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East Asian Studies

East Asian Studies

Major

EAST ASIAN STUDIES

East Asian Studies offers an integrated, interdisciplinary introduction to the history, humanities, and contemporary societies of East Asia. It guides students to discover this important part of the world and to develop the skills to approach it intelligently and confidently. Eckerd College offers Chinese and Japanese language on campus up to the advanced level, a broad variety of discipline-based courses, and study abroad programs in Japan, China, Hong Kong, and Korea on short-term, semester, and year-long formats.

The major in East Asian Studies is appropriate for students who anticipate careers in business, government, or diplomacy with an international focus; graduate work in international and immigration law, international business administration, or cross-cultural and social studies education; or advanced scholarship in area studies or comparative fields in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The major requires five semesters of Chinese or Japanese language (or equivalent proficiency); a core course, EA 201G (East Asian Traditions); six courses on East Asia, at least two each from groups A and B below, with at least two at the 300-level or above; study abroad in East Asia (a language immersion program of at least a semester?s duration is strongly recommended); and a senior comprehensive seminar and examination (EA 498) in the fall of the senior year. The minor requires two semesters of Chinese or Japanese language; EA 201G; and three other courses on East Asia, at least one each from group A and group B.

A: East Asian Humanities

AH 221A Arts of Japan: Jomon to Anime
AH 203A Arts of the Silk Road
CN 208G Gender and Sexuality in Asian Literature
CN 228G Chinese Martial Arts in Literature and Film
CN 268A Love and Justice in Chinese Theater
CN 301H Hero and Anti-Hero in Chinese Literature
CN 302H East Meets West: Chinese Cinema
PL 103G Introduction to Eastern Philosophy
RE 220G: Buddhist Traditions
RE 234H Regional Goddesses in Asia
RE 240G Non-Western Religion

B: Contemporary East Asian Societies

CN 288G Chinese Pop Culture
EA 310G Modern China
EA 311G Modern Japan
EA 312G History of Southeast Asia
EA 313G Modern Korea
JA 307G Modern Japanese Literature: Self & Society
PO 231G East Asian Comparative Politics
PO 333 Japan: Government, Politics, and Foreign Policy
PO 335S Government and Politics of China
PO 336S East Asian International Relations

New courses which fulfill these requirements may be developed periodically. In addition, requirements can also be fulfilled by courses taken while studying abroad, advanced language courses, and some Winter Term offerings.

International Focus

As a small liberal arts college, Eckerd is able to offer instruction in East Asian Studies in a specialized, personal way unavailable at larger institutions, including tutorials, independent study options, and faculty-student collaborative research opportunities. Eckerd has strong international focus, especially through our programs in International Relations & Global Affairs and International Business.

The Eckerd Difference

Elliott McDaniel "I have to say my favorite thing about Eckerd is the people. Everyone is so friendly and happy. I've made some of the best friends of my life here. The professors are great. They are so willing to go out of their way to help. My mentor has become one of the greatest influences in my life, helping me with classes, internships and even my personal life." - Elliott McDaniel, East Asian Studies major