Courses

The East Asian Studies program is comprised of courses from departments throughout Brandeis University. 

Fall 2017 Course Offerings

Previous Years

Required Courses

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Core Course
  • HIST 80a - East Asian Civilization to 1650

  • HIST 80b East Asia: Nineteenth Century to the Present China and Japan

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Courses That Fulfill the Language Requirement

At least up to CHIN 40b or JAPN 40b, or by exemption

  • CHIN 10a - Beginning Chinese

  • CHIN 20b - Continuing Chinese

  • CHIN 30a - Intermediate Chinese

  • CHIN 40b - Advanced Intermediate Chinese

  • JAPN 10a - Beginning Japanese

  • JAPN 20b - Continuing Japanese

  • JAPN 30a - Intermediate Japanese

  • JAPN 40b - Advanced Intermediate Japanese

Electives

The following courses are approved to fulfill the creative arts, humanities and the contemporary EastAsia social science elective requirements for an East Asian studies degree. Rarely are courses offered every semester, so be sure to consult the upcoming semester's East Asian Studies course schedule on the registrar's website while planning your academic schedule.

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Humanities Electives
  • CHIN 98a - Readings in Modern Chinese

  • CHIN 98b - Readings in Modern Chinese

  • CHIN 100a - Introduction to Chinese Literature: Poetry, Romance, and Fiction

  • CHIN 105a - Advanced Conversation and Composition I

  • CHIN 105b - Advanced Conversation and Composition II

  • CHIN 106b - Business Chinese and Culture

  • CHIN 120a - Readings in Contemporary Chinese Literature: Advanced Chinese Language

  • CHIN 120b - Readings in Contemporary Chinese Literature: Advanced Chinese Language II

  • CHIN 130b - China on Film: The Changes of Chinese Culture

  • CHIN 136b - Chinese Modernism in International Context

  • CHIN 140a - Yin Yu Tang document

  • JAPN 98a - Readings in Japanese

  • JAPN 98b - Readings in Japanese

  • JAPN 105a - Advanced Conversation and Composition I

  • JAPN 105b - Advanced Conversation and Composition II

  • JAPN 120a - Readings in Contemporary Japanese Literature

  • JAPN 120b - Readings in Modern Japanese Literature

  • JAPN 125b - Putting Away Childish Things: Coming of Age in Modern Japanese Literature and Film

  • JAPN 130a - The Literature of Multicultural Japan

  • JAPN 135a - Screening National Images: Japanese Film and Anime in Global Context

  • JAPN 140a - The World of Early Modern Japanese Literature

  • JAPN 145a - The World of Classical Japanese Literature

  • REL 161a - Chinese Religion and Thought

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Arts Electives
  • FA 34a - History of Asian Art

  • FA 70b - The Art of China

  • FA 71b - The Art of Japan

  • FA 170a - Arts of the Ming Dynasty

  • FA 171b - Buddhist Art

  • FA 197a - Studies in Asian Art

  • MUS 4a - Introduction to Chinese Music

  • THA 130a - Suzuki

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Social Science Electives
  • HIST 80b - East Asia: From 1650 to the Present
  • HIST 180a - The Global Opium Trade: 1755-present

  • HIST 182a - Mao: The Man, the Myth and the Milieu

  • HIST 184a - Silk, Silver, and Slaves: China and the Industrial Revolution

  • HIST 184b - Swashbuckling Adventurers or Sea bandits? The Chinese Pirate in Global Perspective

  • HIST 185a - The China Outside China: Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Diaspora in the Making of Modern China

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Contemporary East Asia Social Science
  • ANTH 137b - Gender and the Sacred in Asia

  • ECON 30a - The Economy of China

  • HIST 176b - Japan and Korea in Modern World History

  • POL 147a - The Government and Politics of China

  • POL 148a - Seminar: Contemporary Chinese Politics

  • POL 179a - China's Global Rise: The Challenge to Democratic Order

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Other Courses
  • EAS 98a - Independent Study (signature of the instructor required; usually offered every year)

  • EAS 98b - Independent Study (signature of the instructor required; usually offered every year)

  • EAS 99 - Senior Research (signature of the instructor required; usually offered every year)