Degree Requirements

2018 - 2019

Departmental Guidelines and Goals

To graduate with a degree in East Asian Studies requires a balance of courses in Chinese or Japanese language study with courses selected from a variety of departments, focusing on the East Asian region (normally defined as China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam). Study in China or Japan for a semester or a year on an approved program is encouraged. Every senior major will research a topic chosen by the student in consultation with professors from two disciplines.

East Asian Studies Major

Majors will choose courses in consultation with a faculty advisor. In their senior year students will apply the methodologies of two disciplines to a research topic normally focusing on China, Japan, or their interaction. The major requires:

  1. two semesters of intermediate Chinese or Japanese,
  2. two core survey courses, one from II.a. and one from II.b.,
  3. five area studies courses with a maximum of two from III.b and c combined, and
  4. a senior research project, that in conjunction with the other requirements, will total forty credit hours.

Advisors can help the student select which courses in approved study-abroad programs will meet the requirements below:

  1. Language requirement: two semesters of intermediate Chinese or Japanese course work, or the equivalent. Majors are encouraged to begin their language work at Denison during their first year.
  2. Two Core Courses surveying both:
    1. Traditional
      EAST/HIST 141Traditional East Asian Civilization (normally offered in the spring)
      EAST/CHIN 206Dream and Fantasy in East Asian Literature (normally offered in the fall)
      EAST/JAPN 219Voices from the Dark Valley: East Asians Under Japanese Fascism (1910-1945)
      EAST/AHVC 231Art of Japan
      or EAST/AHVC 232 Art of China
    2. Modern East Asian Civilization
      EAST/HIST 142Modern East Asian Civilization (normally offered in the fall)
      EAST/JAPN 235Introduction to Modern Chinese and Japanese Literature (normally offered in the spring)
  3. Five East Asian area studies courses, which may include the following:
    1. East Asian Area Studies
      EAST/AHVC 131Asian Art and Visual Culture
      EAST/AHVC 232Art of China
      EAST/AHVC 231Art of Japan
      EAST/AHVC 333Art and Revolution in 20th Century China
      EAST/CHIN 206Dream and Fantasy in East Asian Literature
      EAST/JAPN 239Introduction to Japanese Genre Fiction
      EAST/CHIN 305Spontaneity: Taoism and Chinese Literature
      EAST/JAPN 309Japan's Modern Canon
      CHIN 340Chinese Cinema in English: A Cultural and Literary Study
      EAST/JAPN 273Modern Japan in Film and Literature
      HIST 211Modern East Asia at War
      HIST 312China’s Golden Age? The Tang Dynasty
      EAST/JAPN 235Introduction to Modern Chinese and Japanese Literature
      EAST/REL 216Religions of China
    2. Independent and Directed Study (maximum of two from B and C combined) - Examples:
      CHIN 361Directed Study
      CHIN 362Directed Study
      JAPN 361Directed Study
      JAPN 362Directed Study
      EAST 361Directed Study
      EAST 362Directed Study
      EAST 363Independent Study
      EAST 364Independent Study
    3. Comparative Courses (Maximum of two from B and C combined):
      East Asia in comparison with another region of the world
      EAST/AHVC 131Asian Art and Visual Culture
      EAST/COMM 409International Communication
      ECON 412Economics of the Developing World
      ECON 423International Trade
      POSC 332Politics in Latin America, Africa, and Asia
      POSC 355International Political Economy
      EAST/REL 105Buddhism
  4. ​Senior Research Project
    EAST 450 - Senior Research Project: East Asian Studies: Senior Project in East Asian Studies. Selecting two disciplines, students choose a topic in East Asian Studies and utilize the skills of both disciplines to analyze that topic in a major research paper, directed by faculty members in those disciplines. This research project culminates the major and can be proposed for either semester of the senior year. The student must have signatures from the two advisors in the course registration period preceding the semester when the project will be written. Only students completing a yearlong research project are eligible for special recognition.

East Asian Studies Minor

The twenty-eight credits to fulfill the East Asian Studies minor include: two semesters of intermediate Chinese or Japanese, the two core courses, and three additional courses chosen from East Asian area studies courses chosen from category III (see below). Only one independent study course, or one comparative course will count towards the minor.

Additional Points of Interest

Study Abroad

Approved programs of study in the People’s Republic of China include programs in Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai, and Xian. In Japan, students may study in programs in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagasaki. The availability of semester-long, year-long or summer courses depends on the respective program.

Summer Research Through Denison's Young Scholar Awards

No separate East Asian awards exist. Guidelines are on the Gilpatrick Center's homepage under student research. The research must culminate in a written or artistic project and a presentation to other summer scholars. Student scholars will live on Denison's campus and the student stipend is $3,700. Dormitory housing is provided. Meals are excluded. Applications: Submit by late January for the coming summer.

Summer Internships

There are no special grants for East Asian Studies internships. However, the Center for Career Exploration can be a resource for students interested in searching and applying for internships. There are also internship stipend programs meant to support students in their respective internship experiences. Contact the Austin E. Knowlton Center for Career Exploration by phone (740-587-6656) or email ( to learn more about Denison internship resources and how stipend funding works.

The Language and Culture Program

This is an exciting residential option that gives students the opportunity to hone their language skills and to participate in special cultural events. Students who choose this residential option will live in a small community of their peers who share their enthusiasm for foreign languages and cultures. Extracurricular activities and programming in the Language House support language acquisition and permit a closer relationship with professors and languages assistants from the Department of Modern Languages.

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