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Consult the Undergraduate Catalog for full descriptions of Asian Studies courses.

Scheduling is right around the corner. Below is a list of Category A classes and language classes being offered Spring Semester, 2013. As you can see, there are quite a few. This would be a good opportunity to take two or three classes toward the major.


ASIA 200(w) Introduction to Asian Studies
MWF 9:05–9:55 a.m. (offered every Spring)

Focuses on the significance of interactions between Asian cultures. It does so in such a way that students will be able to appreciate both the continuities that allow one to speak of Asia as a coherent region (not only geographically, but also politically, economically, and culturally) and the very real differences that give the region its great variety. It also stresses an in-depth understanding of subtle transformations in meaning as goods, ideas, and practices migrate from one area within Asia to another. This is a writing-intensive course.

Note: This is the one class that is required of all Asian Studies majors and minors. If you have not already taken it, you should go ahead and do so this Spring if at all possible.

Asian Studies Category A Classes

ARHI 224 001 Introduction to Asian Art
MWF 11:15 a.m.–12:05 p.m. (offered every semester)
Looks at a selection of art and architecture from India, China, and Japan. Either learn about Asia through art, or see how art reflects and embodies what you’ve learned (or are learning) about Asia already. Visual support for understanding Asia.

ARHI 424 Art of India and Southeast Asia
MWF 1:25–2:15 p.m. (once every four semesters)
Analyzes the arts of India and Southeast Asia, past and present. Examines representative examples from major periods, emphasizing the cultural, political, and/or religious context of the work.

CHIN281 Readings in Tradition and Custom in Modern China
MWF 2:30–3:20 p.m.
Pre-requisite: CHIN 201
A high-intermediate course that focuses on traditions and customs as they are found in present-day China. Students will read short essays and dialogues that give insight into folklore, contemporary etiquette, and the dating scene. The class will be conducted in Chinese.

CRLG 481 Japanese VI
MWF 10:10–11:00 a.m.
Pre-requisite: Japanese V
This course is a continuation of Japanese V. It is designed to help advanced students further develop the four skills in Japanese and to deepen insight into Japanese culture. This class will be conducted in Japanese.

ENGL385 Adv Studies in Women’s Literature
TR 2:00–3:15 p.m. (rarely offered)
This course will focus on Asian American women’s literature.

GEOG 256 Geography of East Asia
MW 3:35–4:50 p.m. (every two to three semesters)
Studies China, Japan, Korea, Outer Mongolia, Taiwan. Geographic background for development and wise use and restoration of natural resources are dealt with.

HIST 337(W) History of Modern Japan
MWF 2:30–3:20 p.m. (every three semesters)
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; HIST 195 (non-majors)
The history of Japan from the beginning of the Tokugawa period to the present. Japan’s early modern political, economic, and social systems, their transformation in the Meiji era, and the Japnese people’s struggles and successe in the 20th century. This class is writing intensive.

PLSC 383(W) Political Systems-East Asia
MWF 11:15 a.m.–12:05 p.m. (every three semesters)
Intensive, comparative study of the government and politics of East Asia. This class is writing intensive.

RLST375 Religions of India
TR 11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. (once every three semesters)
A study of Hinduism, Indian Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism, including historical and theological foundations, development of thought, contemporary expressions, and encounters with the modern world.

Classes Toward Fulfilling the Asian Studies Language Requirement

For those of you who have not yet fulfilled the language requirement for the major (remember: you need to reach at least the intermediate level of an Asian language), or if you want to pick up a second or third language, the following classes will be available. For those of you who have already completed the language requirement for Chinese or Japanese, but would like to continue to study one or the other of those, please see the classes listed under Category A courses.


CRLG 151 "Elementary Arabic II"
MWF 1:25–2:15 p.m. and MWF 2:30–3:20 p.m.

CRLG 151 "Intermediate Arabic IV"
MWF 10:1011:00 a.m.


CHIN 102 "Elementary Chinese II"
MWF 10:10–11:15 a.m./ T 9:55–10:45 a.m.; MWF 11:15 a.m.–12:05 p.m./ T 11:00–11:50 a.m.


CRLG 158 "Elementary Japanese II"
MWF 11:15 a.m.–12:05 p.m. and MWF 1:25–2:15 p.m.*

CRLG 281 "Elementary Japanese Conversation"
T 11:25 a.m.–12:15 p.m. and T 12:30–1:20 p.m.*

*Students taking CRLG 158 MUST also sign up for CRLG 281 "Elementary Japanese Conversation." Japanese language instruction is moving to a four-credit per semester structure. That means that once you have taken JAPN 201 for four credits in the Fall, 2012, you will have fulfilled the language requirement.

CRLG 258 "Intermediate Japanese IV
MWF 2:30–3:20 p.m.


CRLG 159 "Elementary Korean II"
MWF 11:15 a.m.–12:05 p.m. and MWF 12:20–1:15 p.m.

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