Every semester, Duke offers a variety of courses focused on East Asia in multiple academic disciplines. These courses can be used to meet minor, major, certificate, and/or degree requirements. Duke students are also eligible to enroll in classes at the University of North Carolina. Details on receiving credit can be found on the Registrar's website.  

An EAS MA student who wishes to take an undergraduate-level course must meet with the DGS and gain approval. Students must fill out the Permission to Enroll in A Course Below the 500 Level Form and submit it to The Graduate School before 5:00 p.m. two business days before the last day of the drop/add period. As of Summer 2018, undergraduate courses will not be applicable towards the requirements for a graduate degree (courses previously approved under prior policy will still be accepted towards degree requirements).

If a desired course is not listed as an East Asia course, EAS MA students can petition the DGS to count the course toward the degree requirement if at least 1/3 of the graded work (such as exams, weekly writing assignments, and mid-term or final papers) is on East Asia. Students must fill out the Request to Take Unlisted East Asian Courses Form and submit it to the DGSA before 5:00 p.m. two business days before the last day of the drop/add period.

Course descriptions and schedules for current and prospective students are available at DukeHub.

Click here for current gateway and capstone courses for the Undergraduate Certificate.

East Asian Studies Courses, Spring 2022

Asian & Middle Eastern Studies

Course # Title Instructor Cross-listing
AMES 107 Intro to East Asian Cultures Eileen Chow ICS 144
AMES 161 Japanese Cinema William Carroll CINE 255, LIT 213, VMS 232
AMES 439 Queer China Carlos Rojas CULANTH 439, GSF 439, LIT, 439, VMS 439
AMES 456S Chinese Culture and Ideology Kang Liu POLSCI 456S
AMES 511 Documentary/East Asian Culture Guo-juin Hong, William Carroll DOCST 511, ICS 513
AMES 539S Queer China Carlos Rojas CULANTH 539S, GSF 539S, LIT 539S, RIGHTS 539S, VMS 539S
AMES 605 East Asian Cultural Studies Leo Ching CULANTH 605, ICS 605, LIT 571

Art History

Course # Title Instructor Cross-listing
ARTHIST 432S From the Art of the Pleasure Quarters to Tokyo Pop  Gennifer Weisenfeld VMS 432S
ARTHIST 566S Imaging a Nation: Japanese Visual Culture 1868-1945  Gennifer Weisenfeld VMS 523S
ARTHIST 588S Sculpture Europe to China Stanley Abe VMS 588S


Course # Title Instructor Cross-listing
CHINESE 101 First-Year Chinese I Departmental Staff  
CHINESE 102 First-Year Chinese II Departmental Staff  
CHINESE 131 First-Year Chinese Bilingual Learners    
CHINESE 203 Intermediate Chinese I Yan Liu, Ya-Chuan Chou  
CHINESE 204 Intermediate Chinese II Chi-Ju Hsieh, Jia Yan  
CHINESE 205 Intermediate-Mid Chinese  Chi-Ju Hsieh, Jia Yan  
CHINESE 232 Intermediate Chinese for Bilingual Learners Carolyn Lee AMES 271T
CHINESE 306 Advanced Chinese II Shu Ting Hsu  
CHINESE 321S Business/Interculture in China Shu Ting Hsu  
CHINESE 333 Advanced Chinese for Bilingual Learners  Tianshu He  
CHINESE 408S Issues in Chinese Language & Society Yan Liu  
CHINESE 791 Independent Study  Departmental Staff  

Cultural Anthropology

Course # Title Instructor Cross-listing
**CULANTH 195 Comparative Approaches to Global Issues Jessica Namakkal HIST 103; SOCIOL 195
**CULANTH 210 Global Culture Engseng Ho AMES 210; VMS 247
CULANTH 890S Precarity and Affect Anne Allison  


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EAS 508 Chinese Science & Technology Policy & Innovation Denis Simon TBA


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Course # Title Instructor Cross-listing
ECON 379 Emerging Markets: Finance, Trade, Institutions andthe World Economy Giovanni Zanalda ICS 379


Course # Title Instructor Cross-listing
HISTORY 162S Gateway Seminar: Asia Global History Sucheta Mazumdar  
HISTORY 198  Intro to Asian American History Calvin Cheung-Miaw AADS 198, HISTORY 198
**HISTORY 201 Globalization And History Giovanni Zanalda PUBPOL 236
**HISTORY 216S Between Moscow, Beijing, Delhi Mustafa Tuna  
HISTORY 227 Emergence of Modern Japan Linda Ehrlich AMES 169
**HISTORY 548S Global History of Medicine Nicole Barnes GSF 584; GLHLTH 548


Course # Title Instructor Cross-listing
JPN 102 Elementary Japanese Naoko Kurokawa  
JPN 204 Intermediate Japanese Azusa Saito  
JPN 306 Advanced Japanese Azusa Saito  
JPN 407S Issues in Japanese Lang/Soc I Yunchuan Chen AMES 390S
JPN 791 Independent Study Departmental Staff  


Course # Title Instructor Cross-listing
KOREAN 102 Elementary Korean Barohny Eun  
KOREAN 204 Intermediate Korean Eunyoung Kim  
KOREAN 306S Advanced Korean Eunyoung Kim  
KOREAN 408S Issues in Korean Lang/Soc II Hae-Young Kim  
KOREAN 791 Independent Study Departmental Staff  


Course # Title Instructor Cross-listing
**LINGUIST 202 Languages of the World Dominika Baran  
**LINGUIST 471S Language and Politics Gareth Price SOCIOL 471S; SES 484S


Course # Title Instructor Cross-listing
**LIT 302S Hashtags, Memes, Digital Tribes Negar Mottahedeh ISS 302S; GSF 320S; VMS 349S; AME
**LIT 380 Marxism and Society Michael Hardt  CULANTH 203, EDUC 239, POLSCI 371, SOCIOL 339
LIT 490S Special Topics: China as World Picture Rey Chow AMES 490S, ICS 490S, VMS 490S


Course # Title Instructor Cross-listing
**MUSIC 190S Special Topics: Sound, Music and Death Yun Wang CULANTH 190S
MUSIC 210 Chinese Music Ensemble Jennifer Chang, Hsiao-Mei Ku AMES 145
**MUSIC 290S Ethnomusicology: Sound, Music and Gender Yun Wang GSF 290S, CULANTH 290S


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Political Science

Course # Title Instructor Cross-listing
POLSCI 590-2 Intermediate Topics: The Ladder of Success in Chinese Politics Melanie Manion  

Public Policy

Course # Title Instructor Cross-listing
**PUBPOL 790-04 Special Topics in International Development Policy:
Global Chains
Gary Gereffi, Lukas Brun  


Course # Title Instructor Cross-listing
**RELIGION 120 Buddhism Yasmine Singh AMES 114
RELIGION 780 American Foreign Missions and Chinese Christianity Xi Lian WXTIAN 813
**RELIGION 818 Pioneers in Western Christianity Xi Lian WXTIAN 818

Slavic & Eurasian Studies

Course # Title Instructor Cross-listing
**SES 373S Between Moscow, Beijing and Delhi: Narratives of
Europe and Asia
Mustafa O Tuna ICS 373S; HISTORY 216S


Course # Title Instructor Cross-listing
**SOCIOL 344 Technology and Organizational Environments Bai Gao  
**SOCIOL 345 National, Regional, & Global Economy Mary Hovsepian  


Course # Title Instructor Cross-listing
THEATRST 233 Dance/Dance Theater of Asia Purnimah Shah AMES 246, DANCE 356, ICS 243, RELIGION 241

** = All assignments must be done on East Asia to be applied to the MA in East Asian Studies or the Undergraduate or Graduate Certificate in East Asian Studies

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