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Asian Studies

Majoring & Minoring

The Major Program

Students considering a major in Asian Studies should begin by completing AS 100 Introduction to Contemporary Asian Studies, an interdisciplinary course that examines current events and contemporary social/political/economic concerns in Asia. Students should declare the major by the end of the sophomore year, at which time, in consultation with their advisors, they will choose a primary area of concentration and establish an intellectually coherent schedule of study. The major requires one semester on an approved overseas study program in Asia. Students should work with their advisors to ensure that their concentration and overseas study program build a strong foundation for the senior thesis.

The core of the Asian Studies curriculum consists of the Introduction to Asian Studies course, a humanities foundation course, a methodology course and AS 400 Senior Thesis in Asian Studies. Upon declaring a major, students will choose a concentration and design a program of study around a conceptual or theoretical problem. The major is divided into three concentrations: China Concentration, Japan Concentration, and Asia Concentration. The China and Japan concentrations require two years of either Japanese or Chinese. Core courses are designed to provide the historical, economic, political, and cultural background necessary to commence further investigation into the Asian region. Electives are intended to allow the student to further specialize by region, theory, and/or concept. One out-of-AS curriculum course is allowed, following approval of the advisor and the program director, to further theoretical and/or conceptual integration. The major culminates in the senior thesis representing original scholarly research on a topic of relevance to the region. Elective and core courses help students to define and refine a course of investigation for the thesis.

The minor in Asian Studies enables students to combine a major in the arts, humanities, social sciences, or sciences with a focus on Asian studies.

A major in Asian Studies is appropriate for students who desire future employment in diplomacy, consultancy, education, international organizations, public service, international finance, law, academics, translation, and interpretation, among other fields, or who seek a broad, systematic liberal arts background to support further scholarly study in related social science and humanities fields.

 

Major Requirements

A minimum of 40 semester credits. (28 credits must be discrete to the major.)

All concentrations must complete the following requirements:

  • AS 100 Introduction to Contemporary Asian Studies

  • One historical foundation course, chosen from the following:

    ART 151 History of Early East Asian Art
    HIST 110 Early East Asian History
    RELS 242 Religions and Cultures of East Asia
    or a course at Lewis & Clark or abroad that has been approved by the program director
  • One methodology course to be determined in conjunction with the advisor and with the understanding that this is the methodological approach of the thesis, selected from the following list and to be taken prior to enrolling in AS 400:

    CHIN 231 Introduction to Chinese Literature in Translation
    CHIN 291 Topics in Chinese Literature in Translation
    CHIN 410 Advanced Readings in Chinese: Society and Culture
    ECON 232 Economic Development
    HIST 300 Historical Materials
    JAPN 231 Introduction to Japanese Literature in Translation
    JAPN 291 Topics in Japanese Literature in Translation
    RELS 357 Family, Gender, and Religion: Ethnographic Approaches
    RHMS 260 Empirical Research Methods
    SOAN 200 Qualitative Research Methods
    SOAN 201 Quantitative Research Methods
    SOAN 202 Topics in Social and Cultural Research
  • At least one semester overseas on an approved program in Asia: China, India, Japan, Korea, or Vietnam. (See the Office of Overseas and Off-Campus Programs for specific program and application information.) Two courses taken on an overseas program may be applied to the major, depending upon the number and level of courses, and pending advisor and program director approval.

  • AS 400 Senior Thesis in Asian Studies

  • Six courses (24 semester credits) determined by the concentration (see below). At least two of these courses must be from advanced Asian Studies approved courses at the 300 level or higher. Students may apply a maximum of 4 semester credit hours of internship or directed reading toward the elective requirement (approval required).

China Concentration (24 additional credits)

  • CHIN 202 or higher language course

  • 16 additional credits of which at least 8 must be at the 300 level or higher. The credits must include at least:

    12 credits chosen from the China concentration
    4 credits chosen from the Asian Studies curriculum outside the China concentration
  • 4 additional credits from the Asian Studies curriculum. (The AS program director may approve the use of one course from outside the approved AS curriculum when it contributes to thesis preparation.)

Japan Concentration (24 additional credits)

  • JAPN 202 or higher language course

  • 16 additional credits of which at least 8 must be at the 300 level or higher. The credits must include at least:

    12 credits chosen from the Japan concentration
    4 credits chosen from the Asian Studies curriculum outside the Japan concentration
  • 4 additional credits from the Asian Studies curriculum. (The AS program director may approve the use of one course from outside the approved AS curriculum when it contributes to thesis preparation.)

General Asia Concentration (24 additional credits)

  • 24 credits chosen from Asian Studies curriculum (excluding language courses). At least 8 credits must be at the 300 level or higher. (The AS program director may approve the use of one course from outside the approved AS curriculum when it contributes to thesis preparation.)

Language courses will not be applied to the General Asia Concentration.

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 20 credits. 12 credits must be discrete to the minor.

  • AS 100 Introduction to Contemporary Asian Studies

  • One historical foundation course, chosen from the following:

    ART 151 History of Early East Asian Art
    HIST 110 Early East Asian History
    RELS 242 Religions and Cultures of East Asia
  • 12 credits from the approved Asian Studies curriculum. At least four credits must be at the 300 level or above. One course may be an Asian language class. One course from an overseas studies program may count toward the minor, pending approval of advisor and program director.

Asian Studies Curriculum

China Concentration Courses
ART 257 Art of Late Imperial & Republican China
ART 355 Art and Empire
CHIN 202 Intermediate Chinese II
CHIN 230 Introduction to Chinese Literature in Translation
CHIN 231 Introduction to Chinese Literature in Translation
CHIN 251 Chinese Conversation
CHIN 252 Chinese Conversation
CHIN 290 Topics in Chinese Literature in Translation
CHIN 291 Topics in Chinese Literature in Translation
CHIN 310 Readings and Composition in Chinese
CHIN 320 Advanced Readings in Chinese
CHIN 410 Advanced Readings in Chinese: Society and Culture
HIST 111 Chinese Empire and the Making of Modern China
HIST 211 Reform, Rebellion, and Revolution in Modern China
HIST 213 Personal Narratives in Chinese History
HIST 288 China in the News: Socio-Anthropological and Historical Perspective on Modern China (cross listed with SOAN-288)
HIST 310 China in the World
HIST 311 History of Family, Gender, and Sexuality in China
SOAN 274 Chinese Culture Through Film
SOAN 288 China in the News: Socio-Anthropological and Historical Perspective on Modern China (cross listed with HIST-288)
SOAN 353 Popular Culture/Public Protest: China
Japan Concentration Courses
AS 156 The Art of Tea in Japanese Culture I
HIST 112 Making Modern Japan
HIST 209 Japan at War
HIST 313 Religion, Society, and the State in Japanese History
HIST 316 Popular Culture and Everyday Life in Japanese History
JAPN 202 Intermediate Japanese II
JAPN 230 Introduction to Japanese Literature in Translation
JAPN 231 Introduction to Japanese Literature in Translation
JAPN 251 Japanese Conversation
JAPN 252 Japanese Conversation
JAPN 290 Topics in Japanese Literature in Translation
JAPN 291 Topics in Japanese Literature in Translation
JAPN 310 Readings and Composition in Japanese
JAPN 320 Readings and Composition in Japanese II
JAPN 410 Advanced Readings in Japanese: Society and Culture
JAPN 420 Advanced Readings in Japanese: Fiction and Nonfiction
RELS 246 Religions of Japan
General Asian Studies Courses
ART 151 History of Early East Asian Art
ART 154 History of Buddhist Art
ART 401 Art After 1945 (when Asia focused)
ART 451 Special Topics in Art History (when Asia focused)
AS 251 Contemporary Korean Culture
ECON 232 Economic Development
ECON 255 Technology, Institutions, and Economic Growth
ECON 314 International Economics
HIST 110 Early East Asian History
HIST 217 The Emergence of Modern South Asia
HIST 218 Perspectives on the Vietnam War
HIST 259 India in the Age of Empire
HIST 400 Reading Colloquium (when Asia focused)
MUP 121 Gamelan Ensemble
MUS 105 Introduction to World Music (when Asia focused)
MUS 106 Workshops in World Music (when Asia focused)
MUS 136 World Music: Asia
MUS 307 Topics in Music (when Asia focused)
PHIL 207 Indian Philosophy
RELS 241 Religion and Culture of Hindu India
RELS 242 Religions and Cultures of East Asia
RELS 243 Buddhism: Theory, Culture, and Practice
RELS 356 Buddhism and Gender
RELS 357 Family, Gender, and Religion: Ethnographic Approaches
RELS 452 Seminar in Asian Religions
SOAN 110 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (when Asia focused)
SOAN 270 Cultural Politics of Youth in East Asia
SOAN 281 South Asian Cultures
SOAN 282 Pacific Rim Cities
SOAN 321 Theory Through Ethnography
SOAN 347 Borderlands: Tibet and the Himalaya

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