Asian and Asian-American Studies

Jon Boshart, Ph.D. and Rev. Mark Destephano, S.J., Ph.D., Program Co-Directors

The program offers a major and minor in Asian Studies consisting of courses that are selected from throughout the University curriculum and that deal entirely or in more than half of their content with Asian and/or the Asian-American Diaspora. Experience abroad through participation in study abroad, a University travel course, or other credit-bearing experiences is not required but is strongly recommended.

Requirements for the Asian Studies Major

Degree of Bachelor of Arts

Six of the required credits for the major count towards the Core Curriculum Requirements.

AN-100Introduction to Asian Studies3
Take the following four course sequences: 1, 212
Chinese
Elementary Mandarin Chinese I
Elementary Mandarin Chinese II
Japanese
Elementary Japanese I
Elementary Japanese II
Intermediate Japanese I
Intermediate Japanese II
Select six Asian Studies Courses18
Total Credits33

Requirements for the Asian Studies Minor

AN-100Introduction to Asian Studies3
Select one of the following two course sequences: 16
Chinese
Elementary Mandarin Chinese I
Elementary Mandarin Chinese II
Japanese
Elementary Japanese I
Elementary Japanese II
Select three Asian Studies Courses9
Total Credits18

Courses

AN-100. Introduction to Asian Studies. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the geography, history, and cultures of Asia, as well as to Asian studies as an academic discipline.

AN-113. Elementary Mandarin Chinese I. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the tones, pronunciation, characters and basic grammatical principles of Mandarin Chinese. Only for students with no previous Mandarin.

AN-114. Elementary Mandarin Chinese II. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the tones, pronunciation, characters and basic grammatical principles of Mandarin Chinese. Only for students with no previous Mandarin. Prerequisites: AN-113 OR JP-113 OR INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL.

AN-130. Elementary Japanese I. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the basic language skills of speaking, reading, listening, and writing Japanese through a variety of media.

AN-131. Elementary Japanese II. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the basic language skills of speaking, reading, listening, and writing Japanese through a variety of media. Prerequisites: AN-130 OR JP-130 OR INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL.

AN-134. Intermediate Japanese I. 3 Credits.

Further practice to master the basic concepts of rudimentary communication in Japanese. Prerequisites: AN-131 OR JP-131 OR 1-2 YEARS H.S. JAPANESE.

AN-135. Intermediate Japanese II. 3 Credits.

Further practice to master the basic concepts of rudimentary communication in Japanese. Prerequisites: AN-134 OR JP-134.

AN-228. Asian Film. 3 Credits.

This course introduces students to the history of Asian film industries and landmark films. They will look at the major films and film makers of Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan and Korea, as well as the popularity of the anime phenomenon and Indian Bollywood films.

AN-232. China: Environmental Change. 3 Credits.

This course focuses on the social, political, economic and cultural variable that impact the Chinese environmental deterioration and these consequences for the world at large. Alternative models of environmental conservation are included. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

AN-270. History and Culture of Japan. 3 Credits.

A survey of Japanese history from its origins to the present and examination of its culture, as expressed through its customs, art, music, film, and food.

AN-320. Marco Polo and the Silk Road. 3 Credits.

Exploration, through literature, art, film, and music, of Marco Polo?s adventures along the Silk Road as he winds his way through Asia.

AN-360. History and Culture of the Philippines. 3 Credits.

A survey of Filipino history from its origins to the present and examination of its culture, as expressed through its customs, art, music, film, and food.

AN-386. Art and Hinduism. 3 Credits.

The value system of Hinduism and how it is expressed in Hindu art. Comparison with other art traditions. Mandatory museum and temple visits.

AN-400. Spanish Literature of the Philippines. 3 Credits.

A survey of the literature of the Philippines written in Spanish, this course will explore the nation's Spanish heritage in its aesthetic and sociohistorical context. Prerequisites: SP-134 OR SP-136 OR SP-199 OR INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL.

AN-453. The Zen Spirit. 3 Credits.

Chinese and Japanese Buddhist Scriptures. Application of Zen to modern American life. Integration of Zen and Christianity. The practice of zazen. Prerequisites: TH-110.