Academic program

The East Asian studies major provides students with a broad introduction to the cultures and societies of East Asia and their interrelationships. The major includes, first, a core curriculum that consists of two years of Chinese or Japanese language study as well as two courses introducing the East Asian experience, and, second, a major concentration that focuses either on traditional or modern society and culture. East Asian studies majors are also encouraged to spend at least one semester at an approved program in mainland China, Taiwan, or Japan. Majors in Chinese or Japanese may count no more than two courses toward both their major in East Asian Studies and their major in Chinese or Japanese.

Major Requirements. Students majoring in East Asian studies must complete the core requirement, a major concentration, and the thesis sequence. Students must take at least one course dealing primarily with China and one dealing primarily with Japan.

The following core courses are required of all majors:
1) Either
Four courses of Chinese language and
AS/HI 171. China and Its Culture.
or
Four courses of Japanese language and
AS/HI 172. Japanese History: From Jōmon to J-Pop.

2) AS/HI 110. East Asia between Tradition and Modernity.

3) Each major elects a major concentration, either East Asian Cultural Traditions or Modern East Asian Society and Culture.

a) East Asian Cultural Traditions: Three courses on traditional East Asian culture from at least two of the following four groups:
I) Literature:
AS/JA 125. Japanese Literature and Society.
AS/CI 207. Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation.
CHI 415. Readings in Classical Chinese.
FYS 386. Chinese Traditions, Great and Small.

II) Visual and performing art:
AVC 229. Modern Vietnamese Culture through Film.
AS/JA 130. Japanese Film.
AS/CI 225. Art and Politics in China.
AV/AS 234. Chinese Visual Culture.
AV/AS 236. Japanese Art and Culture.
AV/AS 243. Buddhist Visual Worlds.
AV/AS 246. Visual Narratives: Storytelling in East Asian Art.
AV/AS 247. The Art of Zen Buddhism.
CI/TH 230. Drama and Theater of China.
AS/CI 312. Kungfu Cinemas: Asia and Beyond.
INDS s10. Between Past and Future: Contemporary Chinese Art since 1980.
AS/HI s11. Pacifism, Militarism, Environmentalism, and Giant Robots: Exploring Postwar Japan through Film.
FYS 435. The Soft Power of Pop Culture: An Introduction to Japanese Visual Cultures.

III) Religion:
AS/RE 208. Religions in China.
AS/RE 209. Religions in Japan.
AS/RE 251. Religions of Tibet.
AS/RE 309. Buddhism in East Asia.

IV) History:
AS/HI 171. China and Its Culture (if not taken as a core course).
AS/HI 172. Japanese History: From Jōmon to J-Pop. (if not taken as a core course).
INDS 215. The Environmental History of Japan: Pollution, Protection, and the Public Good.
AS/HI 233. Selective Success in Modern Japan.

b) Modern East Asian Society and Culture: Three courses from the following list:
AS/JA 130. Japanese Film.
INDS 215. The Environmental History of Japan: Pollution, Protection, and the Public Good.
AS/CI 223. Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature in Translation.
AS/CI 225. Art and Politics in China.
AS/EC 231. The Economic Development of Japan.
AS/JA 232. Japanese Popular Culture in the Age of Globalization.
AS/HI 233. Selective Success in Modern Japan.
AC/EC 240. East Asian Economic History and Development.
AS/EC 241. China's Economic Reforms.
AS/EC 242. Work and Workers in China.
AC/EC 244. China and the Global Economy.
INDS 255. Female Authorship: Japanese Women Writers and Filmmakers.
AS/PY 260. Cultural Psychology.
AS/HI 274. China in Revolution.
AS/HI 291. World War II in the Pacific: Captors, Captives, Civilians, and Collaboration.
AS/CI 312. Kungfu Cinemas: Asia and Beyond.
AS/HI 390G. East Asia: Crimes of Modernity.
INDS s10. Between Past and Future: Contemporary Chinese Art since 1980.
AS/HI s11. Pacifism, Militarism, Environmentalism, and Giant Robots: Exploring Postwar Japan through Film.
AS/JA s20. Envisioning the Human Future in Japanese Anime.
FYS 435. The Soft Power of Pop Culture: An Introduction to Japanese Visual Cultures.
FYS 439. Defining Difference: How China and the US Think about Racial Diversity.

4) One additional course from the general lists of courses in Asian Studies, Chinese, or Japanese (i.e., any course with the designation ASIA, AS, CHI, CI, JA, JPN), with the exception of those courses that focus on South or Southeast Asia (AV/AS 245, AS/RE 249, 250 AS/MU 252, AS/RE 308).

5) Thesis Sequence:
a) Asia 320. Individual and Society in East Asia.
b) Senior Thesis (Asia 457 or 458).

Pass/Fail Grading Option. Pass/fail grading may not be elected for courses applied toward the major in East Asian studies.

Courses Taken Abroad. Students may petition the Asian studies program to have relevant courses taken in their study-abroad program (including the Bates Fall Semester Abroad) applied toward the fulfillment of the major requirements except for ASIA 110 and the thesis sequence.

Advanced Placement. Students may receive credit for CHI 102 or JPN 102 with a score of 4 on the corresponding language's AP examination, or credit for CHI 201 or JPN 201 with a score of 5.

Minor in Asian Studies. Students may fulfill a minor in Asian studies by completing six courses from the list of courses in Asian studies, Chinese, and Japanese. In consultation with an Asian studies faculty member (chosen or appointed by the Asian studies chair) and in accordance with program guidelines, students may design their own course of study. Among the six courses, at least four should be related as a coherent group. Examples include a group of courses related to Buddhist studies, South Asia, gender issues, environmental concerns, a specific historical period, or the socioeconomic or political situation of a particular region.

The minor may include one Short Term course and a maximum of four language courses. No more than two of those language courses may be counted toward the coherent group. With the approval of the minor advisor, students may apply up to two courses taken on study-abroad programs toward the minor, as well as courses taken on Bates Fall Semester Abroad programs in Asia. Majors in Chinese, Japanese, or East Asian studies and minors in Chinese or Japanese may count no more than two courses toward both the Asian studies minor and their major or minor.

Additional Courses for the Minor. All courses designated ASIA, AS, CI, CHI, JA, or JPN may be taken to fulfill the minor in Asian studies. In addition, the following courses may be taken to fulfill the minor in Asian studies:

ANTH 240. Person and Society in South Asia.
ANTH 263. Buddhism and the Social Order.
ANTH 264. India and Its World: Bhangra, Bollywood, and Buddhism.

AV/RE 244. Visual Narratives in South and Southeast Asia.
AVC 248. The Art of Rock-Cut Architecture in Asia.

EN/WS 121G. Asian American Women Writers.
ENG 260. Passages to and from India.
EN/WS 395s. Asian American Women Writers, Filmmakers, and Critics.

FYS 259. The Life of Buddha.
FYS 435. The Soft Power of Pop Culture.
FYS 439. Defining Difference: How China and the United States Think about Racial Diversity.

MUS s25. Performing Musical Art of Indonesia.

Pass/Fail Grading Option. Pall/fail grading may not be elected for courses applied toward the minor in Asian Studies.