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Asian Studies Major

Effective Date: Fall 2013

May be elected as a departmental major

The major in Asian Studies offers students an opportunity to pursue interests in the traditional and modern civilizations of Asia. The particular courses to be counted toward the major will depend on the individual student’s subMajor. Students choose a subMajor and then have the option to additionally focus on a field of study. An intellectually coherent combination of fields is permitted.

SubMajors: 

Suggested Fields of Study:

Chinese Studies
Japanese Studies
Korean Studies
South Asian Studies
Southeast Asian Studies

Cultural Studies
Film
Gender Studies
History/Civilization
Linguistics

Literature
Philosophy
Performing Arts
Religion
Visual Culture

Prerequisites to the Major

One year (or first-year proficiency) of an Asian language taught in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.

Requirements for the Major

Asian Studies Language Requirement

All majors must have fourth-term proficiency in an Asian language appropriate to their subMajor. Majors are strongly encouraged to continue their language training beyond the second year requirement. This is particularly important, if not essential, for students contemplating a graduate program in an Asian field.

Required Courses

Course Requirements

30 credits at the 200-level and above, 15 of which must be at the 300-level or above. (At least 15 credits must be taken in residence at the University of Michigan.) The plan for the major is designed in consultation with, and approved by, a department advisor.

SubMajor requirement

At least 15 credits in courses in the student’s sub-concentration (e.g., South Asian Studies). Students are encouraged to plan their sub-concentration courses in relation to a field of study, if one has been chosen. Up to 10 credits from language courses at the 300 level or above may be counted toward the subMajor requirement. 5 credits or more must be taken in Asian Studies in the student’s subMajor; classical languages (Sanskrit, Classical Japanese, Classical Chinese, Javanese, Old Tibetan) may be used to satisfy this portion of the requirement.

Breadth requirement [9 credits]
  1. ASIAN 381, Junior/Senior Seminar for Majors.
  2. At least six credits from either or both of the following two categories:
    1. Courses exclusively focused on one of the subMajors outside the student's chosen subMajor, (e.g., a student in the Korean Studies subMajor could elect ASIAN 210, The Philippines: Culture and History),
      or
    2. Trans-regional courses focused on more than one of the subMajors (which could include the student's subMajor) (e.g., ASIAN 220, Introduction to the Study of Asian Religions, or ASIAN 367, Languages of Asia).
Cognate requirement

At least 6 credits elected outside the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures from either or both of the following categories:

  1. theory or methodology courses in the student's chosen field that are focused on a discipline rather than on Asia (e.g., a student in the Japanese Studies subMajor whose field is linguistics could elect the course LING 210, Introduction to Linguistic Analysis)
    or
  2. courses in the student's chosen subMajor, but outside the student's chosen field (e.g., the same student could elect the course HISTORY 451, Japan Since 1700).

Honors Plan

Candidates for  Honors  must complete all regular requirements for the major, maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4 and at least 3.5 in courses elected as part of the major. They must also demonstrate the ability to do original work by writing an Honors thesis and must elect the appropriate Honors course(s). Recommendations for the designation of "Honors," "High Honors," and "Highest Honors" in Asian Studies are made on the basis of the student's performance in departmental Honors courses and the quality of the student's Honors thesis.

Asian Studies Major (Fall 2010-Summer 2013) +

Effective Date: Fall 2010-Summer 2013)

May be elected as a departmental major

The major in Asian Studies offers students an opportunity to pursue interests in the traditional and modern civilizations of Asia. The particular courses to be counted toward the major will depend on the individual student's submajor and field. Students choose a submajor and then focus on a field of study.

Sub-majors: 

Suggested Fields of Study:

Chinese Studies
Japanese Studies
Korean Studies
South Asian Studies
Southeast Asian Studies

Cultural Studies
Film
Gender Studies
History/Civilization
Linguistics

Literature
Philosophy
Performing Arts
Religion
Visual Culture

Prerequisites to the Major

One year (or first-year proficiency) of an Asian language taught in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.

Requirements for the Major

Asian Studies Language Requirement

All majors must have fourth-term proficiency in an Asian language appropriate to their sub-major. Majors are strongly encouraged to continue their language training beyond the second year requirement. This is particularly important, if not essential, for students contemplating a graduate program in an Asian field.

Required Courses

Course Requirements

30 credits at the 200-level and above, 15 of which must be at the 300-level or above. (At least 15 credits must be taken in residence at the University of Michigan.) The plan for the major is designed in consultation with, and approved by, a department advisor.

Sub-major requirement.

At least 15 credits in courses in the student's sub-major (e.g., South Asian Studies). Students are encouraged to plan their sub-courses for the major in relation to a chosen field of study. Up to 10 credits from language courses at the 300 level or above may be counted toward the sub-major requirement. 5 credits or more must be taken in Asian Studies in the student's submajor; classical languages (Sanskrit, Classical Japanese, Classical Chinese, Javanese, Old Tibetan) may be used to satisfy this portion of the requirement.

Breadth requirement [9 credits]
  1. ASIAN 381, Junior/Senior Seminar for Majors.
  2. At least six credits from either or both of the following two categories:
    1. Courses exclusively focused on one of the sub-majors outside the student's chosen sub-major, (e.g., a student in the Korean Studies sub-major could elect ASIAN 210, The Philippines: Culture and History),

      or
    2. Trans-regional courses focused on more than one of the sub-majors (which could include the student's sub-major) (e.g., ASIAN 220, Introduction to the Study of Asian Religions, or ASIAN 367, Languages of Asia).
Cognate requirement

At least 6 credits elected outside the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures from either or both of the following categories:

  1. theory or methodology courses in the student's chosen field that are focused on a discipline rather than on Asia (e.g., a student in the Japanese Studies sub-major whose field is linguistics could elect the course LING 210, Introduction to Linguistic Analysis),

    or
  2. courses in the student's chosen sub-major, but outside the student's chosen field (e.g., the same student could elect the course HISTORY 451, Japan Since 1700).

Honors Plan

Candidates for  Honors  must complete all regular requirements for the major, maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4 and at least 3.5 in courses elected as part of the major. They must also demonstrate the ability to do original work by writing an Honors thesis and must elect the appropriate Honors course(s). Recommendations for the designation of "Honors," "High Honors," and "Highest Honors" in Asian Studies are made on the basis of the student's performance in departmental Honors courses and the quality of the student's Honors thesis.

Asian Studies concentration (Fall 2008 through Summer 2010) +

 

Effective Date: Fall 2008 through Summer 2010 | 

May be elected as a departmental concentration program

The Concentration in Asian Studies offers students an opportunity to pursue interests in the traditional and modern civilizations of Asia. The particular courses to be counted toward the concentration will depend on the individual student's subconcentration and field. Students choose a subconcentration and then focus on a field of study.

Sub-concentrations:

Suggested Fields of Study:

Chinese Studies

Japanese Studies

Korean Studies

South Asian Studies

Southeast Asian Studies

Cultural Studies

Film

Gender Studies

History/Civilization

Linguistics

Literature

Philosophy

Performing Arts

Religion

Visual Culture

 

Prerequisites to Concentration. One year (or first-year proficiency) of an Asian language taught in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.

Concentration Program. 

  1. Language Requirement. All concentrators must have fourth-term proficiency in an Asian language appropriate to their sub-concentration. Concentrators are strongly encouraged to continue their language training beyond the second year requirement. This is particularly important, if not essential, for students contemplating a graduate program in an Asian field.
  2. Course Requirements. 30 credits at the 200-level and above, 15 of which must be at the 300-level or above. (At least 15 credits must be taken in residence at the University of Michigan.) The concentration plan is designed in consultation with, and approved by, a department advisor.

    1. Sub-concentration requirement.   At least 15 credits in courses in the student's sub-concentration (e.g., South Asian Studies).   Students are encouraged to plan their sub-concentration courses in relation to a chosen field of study.   Up to 10 credits from language courses at the 300 level or above may be counted toward the sub-concentration requirement.   5 credits or more must be taken in Asian Studies in the student's subconcentration; classical languages (Sanskrit, Classical Japanese, Classical Chinese, Javanese, Old Tibetan) may be used to satisfy this portion of the requirement.

    2. Breadth requirement. [9 credits]

      1. ASIAN 235, Introduction to the Study of Asian Cultures.   (This course is offered only once each academic year.)

      2. ASIAN 381, Junior/Senior Seminar for Concentrators.

      3. At least three credits from either or both of the following two categories:

        1. courses exclusively focused on one of the sub-concentrations outside the student's chosen sub-concentration, or

          or

        2. transregional courses focused on more than one of the sub-concentrations (which could include the student's sub-concentration).

    3. Cognate requirement. At least 6 credits elected outside the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures from either or both of the following categories: (1) theory or methodology courses in the student's chosen field that are focused on a discipline rather than on Asia (e.g., a student in the Japanese Studies sub-concentration whose field is linguistics could elect the course LING 210, Introduction to Linguistic Analysis), or (2) courses in the student's chosen sub-concentration, but outside the student's chosen field (e.g., the same student could elect the course HISTORY 451, Japan Since 1700).

      1. theory or methodology courses in the student's chosen field that are focused on a discipline rather than on Asia (e.g., a student in the Japanese Studies sub-concentration whose field is linguistics could elect the course LING 210, Introduction to Linguistic Analysis), or

        or

      2. courses in the student's chosen sub-concentration, but outside the student's chosen field (e.g., the same student could elect the course HISTORY 451, Japan Since 1700).

Advising. Appointments are scheduled at the department's Student Services Office [(734) 764-8286]. Students who have a formal or informal interest in Asian Studies are encouraged to consult a department advisor.

Honors Concentration: Candidates for the Honors concentration must complete all regular requirements for the concentration, maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4 and at least 3.5 in courses elected as part of the concentration. They must also demonstrate the ability to do original work by writing an Honors thesis and must elect the appropriate Honors course(s). Recommendations for the designation of "Honors," "High Honors," and "Highest Honors" in Asian Studies are made on the basis of the student's performance in departmental Honors courses and the quality of the student's Honors thesis.

Asian Studies concentration (Fall 2005 through Summer 2008) +

Effective Date of Concentration : Fall 2005 through Summer 2008 

May be elected as a departmental concentration program

The Concentration in Asian Studies offers students an opportunity to pursue interests in the traditional and modern civilizations of Asia. The particular courses to be counted toward the concentration will depend on the individual student's major track and field. Students choose a track and then focus on a field of study.

Major Tracks
(sub-concentrations):


Suggested Fields of Study:

 

Chinese Studies

Japanese Studies

Korean Studies

South Asian Studies

Southeast Asian Studies

Cultural Studies

Literature

Gender Studies

Performing Arts

History/Civilization

Philosophy

Language

Religion

Linguistics

Visual Arts

 

 

 

Prerequisites to Concentration. One year (or first-year proficiency) of an Asian language taught in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.

Concentration Program.

  1. Language Requirement. All concentrators must have fourth-term proficiency in an Asian language appropriate to their major track. Concentrators are strongly encouraged to continue their language training beyond the second year requirement. This is particularly important, if not essential, for students contemplating a graduate program in an Asian field.
  2. Course Requirements. 30 credits at the 200-level and above, 15 of which must be at the 300-level or above. (At least 15 credits must be taken in residence at the University of Michigan.) The concentration plan is designed in consultation with, and approved by, a concentration advisor.

    1. Major track requirement. At least 15 credits in courses in the student's major track (e.g., South Asian Studies) and preferably in the chosen field (e.g., Religion). No more than 10 credits in the subject of ASIANLAN at the 300-level may be counted toward the fulfillment of this requirement. Language courses (except classical languages such as Classical Chinese, Classical Japanese, Sanskrit, Classical Tibetan) at the 400-level may not be used for the major track requirement.

    2. Breadth requirement. [9 credits]

      1. ASIAN 235, Introduction to the Study of Asian Cultures

      2. Junior/Senior Colloquium for Concentrators:   ASIAN 381. In exceptional circumstances, this requirement may be satisfied by an equivalent approved by the ALC concentration advisor.

      3. At least three credits from either or both of the following two categories:

        1. courses exclusively focused on one of the major tracks outside the student's chosen major track,

          or

        2. transregional courses focused on more than one of the major tracks (which could include the student's chosen major track).

    3. Cognate requirement. At least 6 credits elected outside the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures from either or both of the following categories:

      1. theory or methodology courses in the student's chosen field that are focused on a discipline rather than on Asia(e.g., a student in the Korean Studies major track whose field is either language or linguistics could elect the course "Introduction to Linguistics" from the Department of Linguistics),

        or

      2. courses in the student's chosen major track, but outside the student's chosen field (e.g., the same student could elect the course Modern Korea" from the Department of History).

Advising. Appointments are scheduled at the department's Student Services Office, [(734) 936-3915]. Students who have a formal or informal interest in Asia are encouraged to consult a concentration advisor.

Honors Concentration: Candidates for the Honors concentration must complete all regular requirements for the concentration, maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4 and at least 3.5 in courses elected as part of the concentration. They must also demonstrate the ability to do original work by writing an Honors thesis and must elect the appropriate Honors course(s). Recommendations for the designation of "Honors," "High Honors," and "Highest Honors" in Asian Studies are made on the basis of the student's performance in departmental Honors courses and the quality of the student's Honors thesis.

Asian Studies concentration (Fall 2001-Summer 2005) +

 

Effective Date of concentration change: September 5, 2001 |

Previous requirements for Asian Studies

Previous requirements for Chinese 

Previous requirements for  Japanese

May be elected as a departmental concentration program

The concentration in Asian Studies offers students an opportunity to pursue interests in the traditional and modern civilizations of Asia. The particular courses to be counted toward the concentration will depend on the individual student's major track and field. Students choose a track and then focus on a field of study.

 

Major Tracks (sub-concentrations):

 

Suggested Fields of Study:

Chinese Studies
Japanese Studies
Korean Studies
South Asian Studies
Southeast Asian Studies
  Cultural Studies
Film
Gender Studies
History/Civilization
Language
Linguistics
Literature
Performing Arts
Philosophy
Religion
Visual Arts

Prerequisites to Concentration. One year (or first-year proficiency) of an Asian language taught in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.

Concentration Program.


  1. Language Requirement. All concentrators must have fourth-term proficiency in an Asian language appropriate to their major track. Concentrators are strongly encouraged to continue their language training beyond the second year requirement. This is particularly important, if not essential, for students contemplating a graduate program in an Asian field.

  2. Course Requirements. 30 credits at the 200-level and above, 15 of which must be at the 300-level or above. (At least 15 credits must be taken in residence at the University of Michigan.) The concentration plan is designed in consultation with and approved by a concentration advisor.

    1. Major track requirement. At least 15 credits in courses in the student's major track (e.g., South Asian Studies) and preferably in the chosen field (e.g., Religion). Language courses in the appropriate major track at the 300-level and above may count toward this requirement.

    2. Breadth requirement. At least six credits from either or both of the following two categories:

      1. courses exclusively focused on one of the major tracks outside the student's chosen major track, or

      2. transregional courses focused on more than one of the major tracks (which could include the student's chosen major track).

      3. Junior/Senior Colloquium for Concentrators.

      4. Cognate requirement. At least 6 credits elected outside the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures from either or both of the following categories:

        1. theory or methodology courses in the student's chosen field that are focused on a discipline rather than on Asia (e.g., a student in the Korean Studies major track whose field is either language or linguistics could elect the course "Introduction to Linguistics" from the Department of Linguistics), or

        2. courses in the student's chosen major track, but outside the student's chosen field (e.g., the same student could elect the course "Modern Korea" from the Department of History).

      Advising. Appointments are scheduled at the Department's Student Services Office [(734) 936-3915]. Students who have a formal or informal interest in Asia are encouraged to consult a concentration advisor.

      Honors Concentration: Candidates for the Honors concentration must complete all regular requirements for the concentration, maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4 and at least 3.5 in courses elected as part of the concentration. They must also demonstrate the ability to do original work by writing an Honors thesis and must elect the appropriate Honors course(s). Recommendations for the designation of "Honors," "High Honors," and "Highest Honors" in Asian Studies are made on the basis of the student's performance in departmental Honors courses and the quality of the student's Honors thesis.

Asian Studies concentration (Fall 2000-Summer 2001) +

May be elected as an area concentration program

Effective Fall 2000-Summer 2001

Asian Studies is a multidisciplinary concentration that offers students an opportunity to pursue interests in the traditional and modern civilizations of Asia.

Students may select from a range of courses in Anthropology, Asian Languages and Cultures, Comparative Literature, Economics, History, History of Art, Linguistics, Near Eastern Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Sociology, Women's Studies, and courses offered in the schools of Architecture and Urban Planning, Business Administration, Education, Law, Music, and Natural Resources and Environment.

Prerequisites to Concentration. One year (or first-year proficiency) of an Asian language (Chinese, Hindi-Urdu, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Tibetan, or Vietnamese).

Concentration Program

  1. Asian Studies 121 and 122, or Asian Studies 111 and 112.
  2. An additional minimum of 26 credits, chosen in consultation with and approved by the concentration advisor. At least two geographical areas must be represented, and one course must be pan-Asian in nature. Students must:
    1. complete the second year's coursework in the appropriate Asian language (the one chosen as prerequisite to the concentration).
    2. complete Asian Studies 381, or an approved equivalent; and
    3. elect, in addition to the core requirements listed above,, a minimum of 15 credits in approved courses focusing on Asia (at least 3 credits of which must be elected from the department of Asian Languages and Cultures and at least 3 credits from any social science department).

Honors Concentration: Candidates for the Honors concentration must complete all regular requirements for the concentration, 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 thesis during the senior year. This thesis is written while enrolled in Asian Studies 395. Alternatively, a member of the faculty can supervise the writing of the thesis on an individual basis. Recommendations for the designation of "Honors," "high Honors," and "highest Honors" are made on the basis of the student's performance in the Honors course and the quality of the student's Honors thesis.


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