Guide to Academic Planning 2017-2018

Asian Studies

A number of 100-level and 200-level courses across the curriculum serve as excellent gateways to the interdisciplinary study of Asia. First-year students are encouraged to take any 100- or 200-level course in the minor whose topic interests them. Starting their sophomore year, students are welcome to take any 100-, 200-, or 300-level courses, keeping in mind the distribution requirements of the minor (see below).

Students considering pursuing the minor are strongly encouraged to consult with the program chair to ensure proper course sequencing and distribution. Any students interested in Asia, even if they do not intend to pursue the minor, are encouraged to meet with the program chair or other program faculty to learn more about the program as well as extra-curricular activities related to Asian studies.

Students interested in the language concentration, or who might wish to develop an Asia-focused interdisciplinary major, are encouraged to take the elementary Chinese language sequence (CHIN 110 and 120) or, for those with background, follow the language placement procedures for Chinese outlined by the Foreign Language department. Those with a special interest in studying a less commonly taught language or a particular region of Asia in depth are encouraged to contact affiliated faculty members or the program chair. 

Note It is sometimes possible for highly motivated first-year students to participate in upper-level seminars; such students should consult with individual instructors prior to registration.


Language Concentration: Six   (6) courses as follows:

  • Two courses in an Asian language
    • CHIN 110 Elementary Chinese I
    • CHIN 120 Elementary Chinese II
    • CHIN 210 Intermediate Chinese I
    • CHIN 220 Intermediate Chinese II
    • CHIN 310 Advanced Chinese I
    • CHIN 320 Advanced Chinese II
  • OR The equivalent of two semesters of Asian language study approved by the program chair

  •  Two courses in the humanities
    • ASIA 191 East Asian Popular Culture
    • ASIA 190/LITR 190 Chinese Martial Arts Novels and Films
    • ASIA 191 East Asian Popular Culture
    • ASIA 320 Indian Culture Through Fiction
    • CHIN 351/ASIA 251 Survey of Chinese Literature, Part I (to 1911)
    • CHIN 352/ASIA 252 Survey of Chinese Literature, Part II (1911-present)
    • CHIN 395/ASIA 295 Topics in Chinese Literature
    • ENGL 397 Vietnam in the Literary Imagination
    • JAPN 100 Japanese Language and Culture
    • PHIL 250 Philosophies of India
    • PHIL 260 Philosophies of China and Japan
    • RELI 111 Asian Religions: An Introduction
    • RELI 218 Buddhist Contemplation
    • RELI 222 Chinese Religions
    • RELI 223 An Introduction to Hinduism
    • RELI 225 An Introduction to Buddhism
    • RELI 238 Tibetan Buddhism
    • RELI 280 Issues in Religious Studies*
    • RELI 334 Buddhist Saints
    • RELI 337 Contemporary Buddhist Thought
    • RELI 410 Topics in Asian Religion

  •  Two courses in the social sciences
    • ANTH 490 Special Topics*
    • ASIA 100 Survey of Asian Cultures and Ethnicities
    • ASIA 205/ANTH 205 Food, Nutrition, and Health in Asia
    • ASIA 305/ANTH 305 Asian Medical Traditions
    • HIST 160 Origins of East Asia
    • HIST 244 Modern China
    • HIST 246 Modern Japan
    • HIST 285 East Asia and the United States
    • HIST 291 Japan and World War II in Asia
    • HIST 292 The Two Koreas
    • HIST 293 Korea: The Forgotten War
    • HIST 306 Crime and Punishment in East Asia
    • HIST 307 Gender and Society in East Asia
    • HIST 360 Vietnam & the 1960s
    • POLI 440 Special Topics*

*Must have a substantive and geographic focus on one or more countries of Asia, or the region as a whole, and be approved by the chair of the Asian Studies program.  

At least two courses must be taken at the 300-level or above.

Students pursuing additional coursework while studying abroad or at other institutions, if applicable and approved by the program chair, may substitute up to two non-language courses to fulfill the requirements for either of the minor concentrations.

Non-language Concentration: Six (6) courses distributed as follows:

  • Three (3) courses in the humanities listed in the language concentration
  • Three (3) courses in the social sciences listed in the language concentration
  • At least three (3) courses must be taken at the 300-level or above.

In both concentrations, religious studies majors and history majors may double-count only one course from their major toward the Asian Studies minor.