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Additional Information on CEAS Concentrations

(For basic information on the CEAS major, see here.)


Art History and Art. One art history seminar dealing with theory and method:

ARHA360 Museum Studies



And three additional courses dealing primarily East Asian art.


Language, Literature, and Film. One literature or film theory or methodology course (which may or may not be an CEAS class), plus three additional courses in East Asian literature or film; this may include one class on Asian American literature or film. One semester of advanced language (beyond the six required semesters) may be counted as one of these three classes. It is also highly recommended that students additionally take at least one course in non-East Asian literature or film.


Music. A concentration in music emphasizes both the academic and performance approaches. Four courses are required. Two academic courses on East Asian music, such as:

  • MUSC261/CEAS268 Music and Modernity in China, Japan, and Korea

And two East Asian music performance courses, such as:

  • MUSC413/CEAS413 Creative Korean Drumming Ensemble­
  • MUSC416/CEAS416 Beginning Taiko-Japanese Drumming
  • MUSC418/CEAS418 Advanced Taiko-Japanese Drumming
  • MUSC428/CEAS428 Chinese Music Ensemble
  • MUSC405 Music lessons for koto or shamisen-with approval from faculty advisor

With faculty advisor approval, one of these required four courses can be replaced by one course on East Asian art, film, history, literature, philosophy, or religion (beyond the core CEAS requirements).


History. Students are expected to take at least one course in historiography (such as HIST362 Issues in Contemporary Historiography), two additional courses on the histories of China or Japan, as well as one course on the history of an area outside of East Asia for comparison.

  • Note that typically one section of HIST362 is designated as open to non-HIST majors; please consult the Chair of History to confirm which section that is for the current year.

Philosophy and Religion. Students are expected to take one core East Asian philosophy or religion course:

  • PHIL205 Classical Chinese Philosophy
  • RELI242 Buddhism: An Introduction

And two courses in philosophy and religion that have a substantial component on East Asia, and one course in either the history of Western philosophy or the religious tradition of a non-East Asian culture.


Political Economy. Students are expected to take one methods course from among:

  • ECON101 Introduction to Economics
  • ECON110 Introduction to Economic Theory
  • GOVT155 International Politics
  • GOVT157 Democracy and Dictatorship: Politics in the Contemporary World

And three more courses in economics or government that have a substantial component on East Asia.