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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