Minor

The Minor in Asian Studies:

The minor in Asian Studies offers students a rich curriculum in the arts and literatures, history, philosophy and religion, and contemporary affairs of East Asia, South Asia, and Central and Islamic Asia. It is interdisciplinary and transnational, meaning that it requires you to think beyond the boundaries of any single department and country. As an Asian Studies minor, you will learn how to speak an Asian language, investigate history and current affairs from a regional perspective, interpret works of literature and art in their cultural contexts, and think comparatively about Asian religions and philosophies. This interdisciplinary and cross-cultural training provides a foundation for careers in business, government, teaching, journalism, non-profits, and many other professions. It is also good preparation for graduate school, as it teaches essential skills in thinking critically across the humanities and social sciences.

The program rests on three pillars:

  • an emphasis on regional and transnational relations

  • the integration of different disciplinary approaches

  • language study

Students take a minimum of 18 credits to fulfill the minor, 15 of which may not simultaneously be counted towards the Core or other major/minor requirements. The minor begins with an introductory survey course on Asia as a world region from the vantage point of a particular discipline (such as art, literature, history, or philosophy), and concludes with a senior capstone course (optional for 2017-2018) that approaches a particular topic relevant to the study of Asia from an interdisciplinary perspective. Along the way, students have ample opportunity to hone their interdisciplinary skills and global outlook through a wide range of lower and upper level electives involving at least three different departments. Although no more than an intermediate proficiency in an Asian language is required (the same as the University Core requirement), further language study is encouraged.

Students are invited to take full advantage of the Distinguished Lectures Series in Asian Studies as well as other Asian Studies-sponsored campus events and are encouraged to study abroad in Asia. Our faculty provide many different resources related to advising, scholarships, and internship opportunities. All minors must meet with the Director when they declare their minor, typically in their sophomore year. They must also meet with the Director prior to choosing the senior capstone course.

Summary of minimum requirements (18 credits):

  1. Introductory course on Asia as a world region (3 credits)

  2. Intermediate proficiency in an Asian language (3 credits)

  3. Two to four electives (6-12 credits) from the list provided,

  4. Senior capstone course (3 credits)

1. Take 1 introductory course on Asia as a world region (3 credits) from the following list. These courses offer surveys of a large geographical region of Asia from a particular disciplinary vantage point.

category

Course title

Instructor

Semester offered


Introduction:


Asia as a world region



ARTH 2246 Architecture in East Asia

Campbell

Fall 2017

ARTH 2274 Buddhist Arts of Asia

Campbell

Spring 2018

EALC 2064 East Asian Literary Masterpieces

Chiang

Spring 2018

ENGL 1080 Zen in Literature

Richardson

Fall 2017

HIST 1005 Asia in the World I (also fulfills History CoreI)

Mo or Zhang

 

HIST 1006 Asia in the World II  (also fulfills History Core II)

Seraphim or Mo

 

MUSA 2307 Musics of Asia

Dineen

Fall 2017

PHIL 4468 Asian Philosophy

Johnson

Fall 2017

THEO 3507/PHIL 3503  Buddhist Philosophy and Psychology

Makransky

Fall 2017

THEO 3548/PHIL 4448 Buddhist Thought and Practice

Makransky

Spring 2018

 

2. Attain intermediate proficiency in an Asian language. You may count 3 credits at the intermediate level toward the minor. Up to 6 additional credits may be taken beyond the intermediate level in place of electives. Students who test out of the language requirement may study a different language or take electives instead.

Chinese



EALC 1121/2 Elementary Chinese Fall/Spring; 6 credits

Lu

2017-2018

EALC 2121/2 Intermediate Chinese  Fall/Spring; 6 credits

Chiang

2017-2018

EALC 4121/2 Advanced Chinese  Fall/Spring; 3 credits

Lu

2017-2018

EALC 4190 Advanced Tutorial: Chinese  Fall/Spring; 3 credits

Tai

2017-2018

EALC 3161 Business Chinese  3 credits

Lu

 

EALC 3162 Newspaper and Media Chinese  3 credits

Lu

Spring 2017

EALC 4151 Readings in Chinese Literature &  Philosophy 3 credits

Chiang

Fall 2017

Japanese



EALC 1221/2 Elementary Japanese  Fall/Spring; 4 credits

Sullivan, Miyaki

2017-2018

EALC 2221/2 Intermediate Japanese  Fall/Spring; 4 credits

Cheung

2017-2018

EALC 3221/2 Third-Year Japanese  Fall/Spring; 3 credits

Cheung

2017-2018

EALC 4221/2 Advanced Japanese  Fall/Spring; 3 credits

Miyaki

2017-2018

EALC 3261 Business Japanese  3 credits

Sullivan

Spring 2017

EALC 3263 Japanese Pop Culture (Sullivan) Fall; 3 credits

Sullivan

Fall 2017

Korean


EALC 1311/2 Introduction to Korean  Fall/Spring; 3 credits

Jeon

2017-2018

EALC 2231/2 Continuing Korean Fall/Spring; 3 credits

Jeon

2017-2018

Hindi-Urdu

Consortium: Boston University World Languages and Literatures

Vietnamese

Consortium: UMASS Boston Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department

3. Take between 6 and 12 credits worth of electives from at least three different departments to bring the number of credits counted toward the minor to 15 (in addition to the Introductory class and language courses). The following thematic clusters are meant as a guide.



Arts & Literature

ARTH 2213 Islamic Architecture

Blair/Bloom

Fall 2017

ARTH 2244 Chinese Visual Culture

Campbell

Spring 2018

ARTH 2280 Masterpieces of Islamic Art

Blair

 

ARTH 3350 Object in Islamic Art

Blair

 

ARTH 4214 Art of the Silk Road

Blair & Campbell

Fall 2017

ARTH 4402 The Forbidden City

Campbell

Spring 2018

ARTH 4417 Paper Trails

Bloom

 

EALC 3165 Gender and Sexuality in Chinese Literature

Chiang

 

EALC 3166 Classical Chinese Literature

Chiang

 

LING 3358 The Linguistic Structure of Japanese

Thomas

 

MUSA 2304 Musics of India

Dineen

Spring 2018

 



Contemporary Asia


POLI 2469 Politics of Japan and Korea

Hayao

Fall 2017

INTL/HIST/ECON 2871 Industrialization and Democratization in Korea

Hwang

Fall 2017

HIST 4003 Public Culture in Postwar Japan

Seraphim

Spring 2018

HIST 4007 Global Japan Since the 1970s

Seraphim

 

HIST 4076 Tian'anmen Movement

Mo

 

HIST 4048 Women and Gender in Modern China

Mo

 

ENGL 4373/FILM 3320 Korean Cinema

Klein

 

ENGL/FILM 4495 Contemporary Asian Cinema

Klein

 

POLI 4590 East Asian Security

Ross

Fall 2017

HIST/INTL 4804 Divided Korea

Hwang

Fall 2017

INTL 4941 Rise of China: Development and Capital Accumulation in Contemporary China

Chuang

Spring 2018

 


History

HIST 2020 Japanese Cultural Icons through Modern Times

Seraphim

Fall 2017

HIST 2041 China from Antiquity to the Middle Ages

Zhang

Fall 2017

HIST 2043 The First Emperor and the Rise of Imperial China

Zhang

Spring 2018

HIST 2044 Chinese Environmental History

Zhang

 

HIST 2045 The Material and Cultural History of Food in China

Zhang

Spring 2018

HIST 2051 Modern China

Mo, Pieragastini

Fall 2017

HIST 2562 History of Shanghai

Pieragastini

Spring 2018

HIST 4005 The Asia Pacific War

Seraphim

 

HIST 4040 Modern East Asian History

Pieragastini

Spring 2018

HIST 4090 Modern South Asia

Parthasarathi

Fall 2017

HIST 4806 Borderlands in Modern Chinese History

Pieragastini

Fall 2017

HIST 5005 The U.S. Occupations of Japan and Germany

Seraphim

 

 



Religion and Philosophy

PHIL 3503/THEO 3507  Buddhist Philosophy and Psychology

Makransky

Fall 2017

PHIL 4476 Classical Chinese Philosophy

Jiang

Fall 2017

THEO 3001 Hinduism: Past and Present

Cornille

 

THEO 3527 Meditation and Action: Interfaith Explorations

Makransky

Spring 2018

THEO 3548/PHIL 4448 Buddhist Thought and Practice

Makransky

Spring 2018

THEO/PHIL 4472 Buddhist Ethics

Makransky

 

THEO/PHIL 5387 Mahayana Buddhism in East Asia

Mozina

Spring 2018

THEO 6578, PHIL 6578 Daoism

Mozina

Fall 2017


4. OPTIONAL FOR 2017-2018, MANDATORY FROM 2018-2019 ON. Take 1 of the two designated elective courses (3 credits) as a senior capstone course. These specially selected courses change every year but all feature interdisciplinary perspectives and are meant to bring Asian Studies seniors together to integrate what they have learned. In special circumstances it is possible to substitute with an elective course, with the director’s permission.

Senior capstone

THEO 6578, PHIL 6578 Daoism

Mozina

Fall 2017

HIST 4003 Public Culture in Postwar Japan

Seraphim

Spring 2018