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. Students seeking to conduct an Independent Study with an APSI faculty member should complete the Application for Research Independent Study in East Asian Studies in order to register for EAS 791; instructor and DGS approval are required.  

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, Fall 2023

Asian & Middle Eastern Studies

Course # Title Instructor Cross-listing
AMES 129 Masters of Chinese Cinema  Guo-Juin Hong CINE 250, LIT 214, VMS 235
AMES 146 Korean Pop Music (K-Pop) Jung Min Lee MUSIC 148
AMES 165S The World of Japanese Pop Culture  Staff CULANTH 365S
AMES 171 The World of Korean Cinema Staff CINE 256, CULANTH 255, LIT 212, VMS 234
AMES 195S Rethinking Asia and Me Carlos Rojas  
AMES 308S Bilingualism Hae-Young Kim LINGUIST 308S
AMES 335 Chinatowns: A Cultural History  Eileen Chow HISTORY 228, ICS 336, AADS 335
AMES 390S Special Topics  Linshan Jiang   
AMES 435 Chinese Media and Pop Culture Kang Liu ISS 435, POLSCI 435
AMES 609S Transpacific Asia/America Aimee Kwon AADS 609, CULANTH 609, ICS 609, GSF 609, CINE 609
AMES 631 National Cinemas Guo-Juin Hong CINE 632, LIT 632, VMS 632
AMES 790S Special Topics in Critical Asian Humanities Methodologies Carlos Rojas  

Asian american and diaspora Studies 

Course # Title Instructor Cross-listing
AADS 198 Intro to Asian American History Calvin Cheung-Miaw History 198
AADS 242S Race, Gender, and Sexuality Anna Storti SXL 264S  
AADS 382S Intimacies Anna Storti GSF 382S

Art History

Course # Title Instructor Cross-listing
ARTHIST 378 Chinese Buddhist Art Stan Abe VMS 378
ARTHIST 778 Chinese Buddhist Art Stan Abe  


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 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 331D Modern Chinese Media    
CHINESE 333 Advanced Chinese for Bilingual Learners  Tianshu He  
CHINESE 408S Issues in Chinese Language & Society Yan Liu  
CHINESE 450S Understanding China & the US Yan Liu  
CHINESE 791 Independent Study  Departmental Staff  

Cultural Anthropology

Course # Title Instructor Cross-listing
CULANTH 130 Anthropology and Film Ralph Litzinger  
CULANTH 190S Special Topics: China Meets Africa Boyang Ma AMES 190S, ICS 190S, AAAS 190S
CULANTH 278* Sec/Gender - Nature/Nurture Ara Wilson, Christina Williams GSF 278, SXL 278


Course # Title Instructor Cross-listing
EAS 700 East Asian Studies Core Course: Fields and Methods Eileen Chow  RELIGION 700, HISTORY 707
EAS 791 Independent Study  Staff  


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ECON 390* Special Topics: Space Economics Giovanna Zanalda  
ECON 825* Industrial Organization Allan Collard-Wexler, Daniel Xu


Course # Title Instructor Cross-listing
HISTORY 111 History of Global Health Nicole Barnes  
HISTORY 226 Anicent and Early Modern Japan Staff AMES 167
HISTORY 512S Travel Japan Simon Partner AMES 512S, EAS 512S
HISTORY 548S Global History of Medicine Nicole Barnes GSF 584S


Course # Title Instructor Cross-listing
JPN 102 Elementary Japanese NaokoKurokawa  
JPN 204 Intermediate Japanese Azusa Saito  
JPN 306 Advanced Japanese Azusa Saito  
JPN 791 Independent Study Departmental Staff  


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


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Course # Title Instructor Cross-listing
LINGUIST 125FS* Languages, Margins, Borders: Representations, Practices, and Policies Gareth O Price SOCIOL 125FS, ICS 125FS
LINGUIST 201-02* Intro to Linguistics Gareth O Price CULANTH 201


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Course # Title Instructor Cross-listing
MUSIC 210 Chinese Music Ensemble Jennifer Chang AMES 145


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PHIL 263 Chinese Philosophy David Wong AMES 275

Political Science

Course # Title Instructor Cross-listing
POLSCI 317 Global Corruption Melanie Manion  
POLSCI 321 International Law and International Institutions Joseph Grieco ICS 324
POLSCI 721 Authoritarian Institutions  Edmund Malesky  

Public Policy

Course # Title Instructor Cross-listing
PUBPOL 840S* Introductory Demographic Measures and Concepts  Giovanna Merli GLHLTH 761S


Course # Title Instructor Cross-listing
RELIGION 267 Spiritual but not Religious  Anna Sun AMES 267
RELIGION 780 Anerican Missions/Chinese Xianity Xi Lian  

Slavic & Eurasian Studies

Course # Title Instructor Cross-listing
SES 388S Illiberal Nondemocracies Mustafa O Tuna HISTORY 331S, ICS 346S, POLSCI 301S, PUBPOL 317S


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* = 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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