98-99 University Bulletin Entry for:

East Asian Studies Program

(file last updated: [8/10/1998 - 15:22:39])


East Asian Studies is an interdisciplinaryprogram that seeks to give the student broad yet intimate knowledgeof the history, politics, economics, art, and language of themajor areas of East Asia (China, Japan, Southeast Asia). It allowsthe student to concentrate in a single program while at the sametime enlarging his or her knowledge of East Asian civilizationby taking related courses in other disciplines. At the crux ofthe program is the language requirement (Chinese or Japanese)that provides the basis for postgraduate study or careers dealingwith East Asia.

How to Become a ProgramMember

The student enrolled in theEast Asian Studies Program must take HIST 80a (Introduction toEast Asian Civilization) and the equivalent of Chinese or Japanese40b (advanced intermediate level). In addition, whenever possible,three electives must be chosen from at least three of the participatingdepartments in order to give the student a broad overview of thefield and region. As a culmination to the program, the studentmust complete one semester of independent study under the directionof one or more members of the program faculty. This requires thepreparation of a seminar-length research paper or a senior thesisin the student's department of concentration with an emphasison some aspect of East Asian Studies or participation in a seniorinterdisciplinary seminar when offered.


John Schrecker, Chair


Qun Ao


Robert Evans


Donald Hindley


Gary Jefferson


Robert Maeda

(Fine Arts)

Hiroko Sekino


Ralph Thaxton


David Wong


Requirements for Program

Course requirements: Five coursesin addition to the Chinese or Japanese language requirement.

A.Students must complete the equivalent of Chinese or Japanese 40b.

B.Core course: HIST 80a (Introduction to East Asian Civilization).

C.Electives: Students must complete three courses from the listbelow. Students must take courses, whenever possible, in at leastthree participating departments so that a broad overview of thefield and region is obtained.

D.Completion of one semester of independent study, EAS 98a or 98b,under the direction of one or more members of the program faculty,requiring the preparation of a seminar-length research paper.


A senior thesis in the student'sdepartment or concentration, with an emphasis on some aspect ofEast Asian Studies.


Participation in a senior interdisciplinaryseminar, when offered.

Courses of Instruction

EAS 98a Independent Study

Signature of the instructorrequired.

Usually offered every year.


EAS 98b Independent Study

Signature of the instructorrequired.

Usually offered every year.


Core Courses

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

HIST 80a

Introduction to East AsianCivilization

Elective Courses

The following courses are approvedfor the program. Not all are given in any one year, so the CourseSchedule for each semester should be consulted.

CHIN 98a

Readings in Modern Chinese

CHIN 98b

Readings in Modern Chinese

CHIN 105a

Advanced Conversation and CompositionI

CHIN 105b

Advanced Conversation and CompositionII

COML 178b

Chinese Women Writers in theTwentieth Century

ECON 27b

The Economy of Japan

FA 12a

History of Asian Art

FA 13b

Buddhist Art

FA 14a

When Tokyo was called Edo:Japanese Art from Edo to Meiji

FA 179b

Chinese Landscape Painting

FA 181b

The Art of Japan

FA 182a

The Art of China

FA 184a

Studies in Asian Art

FA 185b

Japanese Pictorial Traditions

HIP 30b

The Persistence of Tradition:an Introduction to Japanese Poetry, Drama, Fiction, and Film

HIST 80b

East Asia in the Nineteenthand Twentieth Centuries

HIST 176a

The Emergence of Modern Japan

HIST 181a

Seminar on Traditional ChineseThought

JAPN 98a and b

Readings in Japanese

JAPN 105a

Advanced Conversation and CompositionI

JAPN 105b

Advanced Conversation and CompositionII

PHIL 119b

Chinese Philosophy

POL 147a

The Government and Politicsof China

POL 147b

Seminar: The Modern ChineseRevolution

POL 148a

Seminar: Contemporary ChinesePolitics

POL 150a

Politics of Southeast Asia