Asian Studies

Upon completion of the program, students will have, or will be able to: 

  1. Reflect a general understanding and appreciation of Asia by showing awareness of Asian histories, businesses, politics, societies, economies, religions, cultures, and languages in writing assignments.
  2. Achieve a nuanced understanding of the diversity between various countries within Asia and connections between different regions such as East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, and Oceania.
  3. Demonstrate a working knowledge of key events, themes, and peoples over time through taking a required introductory course in the chosen core area(s).
  4. Demonstrate awareness of different disciplinary approaches, cross-cultural interactions, and global events through completing readings in different scholarly disciplines and fields.
  5. Attain proficiency in an Asian language equivalent to the 102 level.
The program's learning outcomes are student-centered, concrete, higher order, measurable, and inclusive.

Minor in Asian Studies - 4 Units

Minor Requirements
ASIA 200SIntroduction to East Asian Studies 11
Proficiency in an Asian language equivalent to the 102 level (to be determined by the Asian Studies Program Committee).
Elective Courses
Select three courses from the following: 23
Any School of Business Administration course with a focus on East Asia
Special Topics Asian Studies
Special Topics Asian Studies
Digital Video Fundamentals
Feeling Global
Studies in Global Literature
Global Literature Seminar
The History of Modern China
The History of Modern Japan
World War II in Asia: The Second Sino-Japanese War
Maritime China and Chinese Migration (Junior Seminar)
War and Diplomacy in Modern East Asia
China and America: From the Opium Wars to General Tso's Chicken
Russia, China, and the World
Religions of China and Japan
Buddhism: The Middle Way
Religion and Violence in Asia
Society and the Supernatural in Asia
Population, Society, and Environment
Sociology of Developing Societies
Examining a Pandemic: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Tuberculosis
Total Units4

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. Writing-enhanced course. No prerequisites.

ASIA 290. Special Topics Asian Studies. 0.5 or 1 Units.

Study of an Asian Studies topic. Letter-graded. Prerequisite: permission of instructor and program director.

ASIA 390. Special Topics Asian Studies. 0.5 to 1 Units.

Study of an Asian Studies topic. Letter-graded. Prerequisite: permission of instructor and program director.