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 Asian Studies Concentration

  • Students must complete a minimum of 45 units with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher in each course.
  • Students take 33 units of electives from the list below. Lower-level courses: A minimum of 6 units and a maximum of 12 units in at least 2 different disciplines. Upper-level courses: A minimum of 21 units in at least 3 different disciplines.
  • 12 units of a foreign language are required (students may choose multiple languages; however, the recommendation is to concentrate on one language). The advisory committee may waive the language requirement for native speakers of Japanese, Chinese or Arabic; however, the student must take 12 additional upper-level courses to meet the 45 total units required.
  • Students may transfer up to 21 units toward the completion of the major.
  • Courses that are not shown on the list below, but are relevant to Asia (such as directed readings courses and Minimester courses) may be accepted with the approval of the advisory committee.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT12
ARABIC ELEMENTS I
and ARABIC ELEMENTS II
ARABIC INTERMEDIATE I
and ARABIC INTERMEDIATE II
ELEMENTARY CHINESE I
and ELEMENTARY CHINESE II
INTERMEDIATE CHINESE I
and INTERMEDIATE CHINESE II
JAPANESE ELEMENTS I
and JAPANESE ELEMENTS II
JAPANESE INTERMEDIATE I
and JAPANESE INTERMEDIATE II
ELECTIVES33
LOWER-LEVEL ELECTIVES
Minimum of 6 units and maximum of 12 units from at least 2 different disciplines:
SPECIAL TOPICS IN ASIAN STUDIES
EAST ASIAN CIVILIZATION TO THE 19TH CENTURY
MODERN EAST ASIA SINCE THE 19TH CENTURY
ISLAMIC HISTORY: FROM THE RISE OF ISLAM TO THE RISE OF THE OTTOMANS
MODERN MIDDLE EAST HISTORY
INTRODUCTION TO ASIAN PHILOSOPHY
INTRODUCTION TO ISLAM
INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHISM
INTRODUCTION TO HINDUISM
RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS OF ASIA
UPPER-LEVEL ELECTIVES
Minimum of 21 units from at least 3 different disciplines:
Anthropology
KOREA AND GLOBALIZATION
ESKIMO ETHNOGRAPHY
PEOPLES OF THE MIDDLE EAST
Art History
EAST ASIAN ART AND ARCHITECTURE
ART OF CHINA
ART OF JAPAN
SPECIAL TOPICS IN ART HISTORY (Topic: Arts of Modern China)
Asian Studies
ADVANCED TOPICS IN ASIAN STUDIES
DIRECTED READINGS IN ASIAN STUDIES
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ASIAN STUDIES
INTERNSHIP IN ASIAN STUDIES
Geography
GEOGRAPHY OF EAST ASIA
GEOGRAPHY OF SOUTHEAST ASIA
GEOGRAPHY OF THE MIDDLE EAST
SEMINAR: SELECTED TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY (Topic: Regional Geography of the Silk Road)
History
TRADITIONAL INDIA: ITS HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT
HISTORY OF MODERN INDIA
HISTORY OF MODERN SOUTHEAST ASIA
IMPERIAL CHINA: THE LAST DYNASTY
REVOLUTIONARY CHINA
JAPAN, 1830-1930
JAPAN, 1930-PRESENT
THE MAKING OF THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST
ISRAEL/PALESTINE: CONFLICTING PAST, CONFLICTING PRESENT
CONFLICT AND COOPERATION IN COLD WAR EAST ASIA
HISTORY OF JAPANESE CINEMA
THE SAMURAI
Foreign Languages (beyond the intermediate level)
SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHINESE
CHINESE COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION I
CHINESE COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION II
DIR READ CHINESE I
DIR READ CHINESE II
JAPANESE COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION I
JAPANESE COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION II
DIRECTED READINGS IN JAPANESE
Philosophy-Religious Studies
PHILOSOPHIES OF INDIA
PHILOSOPHIES OF CHINA & JAPAN
PHILOSOPHICAL TOPICS (Topics: Confucianism; Taoism; Buddhism; or Neo Confucianism)
PHILOSOPHICAL PROBLEMS (Topics: Confucianism; Taoism; Buddhism; or Neo Confucianism)
BUDDHISM IN TIBET
SUFISM: ISLAMIC MYSTICISM
ISLAM IN THE MODERN AGE
Political Science
GOVERNMENTS AND POLITICS OF EAST ASIA: FOCUS ON CHINA AND JAPAN
Total Units45

Suggested Four-Year Plan

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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.