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Program in East Asian Studies


Stephen F. Teiser

Executive Committee

Robert W. Bagley, Art and Archaeology

Amy Borovoy, East Asian Studies

Chih-p'ing Chou, East Asian Studies

Thomas J. Christensen, Politics, Woodrow Wilson School

Martin C. Collcutt, East Asian Studies, History

Christina Davis, Woodrow Wilson School, Politics

Benjamin A. Elman, East Asian Studies, History

Sheldon M. Garon, History, East Asian Studies

Thomas W. Hare, Comparative Literature

G. John Ikenberry, Politics, Woodrow Wilson School

Martin Kern, East Asian Studies

David R. Leheny, East Asian Studies

Seiichi Makino, East Asian Studies

Susan Naquin, East Asian Studies, History

Richard H. Okada, East Asian Studies

Willard J. Peterson, East Asian Studies, History

Gilbert F. Rozman, Sociology

Jerome Silbergeld, Art and Archaeology

Jacqueline I. Stone, Religion

Stephen F. Teiser, Religion

Atsuko Ueda, East Asian Studies

Andrew M. Watsky, Art and Archaeology

The Program in East Asian Studies is an interdepartmental plan of study directed by representatives of the cooperating departments--anthropology, art and archaeology, comparative literature, East Asian studies, economics, history, politics, religion, and sociology--as well as the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. It provides an opportunity for students who plan to major in the humanities, social sciences, or other disciplines to simultaneously pursue the study of an East Asian language and culture. The program's purpose is to educate internationally minded men and women with basic competence in an Asian area as well as to enhance the student's understanding of Western civilization through perspectives gained from the study of the non-Western world. The student's work is supervised by the appropriate representative of a cooperating department in consultation with the East Asian studies program director.

Students pursuing the program certificate are encouraged to take advantage of intensive summer language programs and of the numerous opportunities for study or travel in Asia, including an intervening year abroad. A limited amount of scholarship aid for this purpose is available. For a student whose career plans make it appropriate, the program will encourage a year of intensive study at an approved center in Asia, usually in Beijing, Kyoto, or Tokyo. To be eligible for consideration, a student completes two years' study of Chinese or Japanese by the end of junior year and must be nominated for scholarship assistance by the program committee. Upon returning to Princeton, the student makes use of Chinese or Japanese materials studied for the preparation of the senior thesis. At graduation the student is prepared to begin graduate work at a higher level because of the language training and experience gained abroad.

Admission to the Program

Students must satisfy the established requirements for admission to one of the cooperating departments, or to some other department with whose plan of study this interdepartmental program may, by special arrangement, be combined.

Program of Study

Students enrolled in the program must complete eight 1-term courses in East Asian studies. No more than four of the eight 1-term courses may be language courses; at least two of the language courses must be at the second-year level or higher. Applicable language and cognate courses are listed in the East Asian studies section of this announcement; successful completion of at least one 200-level East Asian studies cognate course is required. Additional courses, including those taken abroad, may count toward the certificate, but will need to be approved by the program office.

In addition to the coursework, the student will submit a paper dealing with an area of East Asia, for which the use of Asian-language sources is strongly recommended. The student may submit the senior thesis or substitute a junior paper or another substantial piece of original research that meets the same standards of relevance to Asia and use of Asian-language sources. The seminar for which a junior paper or independent research paper was written cannot count toward the course requirements for the certificate; it must be a ninth course.

Certificate of Proficiency

A student who has met the requirements of the program and of the cooperating department and has maintained satisfactory standing will receive a certificate of proficiency in addition to the A.B.

Interested students are advised to contact the program office. For the most-current information, see the program's website.