Courses

The Asian Studies program introduces students to the rich and diverse languages, cultures and societies of Asia through interdisciplinary study. Courses in this program are designed to give students the opportunity to comprehend the essence of different cultures in Asia. The program provides a solid foundation for students to understand Asia as a whole as well as to appreciate the unique traditions and patterns of developments of individual Asian countries. Students pursuing a minor in Asian Studies are allowed and encouraged to choose from a wide range of courses.

Chinese

CHI-101   ELEMENTARY CHINESE I  (4)
Designed to make spoken and written Mandarin Chinese a functional language for students. Emphasis on pronunciation, basic vocabulary, foundational grammar for simple sentences and short paragraphs, and the Chinese writing system for rudimentary reading and writing.

CHI-102   ELEMENTARY CHINESE II  (4)
Continuation of 101.
Prerequisite: CHI-101 or the equivalent

CHI-111   ELEMENTARY CHINESE CONVERSATION I  (1)
This course consists of conversational tutorials and out-of-class language study and practice to complement Chinese language learning for students taking CHI-101. Offered concurrently with CHI-101.
Corequisite: CHI-101

CHI-112   ELEMENTARY CHINESE CONVERSATION II  (1)
This course consists of conversational tutorials and out-of-class language study and practice to complement Chinese language learning for students taking CHI-102. Offered concurrently with CHI-102.
Corequisite: CHI-102

CHI-201   INTERMEDIATE CHINESE I  (4)
Designed to advance skills in spoken and written Mandarin Chinese. Grammatical structures, vocabulary and pronunciation will build on elementary foundation. Cultural material will be included in course content.
Prerequisite: CHI-102

CHI-202   INTERMEDIATE CHINESE II  (4)
Designed to advance skills in spoken and written Mandarin Chinese. Grammatical structures, vocabulary and pronunciation will build on Chinese 201. Cultural material will be included in course content.
Prerequisite: CHI-201

CHI-211   INTERMEDIATE CHINESE CONVERSATION I  (1)
This course consists of conversational tutorials and out-of-class language study and practice to complement Chinese language learning for students taking CHI-201. Offered concurrently with CHI-201.
Corequisite: CHI-201

CHI-212   INTERMEDIATE CHINESE CONVERSATION II  (1)
This course consists of conversational tutorials and out-of-class language study and practice to complement Chinese language learning for students taking CHI-202. Offered concurrently with CHI-202.
Corequisite: CHI-202

Japanese

JAP-101   ELEMENTARY JAPANESE I  (4)
Fundamentals of spoken and written Japanese. Development of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills with emphasis on the development of conversational fluency in sociocultural contexts.

JAP-102   ELEMENTARY JAPANESE II  (4)
Continuation of Japanese 101
Prerequisite: JAP-101 or equivalent

JAP-201   INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE I  (4)
A continuation of elementary Japanese, focusing on the further development of oral proficiency, reading and writing skills.
Prerequisite: JAP-102 or equivalent

JAP-202   INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE II  (4)
A continuation of Japanese 201
Prerequisite: JAP-201 or equivalent

JAP-205   KOTOBA TO BUNKA: LANGUAGE IN JAPANESE CULTURE AND SOCIETY  (4)
By analyzing sociocultural factors evident in the language, the course aims to gain insight into social hierarchy, interpersonal relationships and Japanese way of thinking in this country that possesses one of the greatest influential forces on American youth culture today.

Asian Studies

HIS-113   INTRODUCTION TO JAPANESE HISTORY  (4)
A survey of Japanese cultural, literary and institutional history from ancient times to the present.

HIS-114   INTRODUCTION TO ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL CHINESE HISTORY  (4)
This course is a general survey of ancient and medieval Chinese history, from antiquity to roughly 1700 A.D. Topics include the origins of Chinese civilization, the establishment of the empire, and the economic and social development through the middle empires.

HIS-115   INTRODUCTION TO MODERN CHINESE HISTORY  (4)
This course surveys the major social, intellectual and political developments in China from the Opium War of 1839 to the present. Themes include the fall of imperial China, the Chinese revolutions, post-Mao reforms and contemporary Chinese social issues.

HIS-230   THE VIETNAM WARS  (4)
An examination of the origins, expansion, and consequences of the Vietnam War from Vietnamese and American perspectives. Topics include French colonialism, the rise of nationalism in Vietnam, the responses to imperialism, American foreign policy and the “wars” at home.

HIS-352   THE CHINESE REVOLUTIONS  (4)
A study of the complex sociopolitical crises of modern China, including an evaluation of the revolutions and their impacts on recent Chinese history; particular focus on the Republican Revolution of 1911, the Communist Revolution of 1949 and the Cultural Revolution.

HIS-354   CHINESE WOMEN ON FILM: HISTORY AND THE CINEMATIC IMAGINATION  (4)
This course examines the history of women and gender in China as depicted in film. Emphasis will be placed on the ways in which modernization, imperialism, and globalization have shaped women’s roles and representations of women throughout the 20th century.
(Cross-listed with WS-354)

HIS-360   WORLD WAR II IN ASIA ON FILM  (4)
This course explores the history of World War II in Asia, especially as (re)presented and remembered in films. Special attention is devoted to the cross-cultural aspects of World War II and to how films shape the collective memory of different Asian countries and the United States.

HIS-362   MODERN CHINA THROUGH LITERATURE AND FILM  (4)
This course uses literature and film as primary sources to examine cultural and political changes in Modern China. It is organized as a research seminar and will focus on research methods, primary sources and writing.

MUS-219  WOMEN IN WORLD MUSIC  (4)
An historical and sociological overview of the various roles women have played in music in cultures around the world as composers, performers, teachers, entertainers and patrons, etc., from antiquity to the present day, with emphasis on non-Western traditions. It is recommended that students take 106 prior to enrolling in this course.
(Cross-listed with WS-219)

REL-232   BUDDHISM  (4)
This course examines the life and teachings of the Buddha, the religious institutions that he founded to carry on his doctrine and the ways that Buddhism later developed in India and spread through Asia and to the West.

REL-233   TIBET THROUGH FILM AND LITERATURE  (4)
This course examines the construction of Tibet as a mythic object of fantasy in the Western imagination. Close attention will be given to the way Tibet has been portrayed in a variety of literary and film genres.

REL-242   RELIGIONS OF EAST ASIA  (4)
This course examines the religious traditions of East Asia, including Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Shinto.

REL-243   RELIGIONS OF SOUTH ASIA  (4)
This course examines the religious traditions of the South Asian subcontinent, including Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Islam.

REL-334   SEX, GENDER AND EMBODIMENT IN BUDDHISM  (4)
This course examines the ways that different Buddhist societies have addressed the challenges of human sexuality, gender, and physical embodiment. Attention will be given to Buddhism in India, Tibet, and America.
Prerequisite: one course in Asian Religions
(Cross-listed with WS-334)