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Asian Studies

Director: Carpenter

Professors: Abbas, Andrews, Balasubramaniam, Carpenter, Carter, Fukuoka, Yu

Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary major and minor that encourages, facilitates, and recognizes the study of Asia, broadly defined as the region from the Persian Gulf to the Philippines, including the present states of China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Burma, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, and the Central Asian Republics of the former Soviet Union.

Asian Studies students prepare themselves for graduate study or professional work by studying the language, history, culture, and politics of the region. Currently, departments including Fine and Performing Arts, History, Political Science, Theology and Religious Studies, Foreign Languages, and Economics offer Asian Studies courses. Students are encouraged to study abroad in the region as part of their university program. The program offers a limited number of scholarships in support of such study.

Students are required to register and consult with the Director of the Asian Studies program, and may earn a major or minor in Asian Studies.

Requirements for the Asian Studies Major

GEP Signature Courses (See Curricula): six courses

GEP Variable Courses (See Curricula): six to nine courses, including

GEP Overlays (See Curricula)

GEP electives

Major Concentration:

The core of the Asian Studies program is the major. The Asian Studies major requires the following:

  • Intermediate language competency in an Asian language
  • Two "Foundational Heritage" courses
  • Seven electives courses
  • A Senior Seminar in Asian Studies

Foundational Heritage

HIS 206

Historical Introduction to East Asia

HIS 207

Historical Introduction to South Asia

These courses provide a broad overview of Asia, and will emphasize the fundamental background on which students will build in their later courses, including the basic linguistic, geographic, cultural, religious, and historical trends that have shaped East and South Asia.

Electives and Concentration

Students must complete a minimum of seven elective courses, reflective of their geographical area of concentration and exclusive of language courses at or below the intermediate level.

  • Geographic concentration: students must complete a geographical focus, with four elective classes in one of two geographical concentrations: East Asia or South Asia. This requirement may also be satisfied by at least one semester of study abroad in the area of concentration.
  • To insure interdisciplinary breadth, elective courses must be selected from at least four different departments. In addition, electives must be distributed to ensure breadth of study, with at least one course taken from each of three categories:
    • Art (e.g., Asian Cinemas), Literature (e.g. Literature of South Asia) and Language (e.g., Japanese Film and Culture)
    • Philosophy and Theology and Religious Studies (e.g., Mahayana Buddhism)
    • Social Sciences (e.g., Asian Economies; Japanese Politics) and Business
  • To insure geographical breadth at least two elective courses must be taken outside the student’s concentration (whether East Asia or South Asia).