Additional Information on CEAS Core Requirements

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

Foundations of East Asian Cultures, CEAS207  

This course introduces some of the cultural foundations of East Asia and how they have continued to resonate through history. It examines translated primary texts in history, literature, philosophy, and religion, mainly from China, Korea, and Japan and other media such as film and art. The course attempts to equip students with a basic fluency in interpreting ancient and modern materials from East Asia and identifying its cultural contexts. Some potential themes are: dilemmas of love, the role of government, the methods and aims of education, social inequality, and notions of illness and healing. The aim is not to be exhaustive, but enlarge narrow conceptions of Asian cultures and to offer tools for future exploration.

Proseminar, CEAS201 

The Proseminar introduces majors to the range of the fields and methodologies that comprise East Asian Studies at Wesleyan. The material will be organized into several disciplinary and area modules, each contributing to a central theme; themes change from year to year.

Students who petition to join the CEAS major after their canonical year to take the Proseminar must still enroll in the Proseminar in a subsequent year.