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The University offers a broad range of courses dealing with Indian, Chinese and Japanese cultures. The Asian Studies Committee, headed by the director of Asian Studies, oversees both a major in East Asian Studies and a minor in Asian Studies. Students with a special interest in Asia are urged to take advantage of opportunities to study, either for a term or a full academic year, in India, China or Japan. Graduates of the Asian studies program typically go on to employment in business and education or enter professional and graduate schools.

In addition to a major in East Asian Studies and a minor in Asian Studies, a minor in Japanese language is offered. Consult the Modern Languages section of the catalog.

The Asian Studies Committee periodically reviews the list of courses that may be applied to both the East Asian Studies major and the Asian Studies minor.

Courses in Asian Studies

ASIA 290A Topics: Japanese Culture and Society. (1 course)
This course introduces the elements of contemporary and traditional Chinese culture. It provides students with a fundamental yet diverse knowledge of China and its culture through examination of its manifestations: political, religious, social, cultural, and economic. Topics include history, traditional belief systems, society, languages, arts and literature, performance traditions, daily life and customs, ethnicity and gender issues, science and technology, business and government.

Other Asian Studies Courses

HIST 107 Intro to China & Japan
M L 151 Elementary Japanese I
M L 161 Elementary Chinese I
M L 251 Intermediate Japanese I
M L 261 Intermediate Chinese I
M L 351 Advanced Japanese I
M L 361 Advanced Chinese I
REL 130E Intro to Religions (Asian)