Students interested in China, Japan and Korea, especially the interconnections between East Asian culture, history and politics, should consider the East Asian Studies minor. This interdisciplinary course of study provides students with a critical understanding of East Asia’s central role in the world, both past and present. The minor helps prepare students for dynamic careers in multiple fields, including business, finance, law, medicine, policy, and academia.
Course Requirements: A minor in East Asian Studies consists of 18 hours drawn from at least three different departments (e.g., His, Inst, Rel) from the approved list below, with at least one course from each of the three categories – courses with a focus on China, courses with a focus on Japan, and courses with a regional focus. Students who complete relevant internships, study abroad courses, and special topics courses should consult with the East Asian Studies director, Dr. Joshua Howard, prior to enrollment in the course for approval and to determine the appropriate category for the course. The same course may not satisfy requirements for both a student’s major and his or her minor. A minimum grade of C is required in all courses applied toward the minor.
Other Academic Requirements: Students must demonstrate competency in an East Asian language by completing either 6 hours at the 200-level or 3 hours at the 300-level with a minimum grade of C.
Hst 381 (His 394) Late Imperial and Modern China
Hst 382 (His 395) China in Revolution
Hst 383 (His 397) US-China Relations since 1784
Inst 341 Contemporary China
MLL 302 China through Literature and Film
Pol 324 Politics of China
PPL 376 Policymaking and Governance in China
Rel 325 Chinese Religions: Confucianism and Daoism
Hst 389 (His 311) History of Japan-US Relations
Hst 482 (His 389) Samurai and Cinema
Hst 387 (His 396) Modern Japan
Inst 345 Japan in the World
Hst 180 (His 180) Modern East Asia
Inst 310 Topics in East Asian Studies
Inst 331 Topics in East Asian Studies Abroad
Pol 337 Asia in World Affairs
Pol 387 Political Economy of East Asia
Rel 102 Introduction to Asian Religions
Rel 308 Buddhism
Rel 395 Sacred Texts in East Asian Religions
Soc 359 Sociology of Globalization
These are the courses that count for the East Asian Studies minor in the current, past, and future semesters. Use the filters on the left to change terms or select a specific area, instructor, or schedule.
This class examines the environmental history of the world’s largest geographical feature – the Pacific Ocean -- to explore how the ecology, politics, and culture of the maritime region have changed in the Anthropocene period, this current geological era of significant human impact on the Earth’s natural world and climate. We will investigate how the natural environment shaped the foundations of culture from New Zealand to Alaska, examine ecological legacies of early exploration and colonization, study transmarine economic developments (from industrial fishing to the opening of Panama Canal and container vessel transport), discuss the longterm aquatic legacies of various military conflicts (including World War Two, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War) and finally analyze the environmental costs of current Pacific maritime concerns, from Japanese nuclear waste disposal following the 2011 Fukushima disaster to China’s construction of new deep ocean islands in fragile reef zones of the South China Sea.