The East Asian Studies Program serves as a focal point for academic courses leading to an interdisciplinary major and minor in East Asian Studies. Intended to deepen students’ knowledge and understanding of this important world region, the East Asian Studies Program also brings greater international awareness to the campus and community by sponsoring guest lectures, cultural performances, high school outreach, film series, study tours, and special events related to East Asia. For further information about East Asian Studies at John Carroll University, please contact the program via email at or visit its website at

The East Asian Studies Program is coordinated by the East Asian Studies Advisory Committee, faculty members of which are appointed for limited terms by the appropriate dean. As of the printing of this Bulletin, members include:

Program Director (Summer 2009-Summer 2013)

  • Pamela A. Mason, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science

Committee Members:

  • Zhenping Shao (2011-2012), Confucius Classroom Instructor in Chinese
  • Yuh-Cherng Chai, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Yan Gao, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Management
  • Peter Kvidera, Ph.D., Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, and Associate Professor of English
  • Bo Liu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Art History and Humanities
  • Susan Orpett Long, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology
  • Jennifer K. McWeeny, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • Keiko Nakano, M.A., Visiting Instructor in Japanese
  • Thomas R. Nevin, Ph.D., Professor of Classical Studies
  • Paul K. Nietupski, Professor of Religious Studies
  • Martha Pereszlenyi-Pinter, Ph.D. (ex officio), Chair, Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures, and Associate Professor of French
  • Roger W. Purdy, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History
  • Andreas Sobisch, Ph.D. (ex officio), Director, Center for Global Education
  • Jie Zhang, M.A., Associate Librarian

Major and Minor Requirements

East Asian Studies Major: 
36 creditsThe East Asian Studies (EAS) major offers a flexible course of study leading to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) that can help prepare students for graduate and professional study and careers in business, government, education, the arts, medicine, the sciences, including computer science, and law, among other areas. The EAS major can be combined with a second major or minor from another discipline.

Students majoring in EAS complete at least 36 credits (twelve courses) in EAS-approved course work from across the University curriculum, including foundational language training, course work that examines East Asia as a region, and more intensive and/or specialized studies. Distribution of courses in the EAS major is as follows:

  1. Four courses in Chinese or Japanese language. Normally these include the 100-200 level sequence of language courses.
  2. Eight additional EAS-approved courses in at least three different disciplines, including:
    1. One course that examines an aspect of East Asia as a region (normally, but not always, at the 100-200 level) or that examines a country in East Asia other than the country whose language the student is studying.
    2. Three courses at the 300-400 level, including any language courses beyond the four courses required above.
    3. One 400-level capstone course. The capstone may involve a traditional research paper, internship, or some other structured project that ties together the student’s EAS coursework and reflects upon the student’s experience in the EAS major. The capstone encourages students who are double majors to synthesize and reflect upon both courses of study.

East Asian Studies Minor: 24 credits

Students in any major may pursue the East Asian Studies minor in order to deepen their understanding of this important world region. Students in the minor choose either the Language Track, which emphasizes Chinese or Japanese language, or theInterdisciplinary Track, which provides a broader interdisciplinary approach to the study of East Asia, including one year of Chinese or Japanese language.

The EAS minor consists of 24 credits, normally eight courses, distributed as follows:

  1. 1. Language Track:
    1. Six courses in Chinese or Japanese language.
    2. Two additional EAS-approved courses in two different disciplines.

2. Interdisciplinary Track:

  1. Two courses in Chinese or Japanese language, normally the introductory course sequence.
  2. One course that examines an aspect of East Asia as a region, normally but not always at the 100-200 level.
  3. c. Five additional EAS-approved courses in at least three different departments.

Study Abroad and Exchange

EAS students are strongly encouraged to participate in short-term, semester, or year-long study abroad programs, especially ones that include language study, in East Asian countries.

In China, our students take part in year-long, semester, and summer programs at the Jesuit consortium Beijing Center for Chinese Studies, of which John Carroll University is a founding member.

In Japan, our students can choose between year-long or summer exchange programs offered by Sophia University in Tokyo or Nanzan University in Nagoya, or semester-long study abroad at Kansai-Gaidai University, near Osaka.

Detailed and up-to-date information about John Carroll University study opportunities in China and Japan can be found on the EAS website:

Up-to-date information about additional study abroad and exchange opportunities in East Asian countries, including South Korea, Vietnam, and Thailand, is available through the Center for Global Education at The Center for Global Education also maintains current information on costs related to study abroad and exchange.

East Asian Language Courses at John Carroll University

JP 101-102 Basic Japanese

JP 201-202 Intermediate Japanese

JP 301-302 Advanced Japanese

JP 398-498 Supervised Study and Advanced Supervised Study

CN 101-102 Basic Chinese

CN 201-202 Intermediate Chinese

CN 301-302 Advanced Chinese

CN 398-498 Supervised and Advanced Supervised Study

Select East Asian Studies-Approved Courses

Note: Not all of the following EAS-approved courses are taught every semester. Course availability and offerings vary from semester to semester and year to year. For complete and up-to-date listings of EAS-approved courses, go to the EAS website,, or the class schedule published by the Registrar’s Office. Course descriptions can be found in the course listings of their respective departments in this Bulletin.

Students may petition for relevant courses taken during East Asian study abroad/exchange to count toward the EAS major. Documentation, including course description and detailed syllabus, is required for such petition.

Courses in any discipline that contain significant East Asian content may be counted toward the EAS major, at the discretion of the EAS director. Students must formally petition the EAS director for permission to count such courses toward the EAS major. Documentation, including course description and detailed syllabus, is required for such petition. These courses are denoted with an asterisk(*) below.

AH 101 (Dr. Liu)AH 211AH 313

AH 314


CO 343

CO 390*


EC 342*

EC 343*

EC 352*


EN 285*

EN 288


FN 349*

HS 180HS 279HS 280

HS 283

HS 381

HS 382

HS 452

HS 453

HS 456


IC 220


MK 361


MN 361


PL 298 (Dr. McWeeny)

PO 102 (Dr. Mason)PO 242/342PO 243/343


RL 252

RL 351

RL 353

RL 354


SC 151

SC 250

SC 253

SC 254

SC 356

SC 390

Special Study Programs: Each year, the East Asian Studies Program sponsors a special interdisciplinary study program that incorporates a study tour to East Asia. Current programs include:

  • Even-numbered years: Japanese Society and Culture
  • Odd-numbered years: China in Transition

These special study programs typically carry 3-6 credits at the 300 level and are cross-listed in the departments of participating faculty. Program emphasis and details change from year to year. For complete and up-to-date information on special study programs and study tours, contact and visit the EAS website at

East Asian Studies (EA) Courses:

199. PRESENTATIONS ON EAST ASIA 1 cr. Further development of a paper or project completed for an EAS course or study abroad experience and intended for presentation at John Carroll’s annual Celebration of Scholarship or other appropriate forum. Pass/Fail.

298. SPECIAL TOPICS IN EAST ASIAN STUDIES 1-3 cr. Course topic will be listed in the semester class schedule.

299A. INDEPENDENT STUDY 1 cr. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Directed reading or individual research.

299B. INDEPENDENT STUDY 2 cr. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Directed reading or individual research.

299C. INDEPENDENT STUDY 3 cr. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Directed reading or individual research.

398. SPECIAL TOPICS: CHINA 3-6 cr. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Typically includes faculty-led, short-term study tour, at additional cost to students. Since topics vary, students may register for more than one semester with the consent of their academic advisor. Depending on course content, students may petition for appropriate Core credit.

490. CAPSTONE COURSE IN EAST ASIAN STUDIES 3 cr. Prerequisite: senior standing and permission of EAS director. A project that ties together the student’s EAS course work and reflects upon the student’s experience in the EAS major. Required to complete the major.