Courses

ASIA 100. Introduction to Asian Studies 1.0 course credit

This class will introduce students to the philosophies, history, and geopolitical concerns that have shaped Asia today. Based on the latest United Nations estimates, the current population of Asia is 4.5 billion, or nearly 60% of the entire world’s population. China and Japan comprise two of the top three economies in
the world, following only the United States. Through our readings we will analyze the trajectory of Asian history, seeing how the philosophies and geopolitical relations of the past have influenced relationships among Asia and other world regions today.

HIST 301. Topics in Asian History 1.0 course credit

Topics in Asian History, is a junior level course designed to explore in greater depth material introduced during the various history survey courses. In addition to covering content, this course will focus on how to write a historiographical essay.

JAPN 101G. Elementary Japanese I 1.0 course credit

This course focuses on the essential elements of effective communication in Japanese language. The student will acquire a basic competence in the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), and learn to appreciate the language as a communication system for a different culture, including its distinct thought processes and viewpoints. JAPN 102G. Elementary Japanese II 1.0 course credit Continuation of JAPN 101G. Practice and acquisition of increasingly complex vocabulary and sentence structure, tenses and moods, leading to greater accuracy in oral and written expression. Prerequisite: JAPN 101G or placement.

JAPN 201. Intermediate Japanese I 0.5 course credit

Japanese 201 is an intermediate level course that builds on what students learned at the elementary levels. Students will hone their skills in speaking, reading, listening, and writing through the study of texts and other complementary materials, while also expanding their knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture. Prerequisite: JAPN 102 or placement.

CHNS 101G. Elementary Chinese I 1.0 course credit

This course focuses on the essential elements of effective communication in the Mandarin Chinese language. The student will acquire a basic competence in the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), and learn to appreciate the language as a communication system for a different culture, including its distinct thought processes and viewpoints.

CHNS 102G. Elementary Chinese II 1.0 course credit

Continuation of CHNS 101. Practice and acquisition of increasingly complex vocabulary and sentence structure, tenses, and moods, leading to greater accuracy in oral and written expression. Prerequisite: CHNS 101 or placement.

CHNS 201. Intermediate Chinese I 0.5 course credit

Chinese 201 is an intermediate level course that builds on what students learned at the elementary levels. Students will hone their skills in speaking, reading, listening, and writing in Mandarin through the study of texts and other complementary materials, while also expanding their knowledge and understanding of Chinese culture. Prerequisite: CHNS 102 or placement.

PHIL 300. Philosophy and Religions of Asia 1.0 course credit (Cross-listed as RELG 300)

An introduction to the origins, histories, thought, practices, and developments of the great religions and philosophies of Asia. The course will study some of the following: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Shintoism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism, Jainism, and Sikhism. Eastern philosophies will be explored in religious and cultural contexts. May be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing or permission of the instructor.