Additional Information on CEAS Core Requirements

(For basic information on the CEAS major, see here.)

Proseminar. The Proseminar introduces majors to the range of the fields and methodologies that comprise East Asian Studies at Wesleyan. The material will be organized into several disciplinary and area modules, each contributing to a central theme; themes change from year to year.

Students who petition to join the CEAS major after their canonical year to take the Proseminar must still enroll in the Proseminar in a subsequent year. 

Traditional History/Culture requirements. These two courses are required in order to ensure that each CEAS major is firmly anchored in the classical texts and key events that shaped the development of East Asian cultures before the 19th century.

Please note that it does not matter which crosslisting you choose for a given course (e.g., PHIL205 or CEAS261).

For 2016-17, the following courses count toward the traditional Japan requirement:


  • 210 From Tea to Connecticut Rolls: Defining Japanese Culture through Food
  • 242 Buddhism: An Introduction
  • In Search of the Good Life in Premodern Japan


  • 288 Arts of Zen in East Asia
  • HIST 180 Introduction to History: Introduction to Japanese History

For 2016-17, the following courses count toward the traditional China requirement:


  • 167 Goddesses and Heroines: Images of Women in the Art of China and Taiwan
  • 225 Introduction to Chinese Poetry
  • 242 Buddhism: An Introduction
  • 247 Art of Dissidents and Recluses: Chinese Literati Painting and Calligraphy


  • 166 Understanding the Arts of Imperial China: Content and Methods
  • 213 The Chinese Canon and its Afterlife
  • 223 History of Traditional China
  • 288 Arts of Zen in East Asia

CEAS 203 Faces of Korea can be substituted for either a traditional Japan or traditional China course to fulfill one of the traditional course requirements.