern to modern times. The course materials draw upon selections from the earliest prose works to contemporary fiction of representative modern writers.

      • LIT 223 - Seminar in Japanese Literature in Translation

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: Completion of FW FDR requirement or instructor consent.

        Selected topics in Japanese literature, varying from year to year. Possible topics include the development of poetic forms, Heian court literature and art, diaries, epics, Buddhist literature, the culture of food and tea, and Noh drama.

      • LIT 225 - Poetry and Drama of Japan in Translation

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: Completion of FW FDR requirement.

        This course is designed to introduce students to the poetry and theater of Japan's premodern era. We examine classical themes and poetic art forms, and read from the vast canon of Japanese poetry. Readings cover major poets such as Hitomaro, Komachi, Teika, Saigyo, Sogi and Basho. The second part of the course offers a close study of the four traditional dramatic art forms of Japan: Noh, Kyogen or Comic Theater, Puppet Theater, and Kabuki. Students experience the performative aspect of the Noh theater by learning dance movements and song/chant from the play Yuya . The final part of the course demonstrates how classical theater has influenced modern playwrights and novelists.

      • POL 327 - Seminar: Japanese Political System

        FDR: SS2
        Credits: 3
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: POL 105 or POL 227, or instructor consent.

        An examination of the origin, structure, operation, and evolution of Japanese political institutions. Students discuss the importance of Japan's international position and historical experience to contemporary politics and address the development of the modern Japanese electoral system, political party system, and policy-making processes. The relationships between political leaders and their constituents on the national and local levels are also examined.

      • POL 392 - Seminar in Asian Politics (on a Japan-related topic)

        FDR: SS2
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: Vary with topic.

        A topical seminar focusing on Chinese politics, other Asian countries, or selected subjects in Asian politics. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

      • REL 103 - Introduction to Asian Religions

        FDR: HU
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall 2013 and subsequent years
        Credits: 3


        A survey of the teachings, practices, and historical significance of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Shinto.

      • REL 131 - Buddhism

        FDR: HU
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Winter 2013 and alternate years
        Credits: 3


        A survey of the historical development of the doctrines and practices of Buddhism. After a discussion of the Hindu origins of Buddhism, the course focuses on the development of the Theravada, Vajrayana and Mahayana traditions. A class trip to at least one Buddhist center is included.

      • REL 132 - God and Goddess in Hinduism

        FDR: HU
        Credits: 3
        Credits: 3


        This course explores the many ways in which Hindus visualize and talk about the divine and its manifestations in the world through mythic stories, use of images in worship, explanations of the nature of the soul and body in relation to the divine, and the belief in human embodiments of the divine in Hindu holy men and women. Topics include: the religious meanings of masculine and feminine in the divine and human contexts; the idea of local, family, and "chosen" divinities; and differing forms of Hindu devotion for men and women.

      • REL 231 - Yogis, Ascetics, and Monks in Indian Religions

        FDR: HU
        Credits: 3
        Credits: 3


        Indian yogis, monks and ascetics pursue extraordinary paths that invert the normal aims and values of society. This course surveys the ideas on mental and physical training that developed in India; their conceptual basis; the range of techniques used; and their philosophical development in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. The course seeks to answer such questions as: "What is the purpose of these teachings and for whom were they designed?" "What roles do yogis and ascetics play in religious life?" and "What is their ethical status in the world?"

      • REL 235 - Gods in Transit: The Spread of Religions in Asia

        FDR: HU
        Credits: 3
        Credits: 3


        This course looks at how deities and religious ideas and practices spread from one place to another through conquest, a network of holy men, or a circuit of traders. The aim is to identify (a) the processes that occur when religions travel from one region to another, and (b) the role of these religions in creating new cultures shared across a wide area. The focus is mainly on premodern periods, but comparisons are made with religious pluralism and globalization in the modern world.

      • REL 335 - Hindu Law in Theory and Practice

        FDR: HU
        Credits: 3
        Credits: 3


        India produced one of the oldest legal systems in the world — one that offers some surprising contrasts with modern assumptions about the nature and scope of the law. Combining ethical and ritual obligations alongside rules for criminal and civil litigation, it was intended to cover every aspect of life, from personal habits to political institutions. The course begins with the ancient codes, Indian political theory, and documents from everyday legal practice in medieval times. The second half of the course begins with colonial-era British attempts to codify Hindu law; Hindu personal law in modern India; and the controversy over religion and secularism in the courts today, including the constitutional definition of "Hindu;" attempts to legislate against disapproved religious practices; and disputes over sacred spaces. We close with comparisons with legal reasoning about religion in America, Israel, and England, based on court cases.

      • REL 340 - Seminar in Asian Religions

        FDR: HU
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Not offered in 2012-2013
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: One course in Asian religions or instructor consent.

        May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different. A study of specific topics in Asian religion and society.

  2. Japan Emphasis (22 Credits)
    • Required courses:
      • HIST 104 - Japan: Origins to Atomic Aftermath

        FDR: HU
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Winter, not offered in 2015
        Credits: 3


        This course traces the span of Japan's historical development from its origins through the Cold War, with a special, but not exclusive, emphasis on an environmental perspective. The first half of the course covers the emergence of indigenous Japanese society and its adaptation to cultural and political influences from mainland East Asia, including Buddhism, Confucianism, and Chinese concepts of empire. The second half covers Japan's successful transition from a declining Tokugawa Shogunate to a modern imperial nation to a reluctant U.S. Cold War ally from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries.

      • EAS 391 - Senior Capstone in East Asian Studies

        Credits: 1
        Planned Offering: Fall
        Credits: 1


        Prerequisite: Instructor consent.

        Weekly seminar in East Asian studies that focuses on research tools and methodology. Students develop and present to the group their capstone proposals. Additional presentations by East Asian Studies faculty and guest speakers.

      • EAS 393 - Senior Capstone in East Asian Studies

        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Winter
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: EAS 391 and instructor consent.

        Capstone project. Weekly seminar, focusing on the completion of the capstone project, including a formal presentation of the finished project to East Asian Studies faculty and students.

    • Twelve additonal credits on Japan, including at least one 300-level course and including no more than three credits of Japanese language study, chosen from among the following:
      • ARTH 241 - From Buddha to Anim The Arts of Japan

        FDR: HA
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall 2013 and alternate years
        Credits: 3


        A survey of Japanese art from its beginnings through the Edo period. Includes architecture, gardens, sculpture, prints, ceramics and other decorative arts, as well as painting.

      • ARTH 390 - Seminar in Asian Art (on a Japan-related topic)

        FDR: HA
        Credits: 3
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: Three credits in art history or instructor consent.

        Selected topics in Asian art. Includes guided research, reports, term paper, and possible visit to the Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington, D.C. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

      • ECON 272 - Japan's Modern Economy

        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall or Winter
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisites: ECON 101 and 102.

        Analysis of the contemporary Japanese economy, including the comparative structure of its economy; the macroeconomics of the late 1980s "bubble economy" and subsequent growth; the changing role of women and its impact on fertility; and the future of an economy facing population decline and the fiscal burden of a rapidly aging population. Texts include works by sociologists and political scientists to emphasize the need to integrate the impact of policy and social structures on economic behavior.

      • HIST 284 - Visions of Japan's Empire in East Asi 19th-Century Origins through World War II

        FDR: HU
        Credits: 3
        Credits: 3


        Japan's 19th-century imperial system ensured its status as the only major non-western "great power" in the first half of the 20th century. Within the space of its fifty years of existence (1895-1945), imperial Japan underwent radical political, social and cultural transformations that had equally profound effects on East Asian and world history, culminating in World War II. The course explores these distinctive transformations, which constitute Japan's theory and practice of political and cultural imperialism, through an analysis of text and image, from which the class constructs a website.

      • HIST 289 - Topics in Asian, African, or Islamic History (on a Japan-related topic)

        FDR: HU
        Credits: 3 in fall or winter; 4 in spring
        Credits: 3 in fall or winter; 4 in spring


        A course offered from time to time depending on student interest and staff availability, on a selected topic or problem in Asian or African history. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

      • JAPN 100 - Supervised Study Abroad: Beginning Japanese

        Credits: 4
        Planned Offering: Spring 2014 and alternate years
        Credits: 4


        Prerequisites: Desire to study Japanese or JAPN 111, permission of the department, and approval of the International Education Committee.

        Spring Term Abroad course. This course is designed to introduce the Japanese language and culture to students with little or no previous language background. Classes are held at the Ishikawa Foundation for International Exchange, a prestigious Japanese institution in Kanazawa. Students live with a host family and can experience typical Japanese daily life. The program includes field trips to points of historical interest and many cultural activities.

      • JAPN 101 - Exploring Japanese Language and Society

        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Not offered in 2012-2013
        Credits: 3


        This course is an introduction to spoken Japanese. Students develop basic oral communication skills and are introduced to the three writing systems. Through cultural scenarios, media presentations, and film, students explore how language functions in contemporary Japanese society. This course is not a prerequisite for JAPN 111, nor does it allow a student to move to a language course numbered higher than JAPN 111 without permission of the instructor.

      • JAPN 111 - First-Year Japanese I

        Credits: 4
        Planned Offering: Fall
        Credits: 4


        An introduction to spoken and written Japanese. Classroom drills, written and audio materials emphasize basic sentence patterns. Daily practice in reading and writing.

      • LIT 221 - Japanese Literature in Translation

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Winter
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: Completion of FW FDR requirement.

        An introduction to Japanese literature in its historical and cultural contexts from premodern to modern times. The course materials draw upon selections from the earliest prose works to contemporary fiction of representative modern writers.

      • LIT 223 - Seminar in Japanese Literature in Translation

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: Completion of FW FDR requirement or instructor consent.

        Selected topics in Japanese literature, varying from year to year. Possible topics include the development of poetic forms, Heian court literature and art, diaries, epics, Buddhist literature, the culture of food and tea, and Noh drama.

      • LIT 225 - Poetry and Drama of Japan in Translation

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: Completion of FW FDR requirement.

        This course is designed to introduce students to the poetry and theater of Japan's premodern era. We examine classical themes and poetic art forms, and read from the vast canon of Japanese poetry. Readings cover major poets such as Hitomaro, Komachi, Teika, Saigyo, Sogi and Basho. The second part of the course offers a close study of the four traditional dramatic art forms of Japan: Noh, Kyogen or Comic Theater, Puppet Theater, and Kabuki. Students experience the performative aspect of the Noh theater by learning dance movements and song/chant from the play Yuya . The final part of the course demonstrates how classical theater has influenced modern playwrights and novelists.

      • POL 327 - Seminar: Japanese Political System

        FDR: SS2
        Credits: 3
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: POL 105 or POL 227, or instructor consent.

        An examination of the origin, structure, operation, and evolution of Japanese political institutions. Students discuss the importance of Japan's international position and historical experience to contemporary politics and address the development of the modern Japanese electoral system, political party system, and policy-making processes. The relationships between political leaders and their constituents on the national and local levels are also examined.

      • POL 392 - Seminar in Asian Politics (on a Japan-related topic)

        FDR: SS2
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: Vary with topic.

        A topical seminar focusing on Chinese politics, other Asian countries, or selected subjects in Asian politics. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

    • Three additional credits on General Asia or China, chosen from among the following:
      • ARTH 140 - Asian Art

        FDR: HA
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall
        Credits: 3


        An introduction to the study of traditional architecture, sculpture, painting, prints, and decorative arts of India, China, Korea, and Japan.

      • ARTH 240 - Arts of China

        FDR: HA
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall 2013 and alternate years
        Credits: 3


        A survey of traditional Chinese art from its beginnings through the Qing dynasty. Includes architecture, sculpture, bronzes and ceramics, as well as painting.

      • ARTH 242 - Arts of India

        FDR: HA
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Winter 2015 and alternate years
        Credits: 3


        A survey of traditional Indian art from its Indus Valley beginnings through the period of Mughal domination. Includes architecture, sculpture, and painting, as well as decorative arts.

      • ARTH 390 - Seminar in Asian Art (on a China-related topic)

        FDR: HA
        Credits: 3
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: Three credits in art history or instructor consent.

        Selected topics in Asian art. Includes guided research, reports, term paper, and possible visit to the Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington, D.C. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

      • CHIN 101 - Exploring Chinese Language and Culture

        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit
        Credits: 3


        This course is an introduction to Chinese language and culture. Students learn elementary oral and written Chinese and also about the evolution of the Chinese language. Slides, media presentations and film clips are used to demonstrate the impact the language has had on the culture and their interactions in contemporary Chinese society. This course is not a prerequisite for CHIN 111, nor does it allow a student to move to a language course numbered higher than CHIN 111 without permission of the department.

      • CHIN 105 - Supervised Study Abroad: Beginning Chinese

        Credits: 2
        Planned Offering: Spring 2013 and alternate years
        Credits: 2


        Prerequisite: Consent of the department and approval of the International Education Committee.

         This course is designed to introduce Chinese language and culture to students with little or no previous Chinese language background and prepare them for studying first-year Chinese. Combining language study with studies of other aspects of Chinese culture (literature, art, history, economy, etc.) provides students with firsthand experience of the development of contemporary China. Classes and discussions are held at the International College of Chinese Studies at East China Normal University in Shanghai. The program includes field trips to points of historical interests and many cultural activities. Students learn through personal experience about the emergence of modern China and its changing culture.

      • CHIN 111 - First-Year Chinese I

        Credits: 4
        Planned Offering: Fall
        Credits: 4


        An introduction to modern spoken and written Chinese. In addition to classroom drill in speaking and reading, extensive use is made of both the language laboratory and the computer in outside preparation.

      • ECON 274 - China's Modern Economy

        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall or Winter
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisites: ECON 101 and 102.

        Economic analysis of the Chinese economy in the 20th century. Comparisons of pre- and post-revolutionary periods. Performance and policies of Taiwan and mainland China. Issues include the population problem, industrialization, provision of public health and education, alleviation of poverty and inequality. Microeconomic emphasis.

      • ENGL 382 - Hotel Orient

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 4
        Planned Offering: Spring 2014 and alternate years
        Credits: 4


        Prerequisite: ENGL 299 or instructor consent.

        This seminar charts the historical encounters between East and West through the very spaces that facilitate cross-cultural transactions from the medieval to the postmodem. If modem hotel consciousness is marked by transience, ennui, eroticism, and isolation, we ask whether or not the same characteristics held true in premodern hotel practices, and if the space of the Orient makes a difference in hotel writing. Semantically, "Orient" means not only the geographic east. As a verb, to orient means to position and ascertain one's bearings. In this sense, to write about lodging in the East is to sort out one's cultural and geopolitical orientation.

      • HIST 289 - Topics in Asian, African, or Islamic History (on an Asia-related topic)

        FDR: HU
        Credits: 3 in fall or winter; 4 in spring
        Credits: 3 in fall or winter; 4 in spring


        A course offered from time to time depending on student interest and staff availability, on a selected topic or problem in Asian or African history. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

      • HIST 285 - Seminar: The Yin and Yang of Gender in Late Imperial China (10th-19th centuries)

        FDR: HU
        Credits: 3
        Credits: 3


        Relations between men and women are the basis of any human society, but the exact nature and interpretation of these relations differ from time to time and from place to place. The concepts of Yin (female) and Yang (male) were integral to the theory and practice of Chinese gender relations during the late imperial period, influencing marriage, medicine and law. This course examines the historical significance of late-imperial gender relations across these, and other, categories from both traditional and modern perspectives.

      • HIST 386 - Seminar: Managing Mongols, Manchus, and Muslims: China's Frontier History (16th-20th Centuries)

        FDR: HU
        Credits: 3
        Credits: 3


        The unprecedented expansionism of China's last dynasty, the Qing (1644-1911), produced an ethnically and geographically diverse empire whose legacy is the current map and multiethnic society of today's People's Republic of China. The Qing Empire's establishment, extension and consolidation were inextricably bound up with the ethnic identity of its Manchu progenitors. The Manchu attempt to unify diversity resulted in a unique imperial project linking East, Inner and Southeast Asia. This course explores the multiethnic nature and limits of this unification, as well as its 20th-century transformations.

      • LIT 218 - Pre-Modern Chinese Literature in Translation

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: Completion of FW FDR requirement.

        A survey of Chinese literature from the earliest period to the founding of the Republic in 1912. Taught in English, the course presupposes no previous knowledge of China or Chinese culture. The literature is presented in the context of its intellectual, philosophical and cultural background. Texts used may vary from year to year and include a wide selection of fiction, poetry, historical documents, Chinese drama (opera) and prose works. Audiovisual materials are used when appropriate and available.

      • LIT 220 - Modern Chinese Literature in Translation

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Winter
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: Completion of FW FDR requirement.

        This is a survey course to introduce students to the literature of 20th-century China. Through close reading of key literary texts from the 1910s to the present, students explore the social, historical and literary background that gave rise to the texts studied and the ways in which these texts address various issues that China faced at the time. Taught in English, the course presupposes no previous knowledge of China or Chinese culture. In addition to the selected literary texts, the course introduces several feature films that are cinematic adaptations of modern Chinese fiction and explore the complex and dynamic interchange between literary and cinematic language.

      • LIT 295 - Special Topics in Literature in Translation (on a China-related topic)

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3 credits in Fall or Winter; 4 credits in Spring
        Planned Offering: Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit
        Credits: 3 credits in Fall or Winter; 4 credits in Spring


        Prerequisites: Completion of FW requirement.

        A selected topic focusing on a particular author, genre, motif or period in translation. The specific topic is determined by the interests of the individual instructor. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

      • PHIL 130 - Chinese Philosophy

        FDR: HU
        Credits: 3
        Credits: 3


        An introductory course focusing on classical (Zhou period) Confucian and Taoist philosophers. No background in Chinese studies is presupposed.

      • POL 227 - East Asian Politics

        FDR: SS2
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall 2013 and alternate years
        Credits: 3


        An investigation of East Asian political systems and the global, historical, and cultural contexts in which their political institutions have developed. Students consider the connections between political structure and the rapid social and economic changes in East Asia since World War II, as well as the effectiveness of varied political processes in addressing contemporary problems. Emphasis is given to China, Korea, and Japan.

      • POL 392 - Seminar in Asian Politics (on a China-related topic)

        FDR: SS2
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: Vary with topic.

        A topical seminar focusing on Chinese politics, other Asian countries, or selected subjects in Asian politics. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

      • REL 103 - Introduction to Asian Religions

        FDR: HU
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall 2013 and subsequent years
        Credits: 3


        A survey of the teachings, practices, and historical significance of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Shinto.

      • REL 131 - Buddhism

        FDR: HU
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Winter 2013 and alternate years
        Credits: 3


        A survey of the historical development of the doctrines and practices of Buddhism. After a discussion of the Hindu origins of Buddhism, the course focuses on the development of the Theravada, Vajrayana and Mahayana traditions. A class trip to at least one Buddhist center is included.

      • REL 132 - God and Goddess in Hinduism

        FDR: HU
        Credits: 3
        Credits: 3


        This course explores the many ways in which Hindus visualize and talk about the divine and its manifestations in the world through mythic stories, use of images in worship, explanations of the nature of the soul and body in relation to the divine, and the belief in human embodiments of the divine in Hindu holy men and women. Topics include: the religious meanings of masculine and feminine in the divine and human contexts; the idea of local, family, and "chosen" divinities; and differing forms of Hindu devotion for men and women.

      • REL 231 - Yogis, Ascetics, and Monks in Indian Religions

        FDR: HU
        Credits: 3
        Credits: 3


        Indian yogis, monks and ascetics pursue extraordinary paths that invert the normal aims and values of society. This course surveys the ideas on mental and physical training that developed in India; their conceptual basis; the range of techniques used; and their philosophical development in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. The course seeks to answer such questions as: "What is the purpose of these teachings and for whom were they designed?" "What roles do yogis and ascetics play in religious life?" and "What is their ethical status in the world?"

      • REL 235 - Gods in Transit: The Spread of Religions in Asia

        FDR: HU
        Credits: 3
        Credits: 3


        This course looks at how deities and religious ideas and practices spread from one place to another through conquest, a network of holy men, or a circuit of traders. The aim is to identify (a) the processes that occur when religions travel from one region to another, and (b) the role of these religions in creating new cultures shared across a wide area. The focus is mainly on premodern periods, but comparisons are made with religious pluralism and globalization in the modern world.

      • REL 335 - Hindu Law in Theory and Practice

        FDR: HU
        Credits: 3
        Credits: 3


        India produced one of the oldest legal systems in the world — one that offers some surprising contrasts with modern assumptions about the nature and scope of the law. Combining ethical and ritual obligations alongside rules for criminal and civil litigation, it was intended to cover every aspect of life, from personal habits to political institutions. The course begins with the ancient codes, Indian political theory, and documents from everyday legal practice in medieval times. The second half of the course begins with colonial-era British attempts to codify Hindu law; Hindu personal law in modern India; and the controversy over religion and secularism in the courts today, including the constitutional definition of "Hindu;" attempts to legislate against disapproved religious practices; and disputes over sacred spaces. We close with comparisons with legal reasoning about religion in America, Israel, and England, based on court cases.

      • REL 340 - Seminar in Asian Religions

        FDR: HU
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Not offered in 2012-2013
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: One course in Asian religions or instructor consent.

        May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different. A study of specific topics in Asian religion and society.