The Minor in East Asian Studies

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With East Asia becoming increasingly prominent in the global economy and in world politics, having a basic understanding of the languages, civilizations, and cultures of East Asia is a major asset. The East Asian Studies minor is designed to provide the skills and knowledge necessary to make positive contributions as a globally engaged citizen in many fields.

Open to all majors, this interdisciplinary minor introduces students to cultures of East Asian countries, including art, literature, history, geography, religion, society economics, and politics. The minor also provides the fundamental language skills necessary for those students who want to begin to communicate with native speakers.

A minor in East Asian Studies may be used to fulfill the thematic sequence requirement.

Language proficiency

All students must attain a second-year language proficiency in Chinese, Japanese or Korean.  Completion of CHI 202, JPN 202, KOR 202 or higher level of courses will fulfill this requirement.  Contact the advisor of EAS for the proficiency assessment if necessary.

Course requirements (18 semester hours)

Group I (100/200 level):
Six semester hours from East Asia or three semester hours from East Asia and three semester hours from Related Courses:

  • East Asia
    • ART 286 History of Asian Art: China, Korea, Japan (MPF, MPT, IIA &B, IIIB, H, CAS-B)
    • CHI 251 Chinese Literature in English Translation (MPF, IIIB, CAS-B-LIT)
    • CHI 252 Modern Chinese Literature in English Translation (MPF, IIIB, CAS-B-LIT)
    • CHI 253 Three Kingdoms: Character, Authority and Strategy in Traditional China
    • CHI 254 Modern Chinese Autobiography
    • CHI 257 Chinese Satire
    • CHI/JPN 255 Dramas in Japan and China in Translation (MPF, IIB, IIIB, CAS-B-LIT)
    • CHI/FST 264 Chinese Cinema and Culture
    • CHI 277.W Chinese Culture Live
    • GEO/ITS/SOC 208 The Rise of Industrialism in East Asia (MPF, IIIB, H)
    • JPN 231 Japanese Tales of the Supernatural in English Translation (MPF, IIB, IIIB, H, CAS-B-LIT)
    • JPN/FST 266 Survey of Japanese Cinema: Japanese Film and Culture
    • HST 270 The Mongols and Their World
    • REL 223 Introduction to Buddhism
  • Related Courses
    • PHL 106 Thought and Culture of India (MPF, MPT, IIIB, H, CAS-B)
    • REL/ AAA 203 Global Religions of India

Group II (300/400 level):
Twelve semester hours from East Asia, China, or Japan. Or twelve semester hours from a combination of East Asia, China, Japan, and one related course:

  • East Asia
    • ART 326 Modern & Contemporary East Asian Art
    • GEO 308 Geography of East Asia (MPT)
    • GEO 408/508 Geography of the Silk Road: The Heart of Asia (CAS-C)
    • HST 324 Eurasian Nomads and History
  • China
    • ART 311 Chinese Painting History
    • CHI 301 Third year Chinese
    • EDP 366 Cross Cultural Examination of the US and China: Educational Context
    • EDP 387 Chinese Education through Culture, Customs, History, and Development
    • EDP 488 Education, Educational Practice, and Reform in China
    • HST 353 History of Chinese Civilization (CAS-B)
    • HST 354 Modern Chinese History (CAS-B)
    • HST 383 Women in Chinese History (CAS-B)
    • HST 400.6 Modern China (Senior Seminar) (CAS-B)
    • HST 434 China and the Silk Road: Patterns of China's Interactions with Other Peoples before 1600 (CAS-B)
  • Japan
    • ATH 390Z Pokemon : Local and Global Cultures
    • HST 356 Modern Japanese History (CAS-B)
    • JPN 301 Third year Japanese

If there is a discrepancy between this web page and the Miami Bulletin in terms of CAS and Miami Plan requirements, the latter takes precedence over the former.

Other courses not listed here may count towards the minor, including transferred courses, one-time offerings, honors courses, and summer workshop/study abroad courses. For approval contact the EAS advisor.

Dr. Stanley Toops
Geography and International Studies
Shideler Hall 110
(513) 529-5558

(Updated 15 September 2017)