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Asian Studies

Major / Minor Requirements

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.

Current students: 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.

Asian Studies Major Requirements:

The Asian Studies major consists of 40 credits:

  • 4 courses in a single Asian language (16 credits)
  • ASN 4000 Senior Seminar in Asian Studies (4 credits)
  • HIS 1200 Issues in Asian History (4 credits)
  • 4 courses drawn from this course list or approved by the Director of Asian Studies (16 credits)

The nine courses other than Senior Thesis must be drawn from at least four different academic departments.

Asian Studies Minor Requirements:

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

  • HIS 1200 Issues in Asian History (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

  • ART 3730  Masterpieces of Asian Art and Architecture (4 credits)

Economics Department

  • ECN 200T  Topics in Economics (when the course has substantial Asian content) (1-4 credits)
  • ECN 3100  Political Economy of the Pacific Rim (4 credits)
  • ECN 4030  International Political Economy (4 credits)

History Department

  • HIS 3400  Modern China (4 credits)
  • HIS 3450  Modern Japan (4 credits)

Modern Languages Department

  • CHN 1010  Introductory Chinese I (4 credits)
  • CHN 1020  Introductory Chinese II (4 credits)
  • CHN 2010  Elementary Chinese I (4 credits)
  • CHN 2020  Elementary Chinese II (4 credits)
  • CHN 3010  Intermediate Chinese I (4 credits)
  • CHN 3020  Intermediate Chinese II (4 credits)
  • JPN 1010  Introductory Japanese I (4 credits)
  • JPN 1020  Introductory Japanese II (4 credits)
  • JPN 2010  Elementary Japanese I (4 credits)
  • JPN 2020  Elementary Japanese II (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) (1-4 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)

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.

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