Course Requirements

Course Requirements

Course Requirements

Great WallStudents are required to complete a total of 18 credit hours of courses in the three categories listed below: "required courses," "core courses," and "elective courses." The concentration may be pursued in conjunction with any major program; it may also be integrated with general education requirements. Students are encouraged to select those courses that develop interdisciplinary perspectives.

Knowledge of Asian language(s) is strongly recommended, as well as exposures to Asian culture through traveling, communication, and study abroad. Students, who are interested in studying in Asia, should contact the Coordinator of Asian Studies, Dr. Q. Edward Wang at extension 3990 or the Coordinator of International Center, Dr. Edward Smith at extension 4105.

Students who succeed in completing the program will have the concentration acknowledged on their graduation transcripts.


1. Required Courses (3 credits)

These courses aim to provide a comprehensive overview of Asian civilization. “Readings in Asian Literature” covers major works in Chinese, Japanese, and Indian Literature and equips students with a basic knowledge of the Asian cultural tradition. “Introduction to Asian Political Systems” compares the genesis and development of governments in east, south, and Southeast Asian countries. “Gateway to Asia” is an introductory course to major areas and approaches of Asian Studies. 

4901.136  Gateway to Asia (Freshman Seminar)

1502.112  Readings in Asian Literature

2207.240  Introduction to Asian Political Systems


2. Core Courses (9 credits)

1509.330 Asian Thought

2205.354 Chinese Cultural History

1107.101 Elementary Chinese I (Fall)

1107.102 Elementary Chinese II (Spring)

08.101 Elementary Japanese I

08.102 Elementary Japanese II

2206.343 Geography of Asia

1107.201 Intermediate Chinese I (Fall)

1107.211 Intermediate Chinese II (Spring)

1510.220 Introduction to Buddhism

08.201 Intermediate Japanese I

08.211 Intermediate Japanese II

2205.251 Modern China

2205.536 Modern Japan

1510.230 Religions of Asia

1003.401 Survey of Asian Art


3. Elective Courses (6 credits)

2202.350 Comparative Cultures

2208.002 Comparative Education

2207.230 Comparative Political Systems

2204.320 Contemporary Economic Systems

1007.440 Contemporary World Theatre

2207.231 Contemporary World Problems

2202.420 Culture and Personality

2204.310 Global Economics

0808.130 Human Exceptionality

2205.441 Imperialism and Colonialism

2204.310 International Economics

0504.320 International Finance

0509.379 International Marketing

2207.421 International Organizations

2207.320 International Relations

2202.202 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

0506.330 Managing International Business

1006.447 Music In World Cultures I:  Asia and Oceania

1006.448 Music In World Cultures II: Africa, India, Near & Middle East

2202.370 Peasant Societies and Cultures of the World

2105.330 Problems of World Justice

1502.116 Readings in World Literature

1510.200 Religions of the World

2208.222 Social Problems

2208.220 The Sociology of the Family

2215.322 The Sociology of Population

1008.146 World Dance Forms

2205.120 World History since 1550

4901.130 Women in Perspective

2206.111 World Regional Geography