About the Program
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)
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.
- All courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements below must be taken for graded credit.
- A minimum of three of the upper division courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements must be completed at UC Berkeley.
- A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.
- Courses used to fulfill the minor requirements may be applied toward the Seven-Course Breadth requirement, for Letters & Science students.
- No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs.
- 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.
- All minor requirements must be completed within the unit ceiling. (For further information regarding the unit ceiling, please see the College Requirements tab.)
|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.
Use this list to choose five upper division courses. Note that this is not an exhaustive list: if you think a course not listed here would count, discuss with major adviser.
|ASIANST 150||Special Topics||4|
|BUDDSTD C116||Buddhism in China||4|
|BUDDSTD C140||Readings in Chinese Buddhist Texts||4|
|CHINESE 100A||Advanced Chinese||5|
|CHINESE 100B||Advanced Chinese||5|
|CHINESE 100XA||Advanced Chinese for Mandarin Speakers||4|
|CHINESE 100XB||Advanced Chinese for Mandarin Speakers||4|
|CHINESE 100YA||Advanced Chinese for Dialect Speakers||5|
|CHINESE 100YB||Advanced Chinese for Dialect Speakers||5|
|CHINESE 101||Fourth-Year Chinese Readings: Literature||4|
|CHINESE 102||Fourth-Year Chinese Readings: Social Sciences and History||4|
|CHINESE 110||Introduction to Literary Chinese||8|
|CHINESE 110A||Introduction to Literary Chinese||4|
|CHINESE 110B||Introduction to Literary Chinese||4|
|CHINESE 111||Fifth-Year Readings: Reading and Analysis of Advanced Chinese Texts||4|
|CHINESE 112||Fifth-Year Readings: Chinese for Research and Professional Use||4|
|CHINESE C116||Buddhism in China||4|
|CHINESE 120||Ancient Chinese Prose||4|
|CHINESE 122||Ancient Chinese Poetry||4|
|CHINESE 130||Topics in Daoism||4|
|CHINESE 134||Readings in Classical Chinese Poetry||4|
|CHINESE 136||Readings in Medieval Prose||4|
|CHINESE C140||Readings in Chinese Buddhist Texts||4|
|CHINESE 153||Reading Taiwan||4|
|CHINESE 155||Readings in Vernacular Chinese Literature||4|
|CHINESE 156||Modern Chinese Literature||4|
|CHINESE 157||Contemporary Chinese Literature||4|
|CHINESE 158||Reading Chinese Cities||4|
|CHINESE 159||Cities and the Country||4|
|CHINESE 161||Structure of the Chinese Language||4|
|CHINESE 165||History of the Chinese Language||4|
|CHINESE 172||Contemporary Chinese Language Cinema||4|
|CHINESE 176||Bad Emperors: Fantasies of Sovereignty and Transgression in the Chinese Tradition||4|
|CHINESE 178||Traditional Chinese Drama||4|
|CHINESE 179||Exploring Premodern Chinese Novels||4|
|CHINESE 180||The Story of the Stone||4|
|CHINESE C184||Course Not Available||4|
|CHINESE 186||Confucius and His Interpreters||4|
|CHINESE 187||Literature and Media Culture in Taiwan||4|
|CHINESE 188||Popular Media in Modern China||4|
|CHINESE 189||Chinese Landscapes: Space, Place, and Travel||4|
|EA LANG 109||History of the Culture of Tea in China and Japan||4|
|ECON 162||The Chinese Economy||3|
|FILM 108||Special Topics in Film Genre||4|
|GEOG 164||The Geography of Economic Development in China||4|
|HISTART 130A||Early Chinese Art, Part I||4|
|HISTART 131A||Sacred Arts in China||4|
|HISTART 131B||The Classical Painting Tradition in China||4|
|HISTART 131C||Art and Propaganda in Modern China||4|
|HISTORY 100F||Special Topics in Asian History||4|
|HISTORY 103F||Proseminar: Problems in Interpretation in the Several Fields of History: Asia||4|
|HISTORY 116A||Course Not Available||4|
|HISTORY 116B||China: Two Golden Ages: China During the Tang and Song Dynasties||4|
|HISTORY 116C||China: Modern China||4|
|HISTORY 116D||China: Twentieth-Century China||4|
|HISTORY 116G||Imperial China and the World||4|
|HISTORY 117A||Topics in Chinese History: Chinese Popular Culture||4|
|HISTORY 117D||Topics in Chinese History: The Chinese Body: Gender and Sex, Health, and Medicine||4|
|LEGALST 161||Law in Chinese Society||4|
|LEGALST 190||Seminar on Topics in Law and Society||1-4|
|POL SCI 128||Chinese Foreign Policy||4|
|POL SCI 128A||Chinese Foreign Policy||4|
|POL SCI 143C||Chinese Politics||4|
|POL SCI 143T||Chinese Politics and Society||4|
Faculty and Instructors
+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.
Jinsoo An, Associate Professor. Modern Korean Literature, East Asian Cinema, Korean Film, visual studies.
Robert Ashmore, Associate Professor. China, lyric poetry, Chinese literature, Chinese culture, poetic theory.
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.
Mark L. Blum, Professor. Buddhism, Japan, culture and society, modernization.
Mark Csikszentmihalyi, Professor. Early China, Confucianism, Taoism, Daoism, Comparative Religion.
Jacob Dalton, Professor. Religion, ritual, Tibet, Buddhism, Tantra, Dunhuang.
Yoko Hasegawa, Professor. Pragmatics, syntax, east asian languages and cultures, acoustic phonetics, semantics, sociolinguistics of Japanese, cognitive linguistics.
+ 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.
Andrew Jones, Professor. East asian languages and cultures, Chinese popular music, sonic culture, media technology, modern Chinese fiction, children's literature, literary translation.
Youngmin Kwon, Adjunct Professor. Korean literature.
Ling Hon Lam, Assistant Professor. Premodern Chinese Drama and Fiction, Women's writing, sex and gender, Media Culture, and Critical Theory.
Daniel C. O'Neill, Associate Professor. Modern Japanese Literature, East Asian Cinema, Global Modernism, visual studies.
Lanchih Po, Associate Adjunct Professor.
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.
Alan Tansman, Professor. Modern Japanese Literature, literary and cultural theory, aesthetics and politics, Comparative Responses to Violence, literary history.
Paula Varsano, Associate Professor. Phenomenology, translation, comparative literature, aesthetics, epistemology, classical Chinese poetry and poetics (3rd-11th centuries), traditional Chinese literary theory.
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.
Yasuko Konno Baker, Lecturer. Japanese language.
Brian Baumann, Lecturer. Mongolian language.
Weisi Cai, Lecturer. Chinese language.
Yuriko Caltabiano, Lecturer. Japanese language.
Damien Donnelly, Lecturer. Chinese language.
Kayoko Imagawa, Lecturer. Japanese language.
Wakae Kambara, Lecturer. Japanese language.
Minsook Kim, Lecturer. Korean language.
Kijoo Ko, Lecturer. Korean language.
Meehyei Lee, Lecturer. Korean language.
Soojin C. Lee, Lecturer. Korean language.
I-Hao Li, Lecturer. Chinese language.
Hsin-yu Lin, Lecturer. Chinese language.
Li Liu, Lecturer. Chinese language.
Sanjyot Mehendale, Lecturer. Near Eastern studies, Central Asia, Central Asian studies, archaeology and art history.
Junghee Park, Lecturer. Korean language.
Chika Shibahara, Lecturer. Japanese language.
Maki Takata, Lecturer. Japanese language.
Chen-Hui Tsai, Lecturer. Chinese language.
John R. Wallace, Lecturer. Japanese language.
Noriko Komatsu Wallace, Lecturer. Japanese language.
Chunhong Xie, Lecturer. Chinese language.
Lihua Zhang, Lecturer. Chinese language.
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.
John C. Jamieson, Professor Emeritus.
Lewis Lancaster, Professor Emeritus. East asian languages and cultures, East Asian studies, east asian buddhism.
Susan Matisoff, Professor Emeritus. Japanese literature, performing arts and folklore.
Jeffrey Riegel, Professor Emeritus. East asian languages and cultures, ancient Chinese poetry and prose, early Chinese thought, Confucian classics, paleography, recently-excavated manuscripts.
Pang-Hsin Ting, Professor Emeritus.
Stephen H. West, Professor Emeritus.
Group in Asian Studies
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