East Asian Studies Program Jump To: Jump To: Program Offerings Minor Offering type Minor The Program in East Asian Studies is an interdepartmental center directed by representatives of the cooperating departments — Anthropology, Art and Archaeology, Comparative Literature, East Asian Studies, Economics, History, Music, Politics, Religion, and Sociology — as well as the School of Public and International Affairs. It is designed to educate internationally minded students with basic competence in East Asia. The program provides an opportunity for students who plan to major in other disciplines to simultaneously pursue the study of East Asian language arts, history and other disciplines. East Asia is defined as those areas where Chinese, Korean, or Japanese is the dominant language, although courses and independent research in Vietnam may also be included as an area of study. The student's work is supervised by the appropriate representative of a cooperating department in consultation with the East Asian Studies program director. Goals for Student Learning The Program's East Asian Studies minor aims to enhance understanding of language, culture, society and politics in East Asia. It encourages an interdisciplinary approach that will enable students to gain a deeper understanding of this dynamic region of the world. By connecting the study of the humanities, social sciences, arts and engineering with language study in Chinese, Japanese or Korean, students will be better prepared to understand East Asia in regional and comparative perspectives. Furthermore, students will highlight their knowledge and comprehension in an independent research project. Students are encouraged to explore regions including but also beyond the focus of their language study to gain a deeper understanding of national and transnational connections in East Asia. Admission to the Program Any Princeton University undergraduate student who is not majoring in East Asian Studies is eligible for the East Asian Studies minor. Students seeking to earn the East Asian Studies minor may also earn a Chinese, Japanese or Korean Language and Culture minor, but may not double count course credits and independent work toward both minors. Courses being counted for a major or another minor cannot be counted for the East Asian Studies minor, but with consultation, their independent work can be counted, although revision may be required. Students can declare their minor no earlier than the second semester of sophomore year and no later than the second semester of junior year. Program of Study Students must complete seven one-term courses in East Asian Studies to earn an East Asian Studies minor. At least two of these must be language courses at the second-year level or higher; no more than four of the seven courses may be language courses. Applicable language (CHI, JPN, and KOR) courses and content courses from the Department of East Asian Studies (EAS) are listed in the Department of East Asian Studies courses section in this UA Announcement. Completion of at least one 200-level East Asian Studies content course is required. All content and language courses cross-listed in the EAS Department can be applied for the minor. Cognate courses not cross-listed in the EAS Department that have more than half of their content about East Asia can also be applied for the minor. Examples include SOC 307/SPI308 Contemporary China, POL 434 The Political Economy of China, and SPI 316 China’s Foreign Relations. Additional courses, including those taken abroad, may count toward the minor, but they must be approved in advance by the program office. In addition to the coursework, the student will submit a paper dealing with an area of East Asia, for which the use of East Asian language sources is strongly recommended. The student may submit the senior thesis or junior paper or substitute another substantial piece of original research that meets the same standards of relevance to East Asia. Students pursuing the East Asian Studies minor are encouraged to take advantage of the numerous opportunities for study or travel in Asia, including intensive summer language programs. Students contemplating an intervening year of study should aim to complete at least two years of study in the relevant language and should consult with the program director. Independent Work In addition to the coursework, a paper analyzing an area or aspect of East Asia, for which the use of some East Asian language sources is strongly recommended, must be submitted. A student may submit the senior thesis or junior paper or substitute another substantial piece of original research that meets the same standards of relevance to East Asia. Essays, book reports or papers submitted to satisfy course requirements are not acceptable. A length of approximately 20 or more pages is expected. The program director must approve the proposed substitution. A student who has met these requirements will receive a minor in East Asian Studies. Additional Information For more information on the Chinese, Japanese or Korean language minors, please consult the Department of East Asian Studies program offerings. Faculty Director Thomas D. Conlan Executive Committee He Bian, History Amy B. Borovoy, East Asian Studies Janet Y. Chen, History Ksenia Chizhova, East Asian Studies Steven Chung, East Asian Studies Thomas D. Conlan, East Asian Studies Sheldon M. Garon, History Thomas W. Hare, Comparative Literature G. John Ikenberry, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs Martin Kern, East Asian Studies Paize Keulemans, East Asian Studies Federico Marcon, East Asian Studies James M. Raymo, Sociology Anna M. Shields, East Asian Studies Brian R. Steininger, East Asian Studies Stephen F. Teiser, Religion Atsuko Ueda, East Asian Studies Cheng-hua Wang, Art and Archaeology Andrew M. Watsky, Art and Archaeology Yu Xie, Sociology For a full list of faculty members and fellows please visit the department or program website.