Asian Studies Concentration/Interdisciplinary Studies Major
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The Asian Studies Concentration within the Interdisciplinary Studies major is designed to offer students an interdisciplinary program of study of various dimensions of the Asian world. Students may plan a course of study that concentrates on a particular aspect of Asian civilization or on a particular sub-region of Asia. One might, for example, focus on the art and philosophy of various Asian peoples, or instead, one might concentrate on Chinese, Indian or Japanese civilization, studying both the traditional and modern society, its physical setting, and its political and economic development. In order to build a sound program of study, which meets both the individual student’s needs and the Interdisciplinary Studies requirements, it is essential that students work closely with an adviser in planning the program and selecting courses.
Requirements for the Concentration
- Twelve units of a foreign language appropriate to the student’s designated area of interest in Asia. The advisory committee may waive the language requirement for native speakers of Japanese, Chinese or another language related to the student’s course of study. In this case, students must earn a total of 45 units instead of the 33 detailed below.
- A minimum of 33 units selected from the following list of courses, but with courses from at least three departments (in addition to language) represented. Other courses not shown on the list, but which are relevant to Asia (such as directed readings courses and Minimester courses) may be accepted with the approval of the advisory committee. Excluding language courses, no more than 12 units below the 300 level may be taken for credit in this program.
- All courses must be completed with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher.
- Students may transfer up to 21 credits toward the completion of the major. Transfer credits from a Towson University study abroad program do not count toward this transfer credit limit, nor are they included in the student’s GPA.
- Asian language courses above the 202 level may be counted toward the 33-unit elective requirements. Students taking a second Asian language must petition to have those upper-level units included in the 33-unit elective requirement. Normally, however, students are expected to concentrate on one Asian language. Native speakers may receive Asian Studies credit for language courses in their own language above the 302 level.
|ARTH 330||EAST ASIAN ART AND ARCHITECTURE||3|
|ARTH 331||ART OF CHINA||3|
|ARTH 333||ART OF JAPAN||3|
|ARTH 370||SPECIAL TOPICS IN ART HISTORY||3|
|ASST 270||SPECIAL TOPICS IN ASIAN STUDIES||1-4|
|ASST 470||ADVANCED TOPICS IN ASIAN STUDIES||1-4|
|ASST 490||DIRECTED READINGS IN ASIAN STUDIES||1-3|
|ASST 492||INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ASIAN STUDIES||1-3|
|ASST 494||INTERNSHIP IN ASIAN STUDIES||1-3|
|GEOG 443||GEOGRAPHY OF EAST ASIA||3|
|GEOG 445||GEOGRAPHY OF SOUTHEAST ASIA||3|
|GEOG 447||GEOGRAPHY OF THE MIDDLE EAST||3|
|GEOG 477||SEMINAR: SELECTED TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY||3|
|HIST 109||INTRODUCTION TO THE CIVILIZATION OF INDIA||3|
|HIST 110||EAST ASIAN CIVILIZATION TO THE 19TH CENTURY||3|
|HIST 111||MODERN EAST ASIA SINCE THE 19TH CENTURY||3|
|HIST 117||ISLAMIC HISTORY: FROM THE RISE OF ISLAM TO THE RISE OF THE OTTOMANS||3|
|HIST 118||MODERN MIDDLE EAST HISTORY||3|
|HIST 310||NATIONALISM IN EAST AND SOUTHEAST ASIA||3|
|HIST 311||TRADITIONAL INDIA: ITS HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT||3|
|HIST 312||HISTORY OF MODERN INDIA||3|
|HIST 313||HISTORY OF MODERN SOUTHEAST ASIA||3|
|HIST 315||IMPERIAL CHINA: THE LAST DYNASTY||3|
|HIST 316||REVOLUTIONARY CHINA||3|
|HIST 319||JAPAN, 1830-1930||3|
|HIST 320||JAPAN, 1930-PRESENT||3|
|HIST 339||THE MAKING OF THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST||3|
|HIST 340||ISRAEL/PALESTINE: CONFLICTING PAST, CONFLICTING PRESENT||3|
|HIST 354||CONFLICT AND COOPERATION IN COLD WAR EAST ASIA||3|
|IDIS 494||TRAVEL AND STUDY IN INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES||3|
& ARAB 102
|ARABIC ELEMENTS I|
and ARABIC ELEMENTS II
& ARAB 202
|ARABIC INTERMEDIATE I|
and ARABIC INTERMEDIATE II
& CHNS 102
|ELEMENTARY CHINESE I|
and ELEMENTARY CHINESE II
& CHNS 202
|INTERMEDIATE CHINESE I|
and INTERMEDIATE CHINESE II
& CHNS 302
|CHINESE COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION I|
and CHINESE COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION II
|CHNS 311||CHINESE CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION||3|
|CHNS 491||DIR READ CHINESE I||3|
|CHNS 492||DIR READ CHINESE II||3|
& JPNS 102
|JAPANESE ELEMENTS I|
and JAPANESE ELEMENTS II
& JPNS 202
|JAPANESE INTERMEDIATE I|
and JAPANESE INTERMEDIATE II
& JPNS 302
|JAPANESE COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION I|
and JAPANESE COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION II
|PHIL 219||INTRODUCTION TO ASIAN PHILOSOPHY||3|
|PHIL 301||PHILOSOPHIES OF INDIA||3|
|PHIL 302||PHILOSOPHIES OF CHINA & JAPAN||3|
|PHIL 380||PHILOSOPHICAL TOPICS||3|
|PHIL 470||PHILOSOPHICAL PROBLEMS||3|
|RLST 203||INTRODUCTION TO ISLAM||3|
|RLST 209||RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS OF ASIA||3|
|RLST 307||BUDDHISM IN TIBET||3|
|RLST 357||SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMPARATIVE RELIGION||3|
|POSC 345||GOVERNMENTS AND POLITICS OF EAST ASIA: FOCUS ON CHINA AND JAPAN||3|
|ANTH 331||ESKIMO ETHNOGRAPHY||3|
|ANTH 367||PEOPLES OF THE MIDDLE EAST||3|
1) Students possess the ability to integrate knowledge and modes of thinking across two or more disciplines.
2) Students communicate effectively in the presentation of interdisciplinary materials through various modes of transmission.
3) Students conduct, analyze and apply research from two or more disciplines or through interdisciplinary research.
ASST 270 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ASIAN STUDIES (1-4)
An examination of topics in Asian Studies at the lower level. The content of the course will vary and depend upon faculty and student interest and program needs. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units provided a different topic is covered each time. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.
ASST 470 ADVANCED TOPICS IN ASIAN STUDIES (1-4)
An examination of topics in Asian Studies at the upper level. The content of the course will vary and depend upon faculty and student interest and program needs. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units provided a different topic is covered each time. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.
ASST 490 DIRECTED READINGS IN ASIAN STUDIES (1-3)
Directed readings in Asian Studies selected by the student in consultation with the instructor. Readings may focus on one topic across several nations, or may focus more intensely on one nation or time period. May be repeated for up to 6 units if a different topic is covered each time. Prerequisites: Consent of the instructor and the Director of Asian Studies, and 9 units of coursework on the Asian Studies program (excluding language study).
ASST 492 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ASIAN STUDIES (1-3)
Supervised independent study in Asian Studies on one topic, culminating in one research paper or project. Topics selected by the student in consultation with the instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units if a different topic is covered each time. Prerequisites: Consent of the instructor and the Director of Asian Studies, 9 units of coursework in Asian Studies (excluding language study).
ASST 494 INTERNSHIP IN ASIAN STUDIES (1-3)
Off-campus experience to familiarize students with institutions involved with Asian Studies, including museums, government, think tanks, and business organizations. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 units if a different topic is covered each time. Prerequisites: 18 units of Asian Studies courses, a GPA of 2.5 or greater, consent of the instructor and the Director of Asian Studies, junior/senior standing.