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2016-2017 Catalog 
  Sep 25, 2017
2016-2017 Catalog

East Asian Studies Major

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China, Japan, and Korea are among the world’s most influential countries, due to their global cultural as well economic influences. Ohio Wesleyan’s interdisciplinary program in East Asian Studies allows students to draw on resources of several OWU departments and faculty. Students who major will participate in off-campus programs in either Japan, Korea, or China. East Asian Studies provides majors with (1) substantial language training in Chinese and/or Japanese; (2) a broad background in the past and present of East Asia from the perspective of at least four academic disciplines, a specialization in a specific East Asian country; and (3) knowledge and understanding of the role of East Asia in the global economic system and in international relations. Students interested in pursuing a major or minor are advised to contact the director of the program by the end of their sophomore year. East Asian Studies Faculty Advisory Committee members include Ji Young Choi (Politics and Government), Xiaoming Chen (History), Joy He (Beeghly Library), R. Blake Michael (Religion), James Peoples (Sociology/Anthropology, Program Director), and Anne Sokolsky (Comparative Literature).

Major Requirements

Requires a minimum of seven courses plus four language courses.


Minimum of four semesters of college study in a language appropriate to the country chosen for study abroad. At present, courses on campus are available in both Japanese and Chinese. Up to two language courses may be taken during the mandatory study abroad experience.

Other Courses

  • HIST 116 - Introduction to Pacific Asia
  • SOAN 293 - East Asia Yesterday and Today
  • plus one religion and one CMLT course from Category I below.
  • Three additional elective courses, of which at least two must be upper level. At least two must be drawn from Category I. The remainder may be chosen from either Category II or an Independent Study course related to East Asia. With approval from the Director, credit in the major will be awarded for courses focusing on East Asia taken during study abroad.
  • A research-based paper Senior Thesis written as an independent study project or as an extension of a course requirement. The thesis, generally about 40 pages, must be approved in advance by the EAS Director. If written as part of a regular course, the EAS Director will judge its adequacy for the Senior Thesis credit, but the grade will be assigned by the course instructor.
  • Students pursuing a minor in Chinese must take at least one of the following courses as part of their East Asian Studies major: ECON 345 /BUS 345 , HIST 325 , CMLT 300.1, or REL 346 .

Study Abroad

Participation in an approved study abroad program in East Asia (either a semester/year abroad or substantial summer program). Pre-approved abroad programs offered through the International and Off-Campus Programs office are preferred and most convenient, but other programs are possible with advanced approval by the EAS Program Director.

Category II

Courses not focusing specifically on East Asia, but including substantial East Asian content.

ART 348 , CMLT 113 , MUS 348 , PG 360 . Students using courses from Category II for credit in the major or minor must complete a research paper or project dealing with East Asia. Approval of the paper must be granted by the instructor and by the Director of East Asian Studies.

Additional courses dealing with East Asia are offered on an occasional or temporary basis. Contact the EAS Program Director about whether such courses count for major credit in either Category I or Category II.

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