The minor consists of a total of 18 hours.

Select at least one course from three of the four following curriculum groupings:

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.

East Asian Studies Electives Group One: Literature & Humanities

EAL 219Major Works of Japanese Literature3
EAL 221Themes in Chinese Literature3
EAL 222Traditional Chinese Literature3
EAL 231Early 20th-century Chinese Modernism3
EAL 241Gender in Japanese Literature3
EAL 251The Asian-American Experience: Literature and Personal Narratives3
EAL 252Chinese Cinemas3
EAL 253Japanese Film: Themes and Methods3
EAL 270Contemporary Japanese Culture3
EAL 271Mass Culture in Modern China3
EAL 272Literature and Film from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Beyond3
EAL 275Survey of East Asian Cultures3
EAL 285Contemporary East Asian Cinema3
HMN 219Introduction to Japanese Literature3

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

ART 104Topics in World Art (when focus is East Asia)3
MUS 134/234Music of Asia3
REL 329Chinese Medicine3
REL 349Asian Meditation Practices3
REL 361Topics in Buddhism3
REL 363The Religions of Japan3
REL 381Zen Buddhism3
REL 382Religion and Culture in China3
REL 391Topics in East Asian Religions3

East Asian Studies Electives Group Three: Social Sciences

COM 351AComparative Communication: Japan1.5,3
COM 351EComparative Communication: China1.5,3
INS 349Japanese and American Culture:Cross-Cultural Communication3
POL 248Chinese Politics3
POL 260United States and East Asia3

East Asian Studies Electives Group Four: History

HST 244Pre-Modern China to 18503
HST 245Modern China since 18503
HST 246Japan before 16003
HST 247Japan since 16003
HST 249Intro to East Asia3
HST 344Early Modernity in China3
HST 347The Rise of Asian Economic Power since WWII3
HST 348Samurai and Geisha: Fact, Film, and Fiction3
HST 352Ten Years of Madness: The Chinese Cultural Revolution, 1966 to 19763