All of these courses will provide an excellent introduction to incoming students to the field of Asian Studies:
ASIAN 100: Gateway to Asia: Passion and Enlightenment (3 credits)
Offers a comparative and interdisciplinary introduction to multiple cultures of Asia. Our theme is the link between passion and enlightenment in Asian literature, film, and belief. The course will be taught by Professor Charo D’Etcheverry. Level/ Breadth: Elementary, Humanities.
ASIAN 120: The Art And Science Of Human Flourishing (3 credits)
Explore perspectives related to human flourishing from the sciences and humanities; investigate themes such as transformation, resilience, compassion, diversity, gratitude, community; expand self-awareness, enhanced social connectivity, and ability to change; formulate a sense of what it means to lead a flourishing life that sustains meaningful and fulfilling engagement with studies, relationships, community, and career. This course will be co-taught by Professor John Dunne. Level/Breadth: Elementary, Humanities or Social Science. Check out this YouTube video about ASIAN 120!
ASIAN 236: Asia Enchanted: Ghosts, Gods and Monsters (3 credits)
Explores how different cultures in Asia conceive of and relate to the monstrous, ghostly, and divine, both in the past and in the contemporary world. These themes are approached from a range of different disciplinary perspectives, including religious studies, literature, anthropology, and history. The course will be taught by Professor Jamal Jones. Level/Breadth: Elementary, Humanities, Com B.
ASIAN 253: Japanese Popular Culture (3 credits)
An introduction to the culture, life-styles and thought of the Japanese people, with frequent reference to their history, literature and art. This course is taught by Professor Adam Kern. Level/Breadth: Elementary, Humanities.
LITTRANS (Literature In Translation) 232: Anime (3 credits)
Surveys anime (Japanese animation) from 1930s shorts through contemporary feature-length, experimental, and televised serial-form productions. Draws on critical writings on postmodernism, digital cinema, and visual culture. Japanese language ability is not required. This course is taught by Professor Adam Kern. Level/Breadth: Elementary, Humanities.
LITTRANS (Literature In Translation) 263: Survey of Japanese Literature in Translation (3 credits)
A historical introduction to the important literary works of Japan. This course is taught by Professor Adam Kern. Level/Breadth: Elementary, Literature.