Asian Studies is the interdisciplinary study of the language, literature, culture, history, society, politics, philosophy, religion, and traditions of the rich and diverse countries of Asia. Courses in more than 10 academic disciplines contribute to this minor program. The Leidecker Center for Asian Studies, established in 1998, annually sponsors lectures, workshops, concerts, conferences, and cultural events to promote awareness and understanding of Asia. These activities augment the curricular offerings of the minor.
Study abroad is not required for the Asian Studies Minor, but it is both recognized and encouraged. Asian Studies Minor students are eligible to apply to study abroad for a semester or year through: the UMW Korea Exchange Program at Sungshin University in Seoul; the UMW partner program with Lingnan University in Hong Kong; the UMW partner program with Beijing Language and Culture University in China. After consultation with their academic advisors, students may contact the relevant program director for more information. Information on these and other study abroad opportunities in Asia is available from the Center for International Education.
Requirements for the Asian Studies Minor
Twenty-four (24) credits including two semesters (6 credits) or the equivalent of an Asian language (the language credits apply to one language, taken in sequence; the language may be taken at UMW or at an outside institution or as part of a study abroad program for transfer credit); six additional non-language courses, representing at least two different academic disciplines, of which a minimum of 9 credits must be at the 300 level or above. A maximum of 6 credits Individual Study and/or Internship may count toward fulfilling the minor requirements.
Asian Studies Course Offerings
The Asian Studies program is a multi-discipline program. Course descriptions for these classes may be found under the individual disciplines.
CHIN 101 and 102 – Beginning Chinese
CHIN 201 and 202 – Intermediate Chinese
ARTH 270E – Topics in non-Western and non-Eurocentric Art: Asian Art
ENGL 353 – Asian American Literature
ENGL 364 – Contemporary Asian Novel
GEOG 300 – Geography of Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific
GEOG 307 – Geography of Asia
HIST 141 and 142 – Asian Civilization I and II
HIST 364 – History of Japan
HIST365, and 366 – History of China
HIST 368 – Gender in Chinese History
HIST 390 – United States and Vietnam
PHIL/RELG 283 – Hinduism
PHIL/RELG 284 – Buddhism
PHIL/RELG 286 – Confucianism
PHIL/RELG 287 – Daoism
PHIL 440 – Studies in Asian and Comparative Philosophy
RELG 331- Special Studies in Religion (with approved topic)
RELG 340 – Mysticism East and West
PSCI 354 – Politics of South Asia
PSCI 366 – Government and Politics of China
PSCI 367 – East Asia in World Affairs
Independent Study (in any appropriate discipline, with approved topic)
Internship (with approved topic)