Majoring & Minoring

East Asia

The International Studies Program consists of a combination of a major and a concentration. For those interested in East Asia, the requirements are: 

A. A Major   (Minimum 9 courses)

This can be in Art History, or History, or Political Science. These majors provide not only a strong disciplinary base from which to study East Asia, but also provide international and comparative perspectives expanding your understanding of East Asia in a global context. At least two courses you take in this major must focus on East Asia. Of course, you may take more.

B. An East Asian Concentration:  (Minimum 5 courses)

1. Advanced Language: Two full-semester Chinese language courses at the 300 level or above or four half-semester courses at the 300 level or above. These courses must include at least one full-semester worth of literature courses. You are encouraged to take conversation classes, but these courses may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

2. Study Abroad: The required study abroad experience must be directly related to the East Asian area of emphasis. The program, satisfied by one or two semesters in a study abroad program, must entail significant work in Chinese. The International Studies Program has a set of approved study abroad programs. Exceptions require International Studies Committee approval. You should discuss your plans with your advisor and receive the Committee’s approval a year in advance of the experience.

3. The East Asian Area of Emphasis: Three courses on East Asia are required. These are in addition to the two taken in the disciplinary major. You should take courses approved as East Asian International Studies courses (see the list below) from at least two different disciplines in addition to your disciplinary major. One course on pre-1500 East Asia can be substituted for one of the approved International Studies courses listed below with the consent of the International Studies Committee.

In sum, the I.S. Program totals approximately 14 courses. At least 7 of those will be on East Asia and on Chinese language/literature. You will also be credited with a major on your transcript.

Note that by the end of the sophomore year at the latest, all students will complete the form called International Studies Plan of Study. See the Majoring page for further details.

East Asian Area approved courses
Fall 2017 courses are underlined.
Art History

ARH71-024 Introduction to Art History: East Asian Art
ARH71-204 East Asian Art & Architecture
ARH71-214 Arts of China
ARH71-224 Arts of Japan
ARH71-234 Ancient Chinese Art and Civilization
ARH71-244 Buddhist Art of East Asia
ARH71-254 Landscape and Environment in Chinese Art
ARH71-265 Art in China since 1911


CHI22-301, 302, 303, 304 Selected Topics
CHI22-312 Topics in Intermediate Modern Chinese
CHI22-322 Topics in Advanced Modern Chinese
CHI22-394 Chinese Calligraphy and Culture


HIS16-244 Ancient China
HIS16-254 Imperial China 589-1911
HIS16-274 Japanese Civilization
HIS16-564 Modern Chinese History
HIS16-584 Modern Japanese History

Political Science

PSC32-384 Japanese Politics, Culture, Society
PSC32-624 Germany and Japan: Losers of World War II?
PSC32-644 The Chinese Cultural Revolution


REL19-284 Introduction to Buddhism