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Undergraduate Studies Catalog 2001-2003

Interdisciplinary Minor Asian Studies


Director: Kazumi Nakano; Executive Committee Members: Inaam A. Al-Hashimi, Sachio Ashida, Sri Ram V. Bakshi, Betty W. Chan, Oh Kon Cho, Salahuddin Malik, Kazumi Nakano.

Asian Studies, an interdisciplinary minor of 21 credits, is designed to make students more knowledgeable about Asian societies and cultures in order to increase students' understanding, appreciation, and competence. This program will benefit organizations which employ college graduates who have acquired knowledge on Asia. Asian-American students can enhance their future career possibilities while strengthening their cultural and ethnic identity.

The curriculum consists of the following courses:

Core Courses (2 courses, 6 credits)
  HST 387 Asian Survey
  CMC 418 Cross-cultural Communication
Language Requirement (6 credits)
One of the following languages:
  CHN 111 Beginning Chinese I
  CHN 112 Chinese II
  JPN 111 Beginning Japanese I
  JPN 112 Japanese II

The language requirement may be met in any Asian language including the above by demonstrating competency in these languages.

Electives (9 credits)
Any three courses from the following or other recommended courses:

  • ANT 330 World Poverty and Economic Underdevelopment
  • HST 361 History of Japan
  • HST 363 Islam
  • HST 388 Traditional China
  • HST 463 Revolution and Communism in China
  • PLS 348 Politics of the Pacific Rim
  • SOC 306 Social Changes in The Third World
  • THE 490 Special Topics in Academic Theatre: Asian Theatre

In addition to the language requirement, courses taken at other institutions, or participation in overseas programs, up to 12 credits may be transferred with the approval of the Executive Committee of the program. For information and advisement contact: Dr. Kazumi Nakano, Director of Asian Studies Minor, Department of Mathematics, (585) 395-2384.