Undergraduate Programs

China Studies

The China concentration in Asian Studies provides students with a sound foundation in one or more aspects of the study of China. The faculty has particular strength in history, both modern and pre-modern, as well as the social sciences. In addition, an extensive range of outstanding courses is available in the areas of language and literature. Students in the China Program are encouraged to take advantage of intensive overseas language training offered by the Inter-University Program in Taipei or the Beijing Chinese Language Program available through Beijing University.

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Major in China Studies

Course # Title Credits Quarter
JSIS 203 or Rise of Asia or 5 Autumn
JSIS A 207 Asian Traditions 5 Winter (sometimes)
JSIS 201 The Making of the Twenty-first Century 5 Winter or Spring
HSTAS 211 History of Chinese Civilization 5
2nd Asian Civilization Course One Asian Civilization course chosen from:HSTAS 201, 202; JSIS A 206, 212, 221, 241, 242 5 Varies
JSIS A 454 History of Modern China 5 Autumn
China Electives
3-400 level
Choose (3-400 level) to include:

25 Varies
Research Paper Asian Research Paper written with Jackson School Professor 15 pgs.
Minimum Grade Minimum grade 2.0 in all courses applied to major.
Chinese Language Chinese Language proficiency through 2nd year college level or 3rd quarter of 2nd year college level.(For first- and second-year language courses, grades must average 2.00)
Total Credits (not including language)   50
Click here for an online checklist of course requirements

Minor in China Studies

30 credits, to include the following:

  1. HSTAS 211 and either JSIS C 202 or one additional introductory Asian civilization course from those listed above (10 credits)
  2. 10 credits of electives taken at the UW, chosen from the China history/social science electives list*
  3. 5 credits of electives taken at the UW, chosen from the China history/social science list or the China arts/literature electives list*
  4. 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*
  5. Minimum grade of 2.0 required in each course applied toward the minor.

Master of Arts in China Studies

The China Studies M.A. program at the University of Washington offers students the opportunity to develop a substantial understanding of Chinese culture, history, society, and contemporary issues. Language learning and facility are a core element of the program of study. The more than 20 faculty members of the China Studies Program provide a very broad and deep range of course offerings in the social sciences and humanities, and some of the professional schools at the University of Washington. The M.A. Program is relatively small, and there is close faculty-student interaction. Students may combine their graduate study in China Studies with professional degrees (subject to acceptance by those programs and schools). Advanced work can also be pursued in disciplinary departments after completion of the M.A. degree.

See the Master of Arts page for Degree and Admission requirements

JSIS & Affiliate China Studies Faculty

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China Studies Courses

Quarterly Course Lists

Modern China

Course # Title Credits
ANTH 447 Anthropology of Religion in China 5
SIS 455 Industry & State (when taught by China faculty) 5
*JSIS A/GEOG 236 Development and Challenge in Greater China 5
JSIS A/ANTH 370 Han Chinese Social Culture 5
JSIS A/ANTH 406 China’s Environment 5
JSIS A 431/SOC 434 Demographic Issues in Asia 5
JSIS A 403/ANTH 444 Politics of Representation in Modern China 5
JSIS A 404 Religion in China 5
JSIS A 446 Political Development in East Asia 5
JSIS A 408/POL S 442 Government and Politics of China 5
JSIS A/HSTAS 454 History of Modern China 5
JSIS A 453/ECON 468 China’s Economic Reforms 5
JSIS A/HSTAS 456 Topics in Chinese Social History 5
JSIS A 459/POL S 419 United States-China Relations 5
JSIS A 462 China’s Rise and Its Global Implications; 5
JSIS A/SOC 464 Contemporary Society in the PRC 5
JSIS A/POL S/LSJ 469 Law, Development, Transition in East Asia 5
JSIS A/ANTH 470 Minority Peoples of China 5
JSIS 484 Special Topics East Asia (depending on theme) 1-5, max. 15
CHIN 385 Popular Culture in Twentieth Century China 5
COM 429 Chinese Communication Systems 5
GEOG 372 Asian Environment and Development 5
GEOG 336 China 5
GEOG 313 East Asia 5
GEOG 435 Industrialization and Urbanization China 5
GEOG 438 Cities of East Asia: Geography and Development 5
HSTAS/WOMEN 459 Gender Histories of Modern China 5

Premodern China

Course # Title Credits
JSIS A/HSTAS 456 Topics in Chinese Social History (depending on theme) 5
ECON 466 Economic History of China: 1840-1949 5
JSIS 484 Special Topics East Asia (depending on theme) 1-5, max. 15
HSTAS 451 Chinese History: Earliest Times to 221 B.C. 5
HSTAS 452 Chinese History: to 1368 A.D. 5
HSTAS 453 Chinese History: A.D. 1368 to 1898 5
HSTAS/WOMEN 457 Women in China to 1800 5
CHIN 370 Ancient China 5

China Arts and Literature

Course # Title Credits
*ART H 212 Chinese Art and Visual Culture 5
ART H 310 Chinese Art and Archaeology Neolithic to Han 5
ART H 311 Chinese Painting 5
ART H 315 Buddhist Art of East Asia 5
ART H 411 Chinese Painting Experiences 3
ART H 412 Chinese Bronzes 3
ART H 413 Selected Topics in Chinese Art 3, max 9
*ASIAN 201 Literature and Culture of China: Ancient and Classical 5
*ASIAN 204 Literature and Culture of China from Tradition to Modernity 5
*ASIAN 207 Special Topics in Literature and Culture of Asia (if China) 5
*ASIAN 211 Languages and Cultures of China 5
*ASIAN 263 Great Works of Asian Literature (if China) 5
CHIN 370 Ancient China 5
CHIN 373 Chinese Poetry 5
CHIN 374 Chinese Prose 5
CHIN 380 Premodern Chinese Narrative in Translation 5
CHIN 381 Literature in Modern China 5
CHIN 385 Popular Culture in Twentieth-Century China 5
CHIN 461 History of Chinese Literature 5
CHIN 462 History of Chinese Literature 5
CHIN 463 History of Chinese Literature 5
CHIN 482 Advanced Readings in Modern Chinese 5
CHIN 496 Special Studies in Chinese (depending on theme) 5

*A maximum of 5 credits of lower-division coursework (200-level) may be counted in the 30 credits constituting the distribution and specialization requirements.