Carthage offers a major and minor in Asian Studies. The Asian Studies major provides substantial and systemic instruction about Asia. The minor supplements students’ existing majors through systemic instruction in Asia-related areas. The goal is to broaden understanding, and to prepare Carthage graduates for careers involving Asia, and more broadly for work and life in an increasingly global economy.

Asian Studies Major

The Asian Studies major offers two tracks: the Language track and the Culture track.

Language Track
  • ASN 1000 Introduction to Asian Studies (4 credits)
  • ASN 4000 Senior Seminar in Asian Studies (4 credits)
  • Japanese or Chinese language courses (16 credits)
  • Courses from three different academic departments from the course list below. (16 credits)
Culture Track
  • ASN 1000 Introduction to Asian Studies (4 credits)
  • ASN 4000 Senior Seminar in Asian Studies (4 credits)
  • Japanese or Chinese language courses (8 credits)
  • Courses from three different academic departments from the course list below. (24 credits)

Asian Studies Minor

The Asian Studies minor consists of six 4-credit courses:

  • ASN 1000 Introduction to Asian Studies (4 credits)
  • Five other courses from the course list below.
    These six courses must be from at least three academic departments.

 

Asian Studies Courses

Art Department
  • ARH 3730 Masterpieces of Asian Art and Architecture (4 credits)
Economics Department
  • ECN 200T Topics in Economics (when the course has substantial Asian content) (4 credits)
  • ECN 3100 Political Economy of the Pacific Rim (4 credits)
  • ECN 4030 International Political Economy (4 credits)
Geospatial Science Department
  • GEO 2800 Geography of East Asia (4 credits)
History Department
  • HIS 1200 Issues in Asian Civilization (4 credits)
  • HIS 2450 A Social History of Twentieth Century Japan Through Film (4 credits)
  • HIS 3400 Modern China (4 credits)
  • HIS 3450 Modern Japan (4 credits)
Modern Languages Department
  • CHN 2070 Calligraphy and Chinese/Japanese Language (4 credits)
  • CHN 3070 Chinese/Japanese Culture and Language (4 credits)
  • CHN 3080 Chinese and Japanese Literature and Culture (4 credits)
  • JPN 2070 Calligraphy and Chinese/Japanese Language (4 credits)
  • JPN 3070 Chinese/Japanese Culture and Language (4 credits)
  • JPN 3080 Chinese and Japanese Literature and Culture (4 credits)
  • MLA 2450 A Social History of Twentieth Century Japan Through Film (4 credits)
Political Science Department
  • POL 1030 Introduction to Comparative Politics (when the course has substantial Asian content) (4 credits)
  • POL 200T Topics in Political Science (when the course has substantial Asian content) (4 credits)
  • POL 3390 Politics of Rapid Growth in East Asia (4 credits)
  • POL 3400 Chinese Politics (4 credits)
  • POL 3580 American Foreign Policy (4 credits)
Religion Department
  • REL 3110 Hinduism (4 credits)
  • REL 3120 Islam (4 credits)
  • REL 3130 Buddhism (4 credits)
  • REL 3140 East Asian Religion (4 credits)
  • REL 3360 Religion and Society in Modern India (4 credits)
  • REL 3500 Shared Sages in Sacred Scriptures (4 credits)

Other courses may also be counted toward the major or the minor. These courses must have substantial Asian content and must be approved by the Director of Asian Studies.

Current students, remember: You should follow the official College Catalog from the year you entered Carthage and work with your advisors and the program chair to ensure all requirements are met.