What is Asia? And what does it mean to study this richly diverse region? The interdisciplinary Program in Asian Studies opens various ways in which students can critically engage Asia.

The six-course concentration in Asian Studies draws upon classes from a wide variety of disciplines, including: anthropology, art, economics, history, language, literature, performance, political science, and religion. One course is required for all concentrators: ASIA 210: “Approaches to Asian Studies,” ideally taken in the sophomore or junior year. This class will equip students with the methodological tools to critically navigate their own specific tracks in the Asian Studies concentration. Each concentrator also constructs a three-course curricular focus which can center on either a region or country interdisciplinarily (e.g. South Asia via history, anthropology, and art) or on a theme inter-regionally (e.g. Imperialism/Colonialism in Asia; Art and Performance in Asia). Two additional courses, which can include language study, add intellectual depth or breadth to the curricular focus.

The capstone of the concentration is a research paper or performance/exhibit done within one of the courses included in the concentration. (This is not an extra course, but a requirement for a research or performance project as a part of the concentration). Senior concentrators will present their work to a gathering of fellow concentrators and faculty at the Senior Asian Studies Symposium, to be held in the Spring semester of each year. They will be asked to reflect upon how their projects fit into their Asian Studies concentrations, which will give them the opportunity to tie that work into their goals within the concentration and what they have gained from the concentration more broadly.

In order to maximize breadth, among the five classes that comprise the curricular focus and electives at least two (and not necessarily more) different disciplines and at least two regions or countries of Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia) must be covered.

The Program encourages study abroad. With permission of a faculty advisor as many as two courses from abroad can be counted toward the concentration.


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