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Introduction to the Civilizations of East Asia (China)

This is a two-course sequence on the civilizations of Japan and China. This China sequence will review the broad characteristics of Chinese civilization from the beginnings to the present, with special emphasis the social, political and cultural transformations from the nineteenth century to the present.  The Japan course will emphasize the major transformation of individual identity, community, and nation in these cultures and societies from the Middle Ages to the present. The two courses may be taken separately. These courses count toward the general education requirement in civilization studies.

Course Code

CRES 10800


HIST 15100
EALC 10800
SOSC 23500




High School Students
UChicago Undergraduates
Visiting Undergraduates


Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies
East Asian Languages & Civilizations
Social Sciences

Class Day(s)

Mon Wed Fri

Class Start Time


Class End Time


Primary Instructor

Guy Alitto


Session I

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  • Eligibility: current high school sophomores and juniors, 14 years and older (unless clearly stated otherwise); current College undergraduate students; and visiting undergraduate students.
  • The Priority application deadline is February 2. Students who apply by the Priority application deadline will have their $50 application fee waived. Any applications received after the Priority deadline will be admitted using rolling admission and will require a $50 application fee. 
  • International students who will require a visa to attend, applications will be considered no later than April 2 in order to allow enough time to complete the visa application process.
  • Rolling admissions: courses fill quickly, so submit your complete application as soon as possible.

Additional Details

  • Orientation for high school students is June 16-17.

Cost & Aid

Tuition is $4,085 per course. (Full-time registration is two courses taken during the same session.)
Additional fees apply; housing and dining costs not included.

Complete Cost & Aid Information (including housing and other fees) for high school students can be found here.
Complete Cost & Aid Information (including housing and other fees) for undergraduates can be found here.