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Minor in East Asian Studies

The goal of the minor in East Asian Studies is to provide the student with a broad background in East Asian culture as a whole, while allowing the student to focus on a geographical or temporal aspect of East Asia. The minor may be designed from the following, for a total of six courses and a minimum of 20 units. All courses should be taken for a letter grade.

East Asian Studies Minor Requirements

  1. Three area courses, one in each category (see East Asian Studies List of Area Courses, see below).
  2. One undergraduate seminar above the 100 level and two other courses from among those listed as approved for East Asian Studies majors, including literature courses but excluding language courses. These courses are listed under the East Asian Studies major in this bulletin.

Applications for the minor should be submitted online through Axess and are due no later than the second quarter of the junior year.


East Asian Studies List of Area Courses


  • CHINGEN 132, Chinese Fiction and Drama in Translation
  • CHINGEN 133, Literature in 20th Century China
  • CHINGEN 135, Chinese Bodies, Chinese Selves
  • CHINGEN 194, The History and Culture of Peking Opera
  • CHINGEN 198, Senior Colloquium in Chinese Studies
  • JAPANGEN 124, Manga as Literature
  • JAPANGEN 138, Introduction to Modern Japanese Literature and Culture
  • JAPANGEN 184, Aristocrats, Warriors, Sex Workers, and Barbarians: Lived Life in Early Modern Japanese Painting
  • KORGEN 101N, Kangnam Style: Korean Media and Pop Culture
  • KORGEN 121, Doing the Right Thing: Ethical Dilemmas in Korean Film
  • RELIGST 50, Exploring Buddhism
  • RELIGST 55. Exploring Zen
  • RELIGST 56, Exploring Chinese Religions


  • HISTORY 92. Early Empires in China 
  • HISTORY 11SC, How is a Buddhist 
  • HISTORY 13, The Historical and Geographical Background of Current Global Events 
  • HISTORY 92A, The Historical Roots of Modern East Asia 
  • HISTORY 95/195, Modern Korean History 
  • HISTORY 95C/195C, Modern Japanese History: From Samurai to Pokemon 
  • HISTORY 106A, Global Human Geography: Asia and Africa 
  • HISTORY 194B, Japan in the Age of the Samurai 
  • HISTORY 292F, Culture and Religions in Korean History 
  • HISTORY 295J, Chinese Women's History

Social Sciences 

  • JAPANGEN 51, Japanese Business Culture and Systems 
  • EASTASN 217, Health and Healthcare Systems in East Asia 
  • LAW 245, China Law and Business 
  • IPS 244, U.S. Policy toward Northeast Asia 
  • IPS 246, China on the World Stage 
  • POLISCI 148, Chinese Politics: The Transformation and the Era of Reform 
  • POLISCI 211, Political Economy of East Asia 
  • SOC 116, Chinese Organizations and Management 
  • SOC 117A, China Under Mao 
  • SOC 167A, Asia-Pacific Transformation