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) four courses of Chinese language and AS/HI 171 or four courses of Japanese language and AS/HI 172.
2) ASIA 110.
3) each major elects a major concentration, either East Asian Cultural Traditions or Modern East Asian Society and Culture.
East Asian Cultural Traditions:
a) three courses on traditional East Asian culture from at least two of the following four groups:
I) literature: AS/JA 125, AS/JA 216, AS/JA 220, AS/CI 207, FYS 280, FYS 386, AS/ES 338, ES/JA s29
II) visual and performing art: AS/CI 225, AV/AS 234, AV/AS 243, AV/AS 246, AV/AS 247, AVC s10, CI/TH 230.
III) religion: AS/RE 208, AS/RE 209, AS/RE 251, AS/RE 309.
IV) history: AS/HI 273, AS/HI 278, AS/HI 390T, or AS/HI 171, or AS/HI 172 if not taken as a core course.
b) any course from the general list of courses in the East Asian studies major that follows.
Modern East Asian Society and Culture:
a) two courses on contemporary East Asian society drawn from the following offerings in economics, psychology, and modern history: AS/CI 225, AS/EC 231, AS/EC 241, AS/EC 242, AS/PY 260, AS/HI 274, AS/HI 276, AS/HI 277, AS/HI 278, AS/HI 390G, AS/HI s26.
b) one course on modern East Asian culture from the following list: AS/JA 130, AS/JA 210, AS/JA 218, AS/JA s27, AS/CI 206, AS/CI 211, FYS 277, INDS 255, ASIA s29.
c) any course from the general list of courses in the East Asian studies major that follows.
The Thesis Sequence. In addition to taking ASIA 457 and/or 458, written under the direction of an advisor in East Asian studies, majors must take ASIA 320 in the fall of the senior year.
Pass/Fail Grading Option. Pass/fail grading may not be elected for courses applied toward the major in East Asian studies.
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.
Minor in Asian Studies. Students may fulfill a minor in Asian studies by completing six courses from the list of courses in Asian studies. 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 may count no more than two courses toward both the Asian studies minor and their major.
Pass/Fail Grading Option. Pass/fail grading may be elected for one course applied toward the minor in Asian studies.
Courses for the Major. Any course with the Asian studies designation(ASIA or AS) may be taken to fulfill the major in East Asian studies except those which focus on South Asia and Sourtheast Asia (245, 249, 250, 252, 380, s10, and s16).
In addition these courses may be taken to fulfill the East Asian studies major:
CHI 101-102. Beginning Chinese I and II.
CHI 201-202. Intermediate Chinese.
CI/TH 230. Drama and Theater of China.
CHI 301-302. Upper-Level Modern Chinese.
CHI 401-402. Advanced Chinese I and II.
CHI 415. Readings in Classical Chinese.
CHI 421. Readings in Modern Chinese Culture.
CHI s30. Chinese Calligraphy and Etymology.
CHI s42. Readings in Modern Chinese Culture.
EN/WS 121G. Asian American Women Writers.
EN/WS 395S. Asian American Women Writers, Filmmakers, and Critics.
ES/JA s29. Haiku Poetry.
FYS 277. The Fantastic in Modern Japan.
FYS 280. Confucius: Faith and Transgression.
FYS 348. Literature through Cataclysm.
FYS 386. Chinese Traditions, Great and Small.
JPN 101-102. Beginning Japanese I and II.
JPN 201-202. Intermediate Japanese I and II.
JPN 301-302. Intermediate Japanese III and IV.
JPN 401-402. Advanced Japanese I and II.
Courses for the Minor. All courses offered in Asian studies (Designated ASIA or AS) 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.
AV/RE 244. Visual Narratives in South and Southeast Asia.
AVC 248. Rock-Cut Temples in Asia.
ENG 260. Passages to and from India.
FYS 259. The Life of Buddha.
FYS 307. Islam.
FYS 346. Desire, Devotion, Suffering.
MUS s25. Performing Musical Art of Indonesia.