Guide to Academic Planning 2018-2019

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.

Students considering pursuing the minor are strongly encouraged to consult with the Interdisciplinary Minors Program chair or Asian Studies Faculty Representative 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 Asian Studies 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 Interdisciplinary Minors 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.