Major in Asian Studies 2013-2014

The Center for Asian Studies reserves the right to change major requirements at any time. Please check with the East Asian Languages and Civilizations department or the CU Boulder catalog for the most current listing of requirements. You are subject to the requirements in effect at the time you declare your major as an Arts & Sciences degree seeking student.

Students must complete the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences and the required courses listed below.

Courses required for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Asian Studies at CU-Boulder and Colorado Community College applicable courses.

Students must complete the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences and the required courses listed below: 42 credits minimum, 18 of which must be upper division.

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CU-Boulder Required Courses Colorado Community College Applicable Courses

Asian Language

4 semesters of a single Asian Language (12 to 20 credits)

  • Arabic (sequence of three years offered) OR
  • Chinese (sequence of four years offered) OR
  • Hindi (sequence of three years offered) OR
  • Farsi (sequence of three years offered) OR
  • Japanese (sequence of four years offered) OR
  • Korean (sequence of three years offered) OR
  • Sanskrit and Tibetan are also available through Continuing Education

Traditional Asian Civilizations

Students take any two of the following introductory courses, focusing on two different civilizations (East Asia, South Asia, West Asia) 6 credits minimum, lower division

East Asian Civilization

  • CHIN 1012 (3-4) Introduction to Chinese Civilization
  • HIST 1618 (3) Introduction to Chinese History to 1644
  • HIST 1708 (3) Introduction to Japanese History
  • JPNS 1012 (3-4) Introduction to Japanese Civilization
  • KREN 1011 (3) Introduction to Korean Civilization
  • RLST 2620 (3) Religions of East Asia

South Asian Civilization

  • HIND 1011 (3) Introduction to South Asian Civilizations
  • HIST 1518 (3) Introduction to South Asian History to 1757
  • RLST 2610 (3) Religions of South Asia

West Asian Civilization

  • ARAB 1011 (3) Introduction to Arab and Islamic Civilizations
  • FRSI 1011 (3) Introduction to Persian Civilization
  • HIST 1308 (3) Introduction to Middle Eastern History

Modern Asian Civilization

Students take one course; 3 credits, lower or upper division

ANTH (all modern Asian anthropology courses):

  • ANTH 1100 (3) Exploring a Non-Western Culture: The Tamils
  • ANTH 1105 (3) Exploring a Non-Western Culture: Tibet
  • ANTH 4180 (3) Anthropological Perspectives: Contemporary Issues (The Himalayas)
  • ANTH 4690 (3-6) Anthropology of Tibet
  • ANTH 4750 (3) Culture and Society in South Asia
  • ANTH 4760 (3) Ethnography of Southeast Asia and Indonesia

HIST (all modern Asian history courses):

  • HIST 1518 (3) Introduction to South Asian History to 1757
  • HIST 1528 (3) Introduction to South Asian History since 1757
  • HIST 1628 (3) Introduction to Modern Chinese History
  • HIST 2166 (3) The Vietnam Wars
  • HIST 3628 (3) Seminar in Recent Chinese History
  • HIST 4166 (3) The War in Vietnam and Its Legacy
  • HIST 4328 (3) The Modern Middle East, 1600 to the Present
  • HIST 4538 (3) History of Modern India
  • HIST 4548 (3) Women in Modern India
  • HIST 4558 (3) Modern Indian Intellectual History
  • HIST 4628 (3) Modern China
  • HIST 4638 (3) Contemporary China
  • HIST 4648 (3) History of Modern Chinese Intellectual Thought
  • HIST 4728 (3) Modern Japanese History
  • HIST 4738 (3) History of Early Modern Japan (1590-1868)
  • HIST 4109 (3) WWII in Asia and the Pacific
  • HIST 4329 (3) Islam in the Modern World

PSCI (all modern Asian politics courses):

  • PSCI 3072 (3) Government and Politics of Southeast Asia
  • PSCI 3102 (3) South Asian Politics
  • PSCI 4052 (3) Chinese Politics
  • PSCI 4242 (3) Middle Eastern Politics
  • PSCI 4312 (3) Politics and Language

GEOG (all modern Asian geography courses):

  • GEOG 3822 (3) Geography of China
  • GEOG 4822 (3) Environment and Development in China

RLST (all modern Asian religion courses):

  • RLST 3820 (3) Religion in Modern China
  • RLST 4250 (3) Special Topics: Transnational Buddhism
  • RLST 4650 (3) Islam and the Modern World

Plus all modern Asian literature and art courses:

  • ARAB 3230 (3) Islamic Culture and the Iberian Peninsula
  • ARAB 3330 (3) The Arabic Novel
  • CHIN 1061 (3) Boudoirs, Books, Battlefields: Voices and Images of Chinese Women
  • CHIN 2441 (3) Film and the Dynamics of Chinese Culture
  • CHIN 3331 (3) Culture and Literature of Late Imperial China
  • CHIN 3341 (3) Literature and Popular Culture in Modern China
  • CHIN 3342 (3) Literary Culture in Contemporary China
  • CHIN 3371 (3) Topics in Chinese Film
  • FILM 2513 (3) Major Asian Filmmakers
  • FILM 4023 (3) Contemporary Asian Cinema
  • HIND 2441 (3) Screening India: A History of Bollywood Cinema
  • HIND 3651 (3) Living Indian Epics: The Ramayana and the Mahabharata in the Modern Political Imagination
  • HIND 3661 (3) South Asian Diasporas: Imagining Home Abroad
  • HIND 3811 (3) The Power of the Word: Subversive and Censored 20th Century Indo-Pakistani Literature
  • JPNS 2441 (3) Japanese Culture through Film and Animation
  • JPNS 3331 (3) Business Japanese
  • JPNS 3831 (3) The Floating World of Play and Passion: Early Modern Japanese Literature in Translation
  • JPNS 3841 (3) Tradition and Transgression: Modern Japanese Literature in Translation
  • JPNS 5810 (3) Modern Japanese Literature
  • JPNS 5820 (3) Contemporary Japanese Literature
  • JPNS 5830 (3) Readings in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Thought and Culture
  • KREN 2441 (3) Film and Korean Culture
  • KREN 3841 (3) Modern Korean Literature in Translation

Social Science

Students take one course; 3 credits, lower division or upper division

ANTH (all Asian anthropology courses):

  • ANTH 1100 (3) Exploring a Non-Western Culture: The Tamils
  • ANTH 1105 (3) Exploring a Non-Western Culture: Tibet
  • ANTH 1110 (3) Exploring a Non-Western Culture: Japan
  • ANTH 4180 (3) Theory in Cultural Anthropology: Nepal and the Himalayas
  • ANTH 4690 (3-6) Anthropology of Tibet
  • ANTH 4750 (3) Culture and Society in South Asia
  • ANTH 4760 (3) Ethnography of Southeast Asia and Indonesia

PSCI (all Asian politics courses):

  • PSCI 3072 (3) Government and Politics of Southeast Asia
  • PSCI 3102 (3) South Asian Politics
  • PSCI 4022 (3) Chinese Foreign Policy
  • PSCI 4052 (3) Chinese Politics
  • PSCI 4242 (3) Middle Eastern Politics
  • PSCI 4312 (3) Politics and Language

GEOG (all Asian geography courses):

  • GEOG 3822 (3) Geography of China
  • GEOG 4822 (3) Environment and Development in China

WMST (all Asian women’s studies courses):

  • WMST 3220 (3) Woman in Islam

PLUS all other Asian social science courses

Senior Thesis or Creative Project

  • ASIA 4830 (3) Senior Thesis or Creative Project

Electives

Students take at least 3 courses; 9 credits, lower or upper division (see the Catalog for a full list of approved electives)