Asian Studies Program
Program Director: Sophia Geng
Administrative Assistant: Norma Koetter
The Asian Studies major and minor prepare students for personal and professional engagement in and with Asia in accordance with the Benedictine commitment to service, learning in community, multiculturalism, leadership, and global citizenship. Graduates of Asian Studies at CSB/SJU go on to pursue careers in education, religion, government, diplomacy, international relations, law, business, medicine, journalism, non-profit and non-governmental activism, and other professional paths.
This major offers an interdisciplinary and experiential liberal arts approach to the study of Asia's great traditions, modern transformation, global Diaspora, and its pivotal role in today's world. The curriculum offers a broad array of courses in art, economics, environmental studies, gender studies, global business leadership, geography, history, language and literature, management, philosophy, political science, and theology. Coursework is complemented by study abroad, May Term experiences, service learning, internships, teaching, and other experiential opportunities in China, Japan, and India. Courses taken at our study abroad sites in China, Japan, and India count toward the major and minor. (Please consult the Office of Education Abroad for a complete listing of study abroad courses.)
Assessment of Student Learning
The Asian Studies Program pursues on-going assessment of its curriculum, pedagogy, and experiential offerings. Through student surveys, oral presentations, the senior thesis, and experiential activities, we regularly assess the Program's efforts in meeting student objectives established in our Assessment Mission Statement and Plan. Assessment data are used to assist the Asian Studies faculty in its periodic program review.
Major in Asian Studies (48 credits)
Students majoring in Asian Studies are required to complete 48 credits of courses from the interdisciplinary offerings listed below. A gateway course, ASIA 200, to be taken in the spring of the sophomore year, exposes students to a broad understanding of Asian Studies. ASIA 399, taken in the senior year, is the a capstone experience in which students explore a chosen topic in a more in-depth manner under the guidance of the Asian Studies faculty. Students majoring in Asian Studies are required to study an Asian language through the intermediate (CHIN212 or JAPN212) level; additional English-language courses to complete the major should be selected based on the student's specific interest, and in consultation with a faculty advisor. While many Asian Studies courses are centered on the humanities, students are expected to take at least 8 credits from the social sciences or the arts. All courses taken through CSB/SJU study abroad programs in China, Japan, and India will count toward the elective course requirements for the Asian Studies major.
Students will pursue a three-course concentration that is thematic, geographic, or chronological (e.g. "women in Asia," "India," or "nineteenth-century Asia") and which is explained in the student focus statement developed in the ASA 200 course and in consultation with the Director of Asian Studies.
Asian Studies students must complete their Common Curriculum Experiential Learning requirement through an Asia- or Asian America-related experience which include but is not necessarily limited to CSB/SJU-approved semester study abroad, internship, teaching, and service learning activities related to the student's chosen concentration.
No more than 4 credits from non-CSB/SJU study abroad experiences will apply toward the Asian Studies major without prior approval of the Director of Asian Studies.
Minor in Asian Studies (20 credits)
The minor requires 20 credits: Asia 200, 4 credits at the 100 level and 12 credits at the 300 level. Chinese and Japanese language courses will not count for this minor; students interested in pursuing a minor using coursework in these languages should consider the Chinese and Japanese minors offered through the department of Languages and Cultures. Literature in translation courses offered under the LNGS (formerly MCLT) course designation will count toward the Asian Studies minor.
Minor in Chinese Language
This minor is administered by the Department of Languages and Cultures, and requires courses in Chinese language and culture. For more information on the Chinese minor, go to the Languages and Cultures website at http://www.csbsju.edu/languages-and-cultures.
Minor in Japanese Language
This minor is administered by the Languages and Cultures and requires courses in Japanese language and culture. For more information on the Japanese minor, go to the Department of Languages and Cultures website at http://www.csbsju.edu/languages-and-cultures.
Courses for Major/Minor
ASIA 200 - Intro to Asian Studies
ASIA 271 - Independent Study
ASIA 371 - Independent Study
ASIA 397 - Internship
ASIA 399 - Asian Studies Capstone
ART 208 - Non-Western Art Survey: Asia
ART 240 - Topics in Art History: Chinese Photography
ART 309 - East Asian Gardens
CHIN 111/112 - Elementary Chinese
CHIN 211/212 - Intermediate Chinese.
CHIN 311/312 - Third-Year Chinese
COLG 280 - May Term: Economic Development & Social Change in China
ECON 316 - Asian Economies
ECON 317 - International Economics
ECON 362 - Economic Development
ENGL 385 - Literature of the Indian Subcontinent
ENGL 386 - Tinsel Dreams: Cinema and Social Change in India
ENVR 300J - Sustainability in Asia
GBUS 337 - Doing Business in Asia
GBUS 341 Operations
GEND 290B - Chinese Women in Literature
GEND 360 - Colonial Violence and the Mother-Daughter Relationship
GEND 381 - Sex and Gender in Global Perspectives
HIST 114 - East Asia Before 1800
HIST 115 - East Asia Since 1800
HIST 116 - South Asia Before 1500
HIST 117 - Indian Subcontinent Since 1500
HIST 118 - Islam and the West
HIST 300 - Topics in Asian American History
HIST 305 - Gandhi and Nationalism
HIST 315 - Islamist, Modernists, Mughals: Muslims in South Asia
HIST 316 - China in Revolution, 1800-1949
HIST 317 - The People's Republic of China.
HIST 319 - Modern Japan, 1868-Present
HIST 368 - The U.S. and the World
HONR 230 - China in Focus: Photography of 1850-Present
JAPN 111/112 - Elementary Japanese
JAPN 211 - Intermediate Japanese I
JAPN 212 - Intermediate Japanese II
JAPN 311/312 - Third-Year Japanese
MCLT 315 - Folklore, Myth and Legend in Chinese and Chinese American Literature
MCLT 316 - Radical Fantasies: Contemporary Japanese Women Writers
MCLT 319 - Transnational East Asia
MGMT 201 - Principles of Management in a Global Context
PHIL 156 - Asian Philosophy
PHIL 339 - Chinese Philosophy
POLS 121 Intro to International Relations
POLS 223 Comparative Politics
POLS 346 - Asian Politics
POLS 355 - International Political Economy
POLS 358 - Topics: International Relations and Comparative Politics: Security
THEO 327 - Judaism/Christianity/Islam
THEO 363 - World Religions
THEO 365 - Islam and the Judeo-Christian Tradition
THEO 369B - Modern Islamic Political Movements