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University at Albany Undergraduate Bulletin - 2004-2005

Department of East Asian Studies


Faculty

Professors

Charles M. Hartman, Ph.D.
Indiana University

Christopher J. Smith, Ph.D.
University of Michigan

Kwan Koo Yun, Ph.D. (associate faculty)
Stanford University


Associate Professors

Susanna Fessler, Ph.D. (Department Chair)
Yale University

Mark Blum, Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley

Anthony DeBlasi, Ph.D.
Harvard University

James M. Hargett, Ph.D.
Indiana University


Assistant Professors

Andrew Sangpil Byon, Ph.D,
University of Hawaii

Cheng Chen, Ph.D. (Associate Faculty)
University of Pennsylvania

Fan Pen Chen, Ph.D.
Columbia University

Angie Y. Chung, Ph.D. (Associate Faculty)
University of California, Los Angeles

Youqin Huang, Ph.D. (Associate Faculty)
University of California, Los Angeles

Jennifer Rudolph, Ph.D. (Associate Faculty)
University of Washington


Lecturer

Michiyo Kaya Wojnovich, M.S.
University at Albany


Teaching Assistants: 4


The Department of East Asian Studies offers courses in the languages and cultures of the three major civilizations of East Asia: China, Japan and Korea. The department provides instruction in elementary, intermediate and advanced Chinese and Japanese, and Korean. There are also courses taught in English on Chinese, Japanese, Korean literature, philosophy, history, geography, economics and political science.


Careers

Graduates of the Department traditionally enter careers in teaching, international trade, U.S. government security, and the travel industry. The degree is also excellent preparation for professional graduate programs in business administration (M.B.A.), law, librarianship, and Teaching English as a Second Language. The department strongly encourages students interested in East Asian Studies to double-major. Combinations with particularly strong employment potential are East Asian Studies and economics, business, and political science.


Special Programs or Opportunities

The University maintains exchange programs in China with Beijing University, Fudan University, Nanjing University, and Nankai University. These programs provide students an opportunity to study Chinese language and selected topics in the humanities and social sciences in China for one academic year. The university also maintains a similar exchange program with Kansai University and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies in Japan and with Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. All departmental majors are strongly encouraged to participate in these exchange programs in order to gain first-hand experience of life in contemporary East Asia.


B.A. in Chinese/M.B.A. Degree Program

The Department of East Asian Studies and the School of Business offer a five-year B.A./M.B.A. Degree Program in Chinese and Business Administration. Students in this program fulfill requirements for the Chinese major during their freshman, sophomore, and junior years. The junior year is spent at Fudan University in Shanghai, where students receive additional language training and participate in internship programs arranged with international businesses. The fourth and fifth years focus on completing the requirements for the M.B.A. degree.


B.A. in Japanese/M.BA. Degree Program

The Department of East Asian Studies and the School of Business offer a five-year B.A./M.B.A. Degree Program in Japanese and Business Administration Students in this program fulfill requirements for the Japanese major during their freshman, sophomore, and junior years. The junior year is spent at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, where students receive additional language training. The fourth and fifth years focus on completing the requirements for the M.B.A. degree.


Degree Requirements

The Department of East Asian Studies offers three concentrations or degree tracks. Each is a separate and distinct course of study leading to the B.A. degree. These are 1) the Major in Chinese Studies, 2) the Interdisciplinary Major in East Asian Studies, and 3) the Interdisciplinary Major in Japanese Studies. Requirements for these programs are as follows:


Major in Chinese Studies

One Introductory course-100 level:
(choose 1 from the following)

A Eas 103; A Eac 170

Language:  (the following are required)

A Eac 201, A Eac 202, A Eac 301, A Eac 302

Three intermediate prerequisites: (choose 3 from the following) A Eas 255, A Eas 205; A Eac 210, A Eac 211, A Eac 212, A Eac 280, A Eac 281, A Eac 379, A Eac 380

One 300-level Seminar:  (choose 1 of the following) A Eac 390, A Eac 395, A Eac 398; A Eas 392, A Eas 393, A Eas 399

One upper level elective-300 or 400 level:  (choose 1 from the following) Any A Eac 300-level course or A Eas 495


Faculty-Initiated Interdisciplinary Major with a Concentration in East Asian Studies

One introductory course-100 level:  (choose 1 from the following) A Eas 103, A Eas 104; A Eac 170; A Eaj 170; A Eak 170

Language:  (any combination of 10 credits from the following): A Eac 101, A Eac 102, A Eac 201, A Eac 202, A Eac 301, A Eac 302, A Eac 310, A Eac 311; A Eaj 101, A Eaj 102, A Eaj 201, A Eaj 202, A Eaj 301, A Eaj 302, A Eaj 410, A Eaj 411; A Eak 101, A Eak 102, A Eak 201, A Eak 202, A Eak 301, A Eak 302

One Course history requirement:  (choose 1 from the following) A Eaj 384, A Eaj 385; A Eac 379, A Eac 380

Two Intermediate prerequisites:  (choose 2 from the following) A Eas 255, A Eas 261, A Eas 265; A Eac 280, A Eac 281, A Eac 266, A Eac 210, A Eac 211, A Eac 212; A Eaj 210, A Eaj 212; A Eas 205

Two 300-level Seminars:  (choose 2 of the following) A Eas 392, A Eas 393, A Eas 399; A Eac 390, A Eac 395, A Eac 398; A Eaj 396, A Eaj 391; A Eas 394

Two Upper level electives-300 or 400 level:  (choose 2 from the following) Any two A Eas, A Eac, A Eaj and/or A Eak 300 level course or A Eas 495


Faculty Initiated Interdisciplinary Major with a Concentration in Japanese Studies

One Introductory course-100 level:  (choose 1 from the following) A Eas 103, A Eas 104; A Eaj 170; A Eac 170; A Eak 170

Language:  (the following are required) A Eaj 201, A Eaj 202, A Eaj 301, A Eaj 302

Three Intermediate prerequisites:  (Choose 3 from the following) A Eas 255; A Eaj 210, A Eaj 212, A Eaj 384, A Eaj 385; A Eas 261, A Eas 266, A Eas 205

One 300-level Seminar:  (choose 1 of the following) A Eaj 391, A Eaj 396; A Eas 394, A Eas 392, A Eas 393, A Eas 399

One upper level electives-300 or 400 level:  (choose 1 from the following) Any A Eaj 300-level course or A Eas 495


Honors Program in the Three East Asian Studies Majors

Students in the Honors Program are required to complete all requirements for the major in Chinese Studies or the Faculty-Initiated Interdisciplinary Major with a concentration in Japanese Studies or the Faculty-Initiated Interdisciplinary Major with a Concentration in East Asian Studies. Students must also complete the following requirements:

A structured sequence of 12 credits of 200-, 300-, or 400-level courses, drawn from the departmentís regular course offerings. This sequence of courses will be designed to ensure that the student follows a rigorous training and thorough mastery of the discipline.

During the fall semester (preferably of the senior year), students will complete A Eas 495 (3 credits), Colloquium in East Asian Studies (directed readings and conferences involving appropriate members of the faculty, to be offered only when requested by students eligible for the honors program. Six credits of intensive work culminating in a major project (or series of projects). The studentís project must be approved (in writing) by the Department Honors Committee at the outset of the project. The project will be formally evaluated by the Department Honors Committee no later than the mid-term point in the second semester of the senior year. The final version of the project must be submitted by the last day of classes during the second semester of the senior year.

Students may file an application for admission to the honors program in the second semester of their sophomore year or in the junior year. Junior transfers may apply at the time of their admission to the University. To be eligible for admission to the honors program, the student must have declared one of the three majors in the department. The student must also have completed at least 12 credits of course work within that major. In addition, the student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.25, and 3.50 in the major, both of which must be maintained in order to graduate with honors.


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