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Asian Studies Major
Program of Study
Asian Studies Major [New Major F2011-present]
The Asian Studies program provides students a solid foundation in the languages and cultures of Asia. Our curriculum prepares interested individuals to pursue a career within the rapidly developing marketplace that is Asia or to go on to graduate study in an Asia-related topic. The program currently offers a wide variety of courses in the areas of East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Through their teaching and research, the affiliated faculty members promote a better understanding of the Asian experience and Asia’s relationship with the rest of the world, past and present.
The Major in Asian Studies requires a minimum of 36 hours of coursework designed to ensure that graduates have both depth and breadth in their understanding of Asia. Based in the intensive study of a modern Asian language, the program is expanded through courses in the economics, history, politics, religion, sociology, and visual culture of Asia. Students are also required to complete two courses that emphasizes the region of Asia outside of the primary language area to acquire a multifaceted perspective on Asian culture. We strongly recommend that students study abroad in Asia for at least one semester in a Vanderbilt-approved study abroad program.The Asian Studies Major is divided into programs that emphasize a specific region.
Coursework is distributed as follows:
1. Language/Culture Option (24 hours)
Language coursework must accomplish proficiency through the first semester of third year in at least one Asian language. We encourage students to take more advanced language classes and study abroad, however the first semester of third year (or above) must be taken at Vanderbilt. Specialization courses must be taken at Vanderbilt.
Program A. China
i. Language (18 hours)Required Courses: CHIN 241 Advanced Chinese I (or above; must be taken at Vanderbilt)
Elective Courses: CHIN 202 II; 211–212, 225–226, 231, 242, 251–252, 255–256, 289a–289b.
ii. Specialization (6 hours from the following-must be taken at Vanderbilt)
HISTORY: 106, 107, 202, 203
HISTORY OF ART: 249, 252
MEDICINE, HEALTH, AND SOCIETY: 231
POLITICAL SCIENCE: 216
RELIGIOUS STUDIES: 135, 247
Program B. Japan
i. Language (18 hours)Required Courses: JAPN 241, Third-Year Japanese I (or above; must be taken at Vanderbilt)
Elective Courses: JAPN 202, 211, 212, 241, 242, 251, 252
ii. Specialization (6 hours from the following)ASIAN STUDIES: 211, 212, 213W, 240
HISTORY: 108, 109, 188a, 205, 206
HISTORY OF ART: 251, 253
RELIGIOUS STUDIES: 136
Other Asia-related writing seminars (including First Year writing seminars), selected topics, and advanced seminars may fulfill this category with permission of the director of the Asian Studies Program.
2. Perspectives (6 hours)
Two Asian Studies-approved courses that emphasizes Asia as a region. The courses currently offered that satisfy this requirement are:ASIAN STUDIES: 200W, 250W, 251
HISTORY: 105, 204, 212a.
HISTORY OF ART: 120, 122, 125, 246, 251.
3. Electives (6 hours)
Two courses selected from the list of Asian Studies Program Approved Courses (listed below)
Contract Major [Old Asian Studies Major through Spring 2011]
If you need to change the contract you signed for the old major, you are welcome to do so. You do not need to follow the new requirements when you modify your contract.
The change of contract form is downloadable here.
Double and Triple Majors (from the 2011-2012 undergraduate catalog)
This program permits a student to concentrate in two or three fields, which may or may not be intellectually related. With approval of the departments concerned, the student completes all of the requirements stipulated for the majors. Triple majors require approval of the Administrative Committee.
Each A&S non-interdisciplinary major must include at least 24 credit hours that are being counted solely toward the major . It should be noted that adoption of this rule would apply also to the non-interdisciplinary major for those students who combine such a major with an interdisciplinary major.
ASIAN STUDIES PROGRAM APPROVED COURSES- FALL 2013
ASIAN STUDIES (ASIA)
115F- Hollywood Hanoi
230 Chinese Medicine
251 The Third World and Literature
200B Basic Chinese
201 Elementary Chinese
211 Intermediate Chinese
225 Chinese for Heritage Learners
241 Advanced Chinese
253 Classical Literature and Philosophy
255 Business Chinese
289B Independent Study
106 Premodern China
108 Premodern Japan
116 Modern South Asia
206 Japan's Recent Past
HISTORY OF ART (HART)
115F House, Temple, City: Sacred Geographies of China
120 Arts of East Asia
253 Arts of Japan
MEDICINE, HEALTH, & SOCIETY (MHS)
231 Chinese Society and Medicine
200B Introductory Modern Japanese
201 Beginning Modern Japanese I-II
211 Second-Year Modern Japanese I-II
241 Third-Year Japanese I- II
251 Fourth-Year Japanese I-II
289A Independent Study
289B Independent Study
POLITICAL SCIENCE (PSCI)
216 The Chinese Political System
RELIGIOUS STUDIES (RLST)
135 Religions in China
244 Buddhist Traditions
247 Daoist Tradition
264 Foundations of Hindu Traditions
*Certain courses offered in the Rikkyo exchange program and the CIEE program in Japan, China, or Taiwan can also be counted toward the major:
BUSINESS/ECONOMICS: The Japanese Firm in Its Domestic Economic Context; The Japanese Business Firm in Its Global Economic Context; Managing Globalization: Japan in Asia-Pacific Region.
HISTORY: 20th Century Japan and Korea Relations.
HUMANITIES: Traditional Japanese Arts and Culture; Japanese Popular Culture.
POLITICAL SCIENCE: Politics and Policy in Contemporary Japan; Japan's International Relations; Japan in Asia.
SOCIOLOGY/ANTHROPOLOGY: Contemporary Japanese Society: History, Culture, Institutions.