Nov 14, 2018
Students can obtain a major in East Asian Studies or an interdisciplinary minor in East Asian Studies.
East Asian Studies Major (A.B. Degree)
East Asian Studies (EAS) majors gain a comprehensive knowledge of at least one East Asian civilization, including its culture, history and contemporary conditions. EAS is an interdisciplinary major; it requires study of language, literature, history, religion, and social sciences. Advanced study of Chinese language is the core of the major, because the body of knowledge comprising an EAS major cannot be mastered without advanced language study. (Students who become proficient in Chinese by the sophomore year may study a second East Asian language for the major, including during Study Abroad). EAS majors will be prepared for graduate study in East Asian Studies and other disciplines with an East Asian focus. Study abroad is required.
(or the equivalent in Chinese of another East Asian Language)
These courses do not count toward the major.
CHI 101 - Elementary Chinese I
CHI 102 - Elementary Chinese II
CHI 201 - Intermediate Chinese I
Foreign Language (2)
Two courses above 201 in Chinese or another East Asian Language, or the equivalent. May be taken abroad.
Research Methods (1)
Each East Asian Studies major will select an appropriate research methods course in consultation with his or her adviser.
The methods course may be applied to a second major.
Electives and Capstone (5 courses)
- One course in East Asian Religions
- One course in East Asian Politics or Anthropology
- Three courses in East Asian Anthropology, Art, History, Literature, Music, Politics or Religion
- At least one elective must be a Research Seminar in an appropriate department or an Honors Thesis. Students will consult with advisers to select the research seminar. Examples of such seminars include POL 453: The Rise of China and HIS 473: Thinking About Asia.
Study or independent research in East Asia (summer, semester, or year) is required. Intensive training in the US in an East Asian language (Middlebury, Monterrey) may count toward this requirement.
East Asian Studies majors who maintain a GPA of at least 3.5 in major courses and successfully complete an honors thesis will receive honors in East Asian Studies.
In the case of an exceptional academic record, together with a thesis of the highest quality, the department may confer high honors.
East Asian Studies Interdisciplinary Minor
The East Asian Studies interdisciplinary minor is open to students majoring in any department or program who also wish to pursue the disciplined study of the history, politics, culture and religions of East Asia.
(1) Six courses, including
(2) Study of an East Asian language. This can be satisfied in one of four ways:
a. By completing two semesters of Chinese at Davidson, or the equivalent.
b. By completing two semesters of another East Asian language through Davidson’s Self Instructional Languages Program. (Japanese and Korean have been offered in recent years.)
c. By studying an East Asian language other than Chinese during a semester or summer program, with the approval of the interdisciplinary minor director.
d. By demonstrating proficiency in an East Asian language.
(3) An international Experience in East Asia of at least one month’s duration
- No more than two 100-level courses can be counted toward the interdisciplinary minor.
- No more than two courses may also be applied to a departmental major.
- A grade of “C” or higher is required for a course to count toward the interdisciplinary minor.
- Courses taken in the Davidson in Shanghai Program will count for the interdisciplinary minor.
East Asian Studies Courses
- ANT 265 - Contemporary Chinese Society and Culture
- ART 224 - The Opium Wars & Beyond: The Arts in China since 1842
- ART 331 - Printmaking - Japan
- CHI 120 - Introduction to Chinese Culture
- CHI 122 - Introduction to Chinese Visual Culture
- CHI 206 - Introduction to Traditional Chinese Literature
- CHI 207 - Engendering Chinese Cinema
- CHI 220 - Modern Chinese Fiction and Film (1919 - 1949)
- CHI 224 - Martial Arts and Heroism in Chinese Fiction and Film
- CHI 225 - Crime & Detective Literature (in translation)
- CHI 226 - In the Name of Religion: Love and Gender in Chinese Fiction and Film
- CHI 228 - Modern Chinese Literature in Translation
- CHI 405 - Chinese Cinema & Modern Literature (in translation)
- CHI 406 - Seminar: Topics in Traditional Chinese Literature
- ENG 390 - Word Art
- GSS 341 - Race, Gender & Sexuality in Asian American Literature and Film
- HIS 183 - East Asian History to 1850
- HIS 184 - East Asian History 1850 to the Present
- HIS 273 - Japan 1800-1965: The Making of Modern Japan
- HIS 274 - Youth and Revolution
- HIS 283 - Historiography of Modern China
- HIS 286 - Student Movements & Revolution in China
- HIS 287 - Memory and Identity in the People’s Republic of China
- HIS 288 - Environmental China: Nature, History, and Crisis
- HIS 384 - Shanghai
- HIS 386 - History of Modern China
- HIS 387 - Memory and Identity in the People’s Republic of China
- HIS 388 - War and Memory in East Asia, 1592-1598
- HIS 389 - Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Japan
- MUS 242 - Music of Asia
- MUS 263 - Composition - Non-Western Styles
- POL 342 - Politics, Economics, & Society in China
- POL 343 - The Politics of Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea
- POL 365 - The International Relations of the Asia Pacific
- REL 180 - Introduction to East Asian Religions
- REL 271 - Classical Buddhism
- REL 280 - Chinese Religions
- REL 282 - Tibetan Religions
- REL 288 - The Religious Question in Modern China
- REL 370 - Asian Meditation Texts
- REL 382 - Zen Buddhism