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The Asian Studies Program is interdisciplinary and cross-cultural, integrating knowledge and practice. Students will have the broadest possible perspectives on Asian issues, but must also be grounded in a particular discipline and its analytic methods. Cultural understanding will be rooted in language immersion and experiential encounters, both at the college and through the extensive array of programs for study in Asia. Students will focus on a language and culture of their interest and demonstrate competency and sophistication in integrating their knowledge of that area. Students will connect scholastic study with kinesthetic knowledge to integrate discipline-based perspectives with the performing arts and practices of Asian cultural traditions, such as calligraphy, gamelan, meditation, tai-chi, and yoga.
The development and life of Asian cultures from the perspectives of history, humanities, and the social sciences, with emphasis on China, Japan, Korea, or South Asia. 6 units minimum.
Students pursuing a minor in Asian studies must successfully complete a minimum of six blocks of Asian studies and related courses. These courses include two units of beginning language study (Chinese, Japanese, or other Asian languages which are taught through officially affiliated study-abroad programs) and PA290 Studying Asia (as the integrative experience). In addition, students must select three additional courses from the courses listed under the Asian Studies Program. One of these three courses may be an Asian language course at the 200-level or a 300-level course. Students are expected to choose their courses with a consideration for coherence and relation to the Asian language they studied.