Explanation of the Concentration: As with other concentrations within the International Studies rubric, the Asian Studies Concentration requires students to complete four core courses:

  • IS 240: Introduction to International Studies;
  • One course on international systems, structures and processes;
  • One course on the nature and analysis of culture;
  • IS 488: the Senior Seminar.


  1. Language Proficiency: Japanese 202 or equivalent in a language other than Japanese appropriate to the student's study program. The Coordinator of the Asian Studies Team, the Director of the International Studies Program, or the Chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Language and Literature will determine when language proficiency other than Japanese will be appropriate within a student's program.

  2. Five additional courses to be selected from sections A and B with at least two from each. The fifth course may be a comparative course from section C or another course from section A or B. At least two of the five should be at the 300-level or above. Of the two 300-level courses, only one may be a travel course in May Term.

A) Humanities and Fine Arts:

  • Art 116: Survey of Asian Art
  • Fine Arts 120: Japanese Film and Aesthetics
  • History 390: Seminar in Asian History (topics will vary; course may be appropriate in this section or in section B; check with instructor)
  • Japanese 303: Studies in Japanese Linguistics
  • Literature and Culture 106/Japanese 306: Japanese Studies Through Anime
  • Literature and Culture 202: Japanese Literature and Culture
  • Literature and Culture 205: Language and Culture in Japan
  • Literature and Culture 207: Language and Gender
  • Literature and Culture 209/ Japanese 309: Business Communication in Japanese Media
  • Literature and Culture 304: Cross-cultural Communication: U.S. and Japan
  • Literature and Culture 308: Japanese Way of Life
  • Modern Languages 101: Beginning Chinese I
  • Modern Languages 102: Beginning Chinese II
  • Modern Languages 201: Intermediate Modern Language I (prereq. ML 102 or equivalent)
  • Religion 130: Asian Religious Literature
  • Religion 131: Chinese Religions
  • Religion 132: Asian Religious Practices
  • Religion 135: Zen
  • Religion 209: Myth, Image and Symbol in South Asian Religion
  • Religion 231; Cults Divination and Popular Religions in East Asian Societies
  • Religion 232: Hindus and Christians
  • Religion 309: Imagining Modern India
  • Religion 330: Buddhism in India and Tibet
  • Religion 331: Buddhism in East Asia
  • Religion 332: The Hindu Religious Tradition
  • Religion 334: Reading Hindu Texts
  • Religion 335: Reading Buddhist Texts

B) Social Science and Natural Science:

  • Anthropology 273: Self and Society in Japan
  • Business 451: International Business
  • History 100: Introduction to Chinese History
  • History 101: Introduction to Japanese History
  • History 202: World War II in the Pacific
  • History 210: Emperors and Revolutionaries: Chinese History Through Travel
  • History 251: The Vietnam War
  • History 300: The Chinese Revolution
  • History 301: Modern Japan, 1800-Present
  • History 390: Seminar in Asian History (topics will vary; course may be appropriate in this section or section A; check with instructor)
  • Political Science 214: Politics in China
  • Political Science 270/370: Special Topics*
  • Physics 239: Problems of Nuclear Disarmament
  • Religion 292: Religion in Contemporary Japan

C) Comparative Courses

One of the following courses may be substituted for one of the "five additional courses" required for the Asian Studies concentration in part 2 above:

  • Education 373/International Studies 373: Education and International Development*
  • English 170: Special Topics: Third World Women Speak*
  • English 249: Writing in the Third World*
  • International Studies 222/322: International Human Rights: An Introduction
  • Political Science 215: Politics in Developing Societies*
  • Political Science 325: Conflict Areas of the Third World*
  • Political Science 360: Comparative Environmental Politics*
  • Sociology 354: Gender and Globalization*

*When course includes a significant Asian component as determined by the Coordinator of the Asian Studies Team and the Director of International Studies.

Minor Sequence in Asian Studies

At least two courses must be at the 300-400 level. Either of the following two options may be chosen: I or II.


  • Core Course: International Studies 240: Introduction to International Studies
  • Language proficiency: Japanese 202 or equivalent in another Asian language (see Asian Studies Concentration).
  • Four courses: two from Section A, two from Section B, but one course from Section C may be substituted for one in A or B (see lists under Asian Studies Concentration).


  • Core Course: International Studies 240: Introduction to International Studies
  • Five courses: two from Section A, two from Section B, and one from Section A, B, or C. (See lists under Asian Studies concentration.)