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Courses that fulfill
General Education Requirements:

  • (A-AP) = Arts - Applied
  • (A-TH) = Arts - Theoretical/Historical
  • (A-AR) = Analytical - Abstract Reasoning
  • (A-QR) = Analytical - Quantitative
  • (D-D) = Diversity - Domestic
  • (D-I) = Diversity - International
  • (D-L) = Diversity - Language
  • (ES) = Earlham Seminar
  • (IE) = Immersive Experience
  • (RCH) = Research
  • (SI) = Scientific Inquiry
  • (W) = Wellness
  • (WI) = Writing Intensive
  • (AY) = Offered in Alternative Year

*CHIN 101 BEGINNING CHINESE I (5 credits) (D-L)

*CHIN 102 BEGINNING CHINESE II (5 credits) This is a continuation of CHIN 101, a beginning Chinese course for non-native Chinese speakers. This course is designed to help students further develop their oral communication skills in daily life situations as well as improve their reading and writing proficiency in Chinese. In addition to class time, students are required to have one-on-one sessions with the Teaching Assistant. Prerequisite: CHIN 101. (D-L)

CHIN 103 BEGINNING CHINESE ACCELERATE (2 credits) This is a beginning level Chinese course for students who have prior experience learning Chinese and wish to continue their study in order to prepare for CHIN 201 in the following semester. Materials in the second half of Beginning Chinese will be covered in an accelerated pace. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. (D-L)

CHIN 201 INTERMEDIATE CHINESE I (5 credits) Prerequisite: CHIN 102 or 103.

CHIN 202 INTERMEDIATE CHINESE II (5 credits) This course is a continuation of CHIN 201, an intermediate level Chinese course. This course aims to help students further develop their oral and written communication skills in the target language, as well as their awareness of the target culture. Students are required to have one-on-one sessions with the Teaching Assistant or Tutor outside class. Prerequisite: CHIN 201.

*CHIN 356  INTRODUCTION TO CHINESE CINEMA (3 credits) This course will provide students an overview of Chinese film history. Film makers from Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and overseas as well as their works will be introduced. Students will experience different themes and genres of Chinese films and develop analytical appreciation skills. No prior knowledge of cinema studies or Chinese language is required. (D-I)



A survey of traditional culture in China, Viet Nam, Korea and Japan, with emphasis on China and Korea, and on East Asia as an international system. Special attention to the historical development of the great tradition in literature, art, religion, politics and social institutions. Also listed as JPNS 226. (D-I) (AY)

*HIST 228 MODERN EAST ASIA (3 credits)
A survey of East Asia since about 1800, with emphasis on China and Korea, and on East Asia as an international system. Special attention to the historical development of politics, economics, society and social institutions, literature, thought and international relations. Prerequisite: An Earlham Seminar, an Interpretive Practices course or consent of the instructor. Also listed as JPNS 228. (WI, D-I) (AY)

*HIST 374 AMERICA'S WARS IN ASIA (3 credits)
Examines American perceptions and diplomatic and military conduct in Asia in the 20th century, from the Philippine War to the War on Terror, focusing on the bilateral relations between Asian countries and the U.S.,and on American behavior in the context of U.S. domestic culture and politics. Examines the future of U.S. foreign policy towards Asia. Prerequisite: An Earlham Seminar, an Interpretive Practices course or consent of the instructor. Also listed as JPNS 374 and POLS 374. (WI, D-I) (AY)

*HIST 472 MODERN CHINA (4 credits) Research Credit.
A survey of Chinese historical development from the first dynasties to the present day, with emphasis on the period from the mid-14th century through the liberalizing reforms of the post-Mao era. Investigates problems of historical continuity and change, Chinese perceptions of themselves and of the West, attempts at economic and political modernization, the Maoist revolution, and the interplay between institutions and ideas. Also listed as JPNS 472. (D-I) (AY)


International Studies/Women's Gender Sexuality Studies



International Studies

INST 330 CHINA AND THE NEWS (4 credits)
It seems that a day doesn't go by without a significant story about China appearing in a major news source.  How China presents itself to the world via its media, and how the rest of the world frames and receives this presentation, raises questions of ethics and integrity in the media and cross-cultural communication.  Using a variety of texts and digital resources including blogs and film documentaries, this course will explore both the form and the content of Chinese news media.



May Term Course.



This course provides students with a broad introduction to China's politics in the modern period. The focus will be on top leaders, political institutions and policies under Chinese Communist Party (CCP) rule. The course covers the main stages in the history of CCP rule: the Mao Zedong period,1949-1976; the Deng Xiaoping period, 1977-1994; and the rule of the so-called third- and fourth-generation leaders, Jiang Zemin, 1995-2003, and Hu Jintao, 2003-1012. A.R.T.S. designation: R. Prerequisite: Politics 111 or consent of the instructor. Also listed as POLS 358 and INST 358. (D-I, WI)



Introduction through teachings, videos, and memoir to the three Buddhist "turnings of the wheel": Theravadan Buddhism in India, Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia; Tantric Buddhism in India and Tibet; and the Mahayana, through Zen in Japan, China, and Vietnam. Students will learn methods of meditation, maintain and journal, and discuss readings and experiences together. Also listed as JPNS 172. (D-I) (AY)

An exploration of the religious and philosophical thought and practice of East Asia, including Popular, Shinto, Confucian, Taoist and Buddhist traditions as manifested in the classical periods of cultural development as well as contemporary society. Prerequisite: One course in Religion (preferably in World Religions), one course in Japanese Studies or consent of the instructor. Also listed as JPNS 380. (D-I)

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