Students majoring in Asian Studies must successfully complete a minimum of 11 blocks of Asian Studies and related courses. These courses will include 6 (8 if elementary language is included) required courses. In addition, students must take at least five electives. Including Elementary Language, the total will be 13 blocks.
The structure of the major is described as follows: There must be a minimum of two blocks of language, the one block interdisciplinary core course (PA 290), a disciplinary methods course, five electives, the senior seminar, and two blocks of senior thesis.
1. Two blocks of an Asian language at the intermediate level or beyond. (2 blocks)
2. The interdisciplinary core PA 290: Studying Asia. (1 block)
3. One methodological perspective outside Asia to provide a disciplinary foundation for the thesis: For example, History of Cultural and Social Anthropology, Critical Practice, Theory and Practice of Literature, Studying History, State Formation & Social Movement, Economics of International Trade, Comparative Music Theory, and Sociological Research Methods. Other appropriate courses may fulfill this requirement with advisors' approval.
4. Five elective courses from at least two disciplines (5 block):
- Three of these courses should be directly relevant to the Asian language the student has studied.
- Two of the electives must be at the 300 level.
- One of these five courses may be a 300 level language course relevant to the major.)
5. Senior Seminar (PA 406). (1 block)
- You must take this course BEFORE your senior thesis block (PA400).
- This course is ONLY offered first semester; please plan your senior year accordingly.
6. Senior Thesis (PA 400). (1 block)
* Students may count one (and only one) course from another major or minor toward their Asian Studies major.
Students pursing a minor in Asian Studies must successfully complete a minimum of 6 blocks of Asian Studies and related courses. These courses include:
1. 2 blocks of beginning language study (Chinese, Japanese, or other Asian languages which are taught through officially affiliated or approved programs). (2 blocks)
2. Studying Asia (PA290). (1 block)
3. Three additional courses listed under the Asian Studies program. One of these three courses can be an Asian Language course at the 200 level. (3 blocks)
* Students may count one (and only one) course from another major or minor toward their Asian Studies minor.
Asian languages taught at Colorado College include Chinese and Japanese. Students may pursue other Asian languages as part of their Asian Studies major in one or both of two ways:
- Through officially CC-affiliated or approved study abroad programs.
- Through intensive language programs offered in the U.S.
Possibilities include South Asian languages (Hindi, Urdu, Marathi, Tamil etc.); Southeast Asian languages (Indonesian, Vietnamese, Thai, etc.); or East Asian languages (Korean, Mongolian, Tibetan, as well as Chinese and Japanese).
We will accept those languages which are taught through officially- affiliated study abroad programs only if the language can form the nucleus for a cohesive program of study.
Students who enter The Colorado College with a background in Chinese or Japanese language will take a placement test administered by the current language faculty. This placement test does not constitute a course waiver, and students will not be able to test out of a language. In such cases, the language requirement for the major can be satisfied in one of three ways: 1) the student can complete four blocks of continued study of the same language above the 202 level; 2) the student can complete four blocks of study of another Asian language; or, 3) the student can complete four additional related courses.
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