The major in Asian Studies is a flexible program designed
for students wishing to gain familiarity with the languages, history,
cultures, social, religious and political institutions of the
countries of Asia in ways that can be applied to a wide range
of fields including law, foreign affairs, international business,
secondary education, comparative literature, art history and a
variety of other professions and academic disciplines.
Presently, the major focuses on China and Japan, and the languages
offered are Chinese, Japanese
and Korean from elementary to advanced
levels, as well as literature and civilization courses given in
translation. However, attention is also given to India and Southeast
Asia to gain a wider perspective.
Students will be expected to fulfill the major requirements and
also to choose an area of concentration; in each area of concentration,
the student will also be expected to take related courses within
their concentration that do not necessarily cover Asian topics but
that do provide exposure to the methodology of each particular field.
These areas of concentration might include Anthropology, Art History,
Asian American topics, Comparative Literature, Economics, History,
Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies,
Sociology or Women's Studies.