The East Asian Studies Minor

Students interested in China, Japan, and Korea, especially the interconnections between East Asian culture, history, and politics, should consider the East Asian Studies minor. This interdisciplinary course of study provides students with a critical understanding of East Asia’s central role in the world, both past and present. The minor helps prepare students for dynamic careers in multiple fields, including business, finance, law, medicine, policy, and academia.


Director: Dr. Peter Thilly, Assistant Professor of History,

Email: pdthilly at olemiss dot edu

Spring 2023 Courses

  • HST 380 Premodern China  
  • HST 492 Race and Ethnicity in East Asia  
  • HST 382 China in Revolution  
  • INST 203 Introduction to East Asian Studies 
  • INST 341 Contemporary China 
  • REL 102 Introduction to Asian Religions 
  • REL 308 Buddhism 
  • PPL 376 Politics and Policymaking in China 
  • CHIN 361 China through Film and Literature

Requirements for the Minor: 

18 Credit Hours, meeting the following requirements: 
  • Courses should come from the following units: AH / Anth / Soc, Hst, Inst, Mlll, Pol, or Phil / Rel.
  • Students must take at least one course from each of the three categories: 1) courses with a focus on China, 2) courses with a focus on Northeast Asia (Japan and Korea), and 3) courses with a regional focus on East Asia 
  • Students who complete relevant internships, study abroad courses, and special topics courses will consult with the East Asian studies director prior to enrollment in the course for approval and to determine the appropriate category for the course.
  • The same course may not satisfy requirements for both a student's major and his or her minor.
  • A minimum grade of C is required in all courses applied toward the minor.
  • Up to six credits in an East Asian Language (Chin, Japn, Kor) may be used towards the minor. 

Course Categories 

Please note that not all courses listed below are available each semester. 

Courses with a focus on China: 
AH 381 Art of China
Hst 380 Premodern China
Hst 381 Late Imperial and Modern China
Hst 382 China in Revolution
Hst 383 China and the United States since 1784
Inst 341 Contemporary China
Mlll 302 China through Literature and Film
Pol 324 Politics of China
PPL 376 Policymaking and Governance in China
Rel 325/Phil 325 Chinese Religions: Confucianism and Daoism
Courses with a focus on Northeast Asia (Japan and Korea)
AH 382 Art of Japan
AH 384 Art of Korea
Hst 389 History of Japan-U.S. Relations
Hst 482 Samurai in Film
Hst 387 Modern Japan
Inst 345 Japan in the World
Inst 346 The Two Koreas
Courses with a regional focus
AH 380 Asian Art
Hst 180 Intro to East Asian History
Hst 385/G St 364 Gender/Sexuality in East Asian History
Inst 310 Topics in East Asian Studies
Inst 331 Topics in East Asian Studies Abroad
Pol 337 Asia in World Affairs
Pol 387 Political Economy of East Asia
Rel 102 Introduction to Asian Religions
Rel 308 Buddhism
Rel 325 Chinese Religions: Confucianism & Daoism
Rel 353 Sacred Texts in East Asian Religions
Soc 359 Sociology of Globalization