Chinese Studies

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

Minor

Note: The Asian Studies Major and all of the associated minors have been retired and folded into Global Studies.  We are no longer accepting Chinese Studies declarations.  Please visit the Global Studies website or the Global Studies page on the Berkeley Academic Guide for more information. 

The Group in Asian Studies offers a minor in Chinese Studies. This minor program gives students an introduction to the study of one region of Asia through social science and humanities courses. Students who wish to pursue a major program in Chinese Studies should refer to the major program in Asian Studies: China, in this Guide.

Declaring the Minor

Students must see the undergraduate major adviser in 101 Stephens Hall. It is recommended that you do this either before or, at most, shortly after you decide to pursue a minor.

Other Majors and Minors Offered by the Group in Asian Studies

Asian Studies: Multi-Area (Area 1), Includes all countries and regions of Asia, (Major only)
Asian Studies: China (Area 2) (Major only)
Asian Studies: Japan (Area 3) (Major only)
Japanese Studies (Minor only)
Korean Studies (Minor only)

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Minor Requirements

Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. These programs have set requirements and are noted officially on the transcript in the memoranda section, but are not noted on diplomas.

General Guidelines

  1. All minors must be declared no later than one semester before a student's Expected Graduation Term (EGT). If the semester before EGT is fall or spring, the deadline is the last day of RRR week. If the semester before EGT is summer, the deadline is the final Friday of Summer Sessions. To declare a minor, contact the department advisor for information on requirements, and the declaration process.
  2. All courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements below must be taken for graded credit.
  3. A minimum of three of the upper division courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements must be completed at UC Berkeley.
  4. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.
  5. Courses used to fulfill the minor requirements may be applied toward the Seven-Course Breadth requirement, for Letters & Science students.
  6. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs.
  7. All minor requirements must be completed prior to the last day of finals during the semester in which you plan to graduate. If you cannot finish all courses required for the minor by that time, please see a College of Letters & Science adviser.
  8. All minor requirements must be completed within the unit ceiling. (For further information regarding the unit ceiling, please see the College Requirements tab.)

Requirements

Upper Division
Select five upper division courses focusing on China:
50% or more of each course's content must deal with China, in order to fulfill the minor requirements.
Two language and literature courses (e.g., the Chinese 100 series) may count toward the five courses.
Two of the five courses can be taken abroad as long as course selection is done in consultation with the major adviser.
There are no language requirements for this minor.

Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Faculty

Jinsoo An, Associate Professor. Modern Korean Literature, East Asian Cinema, Korean Film, visual studies .
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Robert Ashmore, Associate Professor. China, lyric poetry, Chinese literature, Chinese culture, poetic theory.
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Weihong Bao, Associate Professor. Film theory and history, media archaeology, critical theory, visual and performance culture, Chinese language cinema, transnational genre cinema, comparative media history and theory.
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Mark L. Blum, Professor. Buddhism, Japan, culture and society, modernization.
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Mark Csikszentmihalyi, Professor. Early China, Confucianism, Taoism, Daoism, Comparative Religion.
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Jacob Dalton, Professor. Religion, ritual, Tibet, Buddhism, Tantra, Dunhuang.
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Yoko Hasegawa, Professor. Pragmatics, syntax, east asian languages and cultures, acoustic phonetics, semantics, sociolinguistics of Japanese, cognitive linguistics.
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+ H. Mack Horton, Professor. Performativity, east asian languages and cultures, classical poetry, diary literature, cultural context, anthology of vernacular poetry, Man'yoshu, poetry and poetics.
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Andrew Jones, Professor. East asian languages and cultures, Chinese popular music, sonic culture, media technology, modern Chinese fiction, children's literature, literary translation.
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Youngmin Kwon, Adjunct Professor. Korean literature.
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Ling Hon Lam, Assistant Professor. Premodern Chinese Drama and Fiction, Women's writing, sex and gender, Media Culture, and Critical Theory.
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Daniel C. O'Neill, Associate Professor. Modern Japanese Literature, East Asian Cinema, Global Modernism, visual studies.
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Lanchih Po, Associate Adjunct Professor.
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Robert Sharf, Professor. East asian languages and cultures, medieval Chinese buddhism, Chan buddhism, Japanese buddhism, Zen buddhism, Tantric buddhism, buddhist art, ritual studies, methodological issues in the study of religion.
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Alan Tansman, Professor. Modern Japanese Literature, literary and cultural theory, aesthetics and politics, Comparative Responses to Violence, literary history.
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Paula Varsano, Associate Professor. Phenomenology, translation, comparative literature, aesthetics, epistemology, classical Chinese poetry and poetics (3rd-11th centuries), traditional Chinese literary theory.
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Sophie Volpp, Associate Professor. East asian languages and cultures, history of performance, gender theory, the history of sexuality, material culture, material objects in late-imperial literature.
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Lecturers

Yasuko Konno Baker, Lecturer. Japanese language.
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Brian Baumann, Lecturer. Mongolian language.
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Weisi Cai, Lecturer. Chinese language.
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Yuriko Caltabiano, Lecturer. Japanese language.
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Damien Donnelly, Lecturer. Chinese language.
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Kayoko Imagawa, Lecturer. Japanese language.
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Wakae Kambara, Lecturer. Japanese language.
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Minsook Kim, Lecturer. Korean language.
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Kijoo Ko, Lecturer. Korean language.
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Meehyei Lee, Lecturer. Korean language.
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Soojin C. Lee, Lecturer. Korean language.
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I-Hao Li, Lecturer. Chinese language.
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Hsin-yu Lin, Lecturer. Chinese language.
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Li Liu, Lecturer. Chinese language.
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Sanjyot Mehendale, Lecturer. Near Eastern studies, Central Asia, Central Asian studies, archaeology and art history.
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Junghee Park, Lecturer. Korean language.
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Chika Shibahara, Lecturer. Japanese language.
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Maki Takata, Lecturer. Japanese language.
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Chen-Hui Tsai, Lecturer. Chinese language.
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John R. Wallace, Lecturer. Japanese language.
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Noriko Komatsu Wallace, Lecturer. Japanese language.
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Chunhong Xie, Lecturer. Chinese language.
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Lihua Zhang, Lecturer. Chinese language.
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Emeritus Faculty

Haruo Aoki, Professor Emeritus.

Cyril Birch, Professor Emeritus.

James E. Bosson, Professor Emeritus.

Hung-Nin Samuel Cheung, Professor Emeritus. East asian languages and cultures, East Asian studies, vernacular Chinese literature and linguistics.
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John C. Jamieson, Professor Emeritus.

Lewis Lancaster, Professor Emeritus. East asian languages and cultures, East Asian studies, east asian buddhism.
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Susan Matisoff, Professor Emeritus. Japanese literature, performing arts and folklore.
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Jeffrey Riegel, Professor Emeritus. East asian languages and cultures, ancient Chinese poetry and prose, early Chinese thought, Confucian classics, paleography, recently-excavated manuscripts.
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Pang-Hsin Ting, Professor Emeritus.

Stephen H. West, Professor Emeritus.

Contact Information

Group in Asian Studies

1995 University Avenue, Suite 510E

Phone: 510-642-0333

asianst@berkeley.edu

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Associate Dean, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences & Chair, Asian Studies

Max Auffhammer

101 Stephens Hall

auffhammer@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Academic Adviser

Dreux Montgomery

101 Stephens Hall

Phone: 510-643-4157

dmontgom@berkeley.edu

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