East Asian Studies Major & Minor- Chinese Track


The Chinese Studies major and minor are interdisciplinary in nature. Students are offered a structured approach to the study of Chinese history, art, language, literature, customs, culture, economy, and politics while allowing the flexibility to pursue individual areas of interest.

Students pursuing a program in Chinese Studies are strongly encouraged to study abroad for a semester or a year in China. Gettysburg College is affiliated with study-abroad programs in Beijing and Shanghai jointly administered by CET Academic Programs, Capital Normal University, and Donghua University. In addition to language study through the advanced level, the program offers a wide range of courses appropriate to the China specialization within the East Asian Studies major or minor.

 


East Asian Studies Major – Chinese Track Requirements: Effective with the class of 2018

Students pursuing the East Asian Studies Major – Chinese Track must complete eleven courses consisting of three core courses, two language study courses, two electives, three disciplinary cluster courses, and a capstone course.

  • Core Courses:
    AS 151 Chinese Culture & Society, HIST 223 Modern China, and one comparative course. A comparative is either a course with a broad East Asian Focus or a course on Japan.

    Potential Comparative Courses:
    PHIL 240: World Philosophy
    REL 244: Introduction to Buddhism
    ARTH 131: Introduction to Asian Art
    ECON 213: East Asian Economic History and Development
    HIST 221: History of East Asia to 1800
    HIST 222: History of East Asia from 1800 to the Present
    PSYCH 210: Cultural Psychology
    REL 210: Buddhist Spiritual Autobiographies

 

  • Language study:
    CHN 301 and CHN 302 or their equivalent as determined by placement tests.*

    *Kindly note that CHN 101 & 102: Beginning Chinese and CHN 201 & 202: Intermediate Chinese are pre-requisites for CHN 301 and CHN 302, but do not count towards the major. However, students who have previously studied Chinese may enter the 200-level as determined by the language placement exam.
    Chinese language proficiency at the 202 level is required and determined by the department.

 

  • Electives:
    Students will select two courses that focus on China from the following three categories: Arts & Humanities, History & Social Sciences, and Language (beyond CHN 302 or in Japanese).

    Arts & Humanities:
    ARTH 131: Introduction to Asian Art
    ARTH 234: Arts of China
    ARTH 235: Chinese Painting and Aesthetics
    FILM 262: Hong Kong Cinema
    AS 225: Contemporary Chinese Writers
    AS 222: China: 30 Years in Literature and Film
    REL 210: Buddhist Spiritual Autobiographies
    REL 244: Introduction to Buddhism
    REL 248: Religions of China
    REL 254: Intro to Confucianism

    History & Social Sciences:
    AS 224: Chinese Folklore
    AS/ANTH 229: Tourism and Culture in China
    ECON 213: East Asian Economic History and Development
    HIST 221: East Asia to 1800
    HIST 222: East Asia 1800 to the Present
    HIST 223: Modern China
    POL 270: Government and Politics in China
    PSYCH 210: Cultural Psychology
    SOC 243: Chinese Diaspora

    Language:
    CHN 401: Advanced Chinese
    CHN 407: China in Literature and Media – High Advanced Level Chinese
    JPN 101: Elementary Japanese
    JPN 102: Elementary Japanese

 

  • Disciplinary cluster:
    Students will select two courses in a discipline and the methods course of that discipline. Courses must be approved by the East Asian Studies Department, and at least one course must focus on China or East Asia. Potential areas of disciplinary focus are listed below:

    Potential Areas of disciplinary focus:

    Anthropology: bsp;
    ANTH 103: Intro to Cultural Anthropology
    AS/ANTH 229: Tourism & Culture in China
    ANTH 323: Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology

    Art History:
    ARTH 131: or other approved 100-level
    ARTH 214: Methods
    ARTH 234 or 235

    History:
    HIST 110 or other approved 100-level
    HIST 300: Methods
    Course on East Asian history

    Political Science:
    POL 104: Intro to Comparative Politics
    POL 215: Methods
    POL 270: Politics of China

    Economics:
    ECON 104: Intro to Macroeconomics
    ECON 213: East Asian Economics
    ECON 251: International Economics

    Religious Studies:
    REL 244: Intro to Buddhism
    REL 200 level Research/Methods
    East Asian Religion course

    Sociology:
    SOC 101, 102, or 103
    SOC 243: Chinese Diaspora
    SOC 302: Methods

    Film Studies:
    FILM 101: Introduction to film
    FILM 252 or FILM/IDS226
    East Asian film course

    Literature:
    ENG 298 or 299: Methods
    ENG 111 or other approved 100-level
    AS Literature/Theater class

 

  • Capstone experience:
    Students will complete one capstone course taken in the form of seminar or an independent study to be completed in the senior year. A substantial paper (25+ pages) and an oral presentation open to the faculty, majors and minors and guests are required. The topic of the paper must be mutually agreed upon by the student and his or her advisor. It is expected that the paper will build upon the courses constituting the student's "disciplinary focus."

Check Sheet for East Asian Studies Major-Chinese Track – Effective with the Class of 2018


East Asian Studies Minor –Chinese Track Requirements: Effective with the class of 2018

The East Asian Studies minor with a specialization in China requires six courses.

  • Core Courses: Students take one core course: AS 151: Chinese Culture & Society
  • Electives: Students take three elective courses specializing in China. These courses must come from three different disciplines, with at least one course from the arts & humanities and one from the history & social sciences.*
  • Comparative Course: Students take one course that offers a comparative perspective within East Asia or focuses on Japan.*
  • Language: Students specializing in China must take CHN 201: Intermediate Chinese.**

* Categories and potential courses appear above in the description for the Chinese major requirements.

**CHN 101 & 102: Beginning Chinese are pre-requisites for CHN 201 but do not count towards the minor. However, students who have previously studied Chinese may enter the 200-level as determined by the language placement exam. Chinese language proficiency at the 202 level is required and determined by the department.

Check Sheet for East Asian Studies Minor - Effective with the Class of 2018