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Major in East Asian Studies

Major in East Asian Studies

Requirements: Students must take five courses from the EAS curriculum, including at least one of either HIST 201, HIST 202, or HIST 206. No more than three courses can be taken in any one department.

EAS Curriculum
(20 semester hours)

  • ART 252 Arts of China and Japan
  • CHIN 214 Contemporary Chinese Cinema
  • CHIN 245 Advanced Intermediate Chinese I
  • CHIN 246 Advanced Intermediate Chinese II
  • CHIN 250 Masterpieces of Traditional Chinese Literature
  • CHIN 260 Chinese Calligraphy: Alternate Body Building
  • CHIN 310 Chinese Civilization: Past and Present
  • ECON 222 Comparative Economies of East Asia
  • ECON 224 The Japanese Economy
  • HIST 201 The Dynamics of Japanese History
  • HIST 202 Asia to the 18th Century
  • HIST 203 History of East Asian and U.S. Foreign Relations
  • HIST 204 Japanese Culture: Gender, Family, and Society
  • HIST 206 The Rise of Modern China
  • HIST 207 Gender, Family, and Society in Modern China
  • HIST 362 Seminar: Reforms and Revolutions in Asia
  • HIST 364 Seminar: The Rape of Nanjing
  • JAPN 245 Composition and Conversation
  • JAPN 310 Japanese Civilization
  • JAPN 320 Newspaper Kanji and Translation
  • PHIL 133 Asian Philosophy
  • PHIL 390 Seminar on Buddhism
  • POLS 225 International Politics of East Asia
  • POLS 245 Politics of Newly Industrializing Countries
  • SOCI 348 Re-envisioning the Third World

Language Courses
(16 semester hours)

Students are required to study an East Asian language for two years. Students who enter Simmons with at least an intermediate knowledge of an Asian language will be evaluated by a member of the modern languages and literatures department. In such cases, the language requirement for the major can be satisfied in one of three ways. First, the student can complete four semesters of continued study of the same language. Second, the student can complete four semesters of study of another Asian language. Third, the student can complete four additional courses from the EAS curriculum. Students who enter Simmons with an understanding of an Asian language below an intermediate level can satisfy the language requirement by language study that would raise the student's competence to the intermediate level, plus either further courses in languages or courses from the EAS curriculum.

Capstone Cross-Cultural Experience
(12-16 semester hours)

This requirement consists of two phases:

  1. Study abroad or community-based learning: To encourage exposure to and immersion in cross-cultural experiences, students complete four semester hours through study abroad or community-based learning within an Asian-American community. Although most students will study abroad, a community-based learning experience may be designed in consultation with a faculty adviser. Students should have adequate language preparation and a significant portion of coursework completed before either the international or community-based learning experience. Thus, most students will satisfy this requirement during the junior or senior year. The timing of the study abroad or community-based learning experience will be decided in consultation with the student's adviser.
  2. Independent Learning and Integrative Seminar. Students in the major must complete eight semester hours of independent learning in order to fulfill the College-wide requirement. This requirement has two parts. First, the student must take the EAS 390 Integrative Seminar in her final semester. In the seminar, the student will produce either a research paper or some form of creative work associated with a special interest (eg, poetry, short stories, artwork, etc.). The nature and scope of the project will be collaboratively determined with the seminar instructor. Note: On a temporary basis, other courses may be offered in place of EAS 390. Please contact the program director for further information. Students will complete this part of the requirement in consultation with their advisers and should contact the program director for further information.

The second component may be fulfilled in one of three ways: fieldwork, internship, or independent study. This component can be taken either within or outside the East Asian studies major.