Minor in East Asian Studies

The East Asian Studies (EAS) 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; and six courses in East Asian studies, including the two East Asian Core courses in Pre-Modern Heritage and Modern Transformation. 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 (either China or Japan)
  • CAS AH 530 Chinese and Japanese Calligraphy: History, Theory, and Practice
  • CAS AH 531 Modern Asian Art in Global Context
  • CAS AN 308 Food, Culture, and Society
  • CAS AN 350 Asians in America
  • CAS AN 505 Asian Development: The Case of Women (area)
  • CAS AR 261 Heritage of Asia
  • CAS AR 262 Asian Gods and Goddesses
  • CAS EC 364 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

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 Introduction to Early Chinese History
  • CAS HI 364 Introduction to Modern Chinese History
  • CAS HI 487 Continuity and Change in Late Imperial and Modern China
  • 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 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 Taoist Religion
  • CAS RN 362 Chinese Medicine
  • CAS RN 363 Zen Buddhism
  • CAS RN 426 Topics in Religion and Literature of East Asia
  • CAS RN 429 Religion and Politics in South East Asia
  • 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 Chinese Cinema (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 Culture of the Samurai (in English translation)
  • 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 (in English translation)
  • CAS LJ 480 Japanese Women Writers (in English translation)
  • CAS LJ 481 Rise of the Modern and Encounter with the West: Japanese Literature 1864–1945 (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
  • CAS IR 372 International Relations of South Asia (meets with CAS PO 355)
  • CAS IR 506 India: An Emerging World 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 East Asian Studies requirements with prior approval from the program director.