Asian Studies

The Asian Studies program focuses on a region that is home to fully half of humanity, the world's most populous democracy, and one of the fastest growing economies in the world. The importance of Asia in global, political, and economic systems - and particularly its growing impact on the United States - demands a firm understanding of the history, cultures, politics, religions, and economics of Asian countries. Everyone, regardless of major or profession, will be affected by past, present, and future events and developments in Asia.

Combined with a major in a regular discipline, the Asian studies minor prepares the student for a career in international business or banking, journalism, teaching, the United States government, or in international organizations, or for further studies in graduate or professional school.

It is also possible, instead of pursuing the minor, for a student with at least a 3.0 GPA to create an Individually Designed Major in Asian Studies, Chinese Studies, or some other relevant focus in Asia-related study. For information, please consult the Individually Designed Major catalog section.

AN 0301 Independent Study3 Credits

Students undertake an individualized program of study in consultation with a director from the Asian studies faculty.

AN 0310 Asian Studies Seminar3 Credits

This seminar examines selected topics concerning Asia. This course is taught in conjunction with another 100-300 level course from a rotation of course offerings. Consult the Asian Studies director to identify the conjoined course for a given semester. The seminar concentrates on topics within the parameters of the conjoined course syllabus but adds research emphasis. Students registered for this course must complete a research project, to include 300-level research, in addition to the regular research requirements of the conjoined course, and a 25-50 page term paper in substitution of some portion of the conjoined course requirements, as determined by the instructor. Open to juniors and seniors only.

Asian Studies Electives

Communication
Communication and Culture: East and West
Economics
Environmental Economics
Comparative Economic Systems
Economic Development of Third World Nations
English
Modern China through Fiction and Film
The City and Modern China
History
History of the Indian Subcontinent: Colonialism, Nationalism, and Democracy, c.1857-Today
China from the Classical Time to the 1800s
Modern China: 1800 to Present
The Rise of Modern Japan: 1800 to Present
Gender, Culture, and Representation: Women in China and Japan, 1600 to Present
East Asia in 20th-Century American Wars
Modern Languages and Literatures
Elementary Chinese I
and Elementary Chinese II
Intermediate Chinese I
and Intermediate Chinese II
Advanced Chinese
New Chinese Cinema
China and the West: Stories of Encounter
Elementary Japanese I
and Elementary Japanese II
Intermediate Japanese I
and Intermediate Japanese II
Philosophy
Introduction to Asian Philosophies
Confucianism
Philosophical Daoism and Zen Buddhism
Politics
East Asian Politics
Religious Studies
Exploring Religion: Asian Religions
Hinduism
Buddhism
Tantrism
Buddhist Spirituality
Visual and Performing Arts
Art of Asia
Art of East Asia
Asian Theatre

Director

Li (History)

Program Faculty

Aksan (Economics)
Buss (Economics), Emeritus
Covaci (Visual and Performing Arts)
Davidson (Religious Studies)
Franceschi (Economics)
LoMonaco (Visual and Performing Arts)
Purushotham (History)
Rajan (English)
Xiao (Modern Languages and Literatures)
Zhang (Communication)