Asian Studies

The Asian Studies minor provides students with a foundational understanding of the politics, history, economy, and culture of the region, with particular emphasis on East Asia, as well as intermediate proficiency in one of its major languages. Asian Studies minors are encouraged to take advantage of Wesleyan's study abroad offerings in Asia, as well as the rich cultural programming offered through the Wesleyan College Confucius Institute. Students who graduate with a minor in Asian Studies will be able to pair this course of study with studies in their major field to be prepared for a number of graduate programs and career options.

Minor Requirements: Asian Studies (21 hours)

Required (3-9 hours)
CHN 212 (Intermediate Chinese) (0-6 hours)
or
JPN 212 (Intermediate Japanese) (0-6 hours)
and

HIS 346 Modern East Asia (3 hours)

Category A: Asian History and Politics* (6 hours)
AST 296 Special Topics (3 hours)
AST 396 Special Topics (3 hours)
HIS 120 Early Civilizations (3 hours)
HIS 125 Emerging Modern World (3 hours)
HIS 305 Empires and Diaspora (3 hours)
POL 222 Comparative Politics (3 hours)
POL 335 Politics of the Developing World (3 hours)
TRA 240, 242, 244, or 246** (3-4 hours)
 
Category B: Asian Culture* (6 hours)
ARH 216 Art of the Spirit (3 hours)
AST/PHI 210 Readings in Philosophy (3 hours)***
AST/ENG 205 Perspectives on World Literature (3 hours)***
AST 250 Introduction to Chinese Culture (3 hours)
AST 297 Special Topics (3 hours)
AST/COM 384 Seminar in Rhetorical Studies (3 hours)***
AST 396 Special Topics (3 hours)
REL 225 Exploring the World's Religions 3 hours
TRA 240, 242, 244, or 246** (3-4 hours)

Additional courses from A and B, above, to total 21 hours.

*At least one course from A or B must be 300-level or higher.
**Each TRA course may count in only one category, and must include travel to an Asian country.
***ENG 205, PHI 210, and COM 384 will occasionally be offered without sufficient Asian content, at which times they will not be cross-listed as Asian Studies courses

Asian Studies (AST) Gen. Ed. Course Descriptions

205: Perspectives on World Literature.
Goal:
Through close reading and discussion of literature from primarily non-Western cultures, students explore such topics as the legacy of colonialism in world literature, challenges of cross-cultural literary analysis, and strategies writers use to shape their identities or engender social change. Students will identify issues arising from increasingly complex global connections; analyze how components such as socio-economic status, ethnicity, race, and religion shape beliefs and behaviors; and communicate and interact effectively across cultures.
Content: Each semester this class selects a particular perspective from which to consider authors' use of creative writing to address issues in their lives and the lives of their communities. Such perspectives may include a particular geographical region, cultural phenomenon, or component of writers' identity (for example, African literature, globalization, or expatriated writers).
Taught: Alternate years.
Prerequisite: WIS 101 or ENG 101 and one Exploring general education course.
Gen. Ed. Category: Expanding; Diverse & Interdependent world; (HUM).
Credit: 3 hours; cross-listed as ENG 205.

250: Introduction to Chinese Culture.
Goal: This course introduces students to selected topics in contemporary Chinese culture, such as popular culture, food, family structures, daily life, education, and business.
Content: By studying different aspects of Chinese culture students will become more knowledgeable about Chinese life today and how the Chinese participate in the global circulation of culture, identity, tradition, and modernity.
Taught: Annually.
Gen. Ed. Category: Expanding; Diverse & Independent World; (SBS).
Credit: 3 hours.

Asian Studies (AST) Other Course Descriptions

210: Readings in Philosophy.
Goal:
To introduce students to the sorts of questions and issues discussed in philosophical texts and the ways in which philosophers discuss these questions and issues. To help students develop their own skills in the reading and analysis of philosophical texts.
Content: Writings from one, two, or three different significant philosophers in the Western tradition. If the course focuses on the work of one philosopher, students and faculty will read together a significant part of that philosopher's work. If the course covers more than one philosopher, students and faculty will consider the philosophers' different approaches to a particular philosophical theme or set of themes. Representative topics might include Chinese philosophy, philosophy and the everyday, or Existentialism.
Taught: Annually.
Credit: 3 hours; cross-listed as PHI 210.

296, 297: Special Topics in Asian Studies.
Goal:
To provide an opportunity for exploration of a topic not offered as part of the established curriculum or to explore in greater detail a subject covered by another course.
Content: An in-depth examination of a special topic in Asian Studies. Topics vary. A student may take no more than six semester hours in special topics courses.
Taught:Offered occasionally.
Prerequisite: Depends on course content.
Credit: 3 hours.

384: Seminar in Rhetorical Studies.
Goal:
To study a topic in rhetorical theory, criticism, or public discourse. Topics will vary. Representative topics might include the history of rhetorical theory, American public discourse, classical Taoist rhetoric, Feminist rhetoricians, or study of a rhetorical scholar.
Content:Readings and discussion of relevant texts. Papers, exams or other assignments relevant to the topic.
Taught: Alternate years.
Prerequisite: One COM course or permission of instructor.
Credit: 3 hours; cross-listed as COM 384.

396: Special Topics in Asian Studies.
Goal:
To provide an opportunity for exploration of a topic not offered as part of the established curriculum or to explore in greater detail a subject covered by another course.
Content: An in-depth examination of a special topic in Asian Studies. Topics vary. A student may take no more than six semester hours in special topics courses.
Taught: Offered occasionally.
Prerequisite: Depends on course content.
Credit: 3 hours. A student may take a maximum of six to eight semester hours (two courses) of special topics in any one field.

451: Directed Independent Study.
Goal:
To enable an intensive exploration of a topic in Asian studies of special interest.
Content: Directed independent work of a on a topic in Asian studies.
Taught: Upon request of student, with approval of sponsoring faculty.
Prerequisite: Permission of program director.
Credit: 1-6 hours.

452/199: Field Study.
Goal: To provide the student with intensive, specialized work experience in the area of Asian studies.
Content: Observation and participation in the work of Asian studies.
Taught: Fall, Spring, and Summer.
Prerequisite: Adequate course work for the placement selected and permission of the faculty advisor; approval of the Director of Career Development.
Credit: 1-12 hours.

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