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Curriculum

Nordmann, Administrative Coordinator.

The Asian Studies program is designed to acquaint students with the great cultures of Asia, primarily those of China, India and Japan.

Asian Studies Major

The major is interdisciplinary and requires that the students take courses in the areas of art history, history, literature, and religion, and suggests that they also take courses in economics, music, and political science.

  1. One of the following:
    HIS-136  East Asian Civilization
    ACS-186  Modern South Asia
  2. Participation in one overseas study program in Asia:
    • one of the ACM overseas study programs (India Studies or Japan Study)
    • one of Coe’s foreign exchange programs (Chiang Mai University of Thailand, Nagoya Gakuin University of Japan, Sookmyong University in South Korea, or Wuhan University in China)
    • Coe’s Asia Term
  3. Four other courses in the major, chosen in consultation with the administrative coordinator. Courses may be taken at Coe or in a second term of an overseas study program.

Asian Studies major approved courses:

ASC-106 May Term in Asia
ASC-176 China and Japan
ECO-436 Economic Development or ECO-446 International Economics
ENG-206 Asian Literature
JPN-155 Elementary Japanese I
JPN-165 Elementary Japanese II
JPN-215 Intermediate Japanese I
JPN-225 Intermediate Japanese II
HIS-217 The American War in Vietnam
HIS-246 History of Modern China
HIS-256 History of Modern Japan
HIS-316 Topics in History (when appropriate)
HIS-756 Seminar in East Asian History
POL-286 Asian Politics
REL-036 Eastern Religions
PHL/REL-206 Buddhist Thought
REL-216 Hindu Gods and Goddesses

Asian Studies Minor

  1. One of the following:
    East Asian Civilization (HIS-316)
    Modern South Asia (ASC-186)
  2. Five courses, chosen from the following, in consultation with the administrative coordinator:
    ASC-176 China and Japan
    ECO-436 Economic Development or ECO-446 International Economics
    ENG-206 Asian Literature
    JPN-155 Elementary Japanese I
    JPN-165 Elementary Japanese II
    JPN-215 Intermediate Japanese I
    JPN-225 Intermediate Japanese II
    HIS-217 The American War in Vietnam
    HIS-246 History of Modern China
    HIS-256 History of Modern Japan
    HIS-316 Topics in History (when appropriate)
    HIS-756 Seminar in East Asian History
    POL-286 Asian Politics
    REL-036 Eastern Religions
    PHL/REL-206 Buddhist Thought
    REL-216 Hindu Gods and Goddesses

Courses in Asian Studies

ASC-106 May Term in Asia
Study abroad in Asia during May Term under the supervision of a Coe faculty member. Sites and content varies depending on the instructor. When appropriate, may count as a course in the major. May be repeated if offered in different locations. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (Offered May Term only)

ASC-176 China and Japan
An interdisciplinary examination of themes and ideas central to understanding the cultures of China and Japan. Materials used include primary texts in Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism, as well as works of poetry, fiction, and visual art.

ASC-186 Modern South Asia
India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka from a modern perspective. The preoccupation with identity, the reemergence of caste and religious conflicts, the strengths and weaknesses of political and economic development, and the implication of trends for the future. Includes selected topics on culture and history that provide insights to understanding the present.