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The Minor

The interdepartmental minor in East Asian Studies is a program of study designed to provide a coherent understanding of and basic competence in the civilizations of China, Japan and Korea. It may be undertaken in order to broaden the scope of any major; to acquire, for comparative purposes, an Asian perspective within any of the humanistic and social-scientific disciplines; or as the basis of future graduate work and careers related to East Asia.

Advisers: Marnie Anderson, Ernest Benz, Suzanne Gottschang, Kimberly Kono, Jessica Moyer, Sujane Wu and Dennis Yasutomo


The minor will consist of a total of six courses (24 credits), with no more than three courses taken at other institutions. Courses taken away from Smith require the approval of the East Asian Studies Advisory Committee.

  1. EAS 100 Modern East Asia (normally by the second year).
  2. Five elective courses which shall be determined in consultation with the adviser.
  • One year of an East Asian language is strongly encouraged and may constitute two elective courses. (One semester of a language may not be counted as an elective.)
  • No course taken for a satisfactory/unsatisfactory grade counts toward the minors