A. Choose your area of emphasis (China or Japan)
B. Take the following regular courses:
History 103 (China) or History 104 (Japan)
12 additional China/Japan credits (including one 300-level course)
3 additional credits outside your area of emphasis (China instead of Japan or vice-versa)
C. Pick a professor to work with you individually in the following required Capstone courses:
EAS 391 (1 credit): In which you choose a topic & produce a preliminary outline, bibliography, etc.
EAS 393 (3 credits): In which you develop your chosen topic into a Capstone thesis paper
Important Capstone Notes:
- You should begin a capstone project no later than fall of your senior year (fall of junior year is recommended).
- You must choose a professor who can work with you individually to develop your required capstone project before you register for EAS 391.
In 1972, a grant from the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation permitted us to develop a Chinese studies program. Subsequently, grants from the Japan Foundation, income from the Jock A. R. Stewart Fund, and a gift from Taiwan of more than 1,000 books on art and literature enabled the University to expand and refine its library resources in the field. More recent grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have supported faculty development and made it possible to sponsor numerous cultural events and guest speakers on campus as well as to bring native teaching assistants each year from Taiwan and Japan. Where funds are available, the East Asian Studies Program also provides financial assistance to students selected for study in Asia.
The presence on the W&L campus of the Reeves Center and the adjacent Watson Pavilion, with their collections of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean ceramics and other decorative arts, further enhances East Asian Studies at the University. The Reeves Center collection, which includes more than 3,000 pieces of ceramics, is especially known for its important holdings of Chinese export porcelain. The Watson Pavilion houses an extensive collection of Chinese art, especially from the Ming and Qing dynasties, as well as Japanese decorative arts of the Edo period.
The East Asian Studies interdisciplinary minor permits the student to focus upon a single culture or upon both. In every case, it insures that the student has the opportunity to acquire a broad background in a variety of fields, including language. It is designed to provide the perspective and many of the practical tools needed for further study of Asia, or as enhancement to a career in such areas as business, government, law, and journalism.