Asian Studies Concentration
For students entering fall 2021
Students majoring in International and Global Studies may choose to pursue a concentration
in Asian Studies by:
1) taking five courses focused on Asia and the Asia Pacific regions in fulfilling
requirements (3) and (4) of the IGS major with at least two Asia-related courses from
2) fulfilling a language proficiency: Japanese 202 or equivalent in another Asian
language appropriate to the student’s study program. The Asian Studies faculty and
the Director of the International & Global Studies Program will determine when language
proficiency other than Japanese will be appropriate within a student’s program.
Minor sequence in Asian Studies:
Six courses including (at least two courses must be at the 300-400 level):
- INST 240 Thinking Globally: An Introduction (CHC, G)
- One Asia-related experiential learning experience (academic internship or off-campus
study experience) approved by the IGS director.
- Language proficiency: Japanese 202 or equivalent in another Asian language.
- Three courses focused in the Asia and Asia Pacific areas.
The Asian Studies program provides students with a wide variety of courses taught
by faculty who have demonstrated an enthusiastic commitment to teaching about Asia.
Whether your curiosity lies in traditional Asian philosophy and religion, the histories
of Asian civilizations and their modern transformations, Asian language and culture,
or contemporary Asian politics and economics, the program allows you to follow your
interests toward scholarly mastery of your chosen subject.
Asian Studies Colloquium - In addition to offering a wide variety of courses, each
year the Asian Studies faculty sponsor the Asian Studies Colloquium Series, a program
of academic lectures in which IWU professors share with students and colleagues the
findings from their specialized research on Asia. Faculty members have presented talks
on topics ranging from gender and female leadership in a Japanese corporation to poets
and mystics of 19th century India; from observations of social norms and values among
children in Indonesia to the environmental price China has paid for membership in
the World Trade Organization; and from cross-cultural communication between Japanese
and American youth to the complexities of the mid-20th century revolution in the Chinese
countryside. A special Colloquium presentation each year is given by IWU students
after their return from the Technos International Program in Japan, and future Colloquium
lectures will include presentations by students of their own original research on
Asian Studies Student Programming Committee - Students interested in Asia are also
encouraged to join the Asian Studies Student Programming Committee. This Student Senate-funded
organization offers opportunities for students to plan such events as the annual Chinese
New Year's Celebration, field trips, films, speakers, and other cultural events.
Technos International Week: All-Expense-Paid Study Tour of Japan - Each year, IWU
sends a delegation of two students and one faculty member to join similar groups from
colleges in the U.S., New Zealand and England, to participate as guests of Technos
College (Tokyo) in Technos International Week. The all-expense-paid, two-week tour
includes visits to a number of cities and historical sites, to the Japanese Alps and
a retreat center in the countryside, and to high schools and colleges. A special feature
of the tour is the opportunity to meet and interact with Japanese students at Technos
College, a school with cordial ties to our university. All interested freshmen and
sophomores who are U.S. citizens (these requirements have been established by Technos
College) are encouraged to apply through the office of the Director of International
and Global Studies.
The Asian Studies WWW Monitor: provides virtually daily abstracts and reviews of new/updated online resources of
significance to research, teaching and communications dealing with Asian Studies.
This site is sponsored by the The Australian National University and was established
in April 1994.