Courses & Requirements

The requirements below apply to those students with a 2020-2021 catalog year. Students are required by college policy to follow the major (and minor) requirements found in the catalog in effect at the time they declared their first major. To find your catalog year, please visit your Grades and Academic Records found in myOxy and access the catalog that matches your catalog year.

East Asian Studies

Overview

The East Asian Studies major is intended for students who wish to focus on a particular disciplinary issue in East Asian Studies -- art history, history, politics, religion, sociology, or a transnational issue.

Major Requirements

Coursework

A minimum of 10 courses (to be selected from a pre-approved list of East Asia related courses, and not including the 2 units of senior comps work).

Survey Course

Students must select one course from the list below:

AMST 280/DWA 246The United States and East Asia

4 units

ARTH 160Introduction to East Asian Art

4 units

DWA 253Security in Asia

4 units

HIST 141East Asian Survey

4 units

POLS 227East Asian Politics: China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan

4 units

RELS 160How to Live and Die Well in Buddhist Traditions

4 units

Language

At least two semesters of Chinese or Japanese numbered 201 or above.

Seminar

The following courses may count toward the one-course seminar requirement. Students are encouraged to take the seminar by the end of their junior year and to select from the list below in consultation with their major advisor. 

ARTH 360Women in Art in East Asia

4 units

ARTH 365Gender and Art in Japan

4 units

HIST 245China and the World

4 units

HIST 344Contemporary China: Reform, Rise, and Crisis

4 units

HIST 346The Transformation of Urban and Rural China

4 units

HIST 348The Chinese Cultural Revolution and the Global Sixties

4 units

RELS 261Between Empire and Appropriation: Buddhism in the Modern World

4 units

RELS 276Empire and Religion in Asia and the Pacific

4 units

RELS 335Downloading Deities, Mediating Meditation, Streaming Spirits: Religion and Media in Asia

4 units

SOC 340China's Environmental Challenges: A Sociological Perspective

4 units

Electives

Students must select six additional courses. In addition to CHIN and JAPN courses numbered 201 and above, students may select electives from the list below:

AMST 270Asian American Literature

4 units

AMST 272/EASN 272Asian Immigrants in American Society

4 units

AMST 280/DWA 246The United States and East Asia

4 units

ARTH 160Introduction to East Asian Art

4 units

ARTH 266The Arts of Japan

4 units

ARTH 268The Japanese Woodblock Print

4 units

ARTH 360Women in Art in East Asia

4 units

ARTH 365Gender and Art in Japan

4 units

CSLC 150The Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragons: Masterpieces of Classical Chinese Literature

4 units

CSLC 252To Dwell or to Wander: Reading Confucius and Zhuangzi

4 units

DWA 237Cuba, Vietnam, China: Communism in a Post-Communist World

4 units

DWA 245/HIST 245China and the World

4 units

DWA 246The United States and East Asia

4 units

DWA 253Security in Asia

4 units

EASN 272Asian Immigrants in American Society

4 units

EASN 295Topics in East Asian Studies

4 units

HIST 141East Asian Survey

4 units

HIST 242Imperial China

4 units

HIST 243Modern China: Colonialism, Nationalism, and Revolution

4 units

HIST 245China and the World

4 units

HIST 248Modern Japan

4 units

HIST 249Modern Korea

4 units

HIST 344Contemporary China: Reform, Rise, and Crisis

4 units

HIST 346The Transformation of Urban and Rural China

4 units

HIST 348The Chinese Cultural Revolution and the Global Sixties

4 units

POLS 226Contemporary Chinese Politics

4 units

POLS 227East Asian Politics: China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan

4 units

RELS 160How to Live and Die Well in Buddhist Traditions

4 units

RELS 215Shamans, Sages, and Spirits in East Asia

4 units

RELS 256Borderland Buddhisms: Religion in Tibet and the Himalayas

4 units

RELS 258Magic, Morality, and Modernity in China

4 units

RELS 261Between Empire and Appropriation: Buddhism in the Modern World

4 units

RELS 266Sexuality and Gender in Buddhism

4 units

RELS 276Empire and Religion in Asia and the Pacific

4 units

RELS 335Downloading Deities, Mediating Meditation, Streaming Spirits: Religion and Media in Asia

4 units

SOC 340China's Environmental Challenges: A Sociological Perspective

4 units

Second-Stage Writing Requirement

Students will satisfy the Second-Stage Writing Requirement by submitting a paper in English from a 300-level or seminar course (in any subject) in the fall semester of the senior year, which will be evaluated by the appropriate program chair.

Comprehensive Requirement

Students will produce a 20-page paper written in English on East Asian comparative/transnational topic, typically by completing a seminar course or a 2-unit Independent Study in the fall semester of the senior year.  In the spring semester, the student will make any required revisions and prepare an oral presentation to be given in English.

College Honors

Students with an overall GPA of 3.25 and a major GPA of 3.50 may submit an honors research proposal at the end of the fall semester of the senior year. If the proposal is supported by two faculty advisors, the student will enroll in a 2-unit Independent Study in the spring to expand the fall semester senior comprehensive paper into a 40 page paper that will be evaluated to determine whether the student has achieved Honors.

Minor Requirements

Five courses (20 units) from the East Asian Studies course list. CHIN 201 and JAPN 201 or above may be counted toward the minor. At least two of these courses must be taken at Occidental.

Transfer Credit Policies

The East Asian Studies Program does not accept online courses for transfer.

Students who earn a score of 4 on the AP Chinese Language examination will earn four units of credit and be placed into CHIN 201 while those who earn a score of 5 will earn four units of credit and be placed in to CHIN 202. Students who earn a score of 4 on the AP Japanese Language examination will earn four units of credit and be placed into JAPN 201 while those who earn a score of 5 will earn four units of credit and be placed into JAPN 202. The department does not award credit or placement for IB or A-level examinations.

At most four courses will be accepted in transfer toward the major. At most two courses will be accepted toward in transfer toward the minor.

For students transferring from another institution or students who have taken a leave of absence for at least one semester at most six courses will be accepted toward the major in transfer, while at most three courses will be accepted toward the minor in transfer.

Students should reference the Transfer Credit section for more details.


Courses

East Asian Studies Courses