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 Director of the International Studies Program 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 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.)