92-93 LS&A Bulletin

Asian Studies

49 Lane Hall


Professor Rhoads Murphey, Director and Concentration Advisor; supervised by a committee composed of Directors of the Centers for Chinese, Japanese, and South and Southeast Asian Studies.

May be elected as an area concentration program

The undergraduate Program in Asian Studies is a separate unit apart from the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, which has its own courses and concentration programs. The Program in Asian Studies is a multidisciplinary program that offers students an opportunity to pursue interests in the major traditional and modern civilizations of Asia. Students may participate in this interdepartmental program by taking as electives courses focusing on Asia, by incorporating such courses into various departmental concentration programs, by making Asian Studies a principal component of a plan of study leading to a double concentration, or by electing Asian Studies as a concentration.

The Program in Asian Studies offers a range of courses focusing on China, Japan, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. These include some interdepartmental courses in Asian Studies as well as many courses in Anthropology, Asian Languages and Cultures, Economics, History, History of Art, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, and courses offered in the schools of Business Administration, Education, Law, and Music.

Prerequisites to Concentration. Asian Studies 121 and 122, or Asian Studies 111 and 112, or an equivalent introductory sequence approved by the Asian Studies concentration advisor.

Concentration Program. Requires 30 credits chosen in consultation with and approved by the concentration advisor. Students must:

1. complete at least one year's coursework in an appropriate Asian language and are urged to continue to a point of proficiency.

2. elect, apart from language courses, a minimum of 20 credits in courses focusing on Asia, drawn from at least three different departments; and

3. complete Asian Studies 381, or an approved equivalent.

Honors Concentration. To be recommended for an Honors degree, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and at least 3.5 in courses elected as part of a concentration plan. They must also demonstrate the ability to do original work by writing an Honors paper during the senior year. This paper is written as part of Asian Studies 395. Alternatively, a member of the Asian Studies faculty can supervise the writing of the paper on an individual basis. The Asian Studies concentration advisor must be consulted and must approve the arrangements for completing the Honors paper.

Advising and Counseling. Prospective concentrators are encouraged to discuss their plans with the concentration advisor. Appointments are scheduled at the Program Office.

Study Abroad. Numerous opportunities exist for overseas study of Asian languages and cultures. These include programs sponsored by the University of Michigan for language study in Taiwan and in Japan. Opportunities for study in Asia are sufficiently varied so that programs can be planned to suit individual needs. In some cases, credit for overseas study may be granted once a student returns to campus.

Half Term Information. Some courses are offered in half terms for reduced credit. Refer to the Time Schedule for specific credit hour information.

Courses in Asian Studies. Courses listed here are regular program offerings. In most years, a number of specialized and graduate-level courses are offered as well, some of which may be open to qualified undergraduates.

Courses in Other Departments

The following courses, which may be included in a concentration plan, are offered by other departments and programs:

Anthropology 402, 403, 404, 405.

Chinese (ALC): all courses.

Economics 454, 455.

Geography 420, 421.

History 250, 251, 256, 392, 396 and 397 (appropriate sections), 444, 450, 451, 452, 453, 454, 455, 456, 457, 458, 550, 551, 552, 592 (appropriate sections).

History of Art 103, 151, 391, 482, 483, 493, 494, 495, 496, 497, 589, 592, 594, 595, 598, 599.

Japanese (ALC): all courses.

Music History and Musicology 461, 462, 463.

Philosophy 457, 468, 469, 470, 475.

Political Science 454, 455, 456, 457, 474, 477, 478.

Religion 202, 220, 230, 323, 426, 429, 480.

Sociology 428, 541.

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