Asian Studies

2019-2020 Catalogue

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. Intermediate language proficiency is required to enroll in some of the minor's upper-level course work. 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 (18 hours)

Required (9 hours)

CHN 212 (Intermediate Chinese) (3 hours)
or
JPN 212 (Intermediate Japanese) (3 hours)
 

HIS 346 Modern East Asia (3 hours)

AST 350 Contemporary Asia (3 hours)
or
AST 396 Special Topics in Asian Studies (3 hours)
 
Electives (9 hours; minimum of one 300-level or 400-level course)
ARH 216 Age of the Spirit (3 hours)
AST 199 Field Study (up to 3 hours)
AST 296 Special Topics in Asian Studies (3 hours)*
AST/COM 384 Seminar in Rhetorical Studies (3 hours)**
AST 396 Special Topics in Asian Studies (up to 3 hours)***
AST 451 Directed Independent Study (up to 3 hours)
AST 452 Field Study (up to 6 hours)
 
HIS 120 Early Civilizations (3 hours)
or
HIS 125 Emerging Modern World (3 hours)
 
REL 225 Exploring the World's Religions (3 hours)
HIS 305 Empires and Diaspora (3 hours)
POL 335 Politics of the Developing World (3 hours)
TRA 240, 242, 244, or 246 (3-4 hours)****
 

* A student may take up to six hours of AST 296 for the minor.

** COM 384 will occasionally be offered without sufficient Asian content, at which times it will not be cross-listed as an Asian Studies course.

*** AST 396 coursework taken as part of the "Required Courses" may not be used to fulfill the minor's elective requirements.

**** TRA course must include travel to an Asian country.

Asian Studies (AST) Course Descriptions

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.

296: 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 three semester hours in 296 special topics courses.
Taught: Offered occasionally.
Prerequisite: Depends on course content; permission of program director.
Credit: 3 hours.

350: Contemporary Asia.
Goal: To provide an opportunity to complete an in-depth, Asia-focused research project.
Content: Assignments and discussions relevant to completing an in-depth, Asia-focused research project, the nature and content of which will vary.
Taught: Offered occasionally.
Prerequisite: CHN 212 or JPN 212 or equivalent proficiency in another Asian language; satisfaction of the general education writing requirement; and permission of program director.
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 use up to six credit hours of AST 396 to fulfill the Asian Studies minor's requirements.
Taught: Offered occasionally.
Prerequisite: Depends on course content.
Credit: 3 hours. No more than six hours of AST 396 may be used to fulfill the minor's requirements.

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. A student may use up to three credit hours of AST 451 to fulfill the Asian Studies minor's requirements.
Taught: Upon request of student, with approval of sponsoring faculty.
Prerequisite: CHN 212 or JPN 212 or equivalent proficiency in an Asian language and permission program director.
Credit: 1-3 hours.

452: 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. A student may use up to six credit hours of AST 452 to fulfill the Asian Studies minor's requirements.
Taught: Upon request of student, with approval of Asian Studies program director and Director of Career Development.
Prerequisite: CHN 212 or JPN 212 or equivalent proficiency in another Asian language required for AST 452; adequate coursework for the placement selected and permission of the faculty advisor; approval of the Director of Career Development.
Credit: 1-6 hours.

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