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East Asian Studies Certificate Program

 

Program Overview

Overview: China, Japan, and Korea comprise a vital region that stands at the forefront of dynamic changes in global politics and the world economy.

As American businesses expand to East Asian nations, and East Asian-based businesses expand to the United States, many employers see graduates with a solid background in East Asia as desirable prospective employees. This certificate program is designed to provide students with a broad interdisciplinary understanding of this vital region of the world. 

 

 

Certificate Overview:  Three thematic areas of specialized studies are offered that provide students an opportunity to organize their coursework in a way that not only gives them an overview of the East Asia region, but provides an interdisciplinary yet coherent set of options.

1) Globalization, Conflict, and Social Change - This thematic grouping of courses examines processes of social and cultural transformation in colonial and postcolonial periods. Special attention is given to the challenges of living in a global world. Topics include socioeconomic development, urbanization, ethnic conflict, state violence and genocide, and other forms of public action for social change.

2) Gender, Ethnicity, and Religion - that form the basis of modern communities and nation-states of East Asia. Topics include the construction of ethnic and national identities during colonial and post-post-colonial periods, the meanings and values associated with gender identities, and historical forces that change and shape religious traditions of the region.

3) Arts, Popular Culture, and the Media - Asia’s complex and widely varied cultures present a rich array of unique regional art forms and performance practices that are studied in this specialty. In contemporary societies, these artistic expressions have been extended and reformed in modern popular cultures and in media representations. Topics within this specialization include subjects such as Art History of Asia, Modern and Traditional Literature of East Asia, and Comparative Media Systems.

To complete this certificate, three core courses must be completed, preferably conforming to one of the three thematic specialty areas noted above, along with two semesters of a language appropriate to the region or its equivalent. If a student wishes to organize their choices with a different theme in mind, this is possible with the advice and consent of the program director. Also, if native fluency in a language is already possessed, two additional core courses may be substituted, with the approval of the program director.

Opportunities upon Completion: The East Asian Studies program is intended to give individuals freedom to pursue interests best suited to their personal professional and academic goals within an international and cross-cultural context. Students completing this certificate program may seek careers in foreign service, government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and international development agencies, as well as scholarly careers in teaching and research. Many master’s student may pursue additional studies by incorporating their certificate coursework in doctoral programs.

Contact for more information

Takaaki Suzuki

Course Catalog

Course Requirements

Students should take at least 3 core courses in East Asian Studies.

  • AH 5161 Art of Medieval China
  • AH 5171 Art of Modern China
  • AH 5181 Contemporary Asian Art
  • AH 5191 Visual Culture of China
  • AH 5400 Asian Art History
  • AH 5410 History of Chinese Art
  • AH 5430 History of Japanese Art
  • CHIN 5310 Advanced Chinese I
  • CHIN 5320 Advanced Chinese II
  • ECON 5750 Economics of China
  • ECON 5760 Economics of Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia
  • CLWR 5450: Women in Buddhist Traditions (4.0HR)
  • CLWR 5410: Contemporary Religious Thought (4.0HR)
  • GEOG 5290: World Economic Geography (4.0HR)
  • GEOG 5380: Geography of Asia (4.0HR)
  • GEOG 6380: Seminar in Regional Geography: Asia (4.0HR)
  • HIST 5460 Ancient China
  • HIST 5461 Imperial China
  • HIST 5462 Modern China Since 1911
  • HIST 5463 History of China from Antiquity to the Early Modern Era
  • HIS 5464 History of China from the Early Modern Era to the Present
  • HIST 5480 Traditional Japan
  • HIST 5481 Modern Japan
  • HIST 6505 Colloquium East Asian History
  • HIST 6500 Seminar: East Asian History
  • ILL 5890 Women in Chinese Literature
  • JAPA 5310 Advanced Japanese I
  • JAPA 5320 Advanced Japanese II
  • JPC 5100 Field Study in Japan
  • JPC 5500 Japan: Sociocultural Interpretation
  • JPC 5900 Special Topics in Japanese Culture
  • POLS 5440 East Asian World Politics
  • POLS 5450 Government and Politics of Japan
  • POLS 6300 Seminar in Comparative Politics
  • MDIA 7670: Comparative and International Media Systems (4.0HR)

East Asian Language Requirement

A minimum of two semesters of a language is required. Students entering with language proficiency will not be required to fulfill the language requirement. This change is brought through adequate review and revision of the curricular components of the program. The change will not have any potential harm to other departments or schools.

Students should complete one year of one Southeast Asian language or equivalent courses.

  • CHIN 5110: Elementary Chinese I 
  • CHIN 5120: Elementary Chinese II 
  • CHIN 5210 Intermediate Chinese I
  • CHIN 5220 Intermediate Chinese II
  • CHIN 5310 Advanced Chinese I
  • CHIN 5320 Advanced Chinese II
  • CHIN 5410 Advanced Reading and Conversation 
  • CHIN 5420 Advanced Chinese: Myth and Traditional Values
  • CHIN 5990 Special Studies in Chinese
  • JPN 5110 Elementary Japanese I
  • JPN 5120 Elementary Japanese II
  • JPN 5210 Intermediate Japanese I
  • JPN 5220 Intermediate Japanese II
  • JPN 5310 Advanced Japanese I
  • JPN 5320 Advanced Japanese II
  • JPN 5380 Spoken Japanese I
  • JPN 5440 Fourth Year Japanese I
  • JPN 5450 Fourth Year Japanese II
  • JPN 5480 Readings in Japanese
  • JPN 5990 Special Studies in Japanese

 

 


   

   
   

   
   

   
   

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