Asia has had a long history. It has been home to some of the world’s first civilizations, the source of numerous great inventions, and witness to an archaic form of globalization. Asia has continued to be significant in contemporary times and remains perhaps the most important site of future economic and political development. It is the world’s largest continent: Over 60% of the world’s population resides in Asia. Asia has seen the rise of global economic powerhouses, such as Japan and the Four Asian Tigers (Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan), as well as the emergence of the world’s most populous democracy, India. China, the country which may soon become the next global superpower in both economic and military terms, is also located in Asia. As such, Asia remains crucial to American national interests.
The Asian Studies Program offers an Asian Studies minor whose initial core area is East Asia, due to the region’s historical and contemporary significance. Although the program emphasizes China and Japan, students also study linkages between these two countries and other parts of East Asia (the Korean Peninsula, Mongolia, and Taiwan), as well as connections between East Asia and other regions, such as Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, and Oceania. Through course offerings focused on Asian histories, businesses, politics, economies, religions, cultures, and languages, this program seeks to cultivate an understanding and appreciation of Asia. The program design fosters familiarity with interdisciplinary approaches, cross-cultural interactions, and global events.
Minor in Asian Studies - 4 Units
|ASIA 200S||Introduction to East Asian Studies 1||1|
|Proficiency in an Asian language equivalent to the 102 level (to be determined by the Asian Studies Program Committee).|
|Select three courses from the following: 2||3|
Any School of Business Administration course with a focus on East Asia
|The History of Modern China|
|The History of Modern Japan|
|Maritime China and Chinese Migration (Junior Seminar)|
|War and Diplomacy in Modern East Asia|
|Religions of China and Japan|
|Buddhism: The Middle Way|
|Society and the Supernatural in Asia|
|Population, Society, and Environment|
|Sociology of Developing Societies|
It is strongly recommended that this course is to be completed prior to the senior year.
Maximum of two courses from one department.
ASIA 200S. Introduction to East Asian Studies. 1 Unit.
This course is an introduction to East Asian societies from pre-modern times to the present day. Emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary approaches towards studying China, Japan, and Korea. Coverage includes major events and personalities, political systems and diplomatic relations,beliefs and religions, ideologies and philosophies, cross-cultural contact within East Asia and with non-East Asian societies, and contemporary popular culture.
ASIA 290. Special Topics Asian Studies. 1 Unit.
ASIA 390. Special Topics Asian Studies. 1 Unit.