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The China concentration of the Asian Studies degree program provides a broad understanding of the Chinese people and their culture, historical development, and contemporary problems. The curriculum emphasizes the attainment of facility in Chinese language, a grounding in history, and a familiarity with the approaches of the social sciences to Chinese studies. The breadth of offerings allows students to select courses to meet career goals in business, government, teaching, or other professions.
Three historians focus on the pre-modern, late imperial, and modern eras of Chinese history, providing background and perspective for all students of China. Political Science courses are provided by two specialists examining contemporary Chinese domestic and foreign policy, and U.S. China relations. Two sociologists provide courses on China's population and social organization. The University of Washington is the leading center for the study of China's minority peoples, with two anthropologists providing a wide range of course work on contemporary Chinese society. Two geographers examine allocational, migration, and environmental issues. A wide range of courses on Chinese literature, poetry, and language are offered by leading specialists in the departments of Asian Languages and Literature and Comparative Literature. An economist with extensive experience working in China explains the strengths and weaknesses of China's economic reforms. It is also possible for advanced undergraduates to take courses on Chinese law in the law school, or graduate seminars in other fields (depending on the permission of the instructor).
Students move through carefully structured programs which provide essential Chinese language training. The first two years stress the aural/oral approach (in conjunction with work in the language laboratory). Third- and fourth year students devote more attention to reading Chinese language materials. Native speakers of the language conduct drill sessions.
Chair, China Studies
Any undergraduate in good standing may declare Asian Studies (China concentration) as a major.
30 credits or equivalent Chinese language training is a minimum requirement; additional Chinese language instruction is encouraged.
Introductory courses: JSIS 203, The Rise of Asia (5) or JSIS A 207, Asian Civilizations: Traditions (5); JSIS 201, The Making of the 21st Century (5);
HSTAS 211, History of Chinese Civilization (5)
Concentration courses: A second Asian civilization course chosen from
JSIS A/HSTAS 212 (Korea), JSIS A/HSTAS 241 (Japan), JSIS A 242 (Japan), HSTAS 201 (India), 202 (India), JSIS A 206 (South Asia), or JSIS A/HSTAS 221 (Southeast Asia) (5), and
A minimum of 30 credits in approved upper-division courses on China including JSIS A/HSTAS 454, History of Modern China (5), one course on pre-modern China, and one course on Chinese arts and literature. Specialization (10 credits) in one of the three fields of modern China, pre-modern China, and Chinese arts and literature. In addition, an approved research paper is required in one of the upper-division courses on China.
A minimum grade of 2.0 in all courses counted toward the major is required, except for first- and second-year Chinese language courses, where grades must average at least 2.00. The "paper course" and 30 of the 35 credits required for the China concentration courses, including JSIS A/HSTAS 454, must be taken in residence at the University of Washington.
Overlapping credits: A maximum of 15 credits that are used to fulfill minimum requirements of any other UW major can be counted in this major.
Lists of courses approved for the concentration are available in the Jackson School Office of Student Services in Thomson 111 and by following this link.
30 credits, to include the following:
HSTAS 211 and either JSIS C 202 or one additional introductory Asian civilization course chosen from JSIS A 207 (premodern Asia), JSIS 203 (modern Asia),
JSIS A/HSTAS 212 (Korea), JSIS A/HSTAS 241 (Japan), JSIS A 242 (Japan),
JSIS A/HSTAS 221 (Southeast Asia), HSTAS 201 (India), 202 (India), 10 credits
10 credits of electives taken at the UW, chosen from the China history/social science electives list
5 additional credits in Chinese language beyond second-year level, or in upper-division transfer courses on China, or in additional electives chosen from the China history/social science electives list
Minimum grade of 2.0 required in each course applied toward the minor.
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