ProfessorsBanerjee, Hanami, Lee, Lunine, McKeon, Pahl, Scott, Wong, B., Yao
Associate ProfessorsHsu, Modirzadeh
Assistant ProfessorsAsano, Blanchard, Burke, Guo, Q., Guo, S., Kavuri-Bauer, Li
LecturersChang, Dupen, Epstein, Kelly-Brennan, Kuo, Lee, Liou, Mick, Matsumoto, Muranaka, Yamaguchi
Minor in Asian Area Studies
The Asian Area Studies Minor is designed to give students an introduction into the rich and varied cultures of Asia and their relationships with the rest of the world. At a time in history when this part of the world has become increasingly important to Americans, the need to gain better understanding of the complex Asian scene has never been greater. The rising tide of immigration of people from Asia into the United States, the rapidly increasing trade and financial transfers with nations of the Pacific Rim, and the increased attention to Asian arts, literature, philosophy, and medicine signal the need to increase the pool of Americans who understand the Asian ways of thinking and doing. This minor offers an inviting opportunity for students to develop career and life enhancing academic experiences at the university. Students who complete this minor will find themselves better equipped to live and work in what some are now calling the Asian century.
Students who select this minor will find that it is designed to permit them to focus on the multi-faceted character of one of the major civilizations of Asia, while not losing the opportunity to grasp the interrelationships in Asia and between Asians and other areas of the world. The thrust of the minor is interdisciplinary. Not only are students asked to take courses from three of the broad areas of knowledge; i.e., the humanities, language and literature; history, politics, the human sciences, and international business; and the performing arts and art history; but they are also introduced to the majestic sweep of matters Asian through the three required core courses which feature the story of Asia in its breathtaking variety. From traditional Asia through Asia in transitional times to contemporary Asia, no major area of knowledge nor time period is left untouched. Students are asked to analyze, synthesize, and empathize to make sense of the Asian experience. The fact that faculty from more than thirteen of the academic departments and programs of the university are involved in this program testifies to its scope and possibilities for depth.
This minor is an appropriate companion to a wide variety of majors in the university. The availability of the Asian Area Studies Minor can serve to give greater guidance through the perplexing path of elective courses and programs beyond the major, whether a student is focusing her/his major attention on the arts, humanities, the social sciences, education, literature, business, journalism, creative writing, foreign languages, intercultural communication, etc.
Students interested in this minor should see one of the Asian Studies faculty to choose the courses most appropriate to their area of interest. One of the strengths of this program is the possibility for tailoring it to the individual student's needs. NOTE: Not more than nine units may be transferred from other campuses; no more than six units can be taken on a CR/NC basis.
The Asian Area Studies Minor consists of a core curriculum of three courses which contain material and perspectives that reach across the normal disciplinary divisions of the university, plus fifteen or sixteen units of upper division courses taken from the following list, on advisement.
This program is currently under revision. Please see an undergraduate adviser for information.
On-line course descriptions are available.
|Total for core||9|
Students must take six units from Group I: Humanities and Literature; six or seven units from Group II: Human Sciences and History; and three units from Group III: Performing Arts and Art History.
|Group I: Humanities and Literature||6|
|CHIN 401||Advanced Chinese|
|CHIN 580||Topics in Chinese Language and Literature (all topic courses)|
|HUM 366||India's Gandhi|
|HUM 375||Biography of a City (topic courses: Beijing, Tokyo, and Kyoto)|
|HUM 510||Comparative Form and Culture|
|HUM 530||Chinese Civilization|
|JAPN 401||Topics in Japanese Culture (all topic courses)|
|JAPN 510||Modern Japanese Literature|
|PHIL 502||World Religions|
|PHIL 510||Far Eastern Philosophy and Religion (all topic courses)|
|Group II: The Human Sciences, International Business, and History||6-7|
|ANTH 315||Regional Ethnography (topic course: Peoples and Cultures of the East Asia)|
|ANTH 481||Archaeology of the Far East|
|GEOG 575||Emerging China|
|HIST 569||Ancient Chinese Civilization|
|HIST 570||Imperial China|
|HIST 571||History of Modern China|
|HIST 578||History of Japan|
|HH 381||Holistic Health: Eastern Perspectives|
|HH 383||Chinese Perspectives in Holistic Health|
|HH 420||Chinese Body-Mind Energetics (4)|
|HH 530||Herbal and Nutritional Principles in Chinese Healing|
|IBUS 592||Doing Business in Greater China|
|IR 325||Chinese Policies: Domestic and Foreign|
|IR 326||South and Southeast Asia Foreign Relations (4)|
|PLSI 404||Politics of China (4)|
|Group III: Performing Arts and Art History||3|
|ART/HUM 205||Asian Art History|
|JAPN 200||Art of Japanese Writing and Calligraphy|
|KIN 106||Elementary Aikido (1)|
|KIN 142||Elementary Judo (1)|
|KIN 145||Elementary Karate (1)|
|KIN 148||Elementary Kung Fu (1)|
|KIN 175||Elementary Tai-Chi Chuan (1)|
|KIN 242||Intermediate/Advanced Judo (1)|
|KIN 275||Intermediate/Advanced Tai-Chi Chuan (1)|
|MUS 530||Musics of the Middle East and India|
|MUS 531||Musics of North and Southeast Asia|
|Total for minor||24-25|
All students completing the Asian Area Studies Minor are required to demonstrate intermediate level competency in a relevant language other than English. This requirement may be met by completing the university entrance requirement of two years of high school language study, one year of successful college level language study, or by demonstration of equivalent competency.
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