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Asian Studies

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The Asian studies minor was created out of recognition that the vast region labeled “Asia” has greatly influenced, and continues to influence, human experience throughout the world. Whether Asia is viewed as a source of world religions, half the earth’s population, and much of the economic growth of the last few decades, or as a microcosm of the diversity of political and economic policies, it is clear that gaining a better understanding of Asia requires an interdisciplinary approach. The Asian studies minor builds upon the strengths of courses in the social sciences and humanities that focus on Asia or particular Asian countries. The confluence of these courses allows students to develop an integrated understanding of the region, read difficult texts, understand and formulate abstract ideas, and make informed judgments about a world of many cultures. This focus on the “other” is fundamental to understanding the student’s own culture and the values that shape his or her worldview. From this understanding, it is hoped that students can begin to construct bridges across cultures.

The learning outcomes of the Asian studies minor prepare the student to do the following:

  • Use an interdisciplinary framework to understand a foreign culture.
  • Understand and reflect on the cultures of Asia in relation to the student’s own culture.
  • Read and speak Japanese or Chinese at a level sufficient to begin study in either country.
  • Augment a student’s major coursework with a concentration in Asia.
  • Understand the role that Asia plays in shaping the contemporary world, as well as how outside forces have shaped Asia.

Requirements for an Asian Studies Minor (18)

Language: proficiency at the 202 level in Japanese or Chinese (no more than six language credits can count toward the minor)
Additional courses (must take courses in at lease two disciplines):
Chinese Gardens and Temples
The Pacific World
Political History of Beijing
Cultural Odyssey of China
Political History of Beijing
Cultural Odyssey of China
Cultural History of China and Japan
Modern China and East Asia
Asian Philosophy
Contemporary Korea
Contemporary China and East Asia
Globalization in Southeast Asia
Thailand Study Program
See advisor for current applicable courses.
Foreign study: Students pursuing an Asian studies minor must complete at least three of their credits through a foreign study experience in an Asian country.

Courses

AR 114 Chinese Gardens and Temples3
As part of the Whitworth in China program, Chinese Gardens and Temples is an art history survey of Chinese scholar gardens and traditional temple design and symbolism for students of all levels regardless of previous exposure to art history or Chinese culture. In addition to Chinese art and architectural history, related topics such as philosophy, religion, and intellectual history, will be studied from early history to the present day as they relate to the history of Chinese art, gardens and architecture within a social and political setting. The course will be taught in the English language on location in China.
HI 102 The Pacific World3
One of four courses in world history, Pacific World introduces China as the focal point of a network of trade and culture that includes the Asian steppes, India, and the rise of Japan, Korea and Vietnam.
HI 104 Political History of Beijing3
Provides historical understanding of the political and social history of China's capital city, Beijing. Listed in both Political Science and History.
HI 105 Cultural Odyssey of China3
Provides historical understanding of the cultural and religious history of China through its imperial and modern eras. Listed in both Political Science and History.
HI 300W Christianity in Asia3
This course confronts the Christian message and experience as it transcends national and cultural boundaries. Readings and lectures center on the history of Christian missions and the resulting indigenous Church in Japan and China, and examines how Asian Christianity has conformed to and transformed Christian belief.
HI 304W Political History of Beijing3
Provides historical understanding of the political and social history of China's capital city, Beijing. Listed in both Political Science and History.
HI 305W Cultural Odyssey of China3
Provides historical understanding of the cultural and religious history of China through its imperial and modern eras. Listed in both Political Science and History.
HI 345 Cultural History of China and Japan3
Illustrates how cultural heritage can explain the current behavior and character of the Chinese and Japanese. Religions, philosophies, arts, politics, and social organizations as basic elements of Asian culture. Periodic offering.
HI 346 Modern China and East Asia3
Interpretation of recent events in China, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea. Chinese revolution of 1911, warlord era in China, Japanese militarism, communist revolution on the mainland, Japanese invasion of China, American occupation of Japan, normalization in China, Japan's economic ascendancy. Periodic offering.
PH 256 Asian Philosophy3
A study of the major schools of Asian philosophy, with emphasis on Chinese thought. Spring semester, even years.
PO 247 Contemporary Korea3
Interpretation of recent events in North and South Korea. South Korea's transition from dictatorship to democracy and its growth into an economic powerhouse 6 two successes that many developing countries would like to emulate. The North Korean nuclear threat and negotiations to end it. The fragile detente between North and South Korea, and the controversial U.S. role in Korea. Fulfills the Global Perspectives requirement.
PO 346 Contemporary China and East Asia3
Interpretation of recent events in China, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea, through the cultural, historic, economic and institutional aspects of these societies.
PO 347 Globalization in Southeast Asia3
This course serves as a thematic overview of the political, social, cultural, and economic processes shaping Southeast Asia today. We investigate how Southeast Asia countries address and respond to the themes of democratization, liberalization and the environment.
BU 381 International Business Abroad3
Establishes a basic understanding of the theory and practical application of the "hows" and "whys" of a particulate international culture abroad, particularly as it relates to the historic, present and future challenges of that economy and to doing business with various people groups at home and abroad. Business models unique to non-American cultures will be explored in depth.
CS 359 Introduction to Technology & Culture: Study Abroad Program Preparation1
Required for those students taking part in CS 360: Technology & Culture: Study Abroad Program in Jan Term. In addition to preparing students to experience a foreign culture, this course studies technology from global, economic, religious, gender and intercultural viewpoints. The course serves to build community among the program participants and prepares them for international travel, intercultural sensitivity, and cross-cultural experiences. Taken in preparation for CS 360. Permission of instructor. Fall term, odd years.
WGS 350 Thailand Study Program3
Students travel to Bangkok, Chaingmai, and Kohsomui to study contemporary and classical Thai culture. Includes home stays, service learning, and intercultural experience with emphasis on globalizing economics, religion, and gender. Prerequisite: HU 349 or WGS 349.
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