Courses for the East Asian Studies Major and Minor with a focus on Japan

The East Asian Studies major with a focus on Japan requires 11 courses.

Required Courses:

1. Japanese 211, 212 (or equivalent)
2. East Asian Studies 101
3. One course that focuses on an East Asian country that is not the focus of language study
4. One East Asian Studies 300-level Colloquium
5. East Asian Studies 490 (senior research)


1. Three humanities courses focusing on East Asia (including one literature course)
East Asian Studies 201
East Asian Studies 202
East Asian Studies 203
East Asian Studies 205
East Asian Studies 305
Art and Art History 208
Art and Art History 210
Religion 130
Religion 230
Religion 330
Philosophy 246

2. Three social science courses focusing on East Asia
East Asian Studies 206
East Asian Studies 207
East Asian Studies 208
East Asian Studies 306
East Asian Studies 259
Anthropology 232
Comparative Civilizations 105 (when topic is relevant)
History 120
History 361
History 215 (when topic is relevant
History 404 (when topic is relevant)
International Business & Management 200
International Business & Management 300 (when topic is relevant)
Law and Policy 259
Political Science 190 (when topic is relevant)
Political Science 254
Political Science 255
Political Science 259
Political Science 290 (when topic is relevant)
Other courses on Asia with departmental consent

NOTE: Two upper-level language courses (JPNS 231/232; CHIN 231/232) may be substituted for one elective from the humanities (but not literature) and one elective from the social sciences.




208 Japan Practicum
An intensive in-country introduction to Japanese culture and society. The course is particularly suited to students who have not had a chance to take two years of Japanese language instruction and/or are not able to take advantage of the College’s semester or year-long program in Japan. The course will introduce students to various aspects of Japanese society and culture and will link classroom study to outside-the-classroom and on-site experiences. The latter will include academic excursions to places of historical and cultural interest as well as to institutions like factories, schools, businesses, community organizations, and recreation areas that exemplify contemporary Japanese life. Course content will vary with the particular expertise and interests of the instructor(s) and curricular needs.
This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences and Comparative Civilizations distribution requirements.


Five courses: Four Japanese language courses beyond Intermediate JPNS 212. One additional, 300-level (or higher) Japanese language course or one non-language East Asian course on Japan.

NOTE: The Japanese minor is open to non-East Asian Studies majors only.

  • *101, 102 Elementary Japanese
    These courses establish the basic language skills including listening, speaking, reading and writing. These courses also provide students with a brief overview of Japanese culture.
  • *211, 212 Intermediate Japanese
    The aim of these courses is the mastery of the basic structure of Japanese language and communicative skills. The student will have an opportunity to get to know more of Japanese culture.
    Prerequisite: 102 or permission of the instructor.
  • *231, 232 Advanced Japanese
    The emphasis in these courses is placed on enhancing the students’ fluency and acquiring increasingly creative skills through composition, oral presentation and discussion.
    Prerequisite: 212 or permission of the instructor.
  • *361, 362 Advanced Japanese II
    The emphasis in these courses is placed on polishing and refining the students’ language skills. Emphasis is placed on covering more sophisticated materials such as newspapers, magazine articles, film and literature.
    Prerequisite: 232 or permission of the instructor.

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