East Asian Studies

With the world's most populous nation and some of its largest economies, East Asia is a region of growing significance. It consists of areas encompassed by present day China, Japan, and Korea (and sometimes also Mongolia, Myanmar, Siberia, and Vietnam). The minor consists of a program of study combining language training, off-campus study, required core courses in various disciplines, and supporting courses, including a designated capstone course. The underlying logic of the minor seeks to highlight both the similarities and differences in the societies and cultures of East Asia and to generate increased understanding of a vital part of the modern world.

Requirements for the East Asian Studies Minor

The East Asian Studies Minor requires a total of 42 credits, with at least 6 credits drawn from each of the three Asian Studies distribution areas (Literary/Artistic Analysis, Humanistic Inquiry or Social Inquiry).

18 credits in core courses, drawn from at least two of the three Asian Studies distribution areas.

24 credits from additional courses, drawn from at least two of the three Asian Studies distribution areas, and including a designated East Asia-related capstone course.

Courses taken on off-campus programs may be applied to the minor.

Normally, at least one term of off-campus study in East Asia.

One year of study of an East Asian language, or its equivalent. For languages offered at Carleton, this will involve completion of a language through 103, or its equivalent. For languages not offered at Carleton, it will involve completion of the equivalent of 103.

Core Courses: 18 credits from among the following; courses must be from at least two distribution areas.

  • ARTH 165 Japanese Art and Culture
  • ARTH 166 Chinese Art and Culture
  • ARTH 267 Gardens in China and Japan
  • ARTH 321 Arts of the Chinese Scholar's Studio (not offered in 2020-21)
  • CHIN 252 The Chinese Language: A Linguistic and Cultural Survey
  • HIST 152 History of Early China (not offered in 2020-21)
  • HIST 153 Modern China: China with Mao
  • HIST 156 History of Modern Korea (not offered in 2020-21)
  • JAPN 245 Modern Japanese Literature and Manga in Translation (not offered in 2020-21)
  • POSC 232 Political Science Lab in Focus Group Analysis (not offered in 2020-21)
  • RELG 152 Religions in Japanese Culture
  • RELG 153 Introduction to Buddhism (not offered in 2020-21)
 

Supporting Courses: 24 credits from among the following; courses must be from at least two distribution areas.

  • ARTH 165 Japanese Art and Culture
  • ARTH 166 Chinese Art and Culture
  • ARTH 209 Chinese Painting (not offered in 2020-21)
  • ARTH 220 The Origins of Manga: Japanese Prints
  • ARTH 266 Arts of the Japanese Tea Ceremony
  • ARTH 267 Gardens in China and Japan
  • ARTH 268 Art History in Kyoto Program: History of Gardens and Landscape Architecture in Japan (not offered in 2020-21)
  • ARTH 269 Art History in Kyoto Program: Projects in Japanese Garden Design and History (not offered in 2020-21)
  • ARTH 321 Arts of the Chinese Scholar's Studio (not offered in 2020-21)
  • ARTS 236 Ceramics: Vessels for Tea
  • ASLN 111 Writing Systems (not offered in 2020-21)
  • ASLN 260 Historical Linguistics (not offered in 2020-21)
  • ASST 282 Art History in Kyoto Program: Religion, Politics and Architecture in Pre-Modern Japan (not offered in 2020-21)
  • ASST 283 Japanese History and Culture
  • ASST 284 Japanese Linguistics in Kyoto Seminar: History and Culture of Japan
  • CHIN 206 Chinese in Cultural Context
  • CHIN 240 Chinese Cinema in Translation (not offered in 2020-21)
  • CHIN 251 Heroes, Heroines, Exceptional Lives in Chinese Biographical Histories (not offered in 2020-21)
  • CHIN 347 Advanced Chinese: Reading the News (not offered in 2020-21)
  • CHIN 348 Advanced Chinese: The Mass Media (not offered in 2020-21)
  • CHIN 355 Contemporary Chinese Short Stories (not offered in 2020-21)
  • CHIN 360 Classical Chinese (not offered in 2020-21)
  • CHIN 361 Advanced Chinese: Readings in Twentieth Century Literature
  • CHIN 362 Advanced Chinese: Traditional Culture in Modern Language (not offered in 2020-21)
  • CHIN 363 Conversation and Composition: The Liberal Arts in Chinese (not offered in 2020-21)
  • CHIN 364 Chinese Classic Tales and Modern Adaptation
  • ECON 240 Microeconomics of Development
  • ENTS 260 Comparative Agroecology (not offered in 2020-21)
  • HIST 154 Social Movements in Postwar Japan
  • HIST 156 History of Modern Korea (not offered in 2020-21)
  • HIST 158 Cold War in East Asia (not offered in 2020-21)
  • HIST 159 Disaster, Disease, & Rumors in East Asia
  • HIST 215 Carleton in the Archives: Carleton in China
  • HIST 255 Rumors, Gossip, and News in East Asia (not offered in 2020-21)
  • HIST 256 Disaster, Disease, & Rumors in East Asia
  • JAPN 206 Japanese in Cultural Context
  • JAPN 231 Tradition and Modernity: Japanese Cinema in Translation (not offered in 2020-21)
  • JAPN 244 The World of Anime in Translation (not offered in 2020-21)
  • JAPN 245 Modern Japanese Literature and Manga in Translation (not offered in 2020-21)
  • JAPN 345 Advanced Reading in Modern Japanese Literature: The Short Story (not offered in 2020-21)
  • JAPN 347 Advanced Reading in Contemporary Japanese Prose: Newspapers (not offered in 2020-21)
  • JAPN 350 Pilgrimage & Sacred Space in Japan Program: Advanced Japanese through Place-Based Learning in Kyoto (not offered in 2020-21)
  • JAPN 353 Thinking about Environmental Issues in Japanese (not offered in 2020-21)
  • LING 285 Japanese Linguistics in Kyoto Seminar: The Linguistics of the Japanese Writing System
  • LING 286 Japanese Linguistics in Kyoto Seminar: The Structure of Japanese
  • MUSC 182 Chinese Musical Instruments
  • MUSC 182J Chinese Musical Instruments (Juried)
  • MUSC 282 Chinese Musical Instruments
  • MUSC 282J Chinese Musical Instruments (Juried)
  • POSC 120 Democracy and Dictatorship
  • POSC 170 International Relations and World Politics
  • POSC 232 Political Science Lab in Focus Group Analysis (not offered in 2020-21)
  • POSC 248 Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) (not offered in 2020-21)
  • POSC 264 Politics of Contemporary China
  • POSC 378 Political Economy & Ecology of Southeast Asia: Social Changes in Southeast Asia (not offered in 2020-21)
  • POSC 379 Political Economy and Ecology of S.E. Asia: Diversity of Social Ecological Systems in Southeast Asia (not offered in 2020-21)
  • RELG 153 Introduction to Buddhism (not offered in 2020-21)
  • RELG 254 Zen Buddhism (not offered in 2020-21)
  • RELG 279 Pilgrimage and Sacred Space in Japan Program: Pilgrimage & Sacred Space in Japan (not offered in 2020-21)
  • RELG 280 The Politics of Sex in Asian Religion
  • RELG 282 Samurai: Ethics of Death and Loyalty (not offered in 2020-21)
  • RELG 365 Mysticism

Capstone Course: To be determined in consultation with the director.