Minor in East Asian Studies

The minor in East Asian Studies (EAS), offered by the Pardee School of Global Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences, is available to students enrolled in any of BU’s four-year undergraduate schools and colleges. The minor focuses on China, Japan, and Korea, with attention to Southeast Asia and the Pacific Rim. It provides an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective in an effort to deepen understanding of how, over time, these societies have dealt with problems common to all humanity, and how they view the world and themselves. The minor can combine courses in anthropology, earth & environment, economics, history, history of art & architecture, international relations, political science, religion, sociology, as well as language & literature. Students with a minor in EAS achieve an understanding of the East Asian experience that prepares them for a professional life in or related to East Asia.

Requirements

The minor consists of the following requirements:

  • knowledge of written and spoken Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Vietnamese (or, where appropriate, another Asian language) through the 212 level or its equivalent as demonstrated through testing
  • six courses in East Asian studies, including at least one course in East Asia’s pre-modern heritage and at least one course on modern transformations of the region

At least three of the non-language courses must be taken at Boston University.

Courses

Consult departmental listings for a complete description of courses.

Regional Courses

  • CAS AH 225 The Arts of Asia
  • CAS AH 425 Seminar: Topics in Asian Art
  • CAS AH 530 Chinese and Japanese Calligraphy: History, Theory, and Practice
  • CAS AN 308 Food, Culture, and Society
  • CAS AN 350 Asians in America
  • CAS AN 505 Asian Development: The Case of Women
  • CAS AR 261 Asia’s Ancient Cultures and Civilizations
  • CAS AR 262 Asian Gods and Goddesses
  • CAS EC 370 The Chinese Economy
  • CAS GE 381 Geography of Asia
  • CAS IR 275 The Pacific Challenge (meets with CAS PO 350)
  • CAS IR 366 Political Economy of East Asia (meets with CAS PO 353)
  • CAS IR 368 Contemporary East Asian Economics (meets with CAS EC 368)
  • CAS IR 520 The State and Public Purpose in Asia (meets with CAS PO 550)
  • CAS RN 103 Religions of the World: Eastern
  • CAS XL 260/LC 260/LJ 260/LK 260/LN 260 Gateway to Asian Cultures

Chinese History and Politics

  • CAS AH 327 Arts of China
  • CAS AH 529 Seminar: Twentieth-Century Chinese Art
  • CAS AN 379 China: Tradition and Transformation
  • CAS AR 240 Archaeology of Ancient China
  • CAS HI 363 Early Chinese History
  • CAS HI 364 Modern Chinese History
  • CAS HI 487 The Making of Modern China, 1600 to the Present
  • CAS IR 365 Rise of China (meets with CAS PO 352)
  • CAS IR 370 China: From Revolution to Reform (meets with CAS PO 351)
  • CAS IR 527 Political Economy of China (meets with CAS PO 548)
  • CAS IR 577 Foreign Policy of the People’s Republic of China (meets with CAS PO 576)
  • CAS IR 582 Taiwan: Politics and Transformation (meets with CAS PO 553)
  • CAS IR 585 Problems and Issues in Post-Mao China (meets with CAS PO 549)
  • CAS LC 283 Chinese Civilization (in English translation)
  • CAS LC 440 Mass Media and Social Change in Modern China

Japanese Society and Politics

  • CAS AH 326 Arts of Japan
  • CAS AH 328 Modern Japanese Architecture
  • CAS AH 532 Japanese Print Culture
  • CAS AN 344 Modern Japanese Society: Family, School, and Workplace
  • CAS AN 505 Asian Development: The Case of Women
  • CAS HI 369 Introduction to Modern Japanese History
  • CAS HI 370 The Samurai in Myth and History (meets with CAS LJ 282)
  • CAS HI 488 Interwar Japan and the Pacific War
  • CAS IR 570 Politics and Social Change in Postwar Japan (meets with CAS PO 551)
  • CAS IR 579 Japan in International Politics (meets with CAS PO 552)
  • CAS LJ 281 Japanese Civilization (in English translation)
  • CAS LJ 282 The Samurai in Myth and History (meets with CAS HI 370)
  • CAS LJ 410 The History of the Japanese Language
  • CAS LJ 441 Japanese Press

Religion and Philosophy

  • CAS AN 375 Culture, Society, and Religion in South Asia (meets with CAS RN 375)
  • CAS PH 247 Introduction to Chinese Philosophy
  • CAS RN 103 Religions of the World: Eastern
  • CAS RN 210 Buddhism
  • CAS RN 211 Chinese Religion
  • CAS RN 213 Hinduism
  • CAS RN 215 Japanese Religion
  • CAS RN 360 Daoist Religion
  • CAS RN 362 Chinese Medicine
  • CAS RN 363 Zen Buddhism
  • CAS RN 429 Religion and Politics in South Asia (meets with CAS IR 429)
  • CAS RN 430 Topics in East Asian Religions

Art and Literature

  • CAS AH 225 The Arts of Asia
  • CAS AH 326 Arts of Japan
  • CAS AH 327 Arts of China
  • CAS AH 328 Modern Japanese Architecture
  • CAS AH 425 Seminar: Topics in Asian Art
  • CAS AH 529 Seminar: Twentieth-Century Chinese Art
  • CAS AH 532 Japanese Print Culture
  • CAS LC 250 Masterpieces of Classical Chinese Literature (in English translation)
  • CAS LC 251 Masterpieces in Modern Chinese Literature (in English translation)
  • CAS LC 281 Post-Mao China in Film and Fiction (in English translation)
  • CAS LC 283 Chinese Civilization (in English translation)
  • CAS LC 284 Introduction to Chinese Women’s Writing (in English translation)
  • CAS LC 285 Topics in Chinese Literature (in English translation)
  • CAS LC 286 Topics in Chinese Culture (in English translation)
  • CAS LC 287 Screening Modern China (in English translation)
  • CAS LC 470 Topics in Chinese Literature and Culture
  • CAS LJ 250 Masterpieces of Japanese Literature (in English translation)
  • CAS LJ 251 Modern Japanese Literature (in English translation)
  • CAS LJ 281 Japanese Civilization (in English translation)
  • CAS LJ 282 The Samurai in Myth and History (meets with CAS HI 370)
  • CAS LJ 283 Modern Japanese Culture in Cinema (in English translation)
  • CAS LJ 350 Readings in Modern Japanese Fiction
  • CAS LJ 445 Readings in Japanese Civilization
  • CAS LJ 451 Topics in Japanese Literature
  • CAS LJ 480 Japanese Women Writers (in English translation)
  • CAS LJ 481 Topics in Japanese Literature (in English translation)
  • CAS LK 383 Modern Korean Culture through Cinema (in English translation)
  • CAS LK 440 Korean Conversation and Composition through Media
  • CAS XL 224 Introduction to Comparative Literature: East Asian Literature (in English translation)

South and Southeast Asia

  • CAS AN 318 Southeast Asia: Tradition and Development
  • CAS AR 390 The Archaeology of Southeast Asia
  • CAS AR 560 Civilizations of Central and South Asia
  • CAS IR 369 Southeast Asia in World Politics (meets with CAS PO 354)
  • CAS IR 372 International Relations of South Asia (meets with CAS PO 355)
  • CAS IR 506 India and the World: The Foreign Policy of a Rising Power
  • CAS IR 586 Islam in South Asian Politics
  • CAS RN 425 Topics in South Asian Religions
  • CAS SO 328 Contemporary South Asian Societies

Note: Courses not listed here may fulfill the East Asian Studies minor requirements with prior approval from the program director.