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Introduction to the Civilizations of East Asia (Japan)

We are no longer admitting high school students to the 2018 Summer Session. Visiting undergraduate students are welcome to apply.

This is a two-course sequence on the civilizations of Japan and China, with emphasis on major transformation of individual identity, community, and nation in these cultures and societies from the Middle Ages to the present.  This sequence focuses on Japan from 1600 to the postwar era and on China from the sixteenth to the twentieth century.  The two courses may be taken separately.  These courses count toward the general education requirement in civilization studies.

Course Code

CRES 10900


HIST 15200
EALC 10900
SOSC 23600




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

James Ketelaar


Session I

Start Date

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  • Students who apply will be admitted using rolling admission and require a $50 application fee. 
  • The Summer Session application deadline is May 1, 2018. Students may apply after this deadline, but will be required to pay an additional $100 rush processing fee.
  • International students who will require a visa to attend, applications will be considered no later than April 9 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 July 7-8.

Cost & Aid

Tuition is $4,400 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.