EAST ASIAN STUDIES is an interdisciplinary program offering opportunities to draw on the expertise of several OWU departments and off-campus programs located in East Asia. The purpose of the East Asian Studies program is to provide students with (1) substantial language training in Chinese and/or Japanese (2) a broad background in the past and present of East Asia from the perspective of at least three academic disciplines and (3) a specialization in a specific East Asian country. Students interested in pursuing a major or minor in East Asian Studies are advised to contact the director of the program by the end of their sophomore year. East Asian Studies Advisory Committee members include: John Boos (Economics), Ji Young Choi (Politics and Government), Xiaoming Chen (History), Joy He (Beeghly Library), R. Blake Michael (Religion), James Peoples (Sociology/Anthropology), Anne Sokolsky (Humanities/Classics), and Ching-Hsuan Wu (Chinese).
The East Asian Studies MAJOR
East Asian Studies is now a stand-alone major. A second major is no longer necessary. Requirements include:
The East Asian Studies MINOR
The East Asian Studies minor requires:
Courses in East Asian Studies
Category I: Courses focusing primarily on East Asia
Category II: Courses not focusing specifically on East Asia, but including substantial East Asian content
Additional courses dealing with East Asia are offered on an occasional or temporary basis. Contact the EAS Program Director about whether such courses count for major credit in either Category I or Category II.
Study Abroad Programs
Ohio Wesleyan students may participate in study abroad programs through OWU exchange agreements with Asian universities or through Great Lakes Colleges Association programs. At this point there are four programs in China and three in Japan. In addition, OWU students have the option of enrolling in various other non-GLCA programs. Refer to the OWU Catalog for a description of off-campus study programs and speak with the off-campus program coordinator for more information.
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