East Asian Studies

Overview

The East Asian Languages and Cultures Department provides three majors for students interested in the study of China or Japan. The Chinese Studies major is intended for students primarily interested in Chinese language and literature. The Japanese Studies major is intended for students primarily interested in Japanese language and literature. These majors both aim to help students attain a high degree of fluency, and much of the coursework is done in Chinese or Japanese. 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.

The department encourages students in all three majors to choose from a number of study-abroad options, providing the opportunity to experience East Asian languages and cultures first-hand.

Chinese Studies Requirements

COURSEWORK

Major Coordinator: Professor Chen

Language Component:

Five courses total.

CHIN 202Intermediate Chinese II

5 units

Students must select four additional language courses (301 and above):
CHIN 301Expository Essays and Short Narratives I

4 units

CHIN 310Expository Essays and Short Narratives II

4 units

CHIN 330Topics in Fiction and Film

4 units

CHIN 350Classical Chinese Texts

4 units

CHIN 460Translating Chinese I

4 units

One literature in translation course:

CHIN 272The Rise of the Martial Arts Novel

4 units

CHIN 273Contemporary Chinese Writers in Exile

4 units

CHIN 274Ghost and Love Stories

4 units

One methods or theory course:

CHIN 272The Rise of the Martial Arts Novel

4 units

CHIN 273Contemporary Chinese Writers in Exile

4 units

CHIN 274Ghost and Love Stories

4 units

CHIN 460Translating Chinese I

4 units

ENGL 290Introduction to Literary Methods

4 units

ENGL 370Literary Criticism

4 units

LING 301Introduction to Linguistics

4 units

Three additional China-related courses:

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

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

4 units

DWA 245/HIST 245China and the World

4 units

HIST 141East Asian Survey

4 units

HIST 242Imperial China

4 units

HIST 243Modern China: Colonialism, Nationalism, and Revolution

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 260Buddhist Thought From India to Japan

4 units

RELS 266Sexuality and Gender in Buddhism

4 units

RELS 276Empire and Religion in Asia and the Pacific

4 units

RELS 365Buddhist Ethics

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 major coordinator.

COMPREHENSIVE REQUIREMENT

This requirement is fulfilled through either a seminar course (CHIN 272, CHIN 273, CHIN 274, or CHIN 460) or a 2-unit Independent Study in the fall semester of the senior year, in which the student will produce: either (1) a 20-page paper written in English on Chinese language or literature, including source texts written in Chinese; or (2) an annotated translation, with commentary, of a Chinese language text into English.  In the spring semester, the student will make any required revisions and prepare an oral presentation to be given in Chinese.

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 distinguished 40 page paper.

Japanese Studies Requirements

COURSEWORK

Major Coordinator: Professor Ezaki

Language Component:

Five courses total

JAPN 202Intermediate Japanese II

5 units

Students must select four additional language courses (301 and above):
JAPN 301Advanced Japanese I

4 units

JAPN 302Advanced Japanese II

4 units

JAPN 340Language in News Media and Advertising

4 units

JAPN 350Tales of the Supernatural

4 units

JAPN 460Translating Texts

4 units

One literature in translation course:

JAPN 271Fiction in Japanese Literature and Film

4 units

JAPN 273Popular Culture and Literary Traditions of Tokugawa Japan

4 units

One methods or theory course:

JAPN 271Fiction in Japanese Literature and Film

4 units

JAPN 273Popular Culture and Literary Traditions of Tokugawa Japan

4 units

JAPN 460Translating Texts

4 units

ENGL 290Introduction to Literary Methods

4 units

ENGL 370Literary Criticism

4 units

LING 301Introduction to Linguistics

4 units

Three additional Japan-related courses:

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 368Japanese Painting

4 units

HIST 141East Asian Survey

4 units

HIST 247Pre-Modern Japan

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 260Buddhist Thought From India to Japan

4 units

RELS 266Sexuality and Gender in Buddhism

4 units

RELS 276Empire and Religion in Asia and the Pacific

4 units

RELS 365Buddhist Ethics

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 major coordinator.

COMPREHENSIVE REQUIREMENT

This requirement is fulfilled through either a seminar course (JAPN 271 or JAPN 273) or a 2-unit Independent Study in the fall semester of the senior year, in which the student will produce: either (1) a 20-page paper written in English on Japanese language or literature, including source texts written in Japanese; or (2) an annotated translation, with commentary, of a Japanese language text into English. In the spring semester, the student will make any required revisions and prepare an oral presentation to be given in Japanese.

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 distinguished 40 page paper.

East Asian Studies Requirements

COURSEWORK

Major Coordinator: Professor Chi

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 (one of which must be either 202 or above)

Seminar:

To be chosen in consultation with the Major Coordinator.

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

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

4 units

DWA 245/HIST 245China and the World

4 units

DWA 342Junior Seminar: Transnational Identity and International Relations

4 units

HIST 141East Asian Survey

4 units

HIST 242Imperial China

4 units

HIST 243Modern China: Colonialism, Nationalism, and Revolution

4 units

HIST 245/DWA 245China and the World

4 units

HIST 246Pre-Modern Korea

4 units

HIST 247Pre-Modern Japan

4 units

HIST 248Modern Japan

4 units

HIST 249Modern Korea

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 260Buddhist Thought From India to Japan

4 units

RELS 261Contemporary Buddhist Thought

4 units

RELS 266Sexuality and Gender in Buddhism

4 units

RELS 276Empire and Religion in Asia and the Pacific

4 units

RELS 365Buddhist Ethics

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 major coordinator.

COMPREHENSIVE REQUIREMENT

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

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 distinguished 40 page paper.

Additional Electives


Additional courses from outside the EALC Department

The following courses may count toward the major in Chinese Studies (Methods/Theory requirement), Japanese Studies (Methods/Theory requirement), and East Asian Studies (Seminar requirement).

AMST 272/EASN 272Asian Immigrants in American Society

4 units

ARTH 395Special Topics in Art History

4 units

CSLC 200Literature, Culture, Self: Being in the Wor(l)d

4 units

DWA 235Nationalism and Ethnicity

4 units

DWA 337Junior Seminar: International Relations Theory

4 units

DWA 342Junior Seminar: Transnational Identity and International Relations

4 units

HIST 300History Colloquium

4 units

SOC 200Classical Sociological Theory: Marx, Weber, Durkheim

4 units

SOC 205Contemporary Sociological Theory

4 units

SOC 304Sociological Inquiry

4 units

SOC 305Quantitative Research Methods

4 units

SOC 310Sociological Field Methods

4 units

UEP 301/POLS 301Urban Policy and Politics

4 units

UEP 303Sustainable Development

4 units

UEP 304Research Methods for Urban and Environmental Policy

4 units

Group Language

Students may combine Chinese with French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, or Linguistics to form a Group Language major. Please see the Group Language entry in this catalog for details.

Minor Requirements

Chinese Studies:

Five courses (20 units) numbered Chinese 202 and above. Linguistics 301 may fulfill one of these courses. Three of the five courses must be completed as Occidental courses (one of the three MUST be taken at the Eagle Rock campus. The other two may be taken at an Occidental-in-China campus).

Japanese Studies:

Five courses (20 units) numbered JAPN 202 and above. LING 301 may fulfill one of these course requirements. Three of the five courses must be completed as Occidental courses (one of the three MUST be taken at the Eagle Rock campus. The other two may be taken at an Occidental-in-Japan campus).

East Asian Studies:

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.

Courses

East Asian Studies Courses

Chinese Courses

Japanese Courses

Faculty

Regular Faculty

Tsung Chi, chair

Professor, Politics

B.A., National Chengchi University; M.A., Ph.D., Michigan State University

Sarah Chen

Professor, East Asian Studies; Advisory Committee, Group Language

B.A., Rutgers University; M.A., Ph.D., Stanford University

On Special Appointment

Motoko Ezaki

Non-Tenure Track Professor, East Asian Studies; Advisory Committee, Group Language

B.A., M.A., Seinan Gakuin University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Swee Fong Lee

Non-Tenure Track Professor, East Asian Studies

B.A., Tokyo Gakugei University; M.A., Hitotsubashi University; M.A., California State University, Long Beach

Andrew Miller

Non-Tenure Track Instructor, East Asian Studies

B.A., Princeton University; M.A., University of California, Los Angeles

Yuki Taylor

Part-time Non-Tenure Track Associate Professor, East Asian Studies

B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Affiliated Faculty

Alexander F. Day

Associate Professor, History

B.A., Colby College; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz

John Chung-En Liu

Assistant Professor, Sociology

B.S., National Taiwan University; M.A., M.E.M, Yale University; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Xiao-huang Yin

Professor, American Studies; Affiliated Faculty, History

B.A., Nanjing University; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University