Degrees in East Asian Studies

East Asian Studies, B.A.

Any undergraduate major at Western requires 180 credits. For an East Asian Studies major, 60 of these must be from EAS.

Required courses for an East Asian Studies major

  1. Two years of Chinese language (30 credits) or Japanese language (27 credits) (Note: Mongolian or Korean may be substituted by special arrangement)
  2. East Asian 201 (cross-listed as History 280) – Introduction to East Asian Civilizations (5 credits)
  3. East Asian 202 (cross-listed as History 281) – East Asian History in the Early-Modern and Modern Eras (5 credits)
  4. East Asian 302 – Methods and Materials in East Asian Studies (3 credits) (Note: This course is normally taken during the junior or senior year, and fulfills Western's writing proficiency requirement for graduation.)
  5. Either East Asian 367, Chinese Literature in Translation (5 credits), or East Asian 368 (Japanese Literature in Translation (5 credits)

Upper-Division Elective Credits

To reach the 60 credits total, students must take their remaining 12-15 credits at the 300 or 400 levels, choosing from the elective courses below. At least 8 of these credits must be at the 400 level.

East Asian Studies Minor

The minor in East Asian studies requires 30 credits – half of which derive from three required courses, and half from electives.

Three required courses for an EAS minor (15 credits)

  1. East Asian 201 (cross-listed as History 280) – Introduction to East Asian Civilizations (5 credits)
  2. East Asian 202 (cross-listed as History 281) – East Asian History in the Early-Modern and Modern Eras (5 credits)
  3. Either East Asian 367, Chinese Literature in Translation (5 credits), or East Asian 368 (Japanese Literature in Translation (5 credits)

15 elective credits, at least 4 of which must be at the 300 or 400 level. (Note: The regular Chinese and Japanese language sequence courses do not count toward the EAS minor.)

Courses counted for elective credit in the EAS minor (listed below)

Courses counted as electives in an EAS major or minor

NOTE: 200-level electives count only in the minor

See the latest WWU course catalog for more detailed descriptions of each course, or open the links, where provided, to view sample syllabi from previous offerings of these courses.

  • East Asian 210 Nomads of Eurasia (5 credits)
  • East Asian 230 Modern Chinese Language and Society (3 credits)
  • East Asian 313 Early Inner Asia (4 credits)
  • East Asian 314 The Mongols (4 credits)
  • East Asian 400 Directed Independent Study (1 to 5 credits)
  • East Asian 417t Traditional Chinese Medicine (4 credits) (Note: online course only)
  • East Asian 465 Peoples of Inner Asia (3 credits)

 

  • History 362 Asian American History (5 credits)
  • History 370 Chinese History to 600 AD (5 credits)
  • History 371 Chinese History, 600 to 1800 (5 credits)
  • History 372 Chinese History, 1800 to Present (5 credits)
  • History 374 History of Pre-Modern Japan (5 credits)
  • History 375 History of Modern Japan (5 credits)
  • History 409 World War II: The Pacific War (5 credits)
  • History 479 Medieval and Early Modern Chinese History (5 credits)
  • History 480 Modern Chinese Social History (5 credits)
  • History 481 The Chinese Revolution (5 credits)
  • History 483 Edo Social History (5 credits)
  • History 484 Women in Japanese History (5 credits)
  • History 485 Japanese Military History: Samurai Fact and Fiction (5 credits)
  • History 486 Religion in Japanese History (5 credits)

 

  • Liberal Studies 273 Art and Society in China and Japan (4 credits)
  • Liberal Studies 275 Humanities in Japan (4 credits)
  • Liberal Studies 277 Humanities in China (4 credits)
  • Liberal Studies 380 Major Asian and African Traditions: The Traditional Order (4 credits)

 

  • Art History 270b Visual Culture in East Asia (3 credits)
  • Art History 271 Survey of East Asian Visual Culture (3 credits)
  • Art History 370 Cultural Contacts: Middle East and Asia (4 credits)
  • Art History 371 Transforming Traditions: Art and Visual Culture in Japan (4 credits)
  • Art History 396 Summer Art History Program in Japan

 

  • Chinese 330 Chinese Culture through Film and Literature (3 credits)
  • Chinese 360 Business Chinese (3 credits)
  • Chinese 390 Introduction to Chinese Language and Linguistics (4 credits) (Note: this course is cross-listed as Linguistics 402, and may count as a 400-level course)

 

  • Japanese 330a Japanese Culture through Film, Modern (2 credits)
  • Japanese 330b Japanese Culture through Film, Classical (2 credits)
  • Japanese 330c Japanese Culture through Film, Literature (2 credits)
  • Japanese 401 Advanced Japanese (4 credits)

 

  • English 236 Introduction to Asian American Literatures (5 credits)

 

  • Language 217e Mongolian Language I (available through Extended Education and Summer Programs only)

 

  • American Cultural Studies 205 The Asian American Experience (3 credits)

 

  • Anthropology 362 Peoples of Asia (5 credits)
  • Anthropology 460 Culture and Society of Japan (4 credits)
  • Anthropology 463 Peoples of East and Southeast Asia (5 credits)
  • Anthropology 464 Peoples of East Asia (3 credits)

 

  • Geography 324 East Asia (3 credits)
  • Geography 423 Pacific Rim (3 credits)

 

  • Political Science 307 East Asia (5 credits)
  • Political Science 430 Modern Chinese Politics (4 credits)
  • Political Science 431 Modern Japanese Politics (4 credits)

 

  • Management 370 Introduction to International Business (4 credits)
  • Management 474 Topics in International Business (4 credits)