Asian Studies Program (ASIA)

The program in Asian Studies provides students the opportunity to explore cultures and traditions in Asia, especially the regions of East, Himalayan, South, and Southeast Asia. The program’s interdisciplinary curriculum builds upon strengths in various fields of study to offer diverse avenues of inquiry and investigative methods relevant to Asia. Specifically, students in the Asian Studies Program are encouraged to pursue interests across several disciplines, such as Anthropology, Art History, Government, History, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Religion, and Anthropology.

The program in Asian Studies is not a major.  Courses applied toward requirements for this program may also be counted toward requirements that will satisfy other programs, majors, or minors.  Successful completion of the program will be noted on the transcript and on the program for commencement exercises.

Students pursuing the program in Asian Studies may NOT also minor in Chinese Studies.

Coordinator

David S. Efurd

Subject to the approval of the Asian Studies Coordinator, coursework relevant to the Asian Studies program taken with an approved Study Abroad program in East, Himalayan, South, or Southeast Asia may apply to the program requirements.  The Asian Studies program offers two tracks, the culture track and the language and culture track.  Both tracks require a minimum of 18 credit hours.

Requirements for the Program in Asian Studies, Culture Track

Group A, Chinese Culture6
Art of China
Chinese Culture Through Film
Intercultural Communication Between East and West
Modern China
Chinese Literature in Translation
China: Politics, Economy and Foreign Relations
Chinese Philosophy
Group B, Art and History6
Survey of Asian Art History
Islamic Art
Art of South Asia
Art of Japan
Empires & Antiquities
Modern East Asia
Group C, Anthropology, Philosophy, and Religion6
Cultures of Southeast Asia and Oceania
Buddhist Philosophy
Introduction to Islam
Introduction to Confucianism
Buddhist Religious Traditions
Hindu Religious Traditions
Total Hours18

Requirements for the Program in Asian Studies, Language and Cultures Track

Language Requirement6
Select two courses from the following:
Beginning Active Chinese
Beginning Active Chinese
Low Intermediate Chinese
Low Intermediate Chinese
High Intermediate Chinese
Low Advanced Chinese
Advanced Chinese I
Advanced Chinese II
Group A, Chinese Culture3
Art of China
Chinese Culture Through Film
Intercultural Communication Between East and West
Modern China
Chinese Literature in Translation
China: Politics, Economy and Foreign Relations
Chinese Philosophy
Group B, Art and History3
Survey of Asian Art History
Islamic Art
Art of South Asia
Art of Japan
Empires & Antiquities
Modern East Asia
Group C, Anthropology, Philosophy, and Religion3
Cultures of Southeast Asia and Oceania
Buddhist Philosophy
Introduction to Islam
Introduction to Confucianism
Buddhist Religious Traditions
Hindu Religious Traditions
Elective3
Cultures of Southeast Asia and Oceania
Survey of Asian Art History
Islamic Art
Art of South Asia
Art of Japan
Empires & Antiquities
Modern East Asia
Buddhist Philosophy
Introduction to Islam
Buddhist Religious Traditions
Hindu Religious Traditions
Total Hours18

 With the approval of the Asian Studies Coordinator, students pursuing the language and culture track may substitute coursework in an Asian language other than Chinese when taken with an approved Study Abroad program.