Asian Studies Concentration/Interdisciplinary Studies Major

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The Program

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. All courses must be completed with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Approved Courses

Art History
ARTH 330EAST ASIAN ART AND ARCHITECTURE3
ARTH 331ART OF CHINA3
ARTH 333ART OF JAPAN3
ARTH 370SPECIAL TOPICS IN ART HISTORY3
Asian Studies
ASST 270SPECIAL TOPICS IN ASIAN STUDIES1-4
ASST 470ADVANCED TOPICS IN ASIAN STUDIES1-4
ASST 490DIRECTED READINGS IN ASIAN STUDIES1-3
ASST 492INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ASIAN STUDIES1-3
ASST 494INTERNSHIP IN ASIAN STUDIES1-3
Geography
GEOG 443GEOGRAPHY OF EAST ASIA3
GEOG 445GEOGRAPHY OF SOUTHEAST ASIA3
GEOG 447GEOGRAPHY OF THE MIDDLE EAST3
GEOG 477SEMINAR: SELECTED TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY3
History
HIST 109INTRODUCTION TO THE CIVILIZATION OF INDIA3
HIST 110EAST ASIAN CIVILIZATION TO THE 19TH CENTURY3
HIST 111MODERN EAST ASIA SINCE THE 19TH CENTURY3
HIST 117ISLAMIC HISTORY: FROM THE RISE OF ISLAM TO THE RISE OF THE OTTOMANS3
HIST 118MODERN MIDDLE EAST HISTORY3
HIST 310NATIONALISM IN EAST AND SOUTHEAST ASIA3
HIST 311TRADITIONAL INDIA: ITS HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT3
HIST 312HISTORY OF MODERN INDIA3
HIST 313HISTORY OF MODERN SOUTHEAST ASIA3
HIST 315IMPERIAL CHINA: THE LAST DYNASTY3
HIST 316REVOLUTIONARY CHINA3
HIST 319JAPAN, 1830-19303
HIST 320JAPAN, 1930-PRESENT3
HIST 339THE MAKING OF THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST3
HIST 340ISRAEL/PALESTINE: CONFLICTING PAST, CONFLICTING PRESENT3
HIST 354CONFLICT AND COOPERATION IN COLD WAR EAST ASIA3
Interdisciplinary Studies
IDIS 494TRAVEL AND STUDY IN INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES3
Foreign Language
ARAB 101
ARAB 102
ARABIC ELEMENTS I
and ARABIC ELEMENTS II
6
ARAB 201
ARAB 202
ARABIC INTERMEDIATE I
and ARABIC INTERMEDIATE II
6
CHNS 101
CHNS 102
ELEMENTARY CHINESE I
and ELEMENTARY CHINESE II
6
CHNS 201
CHNS 202
INTERMEDIATE CHINESE I
and INTERMEDIATE CHINESE II
6
CHNS 301
CHNS 302
CHINESE COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION I
and CHINESE COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION II
6
CHNS 311CHINESE CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION3
CHNS 491DIR READ CHINESE I3
CHNS 492DIR READ CHINESE II3
JPNS 101
JPNS 102
JAPANESE ELEMENTS I
and JAPANESE ELEMENTS II
6
JPNS 201
JPNS 202
JAPANESE INTERMEDIATE I
and JAPANESE INTERMEDIATE II
6
JPNS 301
JPNS 302
JAPANESE COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION I
and JAPANESE COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION II
6
Philosophy-Religious Studies
PHIL 219INTRODUCTION TO ASIAN PHILOSOPHY3
PHIL 301PHILOSOPHIES OF INDIA3
PHIL 302PHILOSOPHIES OF CHINA & JAPAN3
PHIL 380PHILOSOPHICAL TOPICS3
PHIL 470PHILOSOPHICAL PROBLEMS3
RLST 203INTRODUCTION TO ISLAM3
RLST 209RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS OF ASIA3
RLST 307BUDDHISM IN TIBET3
RLST 357SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMPARATIVE RELIGION3
Political Science
POSC 345GOVERNMENTS AND POLITICS OF EAST ASIA: FOCUS ON CHINA AND JAPAN3
Sociology-Anthropology-Criminal Justice
ANTH 331ESKIMO ETHNOGRAPHY3
ANTH 367PEOPLES OF THE MIDDLE EAST3

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Please contact your major department for more information. 

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.

Courses

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.