Majoring and 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 their concentration and overseas study program build a strong foundation for AS 410 Asian Studies Colloquium.

The core of the Asian studies curriculum consists of the Introduction to Contemporary Asian Studies course, a humanities foundation course, and the Asian Studies Colloquium. 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, Japan, and Asia. The China and Japan concentrations require two years of either Japanese or Chinese language. 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, with the approval of the advisor and the program director, to further theoretical and/or conceptual integration. The major culminates in AS 410 Asian Studies Colloquium.

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 exclusive 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:

    History of Early East Asian Art  
    History of Buddhist Art  
    Early East Asian History  
    Religions and Cultures of East Asia  
    or a course at Lewis & Clark or abroad that has been approved by the program director.
     
  • AS 410 Asian Studies Colloquium

  • Seven courses (28 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. At least one elective must be taken in the humanities and at least one must be taken in the social sciences. Students may apply a maximum of 4 semester credit hours of internship or directed reading toward the elective requirement (approval required).

  • At least one semester overseas on an approved program in Asia: China, India, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, or Thailand. (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. The limit on overseas courses does not apply to IS 249.

    China Concentration (28 additional credits)

    • CHIN 202 or higher language course

    • 20 additional credits of which at least 8 must be at the 300 level or higher. At least one elective must be taken in the humanities and at least one must be taken in the social sciences. The credits must include at least:

      • 16 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 preparation for the colloquium.)

    Japan Concentration (28 additional credits)

    • JAPN 202 or higher language course

    • 20 additional credits of which at least 8 must be at the 300 level or higher. At least one elective must be taken in the humanities and at least one must be taken in the social sciences. The credits must include at least:

      • 16 credits chosen from the Japan concentration
      • 4 credits 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 preparation for the colloquium.)

    General Asia Concentration (28 additional credits)

    • 28 credits chosen from Asian studies curriculum (excluding language courses). At least 8 credits must be at the 300 level or higher. At least one elective must be taken in the humanities and at least one must be taken in the social sciences. (The AS program director may approve the use of one course from outside the approved AS curriculum when it contributes to preparation for the colloquium.)

    Language courses will not be applied to the general Asia concentration.

    Minor Requirements

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

    • AS 100 Introduction to Contemporary Asian Studies

    • One historical foundation course, chosen from the following:

      History of Early East Asian Art  
      History of Buddhist Art  
      Early East Asian History  
      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. Two courses from an overseas studies program may be applied to the minor, pending approval of advisor and program director. The limit on overseas courses does not apply to IS 249.

    Asian Studies Curriculum

    China Concentration Courses
    Urban Experience in China  
    Art and Empire  
    Intermediate Chinese II  
    Introduction to Chinese Literature in Translation  
    Introduction to Chinese Literature in Translation  
    Chinese Conversation  
    Chinese Conversation  
    Topics in Chinese Literature in Translation  
    Topics in Chinese Literature in Translation  
    Readings and Composition in Chinese  
    Advanced Readings in Chinese  
    Advanced Readings in Chinese: Society and Culture  
    Making Modern China  
    Personal Narratives in Chinese History  
    China in the News: Socio-Anthropological and Historical Perspective on Modern China  
    China in the World  
    History of Family, Gender, and Sexuality in China  
    Anthropology of Print Media  
    Power and Resistance  
    Japan Concentration Courses
    The Art of Tea in Japanese Culture I  
    Making Modern Japan  
    Japan at War  
    Religion, Society, and the State in Japanese History  
    Popular Culture and Everyday Life in Japanese History  
    Japan Past and Present (The limit on overseas courses does not apply to this course.)  
    Intermediate Japanese II  
    Introduction to Japanese Literature in Translation  
    Introduction to Japanese Literature in Translation  
    Japanese Conversation  
    Japanese Conversation  
    Topics in Japanese Literature in Translation  
    Topics in Japanese Literature in Translation  
    Readings and Composition in Japanese  
    Readings and Composition in Japanese II  
    Advanced Readings in Japanese: Society and Culture  
    Advanced Readings in Japanese: Fiction and Nonfiction  
    Religions of Japan  
    General Asian Studies Courses
    History of Early East Asian Art  
    History of Buddhist Art (may only be applied once to the major)  
    Art After 1945 (when Asia-focused)  
    Theory in Practice (when Asia-focused)  
    Contemporary Korean Culture  
    Early East Asian History  
    The Emergence of Modern South Asia  
    Perspectives on the Vietnam War  
    India in the Age of Empire  
    Reading Colloquium (when Asia-focused)  
    Gamelan Ensemble  
    Hindustani Voice Private Lessons  
    Sitar Private Lessons  
    Tabla Private Lessons  
    Workshops in World Music (when Asia-focused)  
    Music of Asia  
    Topics in Music (when Asia-focused)  
    Indian Philosophy  
    Religion and Culture of Hindu India  
    Religions and Cultures of East Asia  
    Buddhism: Theory, Culture, and Practice  
    Buddhism and Gender  
    Family, Gender, and Religion: Ethnographic Approaches  
    Seminar in Asian Religions  
    Southeast Asia: Development, Resistance, and Social Change  
    South Asian Cultures  
    Pacific Rim Cities  
    Theory Through Ethnography  
    Borderlands: Tibet and the Himalaya  
    Anthropology of Tourism: Travel in Asia