Asian Studies

Welcome to the Asian Studies webpage. On this page you'll find the mission of the department, departmental student learning goals, a curricular map and assessment schedule, and progress made from the most recent Program Review Action Plan (2013-2014). If you have questions about the assessment findings or questions about the department, please contact Carol Brash, Asian Studies Department Chair, at [email protected].

MISSION

ASP prepares students for engagement in and with Asia by integrating interdisciplinary (humanities, fine arts, social sciences, and natural sciences) and experiential learning into an understanding of Asia's great traditions, modern transformation, and pivotal role in today's globalizing world.

The Asian Studies major is rooted in the belief that "the growing awareness of the value of integrating coordinated courses on Asian life and thought into [liberal arts] college curricula. . . [is essential to] enabling students to understand, and contribute to, an increasingly mobile world of diverse societies and cultures."  It intends to prepare students for personal and professional involvement in the newly-dawned "Asian Century" by affirming the Benedictine ideals of service, learning in community, multiculturalism, and global engagement as well as CSB/SJU's commitment to new models of international education, exceptional classroom and experiential opportunities, increased intercultural competence, and global citizenship and by enabling our majors to become "Asia Hands."

STUDENT LEARNING GOALS

Graduates of the 48-credit major will be able to demonstrate an ability to:

  1. Understand and use the resources, theories, assumptions, and methods of the various disciplines that make up the field of Asian Studies.
  2. Understand, from an interdisciplinary perspective, the elements which both unify and differentiate the distinct cultures of Asia; the role of internal and external influences on Asia's modern transformation; Asia's global diaspora (including Asian America); and Asia's post-colonial role in today's world economy and geopolitics.
  3. Speak, read, and write Chinese or Japanese language at an intermediate low level and Bengali at an elementary level (until CSB/SJU can fortify Bengali instruction at CSB/SJU following the SXC study abroad semester).
  4. Effectively integrate coursework and experiential learning to acquire the intercultural competence to engage professionally with Asians in an Asian context.

CURRICULAR MAP and ASSESSMENT SCHEDULE

Curricular map

Dept/Course number

Dept/Course number

Learning Goals

AS200  (S18)

AS399 (F19)

Understand and use the resources, theories,
assumptions, and methods of the various
disciplines that make up the field of Asian Studies

X

 

Understand, from an interdisciplinary perspective,
the elements which both unify and differentiate
the distinct cultures of Asia; the role of internal
and external influences on Asia's modern
transformation; Asia's global diaspora
(including Asian America); and Asia's post-colonial
role in today's world economy and geopolitics.

 

X

Speak, read, and write Chinese or Japanese
language at an intermediate low level and
Bengali at an elementary level (until CSB/SJU
can fortify Bengali instruction at CSB/SJU
following the SXC study abroad semester).

X

 

Effectively integrate coursework and experiential
learning to acquire the intercultural competence
to engage professionally with Asians in an
Asian context.

 

X

X denotes when the goal will assessed in AS 200 or AS 399