Asian and Asian-American Studies

Mark DeStephano, Ph.D., Director

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
AN-135
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. 3.00 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. 3.00 Credits.

An introduction to the tones, pronunciation, characters and basic grammatical principles of Mandarin Chinese. Only for students with no previous Mandarin. Course Type(s): Arts/Language, Addl Humanities.

AN-114. Elementary Mandarin Chinese II. 3.00 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; Course Type(s): Arts/Language, Addl Humanities.

AN-117. Elementary Korean I. 3.00 Credits.

An introduction to the alphabet, sounds, grammar, and vocabulary of Korean, as well as to the life and culture of the Korean people.

AN-118. Elementary Arabic I. 3.00 Credits.

An introduction to the pronunciation and basic grammatical principles of modern (Egyptian) Arabic.

AN-119. Elementary Arabic II. 3.00 Credits.

Continued practice in the pronunciation and basic grammatical principles of modern (Egyptian) Arabic. Prerequisites: AB-118 OR AN-118.

AN-130. Elementary Japanese I. 3.00 Credits.

An introduction to the basic language skills of speaking, reading, listening, and writing Japanese through a variety of media. Course Type(s): Arts/Language, Addl Humanities.

AN-131. Elementary Japanese II. 3.00 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. 3.00 Credits.

Further practice to mastering the basic concepts of rudimentary communication in Japanese. Prerequisites: AN/JP-114 OR 2-3 YEARS H.S. JAPANESE OR INSTRUCTOR PERMISSION.

AN-228. Asian Film. 3.00 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. Course Type(s): Pluralism.

AN-270. History and Culture of Japan. 3.00 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. Course Type(s): Pluralism.

AN-320. Asian Philosophy. 3.00 Credits.

An examination of the philosophies of India and China, including a text-based study of the Upanishads, the philosophy of Yoga, Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. Prerequisites: COMPLETE 6 CREDITS: 1 COURSE FROM COURSES PL-130 PL-140 AND 1 COURSE FROM COURSES TH-110 TH-120; Course Type(s): Values, Pluralism.

AN-325. Marco Polo & the Silk Road. 3.00 Credits.

Exploration, through literature, art, film, and music, of Marco Polo's adventures along the Silk Road as he winds his way through Asia. This course may be taken EITHER for Core Modern Language OR for Pluralism, but NOT FOR BOTH. Course Type(s): Pluralism.

AN-353. K-Pop J-Pop & Boys Love. 3.00 Credits.

Exploration of the cultural, economic, and political power of Asian popular culture as expressed in music, film, television, and literature. Course Type(s): Pluralism, Core curriculum course.

AN-354. Sun Tzu and The Art of War. 3.00 Credits.

Study of the life and times of Sun Tzu and his influential work on strategy, The Art of War.

AN-355. Cinema of Japan. 3.00 Credits.

Study of the development of Japanese cinema from origins to the present.

AN-360. History and Culture of the Philippines. 3.00 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. Course Type(s): Pluralism.

AN-363. History and Culture of China I. 3.00 Credits.

Study of the language, traditions, history, and culture of China from its origins through the Ming dynasty.

AN-364. History and Culture of China II. 3.00 Credits.

Study of the language, traditions, history, and culture of China from the Qing dynasty to the present.

AN-365. Understanding China-Chinese Through Film. 3.00 Credits.

AN-368. History and Culture of Korea. 3.00 Credits.

Study of the language, traditions, history, and culture of Korea from its origins to the present. Course Type(s): Arts/Language, Addl Humanities.

AN-400. Spanish Literature of the Philippines. 3.00 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.