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 (not offered in 2021-22)
  • ARTH 166 Chinese Art and Culture (not offered in 2021-22)
  • ARTH 267 Gardens in China and Japan (not offered in 2021-22)
  • ARTH 321 Arts of the Chinese Scholar's Studio
  • HIST 152 History of Early China (not offered in 2021-22)
  • HIST 153 History of Modern China
  • HIST 155 A Tale of Two Cities: Peking & Shanghai (not offered in 2021-22)
  • HIST 156 History of Modern Korea
  • JAPN 231 Tradition and Modernity: Japanese Cinema in Translation
  • JAPN 245 Modern Japanese Literature and Manga in Translation (not offered in 2021-22)
  • POSC 232 Political Science Lab in Focus Group Analysis (not offered in 2021-22)
  • RELG 152 Religions in Japanese Culture (not offered in 2021-22)
  • RELG 153 Introduction to Buddhism
 

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

  • ARTH 165 Japanese Art and Culture (not offered in 2021-22)
  • ARTH 166 Chinese Art and Culture (not offered in 2021-22)
  • ARTH 209 Chinese Painting
  • ARTH 220 The Origins of Manga: Japanese Prints (not offered in 2021-22)
  • ARTH 266 Arts of the Japanese Tea Ceremony
  • ARTH 267 Gardens in China and Japan (not offered in 2021-22)
  • ARTH 321 Arts of the Chinese Scholar's Studio
  • ARTS 236 Ceramics: Vessels for Tea
  • ASLN 111 Writing Systems
  • ASLN 260 Historical Linguistics (not offered in 2021-22)
  • ASST 283 Japanese History and Culture (not offered in 2021-22)
  • ASST 284 Japanese Linguistics in Kyoto Seminar: History and Culture of Japan
  • CHIN 240 Chinese Cinema in Translation
  • CHIN 251 Heroes, Heroines, Exceptional Lives in Chinese Biographical Histories
  • CHIN 347 Advanced Chinese: Reading the News (not offered in 2021-22)
  • CHIN 348 Advanced Chinese: The Mass Media
  • CHIN 355 Contemporary Chinese Short Stories (not offered in 2021-22)
  • CHIN 360 Classical Chinese (not offered in 2021-22)
  • CHIN 361 Advanced Chinese: Readings in Twentieth Century Literature (not offered in 2021-22)
  • CHIN 362 Advanced Chinese: Traditional Culture in Modern Language
  • CHIN 363 Conversation and Composition: The Liberal Arts in Chinese (not offered in 2021-22)
  • CHIN 364 Chinese Classic Tales and Modern Adaptation (not offered in 2021-22)
  • ECON 240 Microeconomics of Development
  • ECON 243 Market Development and Policy Reform in China
  • HIST 150 Politics of Art in Early Imperial China
  • HIST 154 Social Movements in Postwar Japan (not offered in 2021-22)
  • HIST 155 A Tale of Two Cities: Peking & Shanghai (not offered in 2021-22)
  • HIST 156 History of Modern Korea
  • HIST 158 Cold War in East Asia (not offered in 2021-22)
  • HIST 159 Disaster, Disease, & Rumors in East Asia (not offered in 2021-22)
  • HIST 215 Carleton in the Archives: Carleton in China (not offered in 2021-22)
  • HIST 255 Rumors, Gossip, and News in East Asia (not offered in 2021-22)
  • HIST 256 Disaster, Disease, & Rumors in East Asia (not offered in 2021-22)
  • HIST 257 Chinese Capitalism: From Local to Global
  • JAPN 206 Japanese in Cultural Context
  • JAPN 231 Tradition and Modernity: Japanese Cinema in Translation
  • JAPN 244 The World of Anime in Translation (not offered in 2021-22)
  • JAPN 245 Modern Japanese Literature and Manga in Translation (not offered in 2021-22)
  • JAPN 345 Advanced Reading in Modern Japanese Literature: The Short Story (not offered in 2021-22)
  • JAPN 347 Advanced Reading in Contemporary Japanese Prose: Newspapers (not offered in 2021-22)
  • JAPN 350 Pilgrimage & Sacred Space in Japan Program: Advanced Japanese through Place-Based Learning in Kyoto (not offered in 2021-22)
  • JAPN 353 Thinking about Environmental Issues in Japanese (not offered in 2021-22)
  • 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 232 Political Science Lab in Focus Group Analysis (not offered in 2021-22)
  • POSC 264 Politics of Contemporary China
  • POSC 378 Political Economy & Ecology of Southeast Asia: Social Changes in Southeast Asia (not offered in 2021-22)
  • POSC 379 Political Economy and Ecology of S.E. Asia: Diversity of Social Ecological Systems in Southeast Asia (not offered in 2021-22)
  • RELG 153 Introduction to Buddhism
  • RELG 254 Zen Buddhism (not offered in 2021-22)
  • RELG 279 Pilgrimage and Sacred Space in Japan Program: Pilgrimage & Sacred Space in Japan (not offered in 2021-22)
  • RELG 280 The Politics of Sex in Asian Religion (not offered in 2021-22)
  • RELG 282 Samurai: Ethics of Death and Loyalty
  • RELG 365 Mysticism (not offered in 2021-22)

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