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Asian Studies

Interdisciplinary Program Director: P. Richard Bohr

The Asian Studies Program helps CSB/SJU students prepare for personal and professional involvement with Asia and Asian-America.

The Asian Studies Program provides an interdisciplinary spectrum of courses taught by experienced faculty in art, economics, history, language (Chinese and Japanese), literature, philosophy, religion and politics. Course work is complemented by international education programs in China and Japan; campus activities organized by the Asian Studies Learning Community and the Asia Club; proximity to Asian-American communities; and internship opportunities and career exploration links with area business, educational, civic, governmental, non-profit, and cultural institutions.


The individualized Asian Studies major requires students to take HIST 200, HIST 389, and HIST 399 plus three additional History courses, two of which must be at the upper division level. In addition, four other courses chosen from any department, including History, must form a coherent whole addressing the student’s interests, must be chosen in consultation with the student’s academic advisor and the Asian Studies advisor, and must be approved by the History Department chair.


The minor requires successful completion of 22 to 24 credits from among the following courses. At least 10 to 12 credits must be upper division.

Required Courses:
HIST 114 East Asia Before 1800 (4 credits)
HIST 116 South Asia Before 1500 (4 credits)
HIST 115 East Asia Since 1800 (4 credits)
HIST 117 South Asia Since 1500 (4 credits)

and two of the following:
HIST 315 Islam in South Asia Confronting Modernity (4 credits)
HIST 316 China in Revolution, 1800-1949 (4 credits)
HIST 317 The People's Republic of China (4 credits)
HIST 318 The United States and China Since 1800 (4 credits)
HIST 319 Modern Japan, 1868-Present (4 credits)

Plus three other courses selected from among the following:
ART 208 Non-Western Art Survey (includes East Asian Art History and The Art of India) (4 credits)
ECON 316 Asian Economies (4 credits)
ENGL 385 Literature of the Indian Subcontinent (4 credits)
MCLT 315 Chinese Literature in Translation (4 credits)
MCLT 319 East Asian Literature in Translation (4 credits)
PHIL 272 Asian Philosophy (4 credits)
POLS 346 Asian Politics (4 credits)
THEO 365/CORE 360 Islam and the Judeo-Christian Tradition (4 credits)

Most courses taken at Southwest China Normal University and at Bunkyo Gakuin University also count toward the minor. Students preparing for graduate study or an Asia-related career are advised to fulfill the Core Curriculum language proficiency requirement by completing either the sequence of CHIN 111,112 and 211 (or abroad CHIN 115, 116 and 215) or the sequence of JAPN 111, 112 and 211 (or abroad JAPN 115, 116 and 215).

In addition, the two credits earned in the May Term course in China (COLG 280), may also apply.