Chinese Studies

University of California, Berkeley

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)

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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 courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements below must be taken for graded credit.
  2. A minimum of three of the upper division courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements must be completed at UC Berkeley.
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.
  4. Courses used to fulfill the minor requirements may be applied toward the Seven-Course Breadth requirement, for Letters & Science students.
  5. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs.
  6. 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.
  7. All minor requirements must be completed within the unit ceiling. (For further information regarding the unit ceiling, please see the College Requirements tab.)


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.


Chinese Studies

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.

ANTHRO 170China4
ASIANST 150Special Topics4
BUDDSTD C116Buddhism in China4
BUDDSTD C140Readings in Chinese Buddhist Texts4
CHINESE 100AAdvanced Chinese5
CHINESE 100BAdvanced Chinese5
CHINESE 100XAAdvanced Chinese for Mandarin Speakers4
CHINESE 100XBAdvanced Chinese for Mandarin Speakers4
CHINESE 100YAAdvanced Chinese for Dialect Speakers5
CHINESE 100YBAdvanced Chinese for Dialect Speakers5
CHINESE 101Fourth-Year Chinese Readings: Literature4
CHINESE 102Fourth-Year Chinese Readings: Social Sciences and History4
CHINESE 110Introduction to Literary Chinese8
CHINESE 110AIntroduction to Literary Chinese4
CHINESE 110BIntroduction to Literary Chinese4
CHINESE 111Fifth-Year Readings: Reading and Analysis of Advanced Chinese Texts4
CHINESE 112Fifth-Year Readings: Chinese for Research and Professional Use4
CHINESE C116Buddhism in China4
CHINESE 120Ancient Chinese Prose4
CHINESE 122Ancient Chinese Poetry4
CHINESE 130Topics in Daoism4
CHINESE 134Readings in Classical Chinese Poetry4
CHINESE 136Readings in Medieval Prose4
CHINESE C140Readings in Chinese Buddhist Texts4
CHINESE 153Reading Taiwan4
CHINESE 155Readings in Vernacular Chinese Literature4
CHINESE 156Modern Chinese Literature4
CHINESE 157Contemporary Chinese Literature4
CHINESE 158Reading Chinese Cities4
CHINESE 159Cities and the Country4
CHINESE 161Structure of the Chinese Language4
CHINESE 165History of the Chinese Language4
CHINESE 172Contemporary Chinese Language Cinema4
CHINESE 176Bad Emperors: Fantasies of Sovereignty and Transgression in the Chinese Tradition4
CHINESE 178Traditional Chinese Drama4
CHINESE 179Exploring Premodern Chinese Novels4
CHINESE 180The Story of the Stone4
CHINESE C184Course Not Available4
CHINESE 186Confucius and His Interpreters4
CHINESE 187Literature and Media Culture in Taiwan4
CHINESE 188Popular Media in Modern China4
CHINESE 189Chinese Landscapes: Space, Place, and Travel4
EA LANG 109History of the Culture of Tea in China and Japan4
ECON 162The Chinese Economy3
FILM 108Special Topics in Film Genre4
GEOG 164The Geography of Economic Development in China4
HISTART 130AEarly Chinese Art, Part I4
HISTART 131ASacred Arts in China4
HISTART 131BThe Classical Painting Tradition in China4
HISTART 131CArt and Propaganda in Modern China4
HISTORY 100FSpecial Topics in Asian History4
HISTORY 103FProseminar: Problems in Interpretation in the Several Fields of History: Asia4
HISTORY 116ACourse Not Available4
HISTORY 116BChina: Two Golden Ages: China During the Tang and Song Dynasties4
HISTORY 116CChina: Modern China4
HISTORY 116DChina: Twentieth-Century China4
HISTORY 116GImperial China and the World4
HISTORY 117ATopics in Chinese History: Chinese Popular Culture4
HISTORY 117DTopics in Chinese History: The Chinese Body: Gender and Sex, Health, and Medicine4
LEGALST 161Law in Chinese Society4
LEGALST 190Seminar on Topics in Law and Society1-4
POL SCI 128Chinese Foreign Policy4
POL SCI 128AChinese Foreign Policy4
POL SCI 143CChinese Politics4
POL SCI 143TChinese Politics and Society4

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.
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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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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

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Associate Dean, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences & Chair, Asian Studies

Max Auffhammer

101 Stephens Hall

Undergraduate Academic Adviser

Dreux Montgomery

101 Stephens Hall

Phone: 510-643-4157

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